A golf club is the main tool to hit the golf ball to the hole. It has been around since the 15th century, originally carved out of wood by golf players and wood crafters. Plain wood materials, metals such as steel and aluminum were slowly incorporated for use on golf clubs. Today golf clubs are made out from various materials more than wood, leather and metal and are available in variants for right and left handed players. Golf clubs are even specially made for men and women.
Discount golf clubs barely have any difference from typically priced golf clubs. In a golf set, there are a at least 14 golf clubs, each made for a specific shot and range so if you break one, you can’t simply think you can use the rest to replace your broken golf club but of course, golf clubs can be bought separately. A golf set, even discount golf club set would set you back at least US$200. While typically each golf club would fetch a 3-digit price, discount golf clubs are priced usually around US$60 up to US$200, depending on the brand and type of golf club. Discount golf clubs in the 3-digit range are usually bundled with a free shipping offer.
Before starting to pick discount golf clubs, first you need to know more about them and their parts.
This is the end used to hit the golf ball. Each kind of golf club varies in the shape of the club and the length of the shaft. Clubs use one face to hit the ball but putters use both since they are symmetrical. A putter (a type of club) has legally two striking face with a loft not over 10 degrees. Golf club heads are normally made from alloys of aluminum (HST Aluminum) and zinc. An alloy means that it has been mixed with other metals to become more durable. Different kinds of steel like 431 stainless steel and 17-4ph stainless steel are used in professional iron and wood heads. High end golf heads use high performing wood and titanium and are preferred by professionals. Even discount golf clubs made from titanium will fetch a high price. Ti-Alloy is a titanium alloy material and is cheaper than pure titanium heads.
Beginner irons and woods include zinc, aluminum alloys and Ti-Alloy. More expensive golf clubs use titanium, 431 and 17-4ph stainless steel, managing steel and tungsten insert.
The hostel is the connection between the club and the shaft. It is lightweight to keep the center of gravity of the club fixed.
The shaft makes up for the length of the club. It is tapered and is commonly made from steel and graphite (a carbon fiber composite). Graphite shafts weigh less than steel shafts. Each shaft is made with a specific kind of shaft flex or the amount the shaft can bend to deliver the force to the ball. The classifications of shaft flex are the following:
- L/W-Flex: For ladies
- A-Flex: Senior
- I-Flex: Soft regular or intermediate
- R-Flex: Regular
- S-Flex: Stiff
- X-Flex: Strong
The kind of shaft would depend on the head speed of the club, measured in mph or kHz. Some companies offer flexes that fall between the categories above. The more flexible the shaft is, the higher the torque.
The grip is the end where the player holds onto. Leather wrap grips are still available but most golfers prefer grips that act as sleeves that they can simply slip unto the shaft. Grips can be bought separately. The grip’s diameter, texture and softness will depend on the golfer’s preference.