There are many common golf terms that are good for golfers of every skill level to know. In this multi-part series, we’ll list and explain these terms.
Part 1 of this series looks at the different parts of a golf club. Understanding these basic terms build a solid foundation for the terms we’ll look at later in this series.
The clubhead is the largest piece of the club and is what strikes the golf ball on each shot. Each clubhead in the bag has a different shape, made to hit a specific type of shot.
Clubheads are also made of different materials that affect performance. Drivers, fairway woods, and hybrids use lighter materials so you can swing them faster and hit them farther. Irons, wedges, and putters use heavier materials for more precision and control.
The grip, located at the opposite end of the clubhead, is where you hold the club during use. Modern golf grips are made with rubber. Other materials, like leather, have been used in the past.
Golf grips come in different sizes and textures. Grip size is important for controlling the club. A grip that’s too small makes it easier for the club to move during the swing. Too big of a grip makes it difficult to square the clubface at impact, causing errant shots. The proper size grip for you is one that fits comfortably in your hand without overlap of the fingers and thumb pad of your top hand.
Golf grips with different textures are important for feel and control in different weather conditions. Feel is all personal preference, with choices ranging from soft to firm. A grip with more texture is better in wet conditions or hot conditions if your hands sweat a lot.
Golfers generally use the same grip on every club in their bag, except for the putter.
The shaft, often called the “engine of the club,” is the long, straight piece between the clubhead and grip. Shafts are one of the things that control the height of the golf shot and how much spin is put on the golf ball.
Longer clubs have shafts made out of lighter materials, like graphite. Most short clubs use steel shafts, although iron sets can be made with graphite shafts.
The hosel is the part of the clubhead that houses the shaft, connecting it to the clubhead.
When an iron has the lie angle adjusted, this is the part that gets bent.
When the shaft is inserted into the hosel, a “step” is created. A ferrule is installed at that spot to smooth the transition from the hosel to the shaft.
The decorative, plastic piece comes in different lengths and colors. Choosing the right one for you comes down to what you like to look at when looking down at the clubhead. Just find the one that fits the shaft diameter and you’re on your way.
The heel and toe are locations on the clubface. The heel is the area closest to the hosel and shaft. The toe is at the opposite end.
Hitting shots in either area will lower distance and accuracy.
The topline and crown of a golf club is the area on top of a club head, as you look down at it. The topline, used mostly when talking about irons, is either thin or thick, depending on the club type. More on this in future parts of this series.
The crown refers to the top of a driver, fairway wood, or hybrid.
Looking down at the clubhead, there’s a “curve” created between the clubface and hosel. The greater the curve, the more offset there is.
More offset on a club gives the club more time to square up at impact and is a general measure of how forgiving a club is.
The bottom of a golf club is called the sole. It plays a bigger role in irons and wedges, especially the sole’s grind.
Grind, a term mostly used in wedges, refers to the shape of the sole. Clubmakers grind the sole into different shapes to improve turf interaction. These shapes correspond to different swing types and course conditions.
Bounce is measured by the angle created from the leading edge and sole of a wedge. Higher bounce is ideal for steeper swings and soft course conditions. Low bounce fits golfers with shallow swings that don’t take much of a divot if taking one at all. Low bounce is also good for firm course conditions.
The clubface is the area of the club that contacts the golf ball. It has a degree of loft, depending on the club, to control shot height.
You’ll also see grooves running horizontally on the clubface. They are cut or etched into the face and impart spin on the golf ball.
Thanks for checking out Part 1 in our series explaining common golf terms. Stay tuned for Part 2.
Callaway Epic Forged irons are the latest in a long line of innovations coming out of Carlsbad. These gorgeous irons are meticulously made, with attention put into each and every detail.
Read more about these ultra-premium irons below.
A high-performing machine needs a good body to house the aspects that deliver results. The body of the Epic Forged irons is made out of forged 1025 carbon steel. That grade of steel is very soft, giving each club in the set outstanding feel at impact.
Callaway designers also took the Suspended Tungsten Core normally reserved for more game improvement irons and put it into the Epic Forged irons. This is the first time the company has used this technology in a forged iron.
The Suspended Tungsten Core in each iron of the set has a custom tungsten weight that controls the center of gravity (CG) position, placing its location in the perfect spot to control launch characteristics. Callaway didn’t stop there though. They took each tungsten weight and nestled it in a TPU over-mold suspended with their patented urethane microspheres. These microspheres contribute to the overall feel of the club by reducing the vibrations on the thin clubface at impact.
The 360 Face Cup wraps from the topline of the irons to around the sole. It flexes at impact to increase ball speed and deliver distance. The face used on these irons is crazy thin, as you can see by the picture above.
Beyond the face’s thickness, Callaway designers used a new variable face thickness (VFT) pattern on the long irons. The new pattern ensures consistent spin and ball speed so golfers don’t get “hot shots”, where shots go farther than expected, off certain parts of the face.
On the short irons, the emphasis was placed on controlling trajectory so golfers can attack pins. To accomplish this, engineers resistance welded MIM’d tungsten weight higher in the body. The added weight raises the CG for a more penetrating ball flight.
Callaway uses premium components to complement the features covered above. Stock shaft options in the Epic Forged irons are the Aerotech Steel Fiber FC and Mitsubishi Tensei AV Silver shafts.
The Aerotech is a lightweight shaft that combines the stability of steel with the feel of graphite. It produces a mid-high ball flight.
The Mitsubishi graphite shaft weighs 50 or 60 grams, depending on flex and has a mid ball flight.
Golf Pride Tour Velvet Align Silver grips are the stock grip. These grips have a subtle “reminder” ridge on the underside of the grip to help golfers align their hands on the grip the same way each time.
Callaway Epic Forged irons are ideal for golfers of all skill levels that seek the best in materials, technology, and performance.
If that sounds like you, give these irons a try and experience how they can help your game.
The 119th US Amateur Championship is being held at the Pinehurst Resort. Players battle on the legendary Course No. 2 and the recently redesigned Course No. 4.
We are spending the first part of the week in and around the property. Here’s a highlight of our time at Round 2 of stroke play and our impressions of the courses.
The US Amateur Championship consists of 2 rounds of stroke play on both courses. 312 players compete for 64 spots of Match Play competition.
Over the duration of the first 2 days, Course No. 2 played far tougher than No. 4. The Donald Ross masterpiece showed it’s teeth on several occasions, especially as the wind picked up, tossing errant approach shots in all directions.
Brandon Wu is the leader in the clubhouse after 2 rounds, following up a blistering 65 (a course record on No. 4) with a hard-fought 72 on No. 2 in Round 2. Other notable players to make it through to Match Play include:
At the conclusion of stroke play, 27 players were tied and headed to a playoff for the final 3 spots in Match Play.
Each of the courses hosting the tournament is unique. Course No. 2, hardly needing an introduction is long, playing at 7, 555 yards and par 70. Course No. 4 recently got a redesign by the renowned Gil Hanse and is also a solid test of golf skill.
Course No. 2 played the toughest during both rounds of stroke play. Wayward tee shots wound up in wiregrass and approach shots that flew just the slightest offline found the collection areas, just as Donald Ross would want it.
Hanse’s design of No. 4 incorporates rolling hills, gnarly bunkers, and undulating greens into a breathtaking landscape. The views around the course, especially the back 9, are incredible.
The US Amateur is an amazing event and an awesome way to see the game’s up-and-coming players. Having it held on 2 courses at Pinehurst is a nod to the Championship’s history and a glimpse at its future. Very fitting.
Be sure to check out the rest of the tournament.
PING Glide 3.0 wedges get a fresh redesign to improve forgiveness, feel, and spin to help lower your score. The redesign includes everything about the club, from grip to grind.
With the new look and feel of the Glide 3.0 wedges, PING engineers were able to add up to 400 rpm of spin in their testing. Added spin leads to more control and lower scores around the green.
Join us as we take a closer look at each of the features on these wedges.
PING engineers wanted to make the overall club weight lighter on the Glide 3.0 wedges. The lighter weight makes the club easier to control and hit a variety of shots with. The main areas they shaved weight from was the grip and the shaft.
The stock grip on the Glide 3.0 wedges is a Dyla-Wedge Lite. This grip weighs 5 grams less than the original Dyla-wedge grip. The new grip is also 3/4-inch longer than a standard grip, letting golfers grip down on the club.
PING uses the PING Z-Z115 shaft made by Nippon as the stock option in each Glide 3.0 wedge. The shaft weighs 115 grams and has a low balance point, producing a penetrating ball flight and adding control.
PING is one of the industry’s leaders in making loft-specific grooves. The idea behind engineering wedges like this is that golfers hit different shots with different lofted wedges; lower-lofted wedges for full shots and high-lofted wedges around the green. What results is an optimal performance with each wedge in the bag.
PING uses a patented wheel-cutting process to make the edge radius on each club sharper, creating more spin and control. Below are the specifics:
Lower lofted wedges, (46-52 degrees), have a milled 20-degree sidewall and a .005″ edge radius. The wider grooves put the ideal amount of spin of full shots.
Higher-lofted Glide 3.0 wedges (54-60 degrees) have a narrower groove. The sidewalls are milled to 28-degrees and have a slightly smaller edge radius of .004″. This puts more spin on the ball on shots around the green.
Glide 3.0 wedges are available in 4 grind options. Below are details of each, including what golfer and conditions each are made for.
The Standard Sole grind is an all-around performer, fitting a wide range of golfer and turf conditions. It has a mid-bounce sole with some heel and toe relief.
This wide sole grind has the most bounce in the line. It slides in and out the turf with ease, making it very forgiving. Golfers with a steep angle of attack or who play in soft turf conditions benefit the most from this grind.
The Thin Sole has the same shape as the Standard Sole but only 3-degrees of bounce. Low-bounce grinds are perfect for tight, firm turf and golfers with shallow swings.
PING revives the iconic Eye2 grind in the Glide 3.0 wedges. The sole, hosel transition and high toe are the same as you remember. Add those to the new grooves and feel and you get the ultimate weapon out of the bunker.
These new PING wedges deliver the goods to help lower golf scores. Their new grooves and lighter design give you the utmost control approaching and around the grind. The 4 grind options also ensure that there’s the right wedge for every type of golfer.
Golfers mainly play cavity back irons because of their forgiveness. However, when it comes to wedges, those same golfers often don’t use a club that offers the same forgiveness. That’s where Cleveland stepped in with the CBX wedges, and now their sequel, CBX2 wedges.
Cleveland engineers took the features on the original CBX wedge and improved them for the new version, creating a more forgiving wedge that’s even easier to hit and produces tons of spin.
Here’s a closer look at the latest features of the CBX2 wedges.
The hollow cavity-back design on the CBX2 wedges gets a redesign. As a refresher, cavity back clubs push more weight to the perimeter, increasing the club’s forgiveness.
Cleveland engineers added forgiveness by taking weight out of the hosel and adding it to the wider toe area. They also moved weight by hollowing the cavity out more, moving it around the clubhead.
Cleveland took the guesswork out of choosing the right wedge grind on the CBX2 wedges by introducing dynamic sole grinds, 3 loft-specific grinds that maximize performance for any shot.
Low-lofted wedges, 46-52 degrees, have a V-shaped sole grind. This grind is ideal for full shots, allowing the club to enter and exit the turf with ease.
54 and 56-degree wedges, used mainly in the sand or deep rough, have an S-shaped sole grind.
The highest lofted wedges, 58 degrees and 60 degrees, have a C-shaped sole grind. This grind lets golfers hit a variety of shots around the green, like an open-face flop shot or delicate chip from the rough.
Feel Balancing Technology has been incorporated in Cleveland wedges for a few model generations. The technology moves the center of gravity (CG) towards the center of the face to improve feel.
On the CBX2 wedges, the CG position is moved slightly closer to the toe than the previous model by taking weight out of the hosel and tapering the top flange. The result is a buttery feel on more shots.
Cleveland designers took feel one step further, adding a Gelback TPU insert to the back cavity that reduces vibrations at impact.
Golfers know that wedge performance hinges on the spin produced by the grooves. A Fourth-Generation Rotex Face on CBX2 wedges has grooves, on grooves, on grooves, giving the wedges supreme stopping power.
The new Rotex Face starts with 2 different Rotex milling lines. Smaller, circular-shaped millings sit behind the main grooves, working with the other main grooves to produce more spin. Larger, wider milling is located on the toe, adding control on open-face shots.
The main grooves on the CBX2 wedges are sharp Tour Zip Grooves that grab the cover of the golf ball and impart incredible spin.
In between the main grooves are Laser Milled micro-grooves. These micro-grooves add even more friction for more spin.
The changes that Cleveland made to the CBX2 wedges make them hard to beat on the golf course. They offer forgiveness and a smooth transition from game improvement irons into the short game. Spin and feel are also enhanced with next-generation Feel Balance and Rotex Face Technologies.
In our opinion, the best part about this wedge is, despite all the built-in forgiveness, it still looks like a traditional wedge.
Golfers often struggle with producing a consistent putting stroke. The folks at Odyssey wanted to help fix that so they created the Stroke Lab putters.
Accomplishing this meant rethinking the overall design of a modern putter. We discuss the changes Odyssey has made for the Stroke Lab putters and why they help you putt better.
Over time, putter heads have gotten heavier as green speeds have gotten faster. The heavier head can cause the putter to lag behind, leading to a decrease in putting stroke consistency.
As a solution, the company reimagined the putter from the grip down. Everything revolves around the new shaft Odyssey put in these clubs.
The secret to the success of Stroke Lab putters lies in the new shaft. Odyssey made the multi-material shaft lighter, redistributing the weight to the rest of the club.
The Stroke Lab shaft weighs a significant 40 grams less than a traditional putter shaft and is made out of both graphite and steel. The steel portion at the bottom is stiffer than normal to compensate for the shift in weight and keep the putter stable at impact. The rest of the shaft is made of graphite. In addition to saving weight, using graphite produces a pleasing feel under your hands at impact.
Designers took 30 grams of the weight savings and placed it in the grip. Odyssey did this by using a grip that’s 10 grams lighter and adding a 40-gram weight to the end of the shaft. This gives the putter a counter-balance-like effect, syncing the hands with the putter head during the putting stroke.
The other 10 grams of weight saved by the shaft was placed in 2 weights on the sole of the putter.
Odyssey did studies with the Stroke Lab putters, noting that golfers were more consistent with their backswing time, face-angle at impact, ball speed, and ball direction when using the putters.
Simply put, Stroke Lab putters help you repeat the same swing on the greens.
Each Stroke Lab putter model comes with the company’s White Hot Microhinge face insert. As a refresher, the insert combines the soft feel of the legendary White Hot technology with microhinge technology. The latter technology uses several tiny microhinges on the face to impart a true roll on the golf ball, helping it roll end over end faster. Doing so gets the ball online quicker and keeps it there, leading to more made putts.
The Stroke Lab putter lineup has 10 head-shape options for you to choose from, ranging from traditional blade putters to forgiving mallet putters. This selection has something for every golfer.
The secret to better putting with the Stroke Lab putters is its new design. The new shaft smooths out your putting stroke and makes it repeatable.
You’ve got 2 options for gaming one of these putters:
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