Golf Club Swing Weight
Golf club swing weight is the measurement of a golf club's weight relative to a fulcrum point which is set at a particular distance from the grip end of the club. Another way to state it: A measurement as to the degree which the club balances toward the clubhead. If club "A" has a balance point closer to the clubhead than club "B," then club "A" will feel heavier in the swing.
Many feel it is important because if the clubs do not have consistent swing weight, they will not feel the same during that critical action: the swing.
Golf club swing weight is something that occasional golfers seldom concern themselves with and serious golfers usually do pay attention to.
Swing weight and the absolute weight of the club are two different things - the absolute weight is expressed in grams. Swing weight is denoted by a letter and a numeral; "C8," for instance. Imagine adding sheet lead to a club. It doesn't matter where on the club you apply to lead - the absolute weight will not change. Picture that same club with the sheet lead on the head and imagine swinging it. Now change to location of the lead to the grip. The swing is going to feel different and that is the swing weight.
The letters used are A through G, and the numerals 0 through 10 making for 77 different combinations. Each combination of letter and numeral is known as a "swing weight point." A0 (zero) is the lightest designation, progressing up to the heaviest, G10. If your clubs feel too light in the swing, then you'll want to go to heavier rating. The manufacturing standard for men's clubs is D0 or D1, and for women's clubs its C5, C6, or C7.
Lighter shafts are generally better for the novice golfer. Less weight produces shots of greater distance and accuracy for beginning and intermediate players. The serious golfers and pros have greater swing speeds and more control over the movement of the club. They also have an acute sense of feel for the reaction of the club. The shafts that are best for them usually are higher in swing weight and have greater absolute weight.
Swing weight can be changed after the fact by adding lead tape or swapping components such as changing to a larger head, a different shaft, or even a grip. Another option is to trim the shaft. Custom clubmakers can also change the swing weight in some cases by installing different types of fill material inside shafts at different points.
Not everyone agrees that swing weight is something most recreational golfers need to be concerned about. Some say that it is very important and that would be true for many golfers. Most players can only detect large differences in swing weighting, and even many pros have a hard time telling the difference in golf club swing weight between clubs with different shaft materials.
Club makers seem to be focusing their emphasis on total club weight nowadays - especially the weight of the shaft.
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