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Making sense of rule 14-1b: Anchoring the Club

Anchoring the Putter

The USGA and The R&A recently got together to adopt changes to Rule 14-1 of the Rules of Golf. In a nutshell, the changes will prohibit any player from anchoring the club in making a stroke.

This is quite a big deal for many recreational players and touring players alike. Whether you agree with the ruling or not, the changes to this rule will come into play on January 1, 2016.

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7 Tips to Help Keep Your Grips Dry in the Rain

How to keep your grips dry when it’s raining.

Follow these tips and you will be more than prepared when you see those rain clouds rolling in before you even tee off.

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What’s the difference between cast and forged irons?

Cast Irons vs. Forged Irons

A forged iron is, well, forgedmeaning the club is hammered or pounded into shape from one piece of metal, while cast irons are molded from liquid metal in a custom die cast. Forged irons are traditionally made from low carbon steel, which is “softer,” and cast irons are usually made from stainless steel.

It is important to note that forging and casting refer to the way the club is made – a forged iron and a cast iron can be both a muscle back (blade), where the weight on the head is even throughout, and a cavity back, where the weight on the head is shifted away from its center and sometimes results in a more forgiving shot if the ball is hit off-center.

Cast irons are more economical to produce (and cheaper to buy) as casting is a less labour intensive process, and most of the irons on the market are produced this way. Many traditionalists like forged clubs for the way they are designed and find the lofts and lie of a forged iron easier to adjust.

Some golfers say they can “feel” a difference between a forged iron and a cast iron due to the vibrations in the shaft upon impact with the ball–not all air bubbles escape the metal during casting, which results in a “muffled” sound and less vibration (“feel”) upon impact.

So which should you choose? The average player will probably not be able to tell the difference between a forged iron and a cast iron at the molecular level, and most problems for the average golfer are related to swing, not air bubbles. Try out some irons – if you find a set you feel really comfortable with get those, regardless of if they’re cast or forged.

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What is Coefficient of Restitution (COR)?

What is Coefficient of Restitution (COR)?

The coefficient of restitution (COR) measures the elasticity of a pair of objects in collision and measures the ratio of speeds before and after an impact. In golf terms, the COR of Object A (say a golf club) measures Object A’s ability to transfer energy to Object B (the ball) when Object A and B collide.

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