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  • Angle of Attack - The degree of descent of the clubhead approaching the ball just prior to impact.
  • Balance Point - The point on the shaft where the mass at each end is equal.
  • Ball Speed - A measurement in miles per hour of how fast the ball is traveling immediately after it comes off the clubface.
  • Bounce Angle - The measurement from leading edge to the ground. It allows the club to "bounce" off of the ground instead of digging in. This measurement applies mostly to wedges. The greater the bounce angle the more the club head can cut through tall grass and resist traveling too deeply into the sand.
  • Build up Tape - Extra tape added underneath the grip to make the grip slightly larger.
  • Center of Gravity - The club head balance point that is controlled by the size of the club head and the location of the head weight. The lower the center of gravity - and the farther back it is from the clubface - the easier it is to get the ball airborne.
  • Club Head Speed - The actual speed of which the club head is traveling just prior to impact. A higher club speed will produce a longer shot upon solid contact. There is a direct correlation between club head speed and ball speed that is determined by how solidly the ball is struck.
  • Clone - A copy or imitation of a club head that already exists. This term especially applies when the head is designed to simulate it.
  • Component Industry -
  • Flex - Generally, flex is defined as the relative stiffness or overall bending property of a shaft. Manufacturers typically categorize shafts by regular, ladies, senior, firm, stiff and extra stiff flex.
  • FLO -
  • Frequency - A more thorough, accurate, and precise way to measure the flex of a shaft is by frequency. The frequency scale used by Hot Stix Golf is based on the length of the club as well as cycles per minute (CPM). CPM is measured by clamping the club at the butt end into the frequency monitor and measuring how many times the club passes a certain point over a given time. A frequency number of 8.0 is extremely stiff. 1.0 frequency is very soft.
  • Hard Spine -
  • Impact Position - the position of the lead hand at impact.
  • Lie - A measurement of the angle of the shaft coming out of the club head determines lie. Lie angle has a direct effect on direction as well as distance. For instance, if your 5-iron is 4-degrees off in lie angle, even a perfect shot will go as much as 40 feet off line.
  • Loft - The angle of a clubface and the corresponding steepness of the shot it will produce. Loft is determined by the angle of the face compared to 90 degrees to the ground.
  • Kick Point - The position on the shaft that exhibits the greatest amount of bending when the shaft is compressed at one or both ends. This reading is important because it helps determine ball trajectory. The lower the bend point the higher the ball flight. Likewise, the higher the bend point the lower the ball flight.
  • MOI - Moment of inertia. Measurement of the resistance to twisting.
  • OD -
  • Open Foundry -
  • Original Club Designs - PCS - Professional Clubmakers Society.
  • Shaft Flex - A rating of a golf club shaft's ability to bend during the golf swing.
  • Shaft Profile -
  • Skidding -
  • Smash Factor -
  • Soft Spine -
  • Spine Align -
  • Striking Pattern -
  • Swing Path - The direction the clubhead travels through impact with respect to the target line.
  • Swing Plane - The angle between the shaft and the golfer's arms with respect to the ground as seen at the end of the back swing.
  • Swing Point -
  • Swing Weight - Commonly, swing weight is known as the "feel" weight of the club. To determine the feel, simply hold the club up waist high and take notice how heavy the head feels. Some golf clubs will have a heavier swing weight than others by design. Variables in swing weight can result from length of the club, graphite vs. steel shaft, head weight, and grip weight.
  • Torque - The amount of resistance to twisting that a shaft has is called torque. Each shaft has a different torque, and it important to match the correct torque for your individual swing. The lower the torque number the less the shaft will twist when force is applied. This also will make the shaft feel "stiff".

 

 

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