What is Swing Weight?
What is swing weight? Is there one club in your bag that you feel more comfortable than others? Chances are, that one club has the most ideal swing weight and overall weight for you.
The swing weight of the golf club will affect a player’s feel and swing as well as influence ball flight and performance. The measurement of comparing the distribution of the club’s total weight is defined as a swinging balance. The balance relationship between the club head and the grip end of the golf club are dictated by the weights of the component parts of the golf club (shaft, club head, and grip). Directly related to the total weight of the golf club, swing weight is a measurement in alphanumeric designations such as C-5, D-2, etc. of the distribution of the club’s total weight from grip to head when balanced on a specialized balance scale with a 14-inch fulcrum point. Swing weight measurements can be anywhere from A1 to G10, lightest to heaviest (A to G and 1 to 10).
Woods and irons should be the same swing weight as full shots are mainly taken with them. The wedges, on the other hand, would be better with a heavier swing weight (ex. D2 to D4) because the player will be able to feel the club head more, which in turn will translate into a better feel and touch on shorter shots around the green.
Swing weight can affect feel and swing mechanics as well as ball flight. Too light, there may be difficulty in returning the clubface consistently square at impact. Too heavy, compensations in movement may occur as well as fatigue throughout the round.
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