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Issue 654 - March 31st, 2021
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USGTF Class "A" Teaching Professional
WGTF "Top 100" Teacher
IGPA Certified Golf Psychology Coach


 

"It is not the will to win that matters, everyone has that.
It is the will to prepare to win that matters." - Paul "Bear" Bryant


Tom's Featured Tip: Matching Your Metal To Your Game

Lesson Comments: What Students Have To Say
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Matching Your Metal To Your Game

For simplicity, all advice on actual swings or drills is provided from a right handed perspective.


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Matching Your Metal To Your Game

I've fielded a few questions lately regarding forged irons vs. cast irons.

For those of you who are unaware, these terms refer to the different types of construction and metals used for iron heads.

Here's a brief description of how each are made.

Cast golf irons are made through a molding process known as casting. In casting, a mold is made of the club head design the manufacturer is producing. The metal is then heated until it becomes a liquid and poured into the clubhead mold. Once the mold has set, the club head can be removed and finished, including adding the shaft to complete the club. Casting is a process that can be repeated quickly and easily to produce a high quantity of clubheads in a relatively short amount of time. This process is very consistent as each head comes from a pre-made mold.

Forged irons are created using a single piece, or billet, of steel. Heat still plays an important part in this process, but instead of heating the steel up until it is liquid to be poured into a mold, the billet of steel is heated up until it is malleable. Once it is hot enough, the billet is placed in a press where it is pressed out into the desired shape of the clubhead. Whereas cast irons are pretty well finished once they are set up in their mold, forged irons still have to undergo more work before they are ready to be shafted. A forged clubhead still needs to be buffed, ground, and detailed by hand to meet the exact specifications of the ironís design. Forging is a much more personal and time-consuming process.

Cast irons are the ones you'll most commonly find on the racks at big box golf stores, although nowadays most of the major equipment manufacturers make both cast and forged models within their brand.

Forged irons generally cost more than cast irons.

Cast are made more for the mass golf population, and forged are for the more discerning golfer. There are several reasons for that, but I want to talk about something that's not often mentioned when discussing the differences in forged vs. cast: playability - matching your metal to your game and your playing philosophy.

It goes without saying that good technique also comes into play, but for the purpose of this article I'm going to assume that you are an average golfer with reasonable technique.

The issue is spin, and how it affects proximity to the hole on approach shots.

Contrary to popular belief, the spin you produce on iron shots results more from the abrasiveness of the face of the iron than the grooves.

Forged irons have a smoother face surface than cast irons, so all things being equal, a cast iron will produce more backspin.

This little tidbit of information is invaluable when you match your equipment to your playing style.

I play with a couple of good young golfers that try to fly the ball all the way to the hole on every approach shot. This means that they have to land on the green with a good amount of stop or backup spin to keep it close to the hole.

Personally, I usually allow for a little ball release on the green. Or at least I was last year, because my go-to ball of choice was a Titleist AVX which is a low spin rate ball, and I was playing forged irons. I sacrificed a little stopping power for more length off the tee.

One reason that I switched to a cast iron this year was to be able to stick with the AVX, but get a little more spin on the ball because of the cast face on the irons. I can't wait to try it out on the course. At the range my irons flight was a little higher, which can be an indication of more spin.

If you are like most of the golfing population and want more backspin or just more stopping power on your shots, try a ball with a higher spin rate, and cast irons would be a better choice than forged.

If you tend to produce too much backspin on your iron shots, the first cheapest alternative would be to find a ball with a lower spin rate that you like.

The next alternative would be try a forged iron with your go to ball, and the next alternative after that would be a forged iron with a low spin rate ball.

And the check and release properties when chipping greenside are remarkably different with forged wedges vs. cast wedges. I carry a forged 54* wedge and a cast 56*, and I select the appropriate club depending on whether I want more check or more run out on short pitch shots and greenside chips.

There's no rule in golf that says you have to suck every wedge shot back on the green. If you have a better comfort level with allowing for some release on the green, that's 100% fine too.

Just make wise iron and ball choices to help you accomplish your goals.

Try this, I know you'll like it!.

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Love your practice, own your swing, own your health,

Tom




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Lessons are available for all ages and skill levels, please contact
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Sponsors and Affiliates

Buying a sponsored product through any of my affiliate links helps support this free newsletter, and I only affiliate with excellent products that I use myself.  Thanks, Tom






Train with a Rypstick to improve your swing speed and gain more distance off the tee. If the versatility of three different swing weights in one club appeals to you, this is your swing speed training aid of choice.


Click here
Rypstick.com to buy now, and make sure that you enter TOMTUCKERGOLF (case sensitive) in the Discount code box when you check out to receive a 5% discount.




Click here to buy your
Divot Board to drastically improve your ball-striking. Combine your Divot Board practice and putting practice with the included putting lesson drills, and watch your scoring improve!.


Use your club or hand to re-set the board after your strike
Click here to buy now for outstanding Ball-Striking practice feedback

BONUS: when you buy through the newsletter link above, you'll also receive free access to my Putting Lesson Videos ($50 value) which cover: The Elevated Aimline Drill, The Squareness Awareness Drill, The Aimline Accuracy Drill, The Stock Putting Stroke Drill, The Barrier Drill, The Short Putt Channel Drill, and more.




Click here
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All the best,

Tom Tucker
Teaching Pro, Plum Creek Driving Range & Practice Facility
WGTF ' "Top 100 Golf Teacher"
USGTF Class "A" Teaching Professional
IGPA Certified Golf Psychology Coach
Cell: (716) 474-3005
Email: TomTuckerGolf@gmail.com
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~ Ben Hogan