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Golf tip of the week: Forged or cast clubs

PHOTO PROVIDED Ping introduced the color code system.

There has been a lot written about forged irons being better than the cast club. Forged irons lacked perimeter weighting due to the forging process.

Casting a club requires hot liquid metal to be poured into a designed form, known as a lost wax casting. The casting process can be more detailed and designed more precisely.

Years past forged irons were the club of choice for the low handicap golfer and professionals alike.

There were advantages for the forged blades forty plus years ago. The forged irons were easy to bend so they could be adjusted to fit all types of golf swings.

The cast clubs would often break due to the hardness factor, and could only be bent plus or minus 2 degrees, whereas the forged blades could be adjusted plus or minus 4 degrees.

In the late 60s and early 70s, Ping made the cast club very marketable by utilizing the color code system. However, the Ping-Eye-two was the design that revolutionized the cast club, and the rest is history.

Cast clubs today are annealed to soften the metal, making it possible to bend the loft and lie almost as much as the forged blades.

The advantage of today’s cast clubs over the forged irons, is they have a higher moment Of inertia, due to spring face.

Don’t forget to enjoy this great game called golf.

Rick Musselman, a golf author, professional, and master club builder, owns Musselman’s Golf and gives lessons in his high-tech golf swing simulator at his golf facility in Williamsport.

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