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Golf tip of the week: Today’s lower-lofted clubs go further than in the past

PHOTO PROVIDED Less loft equates to lower ball flight and more distance.

The clubs of today have less loft to increase distance. The actual club designs have not changed that much over the past 20 years.

Club designs have maxed out in the engineering aspect. There isn’t much left for the engineers to improve on.

Comparing the lofts for a 5-iron since 1960:

• In the 1960s and 1970s, a 5-iron’s loft was 32 degrees.

• In the 1980s, a 5-iron’s loft decreased to 30 degrees.

• In the 1990s, a 5-iron’s loft dropped to 27 degrees.

Today’s 5-iron lofts are now 23-27 degrees, depending on the manufacturer.

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

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

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