I look forward each week for your insight about golf technology. It is great information.
In the December issue of Golf Digest (page 69), there is an article called “Flame Throwers”. The article describes new irons that make the ball go faster and farther. Specifically, the author talks about irons that have a trampoline effect (i.e. face flexing) similar to drivers.
Do you think this is hype or something that can really increase ball speed and make the golf ball fly farther? Is it something worth purchasing?
Thanks in advance for your valued opinion,
Thank you for your kind comments and we are pleased to help you better understand some of the advances in golf technology– if they really are — and other good and interesting “stuff”.
Yes, it is possible to get the face of irons to flex in a similar manner to that of a driver face with spring like effect.
The wording in Appendix II 4-c of the Rules of Golf has been changed to allow a little bit of spring like effect and this modification from the original wording, which did not allow the face of a club to have any spring like effect, now also applies to irons.
For this to work the face must deform and recover during impact which lasts for about 0.000480 of a second. This means that the club head must be hollow and thus allow the face to move back and forth. You blink your eyes at speed of about 0.10 of a second which means while they are closed, you can have about 208 impacts of the club and ball. That’s about 2 ½ rounds of golf — if you shoot 80 per round – in a blink of an eye.
This is one way to speed up play.
While I am on this path of trivial information, I ask why you would want to hit the ball farther with your seven-iron if you have a six-iron in your bag. If we continue along this path, eventually we will do ourselves out of all short irons because they are all hitting the ball too far. Then what will we do? Maybe reverse the process!!
Is this really an advance to help you play better or a marketing ploy to reduce the size of your wallet? Let us know what you think about irons that hit the ball farther by sharing your views below with other site visitors.
Hope this helps