As many new players enter the golfing arena, there is an important aspect of buying golf clubs that should not be overlooked. Construction of clubs experienced a paradigm shift when Ping’s founder, Karsten Solheim developed the concept of forgiveness by introducing perimeter-weighted irons. This is just one instance that launched a whole new area of marketing to address the needs of the ‘casual golfer’. I often wonder if buying forgiving clubs is the wisest avenue for new players to develop a solid and consistent golf game. Or should they focus a bit more time on developing their unique golf swing.
Forgiving clubs have a specific design concept that I noticed in my research. I found a specific article that ties them all together. This list from Golf Sidekick makes sense to me:
- Contain 5 iron through to pitching wedge
- Have an offset hosel
- Are cavity backed
- Have perimeter weighting
The article also lists the top forgiving clubs of 2020, you can check those out if you are interested in seeing which clubs made the list. Interestingly, the clubs I purchased last year did not make the list…..go figure.
Does forgiveness make bad shots go away? No. Improving your swing, making better contact with the ball, is the only way to make bad shots rare. But forgiveness can make that slice a little less severe; it can make a shot struck off-center travel almost as far as one with perfect contact; it can help get a ball a little higher in the air.liveaboutdotcom: Forgiveness In Golf Clubs: What It Means – https://www.liveabout.com/forgiveness-term-1564149
I am in favour of new players buying a forgiving set of clubs. I think it will help them enjoy the game more with less frustration. Hitting better shots, even though their swing is not grooved, helps with the mental side of learning golf and that is always a good thing. The only suggestion I would make for anyone buying new clubs is to invest in a fitting. I have said this many times in the past and I stick to this advice as the golf standard. Nothing worse than buying a set of clubs you cannot hit, forgiving or not!
A point of note, I am not an expert on when is the best time for you transition from forgiving clubs. This is a point in your game of when to make that decision. I know for me, it happened when I broke 80, 90% of the time. Since moving to more of a players club, I have steadily (albeit slowly) lowered my handicap. The clubs helped tremendously and my new Mizuno MP 20 have added an additional level of confidence to my play. Now, I am hoping to play these clubs until I am at least 65 or so….. 😉
Using forgiving clubs is a good thing. However, I do not think it should be a replacement for improving your swing. I am not here to tell you what to do, but offer a suggestion that working on your swing will help far greater and be less expensive than buying new clubs all the time.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!