Apparently the structure of a golf club is very simple a head and a shaft. The structure of a golf club is usually called by the critics as the elegant hockey stick. However if we give a deep thorough look to the golf club we will realize that a golf club is a very technical equipment unlike a hockey stick. A hockey stick is smoothly carved and polished wooden stick unlike a golf club which consists of many important components.
The reason due to which it is called an elegant hockey stick is because the golf was initially played by branches of trees. Its shape was given to it after a very long time. Ever since then the golf clubs have taken many shapes and different clubs have been introduced. Previously there was only one club designed alike from which the whole game was played but now only the irons are of 9 or more types. There are putters, wedges, woods and hybrids the names which were not even known by the people of that time.
A club is composed of many important components which are essential to be taken care of during its design. The shaft, grip, regripping, club head, hosel and the ferrule are the components of a club. The shaft is the connection between the club head and the hands of the golfer. It is the stick which varies in sizes according to its type along with the size, age and sex of the player. The shaft was initially made up of wood of maple, apple wood, lemon wood, rose wood, purple wood, blue- mahoo or persimmon.
Later on it was modified and was made up of iron, alloys of iron and stainless steel. Soon the shafts were made up of titanium or platinum although the most recent clubs are made up of carbon fibers which are light and just perfect in equilibrium unlike the steel shafts which were too heavy or wooden shafts which were too un reliable. The grip of the club is the place where the hands of the golfer are placed on the club. It was carved as a bulging area of the club before the leather or rubber grips came in fashion. The leather or rubber grips are either shafty having places carved for fingers or plane to make a firm grip. Regripping is the kit by which a new grip can be replaced on the club.
The grips are very long lasting and soft but their eventually are damaged by drying out or are torn out with time and need to be replaced. The regripping kit sets a new grip on the club which is very slippery initially but as it dries out it is firmly attached to the shaft and can only be taken off by cutting it. The hosel is the place from where the shaft joins the club head. The making of the hosel is very carefully made since very less people are aware of the fact that it is an important part of a club which maintains the equilibrium of the club making the head lighter. The ferrule is the ring above the hosel and is just a decorative part of the club. The last but not at all the least is the club head is the most important part of the golf club. The club head of iron, wood, hybrid, putter, wedge and chippers are very different from each other. They vary in sizes and as well as in the shape. The head is the part from where the ball is given a shot and is composed of lie, loft, and face, sole and back.
Now the new techniques have introduced a cavity back in irons and angle changing mechanism in driver i.e. Ping G20 Irons and TayloMade R11S Driver giving the club heads a completely new formation.