If you have an interest in the history of how golf clubs are forged then I would be happy to shed some light on that subject for you. For many people it’s all very well finding out how a particular club is created but if you don’t understand what goes into the fabrication of a particular club that number one will be extremely difficult to comprehend. The entire history of how golf clubs are forged can actually be traced back to the advent of the first human being on the planet. For those who would like to think that there is some kind of magic involved in how golf clubs are forged, please allow me to introduce you to one of the most magical forces in the world: magnets. You may not realize that a magnet has a whole history of its own and perhaps that is why we never really seem to have quite the same success with it when we play the game.
You probably already know that the science behind the science of magnets is complicated but even so it doesn’t take much knowledge to understand how a golf club is crafted. The science behind how golf clubs are forged is more or less as follows: The metal that is used to make up the club head is bent into the shape of a cone by an electric motor which rotates the head at various speeds relative to the poles of the magnet. The force applied to the head of the club will cause the metal to bend around the axis of the club causing the “ferling” effect which can produce a lot of kinetic energy. The speed of the head of the club is controlled by a series of levers and bearings, which open and close various parts of the club to control the different components.
To further complicate things even more, we now know that the force that produces the motion of the club head can be controlled by a set of springs that are embedded within the club. We can also use this knowledge to create a simple explanation of how the golf club is crafted. The springs take advantage of the momentum of the swing to move the club head along the path that we want it to take. In fact, once the club head has been moved it can be wound up and then released to do the swinging for us.
So how do we go about making such a seemingly complex yet simple club? How do we get the heads and shafts to work in unison? Well for one the material that is used to build the club is critical. It must be able to withstand the forces that are placed upon it and must be strong enough to withstand the impact of hundreds of golfers all working together in unison to make the club head move.
How are these steel materials forged? One method is to simply take a piece of steel and push it through a machine at high speeds to form what many consider to be a giant ball. These balls are then cast into molds to make the steel shafts that will go into the clubs. This method is still being used today but the process takes a lot of effort and time.
The second method that is used is to take a smaller steel bar and swing it at high speed until the two pieces lock together. When they do this the resulting club is known as a “stainless steel” club. The manufacturing process in this case does not allow for a large number of small particles, to affect the outcome. A stainless steel club is a perfect match for the “forged club” because the blade does not need to be made from a large amount of steel to be a perfect fit. This is another reason why forged clubs always have a better finish than do stamped clubs.
How do we learn about the science of how golf clubs are forged? Well there are several ways to go about this. First there are books that tell the history of the different club head styles and how the development of clubs was altered throughout the years based on how well each club worked. Another great resource is to talk to someone in your local golf course who is knowledgeable about this subject.
How can you tell the difference between a steel club and a steel shaft? When looking at steel club heads, you will notice that they have larger ridges on the top of the head. The reason for this is so that the steel shaft can support a larger number of weight particles without the glue holding them together losing its strength. So don’t be afraid to ask how golf clubs are forged any questions you might have.