Swingweighting Tips |
by Staff 6
A few ideas/facts related to swingweighting:
1. Swingweight is the relationship between how weight is distributed in a club. That is, it is the weight distribution of the grip end as compared to the head end of the club.
2. A swingweight scale is based on a 14" fulcrum balance point. The weight on the grip side of the 14" fulcrum is considered to be grip weight.
3. The proper swingweight for a player is what feels best to him or her. There is no "ideal" swingweight.
4. Most steel shafted men's clubs at standard length will swingweight between D1 and D5; ladies' clubs are @5 points less. Graphite at 1" longer will tend to swingweight in the low D ranges; at longer lengths, the weight may actually approach the E ranges.
5. Junior clubs are, in many cases, so short they do not require swingweighting as the scale cannot "read" their lighter balanced weight.
6. Acceptable methods of swingweighting any club is lead tape on the back of it. For steel shafted clubs, lead powder and a cork in the hosel will work. For graphite (and Steel) lead tip pins are the best way to swingweight a club.
7. Heavier grips reduce the swingweight of a club; lighter grips increase it.
8. Lead powder should never be used in a graphite shaft for weight. It cannot be held in place and will most likely come above the hosel and potentially create a shear point for the shaft. Any weight that is added in the form of a tip pin cannot go above the hosel in a graphite shafted application due to this shear point.