offset iron

    Golf clubs with offset have a face that is set slightly behind the hosel, a design that gives golfers an extra split-second to square the clubface before impact. In a set with progressive offset, the amount of offset gradually decreases as the clubs become shorter. For example, the 5-iron has a bit less offset than the 4-iron.

    Progressive offset accounts for the fact that longer clubs are more difficult to swing into a square impact position, whereas most golfers have little trouble doing so with the short irons. Matching sets of woods, hybrids and irons may be built with progressive offset.

    Among the companies making progressive offset clubs is Thomas Golf, which offers free custom fitting on its website (www.thomasgolf.com).