Golf Clubhead Term


In golf, the term “clubhead” refers to the part of a golf club that is responsible for striking the golf ball. It is the weighted component at the end of the club's shaft and comes in various shapes and designs depending on the type of club.

Here are a few key points about the clubhead:

  1. Types of Clubheads: Different types of clubs, such as drivers, fairway woods, hybrids, irons, wedges, and putters, have distinct clubhead designs tailored to their specific purposes. For example, driver clubheads are typically larger and designed for maximum distance, while iron clubheads are smaller and designed for accuracy and control.
  2. Construction: Clubheads are typically made of metal alloys, such as stainless steel or titanium, although some may be made of other materials like carbon fiber or composite materials. The construction materials affect factors such as weight, durability, and feel.
  3. Face: The front surface of the clubhead is called the “clubface.” It is the part of the clubhead that makes contact with the golf ball during a swing. The face may feature grooves to enhance ball spin and control.
  4. Center of Gravity (CG): The clubhead's center of gravity refers to the point within the head where the majority of its weight is concentrated. CG location can affect the club's launch angle, spin rate, and forgiveness. Manufacturers strategically position the CG in clubheads to optimize performance.
  5. Clubhead Speed: The speed at which the clubhead moves through the impact zone influences the distance and trajectory of the golf ball. Golfers aim to generate high clubhead speeds to maximize distance.
  6. Adjustability: Some modern clubheads offer adjustability features that allow golfers to modify loft, face angle, or other characteristics. This adjustability allows golfers to fine-tune their clubs to suit their swing preferences or adapt to varying course conditions.
  7. Clubhead Size Limitations: The rules of golf set limitations on the maximum size of clubheads, particularly for drivers. These limitations ensure fairness and standardization in the game.

Understanding the clubhead and its characteristics is important for golfers in choosing clubs that match their playing style, swing mechanics, and desired shot outcomes. Custom club fitting can help golfers find the right clubheads that optimize their performance and enhance their overall golfing experience.

Clubhead: The part of a golf club which contacts the ball. The clubhead’s shape, material, loft and other characteristics vary depending on its purpose. For example, a driver or fairway wood features a large, rounded clubhead used for hitting longer shots, while an iron clubhead is smaller and thinner for use on shorter shots. The clubhead is attached to the end of the shaft opposite the grip.