Been a bit quiet on the golf front lately, holidays and bad weather have made playing the last month or so a rare event. Which has been dangerous because I have been bored and started tinkering with things!
I changed the grips on my irons to gold pride mcc4 no taper ones which feel so much better to me than a standard grip. So much so that I ended up doing the full set.
Nice and colourful as well!
Striking the irons much better with the thicker grips and gained a bit of distance as well. Wasn’t sure if it was the thicker grips reducing my grip pressure and reducing tension in the forearms that is doing it or if they have reduced the swingweight slightly with them being heavier than the ones I took off. This got me thinking about swingweight.
I spoke to Scott about it and he advised me that if he was fitting me for irons he wouldn’t have me in the project x ones that are in my clubs he would be going with lighter ones. When I was custom fit 9 years ago I was working with my hands doing a manual job so my hands and forearms were much stronger than they are now. As a result I was fitted for heavier shafts which now aren’t as consistent as they could be since I have become a keyboard tapper.
I looked about online and discovered counterbalancing which supposedly reduces swingweight and found a company that does weights that screw into the grip to achieve the counterbalance effect.
I looked about online and there was very mixed advice as to how much weight should be used and decided to order a 20 gram, 30 gram and 50 gram weights to try on my 3 iron as I have taken it out of the bag in favour of a 5 wood.
Had a go on flightscope hitting 10 shots with no weight then 10 shots with each of the different weights in the grip to see what effect it had on feel, strike, ball speed, shot shape and dispersion. The results were interesting.
Looking at the averages along the bottom with no weight carry distance was only 183yards as I had a couple of bad strikes in there. Ball speed was 123.6mph with 90.2mph club speed. I had 3 shots that were missed a long way right and dispersion was pretty poor at 39 yards.
Average carry distance went down to 176 yards, ball speed was 120.9mph with a 91.1mph club speed so club speed increased but strike was worse so ball speed and distance was worse. Had a few really redicolous misses right and dispersion was 57 yards! Shocking.
I then moved onto the 30 gram weight which felt slightly better which showed in the numbers. Much further at 196yards carry with 129mph ball speed and 92.1mph club speed. Dispersion was better and I now seemed to be changing shot shape from a fade or slice to a fade when not hit well to a pull left when I felt I swung better. The dispersion circle was back down to 40 yards.
Finally I hit 10 with the 50 gram weight and it felt like a completely different club. Static weight when just holding the club felt very different. Much more noticeable just holding the club that it was heavier, however when swinging the club it felt effortless and I felt like my hands were faster through the hitting area and I was able to square the clubface easier without my tendencies to either roll the face closed or hold it open trying to guard against rolling it over. This gave the best numbers of the test.
Average carry distance 199 yards which is closer to where I would expect my 3 iron to be. That was with a couple of off centre strikes that still managed to carry 190 yards which is further than my average at the start on a bad strike. I was able to hit some 207 carry which is much better. Club speed went up to 92.9mph with 130mph ball speed. Much better figures which I am happy with. Dispersion was also best of the lot at 35 yards. Most of the shots where a small draw with a couple leaked right on the poor toe strikes
Dispersion from longest to shortest carry is much better as is left and right. Coupled with a longer average distance and I think I’m onto a winner. I’m going to have another try with the 3 iron tomorrow with the 50 gram weight in it and if I still feel it is working then I’ll try it in a short iron and see if the same weight works in the shorter club.
If it does I have a dilemma as to wether to go with the 50 gram weight for all the irons or get a 40 and a heavier weight to see if I can get it even better. I’ll see what tomorrow brings but for now I am happy with my little experiment.