Recently I had the itch to replace my 13 year old clubs but before hitting different name brands and types of clubs I needed to figure out if I wanted forged or cast iron clubs.
You will notice when you walk into Vclubshop any golf store that typically forged clubs are much more expensive then cast clubs. This is due to the fact that forged clubs are made of one piece of medal that molded into the shape of the club. The clubs are finished off by a nice polish.
Metal that poured in molds is where the cast irons come into play. harder metals are used since they don’t have to be shaped they are just put into a mold. Cast clubs are also easier to make duplicates of as well as different shapes like the cavity back style. You’ll see this style of club being most beneficial to beginners aiding in ball flight.
Mostly due to cost cast irons are the most common to the everyday golfer, these clubs offer the most forgiveness and are much easier to hit for the swing that’s not Vclubshop quite fine tuned yet.
If you check to see what type of clubs the pros use you’ll notice most have clubs that are blade style clubs that are forged. Many will say the softer metal provides a better feel but really it just boils down to what you hit the best. I was a little intimidated by forged clubs but after hitting many cast clubs I just wasn’t satisfied. The particular club I hit was new for this year by Titleist and actually hit it better that the various other brands I hit (Ping and Mizuno). I think golf clubs have come a long way from a design and technology perspective.
It seems that the forged clubs of today have incorporated a nice sized sweet spot and are well balanced allowing for more forgiveness than expected. Unfortunately you’ll notice that due to the clubs being forged you’ll still pay a pretty penny for these types of clubs. Keep in mind that these types of clubs are for the player that can hit the ball straight consistently. It does no good for you to say I want to work the ball if you can hit it straight in the first place.
I have found not matter what your initial thoughts are go to a golf Vclubshop store where you can hit a number of different brands and style and see which one feels the best. Granted you only hit the ball 6ft or so but you should still be able to judge how your hitting the ball off the mat and your contact with the ball. So Forged or cast golf clubs, I’d say after an hour or so hitting a mix of irons you’ll know for sure what’s going to be best for you so that you can enjoy the wonderful game of golf.