One can be fascinated with various kinds and designs of golf clubs. Different parts of the club have their own unique features, which contribute to the variation among clubs. The head or the end wherein the ball hits the club must sustain the impact of the hitting of the ball. The head’s shape also affects the trajectory of the ball. The shaft should withstand the tension that comes from the environment, as well as all the pressure and forces that will affect the swing. The grip, which is also a part of the shaft, is where the player holds the club. The texture, consistency, and feel of the grip are essential for good control.
Because of all these details, one can choose from a very wide range of designs, kinds, and materials. One can choose to go with either iron or fiberglass shafts. People can also choose from different sizes, shapes, and materials of the heads. Throughout history, players, especially the royals and elites, also choose to customize their golf clubs. Because of this, players tend to have several pieces in their sets with different designs and types when they play golf. Nowadays, this cannot be done anymore because there are regulations and rules that dictate which clubs are allowed during tournament play. These rules and regulations are also part of the general rules and regulations that are implemented in friendly games.
The ruling bodies that create and implement these rules are the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews or R&A and the United States Golf Association or the USGA. These two organizations have the authority to mandate which types of golf clubs can be used during tournaments, including shape, size, and material used. These detailed rules and regulations can be found in Appendix II of Rules of Golf. For the sake of those who don’t want to look for a rulebook, here are some must-know policies:
- The form of the club used shouldn’t deviate that much from that of a common club
- It’s fine to add grip to the shaft through the usual means, which mainly involves covering the part with a grip-enhancing material
- A club should mainly consist of a shaft and a head
- A club needs to be one whole unit, and external attachments that could affect its performance in any way aren’t allowed
To be a bit more specific, clubs should have a look similar to that of the old and original designs, with a head and a shaft but not necessarily made of the exact same materials. If deviations in terms of material were deemed illegal, then iron will banned since iron clubs were not among the first clubs ever made (in other words, they aren’t traditional). This rule pertains more to the look of the club, meaning that it must not differ extremely from the original look of the clubs.
The main point of having a rule regarding parts is that there should not be more than one head or shaft. The club being a single unit means that the parts should be attached and fixed to each other, so that these parts are not easily removed or detached from the other pieces.
Even though there is a rule that requires that the look of a club should be the same as the original look of golf clubs, there can be adjustments made to the equipment to suit your taste and your play. These adjustments include adjustments for weight, length, and alignment. Generally, these adjustments are allowed if the player could make adjustments using a specialized tool, such as an Allen key, and not by using fingers or any item that can be easily found in the bag of a player (such as a coin).
These rules and regulations allow fair play during tournament so that all players will have an equal shot at winning, and thus players can enjoy every set of golf they play.