Have you ever felt one of your clubs feels perfect during the swing? Most of you will agree some golf clubs feel better than others during the swing. If a club feels lighter or heavier, you’ll have to modify your swing pattern to get the best results.
How the club feels during the swing depends on one of the most critical but underrated metrics. We’re talking about the swing weight of a golf club and more specifically the driver in this case. A vast majority of golfers are unaware of what swing weight is and how it affects your game.
More than any other golf club, swing weights make a massive difference in drivers. In this article, we’ll explore what exactly swing weight is, how to measure it, and its importance in the case of drivers.
What Is Swing Weight
In layman’s terms, swing weight is how heavy or light a golf club feels when you swing it. Unlike the standard weight, swing weight is not measured in grams but is measured using a complex system.
We’ll explain this system in detail further down in the article. Swing weight aims to gauge the dynamic feel of a golf club rather than the static feel.
Furthermore, swing weight also analyses the weight distribution of the golf club using four factors. It should be noted that these factors help in precisely assessing the weight in the top third and bottom two-thirds of a golf club.
Here are the most important factors used for determining the swing weight of a golf driver –
- Weight of the club head
- Length of the golf club
- Weight of the grip
- Weight of the shaft
How To Measure Swing Weight
Swing weight is measured using a particular balance scale designed specifically for this purpose. Robert Adams introduced the technique to measure swing weight.
In this technique, golf club manufacturers place the golf club on a fulcrum point on the balance scale. At this point, the club is perfectly balanced without any tilt to either side. After this, a sliding weight is used to balance out the hanging part of the golf club.
Once the counterweight balances the entire club, it gives the swing weight of the golf club. But you should note that measuring swing weight and reading it are two different things. We have explained below the unique system to read and rate golf club swing weights.
How To Read Swing Weight
Unlike standard weight that is expressed using grams or ounces, swing weight is represented using a combination of letters and numbers.
Essentially, there are a finite amount of swing weight ratings that can be assigned to a golf club, 60 to be precise. The letters A to F represent the six broad ranges, and each range has ten values, from 0 to 9.
This means that the lightest possible swing weight of a golf club can be A0, and the heaviest will be F9. However, most men’s golf clubs’ swing weight ranges between C7 and D7. In comparison, the range is C0 to C7 for women golf clubs.
You can change the swing weight of any golf club, including the driver, by making subtle modifications. These include adding lead tape, changing the grip or the shaft, or altering weight by any other means.
A change in a gram or two can change the swing weight by a significant amount. For instance, shortening the shaft by even half an inch can reduce the swing weight by up to four values.
How Important Are Swing Weights For Golf Drivers
Swing weight is one of the most essential metrics for improving your swing technique and, ultimately, your overall game. However, its significance in the case of drivers surpasses any other golf club.
The swing weight of any golf club should be suited to the player’s swing pattern, speed, and technique. For instance, if a club feels too light, you’re more likely to swing with more power than needed, leading to poorly controlled shots.
In the other case, if the club is too heavy, you’ll spend more energy hitting the club with the necessary force, causing you to tire out over the round.
A well-hit drive off the tee instills confidence and shapes the outcome of the subsequent round. That is why swing weight is of utmost importance for drivers.