Q11 - WHY DOES BUBBA WATSON USE A LOAD OF EXTRA LAYERS IN HIS GRIPS?
Generally it's for people with bigger hands but it's just preference really.
Some prefer a thicker grip, some prefer thinner.
I’m guessing he’s got quite large hands but I think it is just personal preference, he might have just grown up with golf clubs that way so I’m not too sure on that one. But it’s not advised!
Q12 - ARE HYBRIDS REALLY EASIER TO HIT THAN LONGER IRONS?
Yes definitely, with the centre of gravity being lower and further back due to the size of the head, they launch and spin higher and cut through the rough a lot easier and are a lot easier to hit on the mishits.
Whereas your long iron hasn’t got any of that playability/workability. You have to be really precise because the COG and MOI are smaller you see, the COG is a lot more forward because the soles aren’t as big on an iron as they are on a hybrid.
Q13 - WHAT IS THE EFFECT OF WIDER SOLES ON IRONS?
Generally it’s because they can get the COG lower and further back – so they help the average golfer launch it and spin it higher which gives a higher ball flight really.
You’ll tend to find your average guy doesn’t generate much power so it doesn’t give the ball enough of a launch angle so getting that weight lower and further back – having a wider sole – just helps that.
Q14 - WHY DO SOME PLAYERS ADD LEAD TAPE TO THEIR CLUBS?
Generally just to add weight in the head. If you want to get really technical, a lot of people I’ve seen and some tour pros do it, put lead tape just under the grip so it acts like a counter balance effect with the driver, this just helps with speeds of transition and timing.
For the better player, it helps with shot shape, so like I said, if you were to add weight to the heel of your driver, it helps with the release, and if you add weight to the toe it slows that release down and opens that face through impact.
Q15 - I DON'T UNDERSTAND THE DYNAMICS OF ALL THE DIFFERENT PUTTERS OUT THERE.... COULD YOU EXPLAIN THE BENEFITS BEHIND EACH?
Generally you have three types of putter as they sit in your hands. You have face balanced, ones with a slight toe hang and one with an immediate toe hang.
These can be fitted for people’s strokes. If you tend to be pretty neutral through the ball so a straight back straight through action, you’d fit into a face balanced. If you have a slight arc you’d need a little bit of toe hang there and if you’ve got an immediate arc you would need quite a bit of toe hang there to help square that club face up through the ball.
Essentially all brands do all three but mallet putters tend to sit face balanced generally and most blade putters sit with a slight toe hang with more weight in the toe.