2) 3 Fairway Wood
3) 5 Fairway Wood
4) Irons (Just the swing weight)
5) Wedges (Just the swing weight)
6) Putter (Just the swing weight)
Yes, I know different for different people but I just wanted to find out the average.
The analogy about light and heavy objects swung at the same speed will generate the same force is totally incorrect. eg. If you swing a feather at 100 mph and try to hit a golf ball it goes no where.
If you swing a 1 pound weight 100 mph then you will have muchhhhh more force.
Also feeling the club head by making it heavier allows the body weight to be in sync with the club movement.
The distance a golfer hits the golf ball is based on his synchronization of the body weight and club head at impact.
If you hit with your hands only and no weight transfer, the ball will go rather short distance.If you get the right timing of body weight and the club head the ball will travel forever.
That is why some relative small people hit the ball a long way while some big people cannot get a lot of distance.
OK so I'm going to step in to the fray here a lil bit. Lets start by getting a common understanding of some of what we're talking about. The OP was talking about swing weight and swing weight is measure of tourque NOT at the club head nor at the Center of mass of the club but at an arbirtary weight determined by some guy. Swingweight is the force required to over come the inertia of the COM of the entire club. if you increase the swing weight. you are moving the center of Mas of the entire club closer to the club head. I think everyone would agree.
Since golf and tennis is a sport where power delivered through kinetic sequencing. A club that is too light, will force a slower swing speed because you couldn't make contact, a club that is too heavy would slow swing speed because you couldn't make contact. When you increase the swing weight you increase the mass of the head of the hammer and provided that you can keep the club moving at same speed the ball will go FURTHER because it has more momentum and move velocity. So if you can control a heavier club and hold all things equal you're gonna increase your distance.
I recently moved my irons to D8 and I ca swing with more control and the same head speed and picked up 15 yards.
The analogy about light and heavy objects swung at the same speed will generate the same force is totally incorrect. eg. If you swing a feather at 100 mph and try to hit a golf ball it goes no where. If you swing a 1 pound weight 100 mph then you will have muchhhhh more force.
100 pounds of cotton swung at 100 MPH isn't going to send the ball as far as 1 pound of steel swung at 100 MPH either.
There are a lot of factors to consider when you want to think about the weight of a club.
Obviously, the heavier a club the slower (with the same effort) you'll swing it. Solidity (of conrtact) matters too.
weight x speed = power on tennis rq. if you want power use less string tension that equals more stored energy more control use more tension , lighter weight. on a club or racket helps those out that cannot control ( because of skill or strength ) the swing , higher weight. in the same size transfers more stored energy - imho
I don't agree with "Basically if you buy two identical wooden handled hammers, drill out the handle of one. The weight of the hammer will be lower, but head weight will be constant. If you swing the hammers so that the speeds of the heads are identical, the nail will recieve the same amount of force and energy. There would be no difference."
I don't have a degree or anything like that...but common sense tells you if you have an object (head of a club) weight 197Gm traveling at 106Mph and if you add 20gm (217Gm) traveling at the same speed it will give more distance...the head is about 10% heavier so if 106Mph give you 280Yds there for 10% more weight may give you up to 20Yds extra distance...
on the same theory you don't use a 1# to dig the ball out of 12" of thick rough (head weight & shaft length = more club head speed) but a shorter shaft with a heavy head (SW) or (PW) will get you out (Ok more loft) what I am getting at if you put a SW head on the end of your driver shaft...you would not swing it at 90mph as the weight will slow you down and to get it back to the ball square you would have to have a shaft made from rebar...
IMO. Everybody has a different point of diminishing returns on power from the weight of the object they are swinging. The three main varying factors I see in determining that point are strength, speed, and mechanics.
I played softball with 2 really good homerun hitters. One was not particularly fast but was very, very strong. He used a 37 ounce bat and could still generate plenty of bat speed to hit home runs. The other wasn't particularly strong but was extremely fast. He used a 28 ounce bat and generated tremendous bat speed to hit home runs.
Neither of them could hit home runs very well at all using the other's bat. The strong guy simply wasn't fast enough to hit with the 28 ounce bat and the fast one simply wasn't strong enough to generate any speed with the 37 ounce bat.
Also the strong guy had a longer swing and the faster guy had a shorter and much more compact swing.
P.S. I had a boss at the coal mine that was the strongest working man I ever knew. He was constantly taking any sledge hammer that didn't weigh 20 lbs. or had the handle shortened, out of the welding trucks because he thought we could drive pins better with the heavier and longer hammers.
The problem was that few people could swing a 20 lb. hammer and could do much better and hit much harder with a 16 lb. hammer with the handle sawed off a few inches. He thought because he could swing the damned things that everybody else should be able to as well.