Offset on irons, what is it for?
Posted 06 April 2007 - 11:54 PM
Posted 07 April 2007 - 12:12 AM
I've often wondered if this is more to improve stability as you move through ground contact. Although that offset doesn't make for much time to rotate your hands, it does cause the leading edge of the club to trail your hands as the sole makes impact with the ground. Maybe that helps keep the swingpath straighter. If you think about the modifications for high-handicappers, then you're normally talking about perimeter weighting (to improve MOI), bigger head (larger sweet spot), a wider sole (less digging) and offset. Perhaps the wide sole and offset were intended to keep the head moving straight when you have non-optimal ground contact.
Callaway X-Tour irons have a pretty deep cavity/undercut and very little offset. They also have really tiny heads from heel to toe, even shorter than a lot of modern blades, I think.
Posted 07 April 2007 - 12:15 AM
Pretty much what he said. Essentially the offset just allows your hands extra time to square up to the ball at impact. However, there are some great clubs out with little to no offset. More and more companies are releasing "in-between" sets of irons which offer most of the advantages of a blade, with some of the forgiveness of a cavity back. Try out the Mizuno MP60's, they're a big hit with a lot of players as are the TM R7TP's, Callaway X-Forged and Titleist 755. There's also combo sets like the Titleist 735.CM, Bridgestone J33c's and Nike Pro Combo's that offer a blending of blades, cavity and muscle backs all in one set.
Most irons are going to have a very slight amount of offset, but in most of those sets I listed it isn't overpowering or annoying.
Edited by Trxjw, 07 April 2007 - 12:17 AM.
Posted 07 April 2007 - 01:37 AM
Really depends upon your budget and eye for offset.
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Posted 07 April 2007 - 09:47 AM
Posted 07 April 2007 - 10:44 AM
Posted 07 April 2007 - 10:47 AM
I want cavity backs with as little offset as I can get and my only options are blades....
or any mizuno cb's. Nice feel as well.
Posted 07 April 2007 - 10:54 AM
Perhaps this is preposterous. Can anyone else identify?
Posted 07 April 2007 - 11:32 AM
Offset causes the shaft tip to flex more. It moves the COG farther away from the shaft axis. Every clubhead has some degree of COG-shaft axis offset, and this causes the toe of the head to drop, and the loft to increase, as the club is swung fast. More offset merely increases the effect and, hence, helps less-skilled golfers who have trouble getting the ball up and trouble squaring the face.
All drivers have offset (a lot, in fact). All irons have offset. It's a matter of degree.
Posted 30 May 2007 - 10:23 AM
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Posted 30 May 2007 - 12:37 PM