GET INTO GOLF: Head covers offer glimpse into player’s personality
December 7, 2018
For those familiar with this column, we know that golf clubs have been through a significant evolution over the last 100 years.
During the 1980s, specifically, golf clubs made a game changing transition from wood to metal.
This conversion in materials began simply with stainless steel and has now become increasingly complex with a variety of exotic metals. Today, golf club manufactures are using titanium, kevlar, tungsten, nickel, carbon fiber and more to develop golf clubs that are lighter, stronger, larger and more forgiving on miss hits.
However, one tradition that continues through this transformation is the 'head cover.' Of course, wooden drivers and fairway woods were more susceptible to heat or moisture. The 'woods,' often made of persimmon, could expand or contract with the weather.
Also, these carefully crafted clubs are beautiful, yet fragile and must be protected to maintain their appearance. Their shapes and colors are unique, but each is given a clear, glossy finish that will shine in the light.
A head cover goes a long way in guarding the wood from temperature changes and shielding the finish from scratches and exposure.
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The choice of head cover depended greatly on the station of its buyer. A wealthy golfer might have a colorful leather cover with numerals identifying each club. A more pedestrian player would likely have a cotton or synthetic cover with a number drawn on each. We've even seen a sock or two become the first of many personalized head covers.
Today our drivers and fairway clubs are made primarily of metal. Essentially, they're not impacted by moisture and temperature fluctuations have little or no effect on them.
So, why do we still use head covers? Certainly, we still have a reason to defend the clubs from a blemish. But, more than that, because we're not really concerned about protection from the elements, we can go for style.
Head covers today are a reflection of their owner. If you're watching Eldrick Woods play, it won't take long before you locate the orange Tiger head cover on his driver.
It's just one more way to have fun in the game. You can choose a head cover that tells everyone a little bit more about who they are. It's an opportunity to give your game something that matches your personality.
Head covers are available in cartoon characters (Popeye), college team mascots, professional sports logos, our favorite animals, beverages (i.e. Coke or Coors), games (Hearts or Clubs), super heroes (Superman), even fruits (might want to avoid a banana, nickname for a bad golf shot).
Remember, it doesn't matter how you play, it's how you look! Enjoying the game might include showing some personality through your equipment. Whether you find them online or at your local pro shop, have fun finding the head covers that show a little bit of who you are.
John Renslow is a PGA Professional, VP of Yugi Golf Management, and provides Golf Instruction at local courses.
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