By JASON LUSK
Director of Design
Adjustable golf clubs are nothing new.
Telescoping shafts, clubheads that pivot to change loft and clubs with moving weights have been on the market for years – regardless of their being ruled nonconforming by the USGA and the R&A.
Clubs with pivoting heads emerged in the 1800s in Great Britain, but they didn’t hold
up well. That changed when the advent of investment casting in the 1970s made them more durable, says Don Moore, who has been manufacturing adjustable clubs since 1973. He started with the SuperStick and now sells the Universal Club (www.universalclub.net) on the Internet (pictured).
There are several companies making such clubs, all of which feature some locking mechanism that enables the clubhead to be tilted to change loft. The makers of pivoting clubs say they have loyal followings of golfers who aren’t interested in the rules.
“You’ve got every club you need in one,” says Jeff Goodfield, who sells the All-in-One Golf Club.
According to Goodfield’s Web site (www.allinonegolfclub.com), the All-in-One can be set to play like 34 clubs. He says his product can improve a player’s game because the club always is swung at the same length. “You don’t have to learn to hit a 5-iron that’s one length, then a 6-iron that’s a different length,” he says. The club can be collapsed like a telescope for storage.
But don’t plan on trying one of these clubs in a sanctioned tournament anytime soon
– they weren’t included in the latest round of USGA approvals.
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Jason Lusk is Golfweek's director of design. To reach him e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.