If you've spent time on the golf course then you will have no doubt heard the debate about whether forged or die cast golf clubs offer the best performance on the course and whether either can improve an individual's game. Both types of golf club heads have their advantages and disadvantages related to performance and costs. Below is an overview of the history and benefits of each type of club head.
Which came first?
The first golf clubs available in metal were forged by blacksmiths in the early 1900s. Although this was a huge leap in golf club manufacturing (previously clubs had been made from wood), forging the metal by hand meant that there were inconsistencies in the shape and detailing in each club and no two club heads were the same.
In the late 1960s, the golf club brand Ping began using die casting methods to manufacture golf club heads and transformed the golfing industry. High pressure die casting, where liquid metal is forced into a mould under high pressure, means the shape of the club head is cast in one go so this includes the head's grooves, brand name and logo, cavity holes and any other detailing you'd expect to find on a golf club head. The heads are made by injecting metal into a pre-formed die. This produces a non-ferrous metal, which means it doesn't contain high levels of iron, making it a low weight which is vital for a golf club.