Hitting the Ball on the Screws

Hitting the Ball on the Screws 

One of the phrases you may have heard from a TV announcer or veteran golfer who has played for a long time is “It looks like he hit the ball on the screws”.  If you are scratching your head trying to figure out its’ meaning, that is simply a way of expressing the fact the player hit the ball extremely well.

Wooden golf club head with face screws

The origins go back to the days when woods were made out of, well…wood.  To protect the wood against repeated impacts with the ball, wooden woods were equipped with face inserts made from many different materials.  To keep the insert in place, some were were fastened with “screws” which were located in a small area in the center of the face (as pictured). In some cases, a 5th screw could be found right in the center of them all.

The screw holes were counter-bored and once the screws were fully tightened the screw heads were sanded so they would fit flush with the face prior to any urethane finish in order not to unduly influence the ball flight. As you can tell, there was a lot of work that went into the creation of a wooden wood.

Golfers who are new to the game in the past 25 or so years have probably never had the experience of hitting a wooden driver or fairway club, just like they haven’t used a steel shaft in a wood or felt the tackiness of a leather-wrapped grip.

It used to be if you miss-hit a wooden driver ½” toward the heel or toe you would lose 7% of your potential distance.  Miss-hit 1” toward the heel or toe and you lose a whopping 14% of your potential distance.  For example, if you normally hit your driver 230 yards on average, a 14% loss would amount to over 30 yards!

Modern titanium drivers have superior weight distribution and a much higher moment of inertia.  To illustrate that, the same 1” off-center shot may end up only penalizing the golfer 5% (11 yards) off of the potential distance. As a result, golf has become less penalizing as you don’t always have to hit the ball “on the screws” or directly behind the sweet spot to get the best results like back in the wooden club days.

Hitting the ball on the screws (or between the screws) is partially based on putting in the quality practice time. The other part comes down to custom fitting your equipment and making sure you have the proper length, grip size, shaft weight and flex to make the most repeatable impact.


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How Do I Know What Grip Size to Use?

Grips come in all colors, size and textures.  You can’t go wrong with the color you like and the texture you like, but you can benefit from playing a grip that is made to fit your hand properly.   Lamkin Grips state it can make 4 – 5 strokes difference in your game!  Oh to go 4 – 5 strokes lower!







So how do I know what size I need?


  1.  Match Up With Your Glove Size  

GLOVE SIZE                                       GRIP SIZE

Men’s XL/Cadet XL and larger              Midsize /Oversize

Men’s Large / Cadet L                              Standard / Midsize

Men’s Med Large / Cadet ML                 Standard

Men’s Med / Cadet Med                           Standard

Men’s Small / Cadet Small                       Undersize/Standard

Women’s Large                                            Undersize/Standard

Women’s Medium                                        Undersize

Women’s Small                                              Undersize/Junior

2. Take a Hand Measurement 


 Take a ruler and measure the distance from your wrist (base of your palm) to the end of your middle finger (first measurement).  Then measure length of your middle finger from the base of your hand to the tip (second measurement).




If your wrist measurement is:


6 1/2″ or less then consider an undersize grip.

6 1/2″ to 7″ then consider a standard grip (unless finger length is 3″ or less then undersize).

7″ to 8 3/4″ then consider a midsize grip (unless finger length is 3″ or less then standard).

8 3/4″ +  then consider an oversize grip (unless finger length is 3″ or less then midsize).


3. Take a Visual Test

If grip is too small your middle two fingers will dig into your thumb pad on your palm. (pic A)

If grip is too big your middle two fingers will not touch your thumb pad on your palm. (pic B)

If grip is just right your middle two fingers will just touch your thumb pad on your palm. (pic C)

A.  too small of grip                                                                                        B. too big of grip                                                                C.  Just right!

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4. Still Not Sure..

Take it to the range.  Go demo some clubs with the three different sizes and see what feels best to you.  The three test above are based on what grip manufacturers tell us.  My thinking is it has to feel good in my hands to work the best for me.

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New Karma Putter Grips

Check out the new Karma putter grips!  Now in stock!

The Karma Velour Standard Pistol Putter Grip feature a familiar pattern and is manufactured using a soft rubber compound for proven performance.  82 grams.  These are an inexpensive alternative to some of the big name grips on the market at a fraction of the price!karma_pistol_grip


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