The angle and loft of your golf clubs are extremely important. After all, golf clubs are designed so that you can pull the exact club out of your pocket to hit the ball the distance you need.
One way to make the necessary adjustments to your golf clubs is to bend them. But is flexing golf clubs really a good idea? And how do you do it?
Here's everything you need to know about bending golf clubs and when it's a good idea. We also came to the conclusion as to whether you should bend your clubs yourself or have a club fitter do the process for you.
- What does it mean to bend a golf club?
- When should I fold my golf clubs?
- How much does it cost to fold your golf clubs?
- How to bend golf clubs at home
- Should you double your irons?
- Can high quality cast iron putters be bent?
- Can you buy a golf bender?
What does it mean to bend a golf club?
Flexing a golf club allows you to change the angle of the club, which is an effective way to change ball flight. To effectively bend a racket, you should either use a racket bender or take your rackets to a professional to do it for you.
If you want to learn more about how club loft and lie angles flex, check out the following video from Mitchell Golf:
Although golfers often purchase new golf clubs rather than modify their current irons, club flex is a great way to make changes to the loft of your clubs to improve accuracy and consistency.
Flexing golf clubs also makes the irons slightly shorter or longer. This can significantly change the way you hit the ball and save you a fortune when it comes time to upgrade or change clubs.
To help you decide whether or not to bend your golf clubs, let's practice in the following sections and explain what to expect in detail.
When should I fold my golf clubs?
Deciding whether or not to remove your clubs is a matter of personal preference. If you're having trouble with the current loft levels of the irons in your bag, changing the angle of your clubs through flexing can help you improve your ball delivery.
Another thing to keep in mind is that a manufacturer's new set of putters does not mean that their lofts are absolutely accurate. In other words, they may not be consistent from club to club, which means their distances may be exceeded.
This is often the case with cheaper brand name golf clubs that are mass produced due to less attention to detail by manufacturers. However, correcting loft and angle by flexing the clubs is a super fast way to solve this problem.
You can take your putters to a fitter who can review the angles and lofts of each of your irons and make any necessary adjustments based on what they find.
How much does it cost to fold your golf clubs?
If you take your rackets to a mechanic or professional, you can expect to pay anywhere from $5 to $20 per racket, but a lot depends on mod prices in your area.
Bending golf clubs is a relatively inexpensive procedure that you can pay someone else to do.
When you consider that flexing your golf clubs can make them easier to hit, you can see that this is an excellent value option, especially when compared to investing in a new set of golf clubs to improve your game.
However, before you decide to bend your golf clubs, we recommend that you speak with a custom club fitter. You need to make sure the flex in your clubs is right for your game, as you don't want to compromise what you already have.
So if you're looking to flex your golf clubs this season, you can expect to pay around $100 for the entire set of irons, but you can negotiate a discount.
How to bend golf clubs at home
You should only bend golf clubs if you have the proper equipment at home. In most cases, that means investing in a high-tech golf bender that can adjust your clubs by about two degrees.
There are several golf club bending machines at different price points, giving you plenty of options to choose from if you want to bend your clubs yourself.
Since you can bend your golf clubs for as little as $5 by taking them to a professional club fitter, it's probably best not to attempt it yourself unless you have the proper equipment.
After all, you don't want to mess up your club's makeup by misaligning the angles or using a homemade template. Taking your irons to a professional and having them work for you is undoubtedly the best option.
Should you double your irons?
Yes, when it comes to bending golf clubs, the iron family is the best candidate. While you can theoretically flex fairway woods and hybrids, the design and loft of the irons means you can flex them to ensure they're consistent from club to club.
Whether or not you should double your irons is entirely up to you. Some people do it to improve ball flight, while others do it because they think their golf clubs are poorly made.
As mentioned above, if you are considering bending your golf clubs, we recommend that you first consult a professional club fitter and get a second opinion.
If you decide to have the work done, it's best to take the putters to an installer who will do it on your behalf.
Since bending golf clubs involves thin edges, it's very easy to go wrong if you do it yourself, so it's much better to entrust the process to a mechanic with experience and the right equipment.
Can high quality cast iron putters be bent?
The good news is that the vast majority of irons can be bent, even those made from high-quality castings. 17-4 stainless steel cast iron golf clubs are more difficult to bend because they are made of a much harder metal than carbon steel and graphite.
High-quality cast rackets also do not spring back after bending, allowing you to get the desired results after bending your rackets.
No matter what type of golf iron you have, you can bend it to adjust your degree of loft. Keep in mind that high-quality cast iron is a bit more difficult to bend and requires a special bending machine.
So if you plan to bend your quality cast putters, our advice remains the same: contact a local putter fitter in your area and ask them to complete the job on your behalf.
Stick bending can easily go wrong, and that's a mistake you don't want to make with your irons!
Can you buy a golf bender?
You can certainly buy a golf bender to use at home, but you will find that they are very expensive, often costing several hundred if not thousands of dollars. The most popular brand is Golfsmith, which makes quality loft/lie folders.
While some golfers may pay that price to upgrade their clubs, others will be hesitant!
So unless you plan to bend a significant number of golf clubs (and plan to do it more than once), paying a club fitter to bend your golf clubs on your behalf makes a lot more sense.
It also means you're less likely to screw up in the process and your clubs will bend perfectly! After all, making golf clubs and ensuring the loft and angle of each club is not an easy task, not something you should attempt.
Golf club bending is a viable option when you want to adjust the draft angle and loft of your golf clubs. This is useful when you want to modify your irons instead of changing them, especially when the loft angles are not what they should be.
And while you can bend your golf clubs at home, unless you've invested in a golf club bending machine, it's best to send them off to a custom club fitter.
While the process is relatively simple, it's all about small margins and you could be wrong if you don't know what you're doing. So for the sake of your irons, take your putters to a custom fitter if you plan on bending them.