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Chapter 4. Maple Mike: > The Club: Not That Thing You Clamp Onto Your Steering ... - Pg. 136

Maple Mike Golf Club Nomenclature: Old School versus New School Drivers, 2 woods, 5 irons . . . golf clubs have standardized names and specifications (although there's a lot of variation from manufacturer to manufacturer), and there are stringently enforced rules about the number of clubs a golfer can carry. Such was not always the case. Back in the days when "irons" were actually made of iron, all clubs were custom-made, and a trip to the blacksmith was the equivalent of a trip to the pro shop. Modern-day numbering and naming regulations painfully usurped the much more evocative nomenclature system used in those days. There's still heated uncertainty about the precise equivalencies of old-school vs. new-school club names, and as is their wont, golfing enthusiasts maintain their learned and passionate debate to this day. I spent a wasteful amount of time delving into the subject, and the closest thing to a majority consensus on the matter is this list. The old-school names take on new levels of hilarity if read aloud in a faux-Scottish accent. Loft angles included for your fabrication convenience, although the loft angle is not the only definitive factor in a club's See what I mean about golfers and technical minutae? Cripes! designation. Shaft length, head weight, and the contour of the face also vary from club to club (and manufacturer to manufacturer). This list is by no means comprehensive, and many, many details of meaning to a golf enthusiast have been omitted. Olde School Cleek Mid mashie Mashie iron Mashie Spade mashie Mashie niblick Pitching niblick Niblick Jigger Brassy Spoon Baffy New School Driver 3 iron 4 iron 5 iron 6 iron 7 iron 8 iron 9 iron Wedge 2 wood Wood Wood Loft Angle 7­13 degrees 20­24 degrees 24­28 degrees 28­32 degrees 31­35 degrees 35­40 degrees 40­45 degrees 45­50 degrees 45­60 degrees 12­16 degrees > 15 degrees > 30 degrees Figure 04.33: The tension lock up close 'n' personal. Figure 04.34: The crudest of locking mechanisms, blatantly adapted from the much-beloved thumbscrew torture device. Figure 04.35: The humble PEX end cap: loathed by plumbers, but endlessly adaptable in context of improvisational fabrication. 125