What types of head cover do I need for my golf clubs?

Your golf clubs are kept in a golf bag, and you transport that golf bag around the golf course by carrying it, or pulling it along in a trolley, or putting it in an electric trolley, or even on a buggy. This may seem to be simple facts that I am stating, but here is another simple fact. Whatever you do and however you carry the golf clubs the heads of the clubs will knock together against each other, and that can cause some damage.

Take the woods. I know they are made of metal or from hard carbon compounds but that doesn't mean that they can't be chipped or damaged in some way. When you spend on an average of £200 for each club you want to be able to look after them. Irons are different in a way as their heads tend to always be made of metal so would be damaged less by hitting against one another, but do you really want to take that risk. And the putter? Well, the putter is the most important club in the bag, and the one that you use the most, so even a small amount of damage can be catastrophic to your game.

So what do you do about it? There is a simple answer to this question now, and it is that you should cover the heads of your clubs, and that is what the head covers are for.

Let's start with the woods. When you buy woods and spend all that money on them, your friendly pro shop or golf discount store should normally throw in head covers for each of them. If they have bought in bulk then these head covers will be the equivalent of a sock with a big fluffy head on the top of it. It may be a specialist branded head cover (e.g. Ping head covers with Ping clubs). If this is the case, then you may want to keep these.

Or, you may want to find some alternatives. For instance, Tiger Woods dug deep into his imagination and put a Tiger head cover on his driver. There's all types and shapes and sizes of head cover and some of them are really quite fun.

Some golfers will also put head covers on their irons. These are normally plastic and quite hard but they do a great job of protecting the clubs. Personally, I have found iron head covers quite fiddly and difficult to get on and off. Perhaps this is why you won't find many professionals using them either.

Putter head covers can be plastic or rubber, and depend on the shape on the putter. Some can be branded, but others are just general.

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