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Adjustable golf club

Instead of carrying a bulky and heavy set of clubs, golf players can now carry only one. Similar to the traditional clubs, this has a rotating head that can be adjusted accordingly in order to achieve various lofts.
Adjustable golf club
In order to work their way across the greens, golfers need to carry a number of golf clubs with them. From drivers to putters, irons to woods, golf clubs vary in size, shape and weight in order to cover every situation from teeing off to final hole.

With the ambition to decrease the number of required clubs an inventor introduces a new, single adjustable club that can replace several golf irons. Equipped with a serrated and inter-digitising joint, this novelty allows the 180-degree elevation of the club head, providing different clubface lofts. Additionally, a calibrated gauge found on its neck, measures the degree of the clubface rotation. As soon as the desired loft has been achieved, a quick release clamp located at the back of the hosel transforms the club into a traditional club with no moving parts.

According to game regulations golfers may use up to 14 clubs with varying lofts. While professional golfers employ caddies, the amateur golfer probably carries their own. Aside from the expenses involved in purchasing a complete set of clubs, this innovation also reduces the weight golfers have to transport across the course.

Featuring therefore as a specialty club, the performance values of which still require refinement, the developer is looking for collaboration with club manufacturers who would further develop the club to a competitive standard. Currently a prototype exists.
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