Golf Club Components: Clubhead Cavity Back/Pad/Insert

Golf Club Components: Clubhead Cavity Back/Pad/Insert

Depending on whether the iron is designed as a blade or a cavity back, the portion of the clubhead directly behind the face will contain a hollowed out area — possibly filled in with a cavity badge or vibration-dampening polymer — or solid metal, often referred to as an insert today. That’s the pad essentially. The hollowed out area is a cavity back, which are known for being much more forgiving, and low-handicap players say less precise, than a blade or muscleback iron clubhead. Inserts and cavity backs are supposed to be especially helpful in lessening the damage done by a miss-hit. 

Here's a clear difference between a blade and a hollowed out cavity back iron.

Here’s a clear difference between a blade and a hollowed out cavity back iron.

Here’s a great example of a vibration-dampening insert. Sometimes irons are hollowed out as well. 

This insert made of a polymer of some kind is meant to reduce vibration and make strikes more forgiving, particularly miss-hits.

This insert made of a polymer of some kind is meant to reduce vibration and make strikes more forgiving, particularly miss-hits.

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