Newbies to the game of golf may be struggling to comprehend many things. From the weird rules to the unique attire and soaring costs to play, golf sure does look unappetizing to the uninitiated. One of the oddities newcomers to the game must get over, of course, is the many styles of head covers in the bags of their fellow golfers.
What are club head covers?
Let’s start by understanding exactly what a head cover is. A golf head cover is a protective sleeve that is meant to fit over the head of your club while it is not being hit. Most golfers have head covers that are made specifically for their woods. Within the last 10 years, many golfers have also begun utilizing head covers for their putters. Additionally, some golfers keep head covers on each and every one of their irons and wedges.
Why do golfers want to put head covers on their clubs?
Head covers work to protect golf clubs from unintended damage. Golf clubs are made of precise alloy metals, lightweight carbon fiber and steel shafts. They are quite delicate when not being used for hitting a golf ball off of their club faces.
To guard against damage, golfers place head covers on their clubs. This prevents the clubs from banging around and clanking into each other while walking, driving in a golf cart, being carried to and from your house or simply sitting in your car trunk in between rounds.
Golfers have numerous styles to pick from
In the event that you’re in the market for modern head covers, you’re in luck. Most manufacturers of current drivers and woods make superb head covers. These head covers match the style and branding of the driver to showcase love for their newest toy.
Sleek, modern head covers from original equipment manufacturers are available for fairway woods and hybrids, too. Golfers can also opt for retro-designed head covers from companies like Stitch, Jones and Seamus. Specialty head covers for golf are surely a commodity but their presence is always growing on the golf course.
Another popular head cover choice is of the animal variety. Tiger Woods once made it seem cool to carry a golf club head with a cover that could also double for a stuffed animal. Suddenly the golf world saw more and more monkeys, tigers, lions and bears. In fact, a quick glance at any PGA Tour grouping — or a group of players at a junior golf tournament — and you’re bound to see a variety of stuffed animal head covers.
So, are head covers really necessary?
Yes, golf club head covers are necessary. They’ll save your golf clubs from many unwanted dings and help you avoid repair or replacement costs. Head covers also offer you the chance to show off your style on the golf course.
We recommend making sure your drivers, fairway woods, hybrids and putters are always protected with head covers. Your irons and wedges are a bit more durable and don’t necessarily need to be protected, but it’s not a bad idea.
— Ben Larsen