What Is a Golf Ferrule? What is its function?
Posted on January 3, 2022
Are you unsure whether or not to use a Ferrule on your golf club? Well, that is entirely dependent on the clubhead. If the top of the clubhead's hosel is flat or square, a ferrule is intended to be installed. Today, nearly all club heads are made in this manner. Certain clubheads, however, have been manufactured with a beveled hosel or one that tapers slightly at the top and is not intended to be used with a ferrule.
So before we discuss whether or why you need a Ferrule on a Golf Club, let us first understand what a Golf Ferrule is!
What is a Golf Ferrule?
The ferrule is an optional clubhead component that protects the connection between the hosel and the shaft. The hosel is tapered to create a more seamless appearance at the address. They are frequently glued together, and the ferrule then encircles that connection.
The ferrule is the black piece visible just above the hosel. A ferrule's purpose is to provide a smooth transition from the hosel's top to the shaft. The main purpose is to add a nice cosmetic element to the golf club. Ferrules are usually made of plastic and can be all black or have colored trim rings attached. Ferrules are classified into two types: standard ferrules and repair ferrules. We'll talk about repair ferrules a little later.
What is the Function of a Golf Ferrule?
On a golf club, the ferrule serves primarily as an aesthetic component. The ferrule's job is to make the shift from the shaft towards the hosel as smooth as possible. A golfer can't see the (occasionally) sharp edges of the hosel in which the shaft meets the clubhead because of the ferrule. The ferrule hides this.
Furthermore, there is a kind of ferrule known as a "counter-sunk ferrule" that serves a purpose other than aesthetics: it provides additional bracing for the shaft or club head contact point. However, this is a rather infrequent situation. An iron without a ferrule (certain clubs are manufactured without them) is much more likely to be encountered by a golfer than those with a counter-sunk ferrule.
Why do I need a Golf Ferrule?
Putting a band around the place where the shaft enters the clubhead in the earlier years of golf, when irons used hickory shafts, served that purpose: it probably prevented the wooden shaft from fragmenting or breaking. When hardwood shafts were phased out of golf, ferrules became largely decorative.
Instead of ferrules, wooden-shafted drivers and some other woods adopted a technique known as "whipping." Whipping was accomplished by wrapping a strong thread all around the hosel region, just over an inch on and around the point where the hosel and clubhead met. Whipping is no longer a part of golf, thanks to the new metal woods and steel and graphite shafts. So over the hosel - club head joint, a wood can either have a ferrule or just no cover at all.
Do you need a ferrule? Well, that relies entirely on the clubhead. A ferrule is designed to be fitted when the head of the hosel of the clubhead is plain or square. Today, almost all clubheads are manufactured in this manner. Certain clubheads, on the other hand, feature a beveled hosel or a hosel that tapers gradually at the top and isn't meant to be used with a Golf Ferrule. Ping iron heads are an outstanding example of this sort of hosel.
Choosing ferrules isn't only a matter of fashion; it's also a matter of which one fits nicely. Ferrules with various interior diameters are available to fit a variety of shaft tips. Furthermore, the exterior diameters of ferrules do not all have almost the same exact size. Take this into consideration.