The Perfect Club: Reviewing the Original

The Perfect Club
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The Perfect Club debuted in 2002, offered by a company founded by then-Golf Channel personality Peter Kessler. And Kessler was featured in infomercials that were in heavy rotation on the Golf Channel in 2002 and 2003.

Kessler is no longer affiliated with the company, and it is rare to see the clubs advertised today. But the brand is still around as "The Perfect Club Golf Collection," and makes a range of clubs from drivers to chippers, in addition to the original long-iron replacement club.

That original Perfect Club was really one of the heavily marketed hybrid golf clubs, although back then it was more likely to be called a "utility club." It used a shorter shaft to help give the golfer more control, with lots of game-improvement features including significant offset.

That original Perfect Club deserves its place in history as one of the first widely known and successfully direct-marketed hybrid golf clubs.

As noted, the Perfect Club brand today includes other types of clubs, and you can see those at

Here is our original review of the original Perfect Club, originally published (that's a lot of originals) on Jan. 19, 2003.

The Original Perfect Club: Pros, Cons, and Keypoints


  • Shorter shaft designed to help control shot.
  • Lofted face, weighting gets the ball up in the air.
  • Distance and loft produce long shots that land softly.


  • Model tested felt too heavy.
  • Offset a turnoff for some better players.


  • Shaft length of 39 inches is shorter than most fairway woods, most utility clubs, and many long irons.
  • The face of The Perfect Club is lofted 21 degrees.
  • Low center of gravity makes clubhead easy to feel throughout the swing and helps get the ball airborne.
  • An offset head helps many recreational players in their battles with the slice.
  • The rounded sole, with raised "V", helps it glide through grass and avoid digging into sand or turf.
  • The Perfect Club comes in right and left, men's and women's, steel or graphite shafted models.
  • Men's model features Lamkin grip, women's model a Winn grip.

Reviewing The Perfect Club

Jan. 19, 2003 - If you've caught much of The Golf Channel lately, you've probably caught some of the ubiquitous commercials featuring former Golf Channel host Peter Kessler touting The Perfect Club.

Kessler is president of the company and had a hand in the late stages of the club's development. He believes the company has built a better mousetrap by combining a clubhead that produces a higher launch angle and more distance with a shaft that helps create more control.

The shaft of The Perfect Club is what Kessler sees as the key.

"The only people who can really swing a long shaft that is lightweight ... are the 50 best players in the world," Kessler says. "(They) have the swing speed and swing path to take advantage of longer, lighter shafts. The rest of us need shorter shafts, not longer shafts."

The Perfect Club features a shaft shorter than any other utility club on the market. In fact, while Kessler says the distance produced should be equivalent to your best 3- or 4-iron, he says the club should be played as you would play an 8-iron.

"We developed a club that allows you to play it as though it was a short iron, in the middle of your stance, but you get fairway wood kind of distance and height," Kessler says.

"The key educational thing for us is to tell people to play it where it instinctively feels right, which is in the center (of the stance), and go ahead and smash down on it like it was a pitching wedge or an 8-iron."

With more weighting in the clubhead, the player feels the clubhead throughout the swing. With a raised "V" wedge on the bottom of the clubhead, the club more easily glides through rough and better avoids digging into turf or sand. The loft helps get the ball airborne, while the short shaft gives a player a better shot at a good swing.

That's the theory. What's the result?

We struck the ball fairly well and fairly consistently on a day we were having some trouble with other clubs. The only drawback for us was that the club felt too heavy - but the model tested had a True Temper steel shaft. Graphite shafts are available and are sure to be the more popular model.

The effectiveness of The Perfect Club was well-demonstrated, however, by a club pro who was hitting the club along with us. He hit 20 or so balls out of a fairway bunker, and 18 of them were perfect shots.

Eighteen out of 20 doesn't make The Perfect Club perfect, but it makes it perfectly clear that it's a club to be taken seriously.

The Bottom Line: The Perfect Club isn't perfect, but no golf club could ever be that. What The Perfect Club is is an excellent club that performs as advertised - well worth checking out.