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, the club head body 1,21,31,42 may be made of any material suitable for the construction of golf clubs and may include additional features such as a sole-plate on wood type clubs as are known in the art.The faceplate of a golf club head includes bars can be individually deflected, without permanent damage, in a direction perpendicular to the impact face when the impact face strikes a golf ball. In some embodiments, the sidewalls of the bars are pre-shaped so that adjacent sidewalls provide grooves of desired dimensions on the impact face.A plurality of machined or otherwise formed bars 8,28,39,40,48,49 are fit contiguously into the recess in the face of the club head to form a faceplate having an impact face.The club head body 1 has a recess 2 in its front face 3,23,33,45 and optionally a cavity 4,24 or through hole within the recess, behind the impact face.Adjacent bars can have sidewalls which are in contact with each other or which are spaced apart from each other. In a preferred embodiment, a top and/or bottom retainer element is pressed into place in the dovetail in order to lock the bars into position.Each of the bars has a frontwall which extends across the faceplate. This allows individual bars to be economically mass produced before being incorporated into an inset in the face of a club head.The depth dimension may be uniform or variable lengthwise as may the thickness of the material.

1,383,654, 1,452,695, 1,494,494, 5,176,384, 5,358,249, 5,405,136, 5,542,675, 5,766,093, 5,807,190 and 6,007,435.When the frontwalls provide the impact face, they can be composed of the same material. In some embodiments, the bars are retained in the recess by a dovetail geometry on the ends of the bars. The entire disclosure of that patent and each of those applications is incorporated herein by reference. Not all of the proposals comply with the USGA Rules of Golf, Rule 4 and Appendix II, which require that, for clubs other than putters, “the whole of the impact area” of the club face “must be of the same material” and that impact area markings, such as grooves, should comply with certain requirements. 11/261,915 is a continuation application of application Ser. In a second preferred aspect, this invention provides a method of making a golf club head, for example a golf club head according to the first preferred.This application is a continuation application of application Ser. Such advantages can include: Preferred club heads of the invention, particularly club heads for irons and drivers, conform with the USGA Rules of Golf with respect to grooves on, and uniformity of material of, the impact face.