Although they look alike in shape, golf clubs are very different in terms of construction. Each club is designed to offer a certain bounce, spin, speed, or forgiveness and is suitable for a certain distance from the tee. There are 5 large categories of golf clubs and learning what each model can do can be confusing if you are not a professional golfer but our article can help you get a better understanding of golf clubs.
There are different types of golf clubs
- Woods are golf clubs with a hollow body and a large head and are designed for long shots as much as 450 yards away from the tee. The 1 wood is also known as the driver and has the lowest loft of all clubs, which is the clubface angle that controls the speed and distance and can vary between 7 and 12 degrees. The 3 and 5 wood are known as fairway woods because they are often used for the second shot in the fairway of the hole.
- Irons are used when the ball is less than 200 yards away from the green and they come in sets of 7 that include irons numbered from 3 to 9. The closer you get to the green, the higher the number of the iron you will need. Since the 3 and 4 irons are more difficult to hit for amateur, seniors, and ladies, they can replace these clubs with woods with a higher loft, like the 7 and 9 woods.
- Hybrids have the head of a fairway wood and the length shaft of an iron and they have known such an increased popularity that golfers have started replacing their 3 and 4 irons or their 5 and 7 fairway woods with hybrids. Compared to the irons, the hybrid offers a higher distance that sends the ball closer to the tee.
- Wedges are very similar to irons and they are numbered by the loft angle with increments of 4 degrees, therefore, you can find 48, 52, 56, 60, and 64-degree lofts. There is also the pitching wedge or the PW that has the lowest loft, followed by the approach wedge, the sand wedge, the lob wedge, and the high lob wedge.
- Putters have been designed for sending the ball to the hole so they are used for the final shot that is the closest to the hole. There are many types of putters like short, bent, heel-toe, mallet, and more. Putters have a particular deign with a flat head, a low-loft head, a bent shaft, and a non-circular grip. When handling the putter, you need to hit slow and short to send the ball directly to the hole.
You can carry up to 14 clubs in your golf bag
The rules of golf say that each player can have 14 clubs in their bag and choosing them is their personal choice. Although there are so many clubs available, you can play excellent golf with three woods, 1 hybrid, seven irons, and a putter. You can add a wedge or another hybrid to these twelve clubs and it should be enough for you to play.