TYPES OF GOLF CLUBS AND THEIR USES

There are five main types of clubs, and although some clubs of same type may look different in appearance, its purpose is the same. If you just get started to play golf, before finding yourself the best golf clubs for beginners you need to understand their differences and their uses.

Woods

The name of these clubs originates from the fact that their heads are traditionally made from woods many years ago. Today, however, woods are made of metals and mostly titanium. They are numbered from 1 through 9 with the 1-wood, also called driver, is the lowest lofted and used to hit the ball the farthest. Driver has the most flat face which allows ball rise with the smallest angle that limiting the impact of wind. That’s why it is known as a nuclear bomb among golfers’ weapons if they know how to use it efficiently. However, this is the most difficult club for golfers to master as its long shaft makes it hard to control. Thus, beginner players should start with 3-wood or 5-wood instead. Woods with higher numbers have higher loft and they are designed to hit the ball in the fairway or from a tee.

Irons

Iron is a type of club used to hit the balls in shorter distance particular when the balls are less than 200 yards away from the green. Compared to wood, it is designed with shorter shaft and smaller club head which is made of solid iron or steel and numbered in ascendant order from 1 to 9, with the 9-iron having the highest degree of loft. A standard iron set consists of 3- to 9-irons as the 1- and 2-irons are not easy to use.

Hybrids

Hybrid clubs as their name are the combination between the design of irons and fairway woods. A hybrid has the features of face and shaft length similar to an iron and a wood’s rounded head. They are considered as the most versatile clubs any player can employ and come in lofts of 16 to 26 degrees in general. Although hybrids are more helpful than the lower number irons, their modern features are not very suitable for beginners. That’s the reason why it is recommended to start with basic irons and then try hybrids once player is getting familiar with the game.

Wedges

Wedges are subset of the irons used to hit the ball and send it high into the air before landing on the putting surface. These clubs with the shortest shaft and heaviest head strike the ball the highest. Wedges are divided into four sub-types: pitching wedge, sand wedge, gap wedge and lob wedge. A pitching wedge is used when the stroke is as far as 130 yards to the green while a sand wedge is chosen to escape from soft lies. With a gap wedge player can take a full swing and strike the ball around 110 yards. A lob wedge is selected to hit the ball under 80 yards or when golfer needs to have the ball rise quickly into the air.

Putters

Putter is known as the club getting the most use in golf that is indispensible in any golfer’s club set. It is generally used to make close and low speed shots aiming to roll the ball along the green into the hole. Putters are manufactured in various sizes, with the standard one around 33 to 35 inches tall. They are characterized by flat club head, low loft striking face along with other features solely permitted on putters, namely noncircular grip or bent shaft.

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