You know how confident professional players look on the course and how effortless the sport may seem when you watch a game of golf? Well, we are here to inform you that there is so much more to it than meets the eye. Every professional golfer was once just an enthusiast, and they had to practice long and hard before achieving the effect we have just described. This sport implies a variety of elements, just like any other. There are rules of golf, golf slang, and equipment, the third being the main subject of this text. Although it does not seem that way, it is rather complex and requires knowledge.
Fortunately, we have created a comprehensive guide dealing with all the items you can find in a golf bag. We are going to elaborate on the subject, discussing different variables you need to take into account before purchasing your equipment. Afterward, we are going to discuss the six types of golf clubs, equipping you with the knowledge you need to have before stepping on a golf course. Finally, you will be able to put it to good use and practice your way to perfection.
Clubs: Variety of Options
Getting the right equipment is one of the crucial elements in the context of playing golf. Nonetheless, even though it is important to have quality clubs, you do not need to spend a fortune on them. What you do need, however, is information regarding all the different types of clubs, and that is exactly what we are going to provide you with in this article. The goal is to find a club that works for you, not the other way around.
Several Clubs Is All You Need
The maximum number of clubs you can carry in your bag is fourteen. However, since you are a beginner, you do not have to be fully equipped straight away. When you head to a golf course to practice your knowledge, you will need a sand wedge with 54 through 56 degrees of loft, a putter, and a driver. Moreover, complement those with a pitching wedge, a 6-iron, an 8-iron, and a fairway wood or a hybrid club of a loft of 18 to 21 degrees. The cited clubs are easily manageable and simple to get airborne when you hit the ball. Note that you can get a significant discount if you purchase a used club instead of a new one.
Test a Club Before Buying It
Since you are an inexperienced golfer, you are likely to make a mistake in the process of purchasing your equipment. Fortunately, there is an option allowing you to test a club before you buy it. You can visit a large golf shop and ask to test a 6-iron with a stiff-flex and a regular-flex shaft. The prior is more suitable for fast and aggressive swings. However, choose the type of club that feels more natural to you, as one of the cited two ought to be easier for you to control. That is an important step because once you determine the shaft flex that suits you, the task of purchasing golf equipment will become much less challenging.
The Subject of the Loft
Unless you are an athlete with experience in sports similar to golf, such as tennis, softball, hockey, or baseball, we suggest you choose woods with more loft. The reason is simple — the more loft a club has, the easier it is to hit the ball. The extra loft scales down the sidespin and thus forces the ball to fly straighter. We advise you to opt for drivers featuring at least 10 degrees of loft and fairway woods of a loft starting from 17 degrees instead of 15. However, if you fulfill the requirement cited at the beginning of the section, your range of options expands.
Benefit from Your Beginner Status
Since you are a beginner, you might as well take advantage of that fact. There are clubs on the market that have been designed specifically for beginners, as certain clubs give you the edge you need as an inexperienced golfer. Namely, they are easier to hold and handle and provide you better chances of sending the ball to its destination.
For instance, your beginner status requires hybrids rather than a 3-iron, 4-iron, or a 5-iron. Furthermore, if an iron has a wider sole, the club is far more likely to get stuck in the ground in case you happen to hit considerably further behind the ball. Additionally, the center of gravity of such irons is lower, thus sending the ball on a longer route. An iron that is easier to manage has a sole approximately two fingers wide (measured from front to back). However, an iron whose sole is significantly more narrow (less than finger wide) is also not the best choice for a beginner.
Choose the Ball to Go with the Club
Aside from a wide range of clubs, golf also implies a variety of different balls. As you have already seen, it is not just about hitting the ball and watching it fly until it magically falls into the designated hole.
The number of balls you need to buy before heading toward a golf course depends on the number of balls you lose in a single round. In case you have never engaged in a game of golf before, or in case you lose two or more boxes of balls per round, we recommend that you opt for balls that cost approximately $20 a dozen. If you are having a hard time choosing a brand, test a ball on the putting green and see if it suits you. Over time, as you gain experience, the number of sleeves you lose per round will reduce, and you will be able to purchase more expensive balls.
Six Types of Golf Clubs
Now that you are aware of the criteria you need to take into account when purchasing your golf equipment, it is time you learned to differentiate types of clubs. There are six of them in total, and you’ll find a brief description of each of them in this chapter.
The driver is the first golf club you will get to use as a beginner. They are also known as woods, since golf clubs used to be made of wood. Even though contemporary clubs feature different materials, the name has remained unchanged throughout the years. The main characteristic of a driver is the fact that it has the lowest loft. It is the longest golf club, predominantly used for shooting inside the tee box.
Another golf club featuring the name of the material that has been long forgotten in the context of golf is the fairway wood. It resembles the driver. However, it features a somewhat smaller clubhead. Because of its shape, the fairway wood slides across the surface every time you make a shot. It is a substitute for the iron club whenever a shot requires a longer distance, in addition to being used in the tee box.
The hybrid, also known as a utility club, is a product of the contemporary game of golf. Essentially, a hybrid is a combination of the iron club and the wood, hence the name. The innovations implemented in its creation make the hybrid beneficial for several reasons: it makes airborne shots easier to make; mishits with the hybrid are highly unlikely; it gives the user more control. Thanks to its design, the hybrid can replace almost any other golf club.
As its name implies, an iron club has a clubhead made of metal. It is widely used on golf courses thanks to its traits that allow the player to hit all shots ranging from short ones to mid-range ones. Essentially, irons are the best choice for close shots, because they call for higher accuracy, and this club is precise thanks to the width of its clubhead.
Wedges highly resemble irons, since the two types are of similar design. However, the wedge implies a higher loft, ranging between 46 and 64 degrees. Additionally, its purpose is the most visible on a turf or sand surface. Thanks to its design, the wedge bounces from the ground instead of getting stuck in it. This type of club further branches into four subtypes: gap wedge, sand wedge, lob wedge, and pitching wedge.
In spite of all the benefits, the previously described clubs offer, the putter is the most widely used one. Its most prominent trait is the flat clubface, depriving the putter of any bounce angles or lofts. It is used for rolling the ball straight into a hole from a short distance. Putters come in two types: blade putter and mallet putter.
As you can see, an average game of golf, not a professional one, implies so much more than simply rolling the ball toward a hole. However, as a beginner, you do not have to equip yourself fully before gaining experience. Several clubs will suffice, just make sure to learn their purpose.