You find yourself very determined about hitting your golf ball so you pick a club that will allow you to make the perfect shot. But this golf equipment comes in different forms and for a good reason. Each golf club varies in ways such as shaft length, club head size and club head angle so you can hit the ball with the shot you need to make. Each club is also designed to cover a specific distance or perform specific tasks in the course of the game.
Among other golf equipment, here are some of the clubs that you can find in a golfer’s bag:
Woods are so named because their heads were originally made of wood. But the large, round head of this golf club (which can measure up to 460 cm³) in volume are made of steel, titanium and other alloys these days. The longest and most powerful of all the golf clubs, they can push a ball from 200 to 350 yards. The biggest wood known as the driver has a typical graphite shaft of 45.5 inches.
Iron salso take their name after the materials with which their flat, metal heads are made of: forged iron. The all-metal head of the Iron has a shorter shaft. Compared to the wood, the face of the Iron has a more upright lie angle but its shaft is shorter. Irons are meant to cover a distance of less than 200 yards. Irons are classified as long (2-4), medium (5-7) or short (8-9) depending on the distance it means to cover.
Wedges belong to a sub-class of the Iron golf clubs and are lofted higher compared to other clubs. Wedges can render a variety of shots and hits such as utility shots, approach shots, lay-up shots and chipping. There are five types of wedges according to loft degrees: pitching wedge (48–50°), gap wedge (52–54°), sand wedge (55–56°), lob wedge ( 58°-60°) and ultra lob wedge (64°-68°).
Putters are said to be the most used of all the golf clubs. Putters have a loft of less than ten degrees and are meant to hit the ball in short distances along the grass. Putter club heads can be shaped as a traditional club head, a heel-toe or a mullet. Putters have features unique to them such as two striking faces, non-circular grips and bent shafts among others.
Hybrids are so named because they really are a hybrid of the iron and the wood. The hybrid is a relatively new addition to the canon of golf clubs but it can cover the same distance as a wood and it offers the familiar swing of iron clubs.The Hybrid head is usually smaller than woods while the lie and shaft length is similar to that of an iron. With the combined strengths of both clubs, hybrids can deal with the effects of mishits more easily.
A standard golf club set has fourteen clubs. There are combinations that are readily set but a player has more liberty to choose his variation of fourteen clubs or less.
Aside from knowing the capabilities and limitations of each club, maintenance of these clubs, as well as all other golf equipment,is also of utmost importance. You do not want to ruin your game because your club caught a clutter of dirt or because you hit the ground with a club out of frustration.
When shopping for your club and other golf equipment, it is also important to know that specific golf clubs are designed to meet the needs of specific people like the lefties and the ladies.