Most people can be forgiven if they think that all golf clubs are one and the same. The people who don’t play the game can’t really appreciate the things that make each club different from the other.
Sure, they may look alike, but the subtle difference in the construction of these clubs is what makes each of them important to a golfer. No golfer, at least one who takes the sport seriously, will be caught dead playing a game without a complete set of clubs.
Those who plan on taking the sport seriously better start learning some of the basics of clubs. After all, the club is the very piece of equipment a golfer uses to whack the ball and send it flying. Below is a basic rundown of the different golf clubs used in playing the game.
No, this is not about Tiger Woods nor is it about the type of material that most carpenters work with. Woods are probably the clubs that most people see golfers using since they’re the ones that most golfers practice with in the driving range.
The wood is the club used by golfers to send their golf balls as far as they possibly can. Its distinguishing features are its long shaft and its massive head. As people have learned (and have probably forgotten by now) in their physics class, mass multiplied by speed equals force. This is basically the reason why these golf clubs are supposed to be so big.
It is important to note that just because they’re called wood, it doesn’t mean that they’re actually made out of wood. In fact, most of them are made from titanium, scandium, steel, and even carbon fiber. They’re just called woods to identify their shape and intended use.
These are clubs that are known for their all-metal head with flat angle features and shorter shafts. Irons are known for their versatility. This is the reason why people can use them to strike balls from the different parts of the course. The iron’s versatility is basically the reason why people use it for all sorts of different situations.
Irons are numbered from one to eleven. The numbers show the loft angle within a set. These are grouped according to the anticipated distance. Irons are basically categorized by into three groups. Long irons are those numbered from two to four, medium irons are five to seven, whilst short irons are eight to nine.
The namesake of these golf clubs is from iron. There was a time when all clubs of this type were indeed made from iron.
This isn’t as much as a category of clubs so much as it is a sub-category. It is a sub-class of iron. What makes this different from most irons is that it features club heads with more mass with soles that make it simpler for people to use it in difficult situations. These clubs are often used for tricky shots since they’re good at producing highly accurate shots.
Hybrids, as their name implies, are clubs that possess the qualities of both a wood and an iron. What most golfers appreciate with this club is that they get the long distance of a wood, but possess the iron’s swing. These clubs are often used to replace the irons in a golfers set.
These are the clubs golfers use when they’re in close proximity to the hole. It is the club people use to roll the ball towards the hole. Some of the newest golf clubs of this type are designed to make the ball roll instead of skid when struck.
The wood is the club used by golfers to send their golf balls as far as they possibly can. Its distinguishing features are its long shaft and its massive head.