Every game of golf is based on playing a number
of holes in a given order. More particularly, golf is a sport where
individuals or teams hit a ball into a hole using various clubs.
Golf is one of the few games where no fixed standard playing area
is necessary, but it is defined by a certain number of rules and
it does need some particular equipment to be properly played if
one dreams to going low, shooting that perfect score.
There are a mind-blowing number of choices of equipment used for
golf at the disposal of today's players. This indeed makes it much
harder for golfers-especially amateurs-to know which products will
best fit their individual games' needs. The fact of the matter is
that playing with equipment that do not fit a golfer's particular
needs and experience can produce more harm than good, both in terms
of scoring and enjoyment. Thus, collecting as much information as
possible and learning the basics apart from any new technological
developments on the golf equipments used today, becomes a must;
both for golfers to make well-informed buying decisions and to get
the most out of their games.
According to the golf game's rules a player cannot carry more than
fourteen clubs during a game. Thus, most of today's golf players
do possess multiple clubs but always carry no more than this maximum
permitted club number. The major types of clubs are three and are
referred to as woods, irons (wedges) and putters. Woods are used
by golfers when they wish to go for a long shot from the tee or
fairway, while irons are used mainly to cover precision purposes,
like shots from fairways as well as from the rough. Wedges, which
are iron clubs, are used for games played on difficult grounds,
such as sand or the rough, and in order to approach shots to the
green. But when a golf player is on the green, putters are mostly
used. These clubs can also be useful when playing from bunkers or
for some approach shots.
Apart from the number of clubs needed for a given game, the golfer
has to carry golf balls and golf shafts. With a surface that has
a pattern of 300-400 dimples designed to improve the ball's aerodynamics,
modern golf balls have a two-, three-, or four-layer design constructed
from various synthetic materials. But depending on the method of
construction and the materials used, a golf ball's characteristics
can be greatly affected-such as distance, trajectory, spin and feel.
Golf shafts are used between the grip and the "club head". The profile
of the golf shaft is circular in shape, while some of the strongest
and lightest materials are used for its production. Graphite and
tempered steels are used for the best strength. The latest, USGA
approved, profiles are the Triangle Golf Shafts or Trigraphite Shafts,
introduced in 2006.
Finally, golf tees are used to place the golf balls on top before
hitting them with the golf clubs. Usually made of wood or plastic
tees resemble nails with a small cup on their heads and are pushed
into the ground for the balls to rest upon. Most of a golfer's equipment
items are carried in golf bags and golfers prefer to wear special
shoes with exchangeable spikes attached to the soles for a better
grip onto the grass. Some also prefer wearing gloves that help their
grip when handling the golf club and prevent blistering from occurring.
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