Golf Clubs: How To Make The Right Choice
There are a mind-blowing number
of choices of equipment used in golf today. 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 golf clubs that do not fit a golfer's particular
needs and experience can produce more harm than good, both in terms
of scoring and enjoyment.
According to the golf game's rules a player cannot carry more than
fourteen clubs during a game. Thus, most of today's players do not
carry more than this maximum permitted number.
There four basic types of golf
clubs: Woods, Irons, Wedges, and Putters.
Woods are usually used to hit long golf shots.
Standard woods that are carried in a golf bag are 1, 3, and 5 Woods.
A 1 Wood is typically referred to as a driver . As the number of
your wood increases (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9) you lose the amount
of distance it can go, but you gain a higher trajectory. Recent
golf club technology has made higher lofted woods for shorter distances.
A standard golfer's bag will have a driver (1 wood) and a couple
of fairway woods (3- and/or 5-wood). A driver is the longest club
(typically 45 inches) making it the toughest to handle during a
Iron clubs are mostly used for shots that are expected
to go an average distance - typically from 125 to 200 yards. The
lower the number iron, the less degree on the face of the club,
hence, the farther the distance the ball will travel. On the other
hand, the higher the number iron, the higher the degree on the face,
and consequently, the loftier the shot will be.
An Iron features a thin clubhead
with grooves on it. Experienced players opt for a blade style iron,
while beginners get a cavity-back style. A blade-style has a clubhead
with a full back, but a cavity back's clubhead is hollow. It is
hollowed out to make a perimeter weighting effect helpful for less-experienced
Irons are categorized as long (1, 2, 3,4), mid- (5,6,7) and short
(8,9). Short irons are the easiest to hit while the long ones are
the hardest. The shorter the iron, the more loft there is and for
beginners, the more loft, the better.
The most popular irons used are 3 Irons and 9 Irons, however, many
companies also manufacture 1 Irons as well as 10 Irons.
Wedges are used for semi-short shots. They are
also used for chipping, and sand shots. There are several types
of Wedges, including sand wedges, pitching wedges, and lob wedges.
These are iron clubs and are used for games played on difficult
grounds, and approach shots to the green.
A putter is a golf club that has a low loft. This
enables the ball to roll farther. A putter is typically shorter
than all of your other golf clubs. Putters are the clubs most regularly
used in the game and come in clubhead styles of blade, heel-toe
and mallet. Lengths come in belly putters, standard and broomstick
(long) putters. Which selection to choose will be based on an individual
Another popular type of golf club nowadays is the Hybrid club. The
Hybrid club is a cross between the Iron and the Wood, and is made
for people who have difficulty using these other types of clubs.
The physical capability of every golfer is different - stance, posture,
size, swing characteristics etc yet golf manufacturers make golf
clubs identical as an off-the-shelf product. However with a custom
fit golf club in your hands you can be safe in the knowledge that
your clubs are personalized for you and be sure that when you make
a good swing the club will be square at impact and your shot should
soar down the middle of the fairway.
The majority of golf clubs which you can purchase today can be customized
to accommodate the individual differences between golfers. The lie
angle/loft, type of shaft, length of shaft, grip type and grip size
can be modified. All that is required to custom fit these clubs
is some simple measurements and a basic analysis of your swing.
The following information is usually all that is required: gender,
height, distance from the wrist to the floor, age, handicap/skill
Level, and swing speed.
Gender is utilised as the golf industry in general utilises different
definitions as to what the standard length is for both a male and
Height and distance from wrist to floor is used jointly so that
the fitter can determine the length of club which is best suited
for you. For example a tall man with long arms could easily be fitted
with a shorter shaft than an average height male with short arms.
The majority of golfers however use standard length clubs.
The remainder of the measurements are used to determine what type
of flex the shaft on your club should have.
The notion that the more costly the club the better it is purely
doesn't hold water anymore. If you do enough research and read reviews
you'll find a club that matches your degree of interest. Some play
for a weekend activity and there are others who'd like to move up
in the rankings. If the occasional pastime is your stride, a low-
to mid-performance club can work for you. But those of you who intend
to play more regularly should seriously consider custom, higher-performance
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