Help! Which Golf Clubs Should I Use?

There are generally six types of clubs that are constant in a golfer's bag.

Looking through a golfer's bag, a beginner will be confused on which club to use. A golfer is allowed to carry up to 14 clubs on the golf course. The specific clubs used by a golfer may depend on his or her preferences, but there are generally six types of clubs that are constant in a golfer's bag. They all have different purposes and characteristics – particularly their shaft length and loft of the club head. These are vital information for every golfer so you can decide which club to use in every given situation.

Here are the types of golf clubs, their features and function:

  • Driver – The driver is the biggest and longest golf club. It is used for teeing off and is designed to give your shot the maximum distance. The shaft is usually made of steel, graphite or fiberglass while the head is made of lightweight titanium to keep it light compared to its size.
  • Woods – Traditionally, they are made of wood, but now they are made of stainless steel. Their head shape is similar to the driver, but much smaller in size. They also deliver shots that have a higher trajectory, but have a shorter distance than the driver. They are used for fairway shots and sometimes for tee shots when you need more control.
  • Hybrids – Hybrids are a cross between woods and irons. Their heads are shaped similar to woods, but they have shorter shafts like the irons. They can be used for long shots on the rough, and can replace longer, less-lofted irons.
  • Irons – Irons are used for hitting shots from the fairway to the green. They are numbered from 3 to 9, with the higher numbers producing shorter and more lofted shots.
  • Wedge – A wedge is typically used to get your ball out of the sand bunkers. They have the most amount of loft to give your shot the needed bounce and higher trajectory.
  • Putter – The putter is used to roll the ball on the green and put it into the hole. Most putters have a short shaft, as shots on the green require the most control. The club head has a flat face and has a vertical lie to keep the ball from bouncing as you hit it.

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