Different types of clubs – overview

With myriad of rules and tips to follow, golf is certainly hard sport to learn. It is even harder to learn how to play it properly. With that in mind, for beginners, one of the most confusing things about golf is the golf club set. It can be intimidating to remember what five and more different kinds of clubs are each supposed to do and when is the best time to use them. Pros usually play with around 14 clubs, most of them being irons and woods. Then there are different types of woods and irons on their own. Because of this confusion, i wanted to write a tutorial that would explain simply – what are different types of clubs, when they are supposed to be used and how.

Woods

I’d say that woods are most important part of your golf club set, because they’re the first clubs you use and not having good woods or not hitting them properly can be devastating for your end results. Driver which is undoubtedly most important single golf club in your bag, while having different name and being different in a lot of ways from other woods, is still technically a wood. Learning how to properly swing woods isn’t easy, but it’s not as hard as in case of irons (and especially long irons). They were first called “woods” because in the past, when the golf club manufacturing technology wasn’t as advanced as it is today, their clubheads used to be made of wood. That is no longer the case, but the name stuck and we still call these clubs woods today. Woods are designed to make your golf ball cover longest distance possible, sometimes at the cost of accuracy. To achieve this, manufacturers usually make woods with hollow heads.

Irons

In terms of being the most important, irons are definitely close runner-ups to the woods. Some would argue that they are in fact most important parts of any golf club bag and they wouldn’t be that far off. Learning curve of hitting golf irons properly is pretty steep, so beginners often substitute these clubs with hybrids, a type of golf clubs that we’ll discuss in detail later. Clubheads of irons are usually smaller in size, and designed to cover shorter distances, but more accurate. Based on this, you can probably tell why it is useful to have both – woods and irons – in your bag. In terms of composition, clubheads of irons vary, most having solid club heads but some – not. Wedges can be considered their own type of club, as well as sub-category of irons, but they aren’t as important as other, so i’ll lump them in with irons. They are usually used when you’re in rough spots and want to get the ball out in the clear.

Hybrids

This is newest type of golf clubs and it’s incredibly popular, while still rising in popularity. As we’ve mentioned before, irons are somewhat difficult to properly hit, so hybrids were made as easier alternative to them. TaylorMade has first introduced them in early 2000s, and hybrids became instant hits with beginners and intermediate golfers(more about golf clubs for intermediate golfers here).When making hybrids, designers usually mix the features of woods and irons, which is why these clubs are called hybrids. Because of their forgiving nature, the latter find hybrids to be very easy to hit. Most hybrids are substitutes for long irons, which are the hardest to hit, but hybrids’ uses are not limited to that. A lot of golfer use hybrids as replacements for fairway woods as well. Hybrids are numbered depending on their length, loft and shaft, so it’s easier to tell which golf irons they’re supposed to replace in the bag.

Putters

These are simplest, yet one of the most important golf clubs that you can use. They are specifically used for the last shot to finally deliver golf ball into the hole. Because of that, it is crucially important for putters to be very accurate. It doesn’t take much practice to hit putters properly, as there’s not much of a swing involved, but experience does help a lot in mastering the art of hitting them.

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