Golf, and in particular, golf clubs, can be a pretty hard thing to figure out for a complete beginner. Personally, it took me months just to get the basics down, but i do think that i can share my knowledge in a better way so that other beginner golfers can get it quicker. Knowing golf clubs practically equals knowing how to play golf, which is why i decided to write this post today. In general though, if you want to figure out the game itself, i would recommend getting few used golf clubs and hitting the golf course. Clubs don’t have to be used, i just find them to be less risky than usual. Back to the topic though, what types of golf clubs exist out there? In what ways are they different? These are the questions i will be attempting to answer with this guide. Golf clubs, as i’ve already mentioned, are integral to your golfing experience, but manufacturers are often confusing about golf clubs and they are doing it on purpose. That’s why i’m going to be writing this tutorial in a manner that is as clear as possible. Knowing what purpose each type of clubs serves will help you on the golf course as well as during the process of shopping for golf clubs. There are three main types of clubs and i’m going to talk about them in great detail. These most important kinds of clubs are : woods, irons, hybrids. Two other club types that i’m going to discuss – putters and wedges – are just as important, it’s just they are simpler in how they work so i’m not going to go in as deep about them as the others. So, let’s get started and let’s discuss the driver first.
Some of you might be surprised to hear the word driver, as i didn’t mention it as one of the types. That’s because it technically belongs to the class of woods, but because of it’s importance, i think it’s necessary to talk about it separately. Driver is the first club you use to hit the ball off the tee. It is also typically the longest golf club in a bag and intended to make the ball fly the furthest of them all. That is why you need extra caution when you’re hitting with a driver. If you make a mistake, it’s going to have a serious impact on your game. On the other hand, if you are a beginner and you’re pretty sure that mistakes are going to be made, all hope is not lost for you. Golf club brands have figured out a way to make a driver for you, called Super game improvement driver. It is much more forgiving of mistakes and therefore better suited for beginner golfers. Most common problem that beginners face is a slice. But good news is, these drivers can help you hit a draw instead of a slice.
Other woods are very much like drivers, but on a smaller scale. They are a bit shorter in length and even though woods are also optimized for delivering the ball to far away points, they are a bit more accurate than the drivers. You can think of them as a bridge between drivers and irons. There are different numbers of woods, you might have heard : 3 wood , 5 wood and etc. These numbers describe how accurate a wood is. The higher the number, the more accurate wood is. Always remember though, that accuracy always comes at the cost of distance. Most of the time, you can’t get either of these without sacrificing the other.
Irons, in comparison to woods and drivers, are shorter and more accurate, but can’t make balls fly as far as those two. You can probably see a pattern here – the more accurate golf clubs are, the less distance they can offer. That’s why you must have them all in your bag. When you know that you need distance, you can use woods, and while you see that accuracy is what your game needs, then you can use irons.
Hybrids are sort of a wood and iron … well, hybrid. They combine, or at least attempt to combine, best features of both. Hybrids are also extremely useful on the course, because they can do multiple things. Some people even use them as drivers. They can be substituted for other clubs too. Hybrids are unique in that way.
Putters are extremely precise golf clubs that you’re supposed to use when your ball gets really closer to the hole. Personally i like hitting them the most.
Wedges are the sort of clubs that you use when your golf ball lands on the sand or other messy surface. They look and feel like irons, but are quite different.