Whether you’re new to the game or are a veteran who simply wants to up your game, picking out the right golf clubs can seem like a challenge due to all the different varieties out there. Golfing is a great sport, honestly, nothing beats an afternoon on the course with some close friends and a few beers plus if you’re part of a club, it can be a great way of networking as well. There are three main types of clubs you need to be aware of with their own unique and specific uses: woods, irons, and putters. This article will go over these 3 types, so when you go and get a new set of clubs you’ll be able to pick out the ones you’ll need to play like a pro.
We aren’t talking about tigers, in this case, we’re talking about the club itself. The name itself is a little misleading because nowadays woods aren’t actually made from wood, they’re made from either metal or a composite substance. When you first tee off, you’re going to need to use wood as they are meant for distance so you can position your ball as close as possible to the hole where you can follow-up with your irons and then finally with your putter. Woods are large, round in shape and have a flat end where you strike the ball. There are many types of woods, but when starting off, you should be covered with a 3 Wood and 5 Wood. If you’re looking at a pure distance, 3 Woods are great for starters and will let you slam the ball way down the course with little effort. If the course you’re on demands more height you should get yourself a good 5 wood. They are perfectly designed to go over obstacles by sending your ball flying at a higher angle than a 3 wood, so if you want to impress your friends or boss by successfully shooting over a line of trees or a tricky hill, this type of club will be a great addition to your collection.
After you’ve sent your ball down the course far enough that you now need some more precise and calculated shots, it’s now time for you to use your irons to navigate it all the way to the hole. The long iron designed for tee shots is designed for specialty uses. Iron club heads have high angles allowing you to shoot at specific elevations and distances to suit the shot you need to make, so these should be the most plentiful club in your golf caddy. To start off you should look into getting 3, 4, 5, 6,7,8, 9 irons plus a good pitching wedge. As a general rule, the lower the iron club number, the farther the trajectory your shot will have but it’ll fly at a lower angle. So before you hit the course, try out all your irons and get a feel of how they shoot. Pitching wedges shoot at a higher elevation and have a lower trajectory so they are great for getting you out of any sticky situations you may find yourself in, like trying to shoot from a foot of a hill.
Once you’ve managed to put the ball on the putting green using your other clubs, it’s now time you whip out your trusty putter. If you’ve ever been to mini putt, then you should know what a putter looks like; they have a smaller clubhead as well as a shorter shaft. In fact, if you need any practice with putting before your first game, why not take your putter to the local mini-putt course and try to get as many holes in one as you can? They don’t vary too much so you really only need one in your caddy. These clubs don’t have much of an angle at all so they’re perfect for hitting the ball across the putting green straight into the hole!
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Now that you’ve got the basics about clubs covered, you’re now ready to go and get a fresh set and will be heading to the course in style. Have your woods for tee off, get your irons for getting the ball closer to the hole and use your putter to seal the deal. A good set of clubs should consist of the following: 3 Wood and 5 Wood; 3, 4, 5, 6,7,8, 9 irons and a pitching wedge; and finally a putter. Remember, practice makes perfect, but having the right gear to play with is the cornerstone of a successful game.