Types of Golf Clubs

If you are a beginner in the world of golf, you should first know about golf clubs. There are various types of clubs ranging from metals to woods and hybrids. 

Indicated by the club’s number, each type of club comes in different sizes. Whether you should use a 3-iron or a 3 wood for beginners depends on your position and what trajectory you wish to hit the ball. The clubs exhibiting a lower number allow you to make powerful shots and vice versa. This article delves into the various types of golf clubs.

Irons

These clubs have small clubheads ranging from 3-iron to 9-iron, especially narrowing from the front to the back. Their narrowness has given them the nickname ‘blades.’ While some irons are hollow, most have solid heads. Grooved lofts or angled faces of irons help to grip the ball and render spin. As the number of iron increases from 3-iron to 9-iron, the shaft’s length reduces while the loft increases.

Woods

Woods are made of metal and help you hit long shots. It is a hollow golf club with a large head. Players usually use the woods when they are one hundred and seventy-five yards or more from the green. Hit off the tee with a wood club if a golf hole is four hundred and fifty yards from green to tee. 

1-wood or the driver comprises the lowest loft between seven to twelve degrees. Golfers also carry 3- and 5-woods in their bags. While a 3-wood features a loft between fifteen and eighteen degrees, a 5-wood’s loft is between twenty and twenty-two degrees. So, the loft increases with the golf club number. The 3- wood for beginners and 5-wood are often called fairway woods as they are primarily used in the second shot of play when you should be in the golf hole’s fairway. 

While the 2- and 4-woods used to be popular two decades ago or more, they have now fallen out of favor. These days, 7- and 9-woods have gained importance among professional golf players.

Hybrids

Hybrids are a recent addition to the golf bag. They combine an iron length shaft and fairway wood head design. Hybrids are thought to have the “best of both worlds.” They have become so famous that several golfers have considered replacing their 3 and 4 irons with hybrid clubs in recent years. A hybrid shot offers a greater distance than a 3 or 4 iron shot. 


Wedges

These are specialty irons, increasing at a rate of 4 degrees loft. The first wedge is PW (pitching wedge), which is 46 to 48 degrees in loft. Therefore, it is easy to deduce that wedges come in 48, 52, 56, 60, and 64-degree lofts. The other wedges are sand wedge, approach wedge, high-lob wedge, and lob wedge.

Putters

The job of a putter is to put the ball into the hole after you slam the drive two hundred and fifty yards into the fairway’s middle, then hit the second shot one hundred and seventy-five yards into the second trap, and finally wedge onto the green.

The clubs listed above are among the popular ones in the golf arena. Understanding when they are used can help a beginner win or lose a game. So, get your clubs and try using them for a start.