How and When to Use Each Golf Club

The rules of golf are not at all complex, you don’t need to be a rocket scientist to understand the basics of golf. If you are planning to play golf, you basically need to invest in good quality golf equipment and golf clubs are undoubtedly the most important. Knowing how to use each of the golf clubs is essential for having a good game. Here’s what you need to know about golf clubs.

Woods

As a general rule, you use woods to hit long shots, more than 200 yards from tee to green. There are many types of wood clubs. The 1 wood has a low loft which refers to the fact that the angle of the club can control trajectory and effect the distance. The 2 and 4 woods are not that popular among golf players because there are more efficient golf clubs that have taken their place. Most of golf players use a 3 or 5 wood club. While the 3 wood has a loft with an angle between 15 and 18 degrees, the 5 wood has a loft between 20 and 22 degrees. Both of the woods are also called “fairway woods” because they are used at the point of the game where you are in the fairway of the golf club. The rest of woods, namely the 7, 9, 11 are referred to as “utility woods”.

Hybrids

Hybrids are simply a combination between a fairway wood club and a iron club. In recent years, many golf players have turned to these type of golf clubs because they have proven to be highly needed on the golf club. Generally speaking, it’s best to use hybrids when you want to improve the accuracy and mostly important the performance with regards to distance. For best results, consider replacing the fairway woods with a 2 or 3 hybrid.

Irons

It’s often most recommended to use irons when you are less than 200 yards from tee to green. As a matter of fact, if you are close to the green you need to use a higher iron. An iron set includes the 3,4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and the PW (pitching wedge). Among all of these, only the 3 and 4 are the hardest to hit, that’s why there are so many golfers who choose to replace the 3 or 4 irons with 7 or 9 woods because they are easier to hit.

Wedges

You’ve mentioned earlier the PW, namely the pitching wedge which is basically a speciality iron. The PW is the highest lofted iron in a basic set but is considered to be the lowest loft in a set of wedges. The approach wedge, sand wedge, the lob wedge as well as the high-lob wedge have higher lofts. A good wedge can increase shot control when you are close to the green.

Putters

Putters have been designed to help you “putt for dough”, get the ball into the hole. There are many styles of putters available on the market, such as the short, long, bent, belly, heel-toe, center-hosel, mallet and many more.

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