Many new players become confused about which golf clubs to use in what situation. If you go to your nearest golf course and ask established players, you may even hear conflicting advice. While no guide can give you an exact answer because there are so many different variables, some rules generally hold true. A typical set of golf clubs usually consists of three woods, 1 hybrid, seven irons, and a putter. Since the rules of golf allow you to carry up to 14 clubs, many players like Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth also choose to add additional wedges or hybrids. These two successful players and others like them receive many benefits from winning tournaments like large winning purses, brand endorsements and the opportunity to support positive causes around the world.
The hollow-bodied large headed wood clubs are usually used to hit the ball off the tee. These clubs have a loft between seven and 12 degrees to help lift the ball into the air. The higher the golf club number, the larger the club’s loft. Generally, men who are using a three-wood will hit the ball about 180 yards while those choosing a five-wood will hit the ball about 160 yards. Players can expect the ball to go about 100 yards when hitting a nine-iron. Distances for most women will be noticeably shorter.
Since two and three irons have traditionally been the hardest to hit for beginner players, manufacturers produce hybrid clubs featuring a fairway wood head design and a iron length shaft. Beginning players find that they can hit the ball about 175 yards using these clubs, but that they are much more forgiving than traditional two and three irons.
Most players carry several wedges in their bag. The first of these is the pitching wedge which usually has about a 46 degree loft. Male players can expect to hit the ball about 100 yards with a pitching wedge so it is useful when the shots are relatively short. The loft on the sand wedge makes it useful for getting out of sand traps. Many players can hit a ball about 90 yards with a sand wedge. Lob wedges are useful for hitting short shots over obstacles. Most male players can hit a ball about 65 yards when using a lob wedge. These clubs are extremely useful because they allow players to better control their shots and help them determine the ball’s trajectory.
Players can choose from a variety of putters to actually put the winning shot in the hole. Some of these putters include short, belly, long, bent, center-hosel, heel-toe, mallet.