While playing golf, the result player gets is importantly influenced by the type of club he/she chooses. Club is the crucial part for all the golf players no matter whether they are advanced players or beginners. Generally, there are 5 types of golf clubs: woods, irons, hybrids, wedges and putters. Each of them have their own, individual features that make them more useful in different situations.
Still, knowing which types of clubs to use is just as important as using golf clubs that suit your body build. For example, if you’re a left handed golfers, you need golf clubs made specifically for left handed golfers.
Let’s start with the most common golf club type- woods. Woods are crucial for every golf player as long as they are optimal for hitting long distances like from 200 to 350 yards. As the name says itself, there was a time when the head of this kind of club was made of wood. Nowadays they are mostly made of steel and titanium. There are wood clubs with different numbers. You can see this difference by comparing the lofts of different numbered woods. For instance, driver, or 1-wood is the least lofted and is supposed to hit the ball to the farthest distance. Drivers are most important clubs and it probably makes sense that they cost the most, too. If you can’t afford costly drivers, there is still hope. This guide might be useful for helping you find a great driver within reasonable price range.
Golfers use Irons when the hitting distance is fewer than 200 yards. Clubheads of the irons are made of metals and just like the woods irons also are numbered. They start from 1-iron with maximum number of 9. The main difference between the woods and irons is that the irons have higher degree of lofts and that degree increases with increasing of the club numbers. So 9-irons have the highest degree of lofts. Different numbered irons are supposed to be used for hitting from different distances. For example, 4-5-6-irons or so called middle irons are used when the distance between a hole and a ball is approximately 150-170 yards. Most of the golf sets contain irons numbered from 3 to 9 as long as the 1- and 2- irons are really hard to master.
Hybrid is the youngest category of clubs. It’s a mix of woods and irons. In most circumstances they are used as a replacement for the irons, especially the long irons like 2-, 3-, 4-, or 5-irons. Hybrids have become popular among golfers at the beginning of 21st century. Along with other technical features, hybrids provide fewer mishits having a loft of 17-28 degrees. Hybrids are used as a replacement of long irons mostly by recreational golfers because they are far easier to use. They are numbered exactly as the irons. Their resemblance to the irons is caused by the shaft length. Also the clubhead of hybrids are smaller than they are in case of woods.
Next comes the wedges. People argue whether they are a completely other type of clubs or just a sub-category of irons. There ared different types of wedges. They are: pitching wedge, gap wedge, sand wedge, lob wedge and ultra lob wedge. Each of them are meant to be used in specific situations. They are the highest-lofted golf clubs and have more effect in short approach shots.
What about putters? There is no role model for putters, best putter is just a matter of a golfer’s preference, this is exactly why there is a wide variety of putters on the market. Putters have a loft but usually it is not more than 5 degrees. Standard putter is a 34 or 35 inches tall and golfers use it ro roll the ball along the green toward the hole.