Like any other game, in golf too you need to understand your equipment and accessories to play well. Any golfer knows that it takes a lot of endeavor to achieve the right coordination to send the golf ball flying like a white dot down the vast expanse of the fairways. In addition, you need to use the right club to take the right shot. The intricacies of the game require you to first figure out the average distance your ball can cover when hit with a particular golf club. How many and what types of golf clubs you may be carrying to your next golf trip depends on the accuracy of this evaluation. Whether you are heading to the Dallas area golf courses or the Miami golf resorts, be it a 18-hole championship course or a small nine-hole 34 to 36-par course, you need to pack the right clubs to control your golf ball’s flight path. There is no one-size-fits-all solution as far as golf club selection is concerned. An understanding of golf club design will help you get started in figuring out what is best for you.
Lengthwise, a golf club can be divided into three parts — the head, the shaft and the grip. The bottommost part, the head, can be divided into three categories, namely, wood, iron and putter. Generally, most golfers prefer to carry three woods, at least one hybrid, seven irons and a putter. However, since the rules allow you to carry a total of 14 clubs, many golfers add a wedge or specialty hybrid club to their arsenal. The idea is to enrich your toolbox as far as possible, so that your job at the green becomes easier.
These have a large hollow-bodied head and are used to hit long shots. Golfers usually use their woods when they are 175 yards or more away from the green.
The face of a wood has an angular orientation. The angle of the club face is called loft. This angular design is aimed at controlling trajectory of the ball’s flight path and the distance covered by it. Depending on its loft, woods can be of three types – the driver, also known as 1 wood, 3, and 5. While a 3 wood has a loft between 15 and 18 degrees, a 5 wood has a loft between 20 and 22 degrees. Professional golfers prefer drivers with less than 10 degrees of loft. Beginners need higher-loft drivers that are easier to hit.
When you are less than 200 yards away from the green, you will have to use the iron – the golf clubs with metallic heads. Unlike the large woods, they are thin from the front to the back. Grooving on the clubface is meant to give the golf ball a nice spin. Seasoned golfers prefer a ‘muscleback’ or ‘blade’ style irons, while ‘cavity back’ style irons are ideal for amateurs and beginners. A standard set of irons consists of 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 irons. A closer shot calls for a higher iron to play the ball. Higher handicap golfers often use a modified set of golf clubs that replaces the 3 and 4 iron with higher lofted 7 and 9 woods, as they are easier to hit in comparable distances.
Putter is used to get the ball into the hole. Depending on your skill level, choose from innumerable styles of putters including short, belly, long, bent, center-hosel, heel-toe, mallet, and more.
Whether you are a pro or just a beginner, heading to the Dallas area golf courses near home or to an exotic golfing destination beyond the borders; the urge to perform is always there. We are sure our basic golf club guide will come handy as you negotiate the holes wielding your woods and irons.