List of Different Types of Golf Clubs Their Uses
DriversThe long range weapon in the golfer’s arsenal is the driver. Also called the 1 wood, the driver gets its name from being used to drive the golf ball off of the tee. The driver has the longest shaft of any club in a set as well as an oversized head. The loft of a driver is a scant 11 degrees, which allows you to hit the ball at a lower angle to achieve a longer distance on your drive. In the early days of the game, the club heads were made of hardwood, but as technology improved, the heads were changed to steel, then to lighter metals such as titanium and later to currently used materials like carbon fiber.
Fairway WoodsThe fairway woods are clubs that resemble the driver but can be used to hit long shots on the fairway without the need for a tee. The most common fairway woods found in a golf bag are the 3 wood and the 5 wood. The technological developments that have improved golf clubs over time as well as the 14 club limit have made the 2 wood and 4 wood unnecessary. The heads of the fairway woods are smaller than the head of the driver and are angled to provide greater loft than the driver. A 2 wood has a loft of 14 degrees, a 3 wood has a loft of 17 degrees,
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IronsIrons are the most numerous clubs in a golfer’s bag. These are clubs with a flat, metal head compared to the rounded back edge of the driver and fairway woods. Just as developments in equipment have made 2 woods and 4 woods obsolete, the long irons the No. 1, 2 and 3 irons are often unnecessary. In some cases, the 3 iron has been replaced by a hybrid iron, a club which handles like an iron but provides the added power of a fairway wood. The 4, 5 and 6 irons make up the middle irons, while the 7, 8, and 9 irons make up the short irons. As you go through the irons from the 4 iron to the 9 iron, the shaft lengths get shorter and the loft increases from 27 degrees on a 4 iron to 47 degrees on a 9 iron. The increasing loft enables you to get under the ball more, hitting higher,
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WedgesWedges are clubs that have an even greater loft than the short irons often more than 50 degrees. Pitching wedges resemble standard irons but with a greater loft, and they are used on short approach shots when even a 9 iron provides more power than you need. Pitching wedges have a loft that ranges from 45 to 48 degrees. A sand wedge is a club designed to provide you with an extra lift when hitting out of a bunker or sand trap. The sand wedge has a loft between 54 and 58 degrees and has more weight than the other irons, allowing you to dig deeper into the sand to drive the ball out of the bunker. Other wedges available are a lob wedge with 50 to 62 degrees of loft and a super lob wedge, which has a loft of 64 degrees or higher. The lob wedges are used on extremely short approach shots.
PuttersThe most loved or most hated club in a golf bag is the putter. Because putters are intended to be used to hit ground balls on the green, they have a loft of less than 10 degrees. In most cases, the putter has the shortest shaft of any club, although a recent development in golf equipment has been the invention of the long shaft putter. This putter has a shaft that extends up to a player’s chest, allowing the player to use her body to provide extra control over the putter. One type of putter is called the offset blade putter, which bends at an angle to place the face of the blade behind the shaft, allowing you to keep your hands straight at impact. Putters usually have a line along the top of the blade to help you line up your shot.