Posted: 25 April 2018
Are you an experienced golfer looking for new ways to improve your game? Have you recently gotten into golf, and you’re still trying to understand the way each club works?
Whether you’ve had the same trusty golf clubs for years or you’re just getting into the swing of things, there are some key insights of the game to know about. Sometimes, the best way to become a better golfer is to start using more clubs, instead of sticking to just a few.
The more you know how to work everything that comes with a standard set, the better your game becomes. Not to mention all the additional special clubs available out there, to
The following is a closer look at how the right variety of clubs can transform your game.
The Reason for Different Golf Clubs
Before you start thinking about buying a new golf club set or upgrading one of your more worn out clubs, you should understand the reason for each club in the first place.
A Standard Golf Club Set
A golf club set is considered complete when it has 14 clubs. If you need 14 swings to complete a standard hole, though, your game arguably needs more work than a new set of clubs. So, why have this many golf clubs if you’re not going to use them all?
The reason for such a variety of tools is the difference from one hole/course to another. You never know the kind of weather and terrain conditions you’re going to encounter, and a full golf club set helps you prepare for the challenges ahead.
The most basic mix of a full 14-club set is:
- 3 woods
- 7 irons (3,4,5,6,7,8,9)
- 1 hybrid or 1 pitching wedge
- 1 putter
The woods are also known as drivers, these are the golf clubs used at the start of each hole, and can help shorten the difference between mid-range and the green. The different woods provide options based on the direction of the shot and the setup of the tee. They can better match your swing to the distance and power you want to create.
The irons are arguably the golf clubs you should get to know the most.
Each number has a specific purpose in ascending and descending order. As the numbers ascend (3 to 4, 4 to 5) you can expect to lose about 10 yards off your swing. As the numbers descend (5 to 4, 4 to 3) the shafts get shorter and the trajectory of the ball gets steeper.
Hybrids are an emerging trend in the world of golf.
These are a mix between a wood head and an iron shaft. All kinds of players are trading these in for their traditional PW, or getting a couple hybrids to replace 3- and 4-irons. The latter still allows golfers to use their best wedges and get familiar with a hybrid.
Last but not least, everyone needs a trusty putter to get the job done.
When to Reach for Each Kind of Club
It’s one thing to know what you’re packing in your golf bag, and another to know when to reach for each club.
Here’s a breakdown of one hole and how each club may come into play.
When you’re in the tee box, always reach for one of the woods. These will start your first swing off strong, taking the ball as far as it can possibly go. Which of the three woods you choose, though, will depend on a few things.
For starters, every hole will have more than one tee box. This adjusts the total distance a bit, with the closer tees made suitable for beginners and handicap golfers. The further away you start, the stronger your swing (and your wood) better be.
This shot should get you somewhere in the fairway or the fairway bunkers.
Fairways is considered mid-range. Many golf holes will have a curb, some trees, or another obstacle in addition to the bunkers along the mid-range to make it more difficult. If you do end up in the bunker, the main priority is to shoot the ball up and out of there.
Pick an iron with a good trajectory for that. Something like a 6 or 7-iron should do the trick. This gives the ball plenty of power to go up and out, getting you as close as possible to the green.
Still, you may have another swing or two to take to get there.
Try not to use the same golf club each time. Remember, the irons are unique golf clubs meant for specific distances. Just one number of a difference can determine whether you overshoot the green or hit the ball just right.
On the Green
Once you’re on the green, the pressure kicks in. Grab your putter and line up the shot.
Take a few steps around where the ball landed and go towards the direction of the hole, too.
Check for a change in the slope of the green or even a patch where the grass isn’t kept well.
Every minor detail counts towards getting as low of a swing count as possible.
If you’ve got a couple people on one hole, don’t forget the coin trick!
As each ball gets on the green, replace it with a coin to mark its spot. Then, let each person go up to the coin, set their ball down, and make it in the hole one by one. This removes the chances of swings interfering with each other and messing up someone’s game.
At the end of the day, no matter if you’re lining up your first shot at the tee box or just trying to get it in the hole, the count comes down to how well you know your golf clubs.
Buying New Golf Clubs
Maybe it’s not standard knowledge about golf clubs that you need, but an entirely new set of clubs in general. At a certain point, even your lucky set needs a few replacements, so you should always have a little money saved up for this.
It’s not easy parting ways with golf clubs that have done you well, but it is exciting to try out a new set! This is even better if you end up scoring a new club or two for free. To check out our golf giveaways, click here.