When you first start playing golf, it is important to learn the basics of the equipment you are going to use. Having some knowledge of the tools of the game and appreciation for the way they are way will make the game more enjoyable as well as hopefully making you a better golfer. The first and most important thing you need to learn about is the basics of the golf club. Learning about the basics of the golf club will help you to better understand how to swing the ball, and how each part of the club affects your game. If you are new to the game of golf and want to know more about your clubs, then here is some advice on golf club basics.
Standard set of clubs
As you probably know, golf clubs are what you use to strike the ball when playing golf. The golf club has three major components the head, the grip and the shaft. Although there are rules as to what clubmakers can and cannot do with clubs, the technology of clubs is improving all the time, creating clubs that allow you to hit the ball further and straighter. A standard set of clubs will include three wood clubs, eight iron clubs and a putter, making a total of twelve golf clubs. You are allowed up to 14 clubs in golf, so you can always carry an extra putter, iron or wood.
Woods are the clubs you use to hit the ball a long distance. You will use these off the tees for many holes, and also when you are over 175 yards away from the green on any given hole. The driver club is known as the 1 wood, and is the club you can hit the ball furthest with. You will generally carry 3 and 5 woods as well in club sets, which are used for long shots on the fairway. It is also possible to carry higher numbered woods as utility woods in your 14 club limit, although these are not strictly necessary for many players.
Irons and wedges
Irons are the shots you use for middle distance shots of less than 200 yards. The closer you are to the green then the higher the iron club you use. The eight irons you are likely to have range from a 3 iron to a 9 iron, and then you will also have a pitching wedge for short shots. Wedges are just another name for speciality irons, and include the pitching wedge. You might also have a sand wedge to help get out of tricky bunkers near the green.
Of course, you will also have a putter at your disposal to take shots on the green. It is generally good to carry an extra putter so that you have putters for multiple situations, as this golf club is the most important it is what finishes off each hole for you.