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A Rundown Of The Differnet Types of Golf Clubs And Their Uses

Aug 17, 2007
Golf is one of the most popular sports in the country. It is a sport which provides adrenalin, excitement, competitiveness and requires skill and tactics like most sports, but is also a very relaxing and social sport which any person of any degree of fitness or lack thereof can play, which is why it is so popular.

Golf is also a notoriously challenging game and it will take beginners a while to develop a reasonable aptitude for it. You have to be able to gauge not only distances and the capabilities of the clubs you have (which we'll talk more about in a moment), but also your own capabilities.

Each golf club is designed to have a comfort range. This is the range in which the golf club is used comfortably. Of course, this depends entirely upon an individual and how hard or soft their swing is and how comfortable they feel using which club for which distance and situation. Sometimes a shot must be made which has to clear high trees, a bunker or a lake, and all of this must be gauged and factored into the choice of club.

It will come as no surprise then that a golfer has to be very well equipped with different clubs in order for them to maximise their potential and skill. Usually, a typical set of golf clubs would consist of the following (In order of distance):

Drivers (1 Wood, 3 Wood, 5 Wood): Drivers are the biggest hitting clubs and almost always used for teeing off. The flight of the ball been hit by a driver is one of a slow ascent, so using a driver for a shot in too close a proximity to trees for instance isn't the best of ideas.

Irons 1-10: Irons make up the majority of a golfers arsenal and are used for shots of long to mid or short range.

Pitching Wedge: This club has a higher rate of elevation than a ten iron and is designed for chipping the ball out of the rough, or over trees of close proximity and is usually used for close range shots to the hole from such areas.

Sand Wedge: This club has a higher rate of elevation than a pitching wedge and is designed for chipping the ball out of a sand bunker.

Putter: The putter is used for putting the ball on the green and is designed to keep the ball on the ground.

Of course it is going to take a good degree of time to get used to so many clubs, and the best place by far to perfect your swing is on a driving range. A driving range is a set of stable-like partitions in which a golfer goes, pays his fare, and is given a basket of golf balls to simply hit forward into a big field which usually has distance markers to give you an idea of the range of each club.
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