It goes without saying that the choice of and the suitability of a golf club to buy is such a big decision to make for any golfer. For the layman let us point out the fundamentals of a golf club. Each golf club is composed of a shaft with a grip and a clubhead. There are a variety of golf clubs, not only in brand name but also in how they are manufactured.
We have, for instance, woods, irons, hybrids, putters and wedges. What do they all do? Well, they can be briefly described as follows:
Woods are normally used for long-distance fairway or tee shots;
Irons are the most versatile class and are used for a variety of shots;
Hybrids, as the name suggests, combine the main design elements of both woods and irons. They are a relatively new type of golf club and are becoming increasingly more popular;
Putters are used in the main on the green to propel the ball into the hole.
A standard set of golf clubs consists of 14 golf clubs, traditionally consisting of 3 or 4 woods, as many as 9 irons, of which including at least one and possibly as many as three wedges, and a putter.
A vital variation in the different types of clubs is loft, or, to put it another way, the angle between the club's face and the vertical plane. It is the loft of the club that makes a golf ball leave the tee in an upward trajectory, not, as some think, the angle of swing. All golf swings make contact with the ball with a horizontal motion.
The impact of the club compresses the ball, while grooves found on the clubface give the ball backspin. To a right handed swing, the backspin would appear as a clockwise spin on the ball, or as a anti-clockwise spin when observed from the viewpoint of a left-handed swing golfer.
Put together, the compression and backspin will create lift. The majority of woods and irons are identified by way of a number label. Higher numbers indicate shorter shafts and higher lofts, which give the ball a higher and shorter trajectory.
These brief descriptions will give you a fair idea of what each club does if you didn't know already, particularly if you are a golf beginner. The more experienced golfer will of course be aware of the distinctions between each club but nevertheless will themselves be on the lookout for any particular improvements or enhancements.
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