Golf can be a daunting sport for the beginners. Just hearing all the jargons and seeing all the necessary equipment are enough to make you back out on your first attempt or even at the first thought of it. However, once you have gotten the hang of it, you will realize that golf is just as exciting as any other sport.
The first step to getting the hang of it is all about getting to know golf clubs, which play a crucial role as an instrument in this elegant sport.
Your Most Powerful Tool
Before you begin hitting golf balls in the golf course, you first need to get yourself familiar with your most powerful tool: the golf club. As you may already know, a golf club is used to strike golf balls right into the golf holes. It features three components: the head, the shaft, and the grip – all of which are crucial in ensuring a perfect hit.
As per the sport rules, a golfer can carry a maximum of 14 golf clubs in his or her golf bag. However, a great set of 12 golf clubs composed of three woods (preferably a driver, a 3 wood, and a 5 wood), a hybrid (preferably a 3 hybrid), seven irons (preferably a 4 iron, a 5 iron, a 6 iron, a 7 iron, an 8 iron, a 9 iron, and a pitching wedge (PW)), and a putter will do for most players. The 13th and 14th golf club is usually and preferably a specialty hybrid and/or a wedge, respectively.
If you are still clueless as to what the aforementioned golf clubs are for, their purposes are clearly explained below:
Woods are the golf clubs perfect for making long shots. They have large heads and hollow bodies. 1 wood, also known as driver, has the lowest loft that ranges from seven to 12 degrees among all golf clubs. Loft refers to the angle of the golf club face that controls trajectory, affecting the distance of the hit.
3 wood and 5 wood, meanwhile, are known as fairway woods because they are often used during the second shot at the fairway.
Hybrids represent the best of both worlds as they feature fairway wood heads and iron length shafts. With these, loft is the best distance indicator.
These are the golf clubs used when you are less than 200 yards from the green. The closer you are to the green, the higher the iron must be. Lower irons to are harder to hit with than higher irons.
Wedges are practically just specialty irons. The lowest wedge is a PW, which has a loft ranging from 46 degrees to 48 degrees. It is followed by an approach wedge (AW), sand wedge (SW), lob wedge (LW), and high-lob wedge.
Putters are meant to literally put golf balls into the holes. These are used on the green. They come in various styles such as bent, heel-toe, mallet, short, among others.
Buying Tips for a Good Beginner
If you wish to become a good beginner in this sport, you must first try a 6 iron golf club with a regular-flex shaft and another with a stiff-flex shaft. For all golf clubs, you must begin with the shaft that you had found easier to control.
Once you are ready to purchase your golf clubs, be sure to first get a driver, a fairway wood, a 6 iron, an 8 iron, a PW, a putter, and an SW.
Playing golf is not as difficult as you have first viewed it to be. As long as you take it one step at a time and respect your own pace, you will eventually evolve from a good beginner to an experienced golfer.