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Here at Golfdriversclubs.com, we bring you thorough and unbiased golf club reviews. However, with so many different golf clubs available, it’s not always obvious which golf club you require, for the number of different shots and situations you will find yourself in. Thankfully, our guide on the different types of golf clubs, will help you to clearly distinguish between each of them and make a better choice when playing your next round of golf.

The Drivers

This is the golf club which strikes the ball the furthest of all the clubs in your bag. It is also known as the ‘1 wood’ and is used when hitting the ball off the tee, at the start of a long hole. The head of the driver will be bigger than that of any other club in the bag and the shaft will be longer than any other club in the bag. The loft of the club can vary, depending on how much help you need getting the ball in the air but tends to range from between 7 and 11 degrees. In the past, these clubs have been made of wood and heavy metal but today, they are made from lightweight metal, making them easier to swing and control. Check the golf club reviews section of the website, for a choice of great drivers and notice the difference in loft available.

Fairway Woods

The fairway woods may look similar to the driver but are used to hit long shots, when the ball is on the fairway, not on the tee. They may come in handy when playing a long par 5 for example, when there is still some distance to go before reaching the green and the longest iron in your bag, will not have the desired distance. The most common fairway woods, are the 3 wood and the 5 wood. The head of a fairway wood, will look similar to that of the driver but is made at a different angle, to produce more loft. The higher the number of the wood, the more loft it will generate.

Irons

The irons are used for shorter shots than the woods and are especially useful for hitting shots on to the green. Long irons, such as 1, 2 and 3 are used when there is greater distance between the ball and the green and the ball will travel a greater length than the higher numbered irons but not go as high in the air. The medium irons, such as 4, 5 and 6, will not hit the ball as far as the longer irons but will send the ball on a higher trajectory and are used when the ball is closer to the green. The short irons, such as 7, 8 and 9, are used when the ball is close to the green and you want the ball to stop quickly, when it lands on the green. These will hit the ball the shortest distance of all the irons but will give it the greatest loft. With the advent of the hybrid clubs, many golf sets will now start with as lower iron, such as the 5 iron, up to a 9 iron. However, depending on how confident you are using the short irons, you may prefer to add them to your bag as well. Check out our golf club reviews, to see if there are short irons which may be suitable for your game.

Hybrids

These golf clubs combine the features of the fairway woods and the irons. They are sometimes referred at as utility clubs. These clubs tend to have lofts of 17 to 23 degrees and were initially made to help make escape shots from poor lies, easier to play. The head of the club is larger than that of any iron but smaller than a fairway wood. They also have shorter shafts than woods, making them easier to control. Essentially, when using a hybrid club, players can strike the ball further than an iron but with the same loft. Therefore, players have started using them, regardless of whether the ball is in a bad lie or on the fairway, as they are easier to strike the ball cleanly than irons. Hybrids may replace the 3 and 4 iron in a bag.

Wedges

Wedges have even more loft than the short irons and come under a number of different names, for different situations on the golf course. A pitching wedge, is commonly used on short approach shots to the green, when even the 9 iron will hit the ball too far. The loft tends to range between 45 and 48 degrees and will give great control, when trying to get the ball close to the hole. The sand wedge, was designed to make hitting the ball out of a green side bunker, much easier than it would be, using a standard iron. With a loft between 54 and 58 degrees, the sand wedge will provide extra lift when striking the ball out of a bunker and is heavier than other irons, allowing the club to dig deep in to the sand and get the ball out. Other wedges available include the lob wedge and this comes with a loft of between 50 and 62 degrees. These are used for extremely short approach shots, when even the pitching wedge will provide more power than you require.

Putters

The putter is the club which gets the most use during a round of golf. Unless you hit a fantastic shot from a distance, which ends up finding the hole, you will need to use the putter on all 18 holes during a round of golf. Putters are used when the ball is on the green and comes with a flat face and very low loft, which keeps the ball on the ground. Despite the many designs you may have seen, traditionally, the putter has the shortest shaft of any club in the golf bag. It is used to strike the ball along the green and in to the hole and often features a line on the top of the head, which can be used to guide the shot. Putters come in a number of different designs and companies are always coming out with new and inventive ways to position the blade and the weight on a putter. In addition to using a putter on the green, many players choose to use them when the ball is on the fringe of the green, instead of a wedge.

In the Bag

A golfer is allowed to have up to 14 clubs in their bag but there is no minimal number enforced. That being said, there is no reason not take the full entitlement and the standard 12 clubs in a golf bag are as follows:

  • Driver
  • 3 Wood
  • 5 Wood
  • 8 Irons (3 iron through to the 9 iron and a pitching wedge)
  • Putter

A further 2 clubs can be added to this, including different types of wedges and hybrid clubs.

Why not check out our golf club reviews, to see which clubs you would like to have in your bag?