Different types of golf clubs

 

Getting started in golf can be very confusing, especially if one doesn’t have a friend of some kind to guide them through the difficulties. There may be many different reasons for why that is, but in my opinion, one of the hardest things about learning to play golf is the issue of golf clubs. There are 5 different types of clubs in golf, and all of them have to be used in a specific way and on special occasions. It takes a lot of time to learn intricacies of each type and master the art of using them properly. Many golfers feel the need to take lessons just to get started. In comparison, other sports are usually much simpler and don’t require this kind of time and money investment just to get started with a sport. So, i decided to write comprehensive guide, which would simply explain differences between all sorts of clubs and by doing so, help beginner golfers to make sense of golf.

First off, i’ll give basic overview of each type, which can use to distinguish them by their looks and i’ll also explain shortly what that particular type does and how. Drivers, are usually the largest in size and also have biggest club head of all the clubs. They are used to drive golf ball as far as possible.  Drivers are less accurate than other clubs, especially the irons, but in terms of distance, they are the most superior. Then there are woods. They are named like that because in the past, they used to be made of exclusively wood material. That is no longer true, but the name stuck nonetheless. Driver is technically a wood, with their key properties inflated to extremes. So we can say that woods are less extreme versions of a driver. They allow players to shoot golf ball far away, but the longer the distance, the more accuracy is sacrificed. Now, we come to irons. They are most accurate of all the clubs i’ve described before, but also are limited in distance. So the closer you get to the hole, the smarter it is to use irons instead of woods and driver. Most golfers use driver just to make the first shot. Hybrids are usually used interchangeably with irons and woods that are more accurate than others. As the name “hybrid” probably suggests, they are mixture of the two. Hybrids can be described as having the best of both worlds, and therefore, many beginners opt to use them instead of both – irons and woods, especially the former. Irons are notoriously hard to hit, so beginners often prefer simplicity of hybrids. At last, there are putters. They are probably simplest to figure out. They are extremely accurate and designed for short shots. Their use is probably obvious – once you’ve gotten your ball very close to the hole, you use a putter to finally deliver the ball. You can probably guess how important it is to choose a good putter. If you’re a woman, like myself, you can read excellent tutorial on choosing best putter as a woman here.

Understanding these differences between many types of clubs is especially important if you’re going to buying them  and collecting entire club set all by yourself. If you have a plan who can help out, definitely use that help when you’re buying golf clubs one piece at a time. Even better solution, in my opinion, is buying them all at once, as a club set. That way, you save money, time and headache of potentially making a mistake.

How to choose utility iron

 

With rising popularity of hybrids, you’d think that people are giving up on irons, and while that might sometimes be true, utility irons still remain extremely popular to this day. So, what are they? What is it exactly that utility irons do? I’m going to answer these two questions that probably come to most readers’ minds. Utility irons are the irons with special design that increases distance while trying to minimize the sacrifice of accuracy. You might think this is too good to be true, but some manufacturers have actually pulled off the feat of designing great utility irons. They are also called driving irons, and are often used instead of woods and even the driver. Some people, especially the beginners who like the ease of use that hybrids provide, use hybrids to replace woods. So, for hitting a golf ball off of fairway greens, there are three major options – woods, utility irons and hybrids.

In general, average hybrid will be much easier to play with than, say, average utility iron. Because of that, when a golfer making choice between these three options is a beginner, the choice i always recommend is hybrid. Utility irons, on the other hand, require some training and experience to properly swing. That’s why professionals usually stick with utility irons and the standard choice, which is the wood. I’d say, woods are also better than irons for beginners. Irons are often very useful in windy conditions, regardless of experience level of the golfer. Balls hit with utility irons usually don’t have high backspin, so they stay close to the ground. Because of that effect, it is harder for wind to affect the trajectory of the ball, thus allowing it to travel through the air undisturbed.

At first glance, noticing differences between various utility irons is kind of difficult. To the eye of a beginner, they might all look the same. All of them are advertised as having revolutionary game improvement design and other features, but it’s hard to figure out what that actually means. Most important of these features, is being easy to hit. Good utility iron must have simple, yet effective design. Weight proportioning is pretty much as important as the physical design of the club. Utility iron must also have excellent, light shaft. In my experience, i’ve found that the best material for shaft is graphite. This material is expensive, so utility irons with graphite shafts are usually on the pricier end of the spectrum.

Basic utility irons, which are made by unknown brands or have no brand name attached at all, can be found for less than hundred dollars. One can’t say whether these off-brand irons are necessarily good or bad, it’s just that they are unpredictable. On the other hand, you can trust brands like Callaway, TaylorMade and Cobra to make excellent utility irons, even without reading reviews of that driving iron. But utility irons made by these famous golf club manufacturers are in fact more expensive. Quality utility irons cost between two to three hundred dollars. If you’re casual golfer and don’t have unlimited budget, that may seem a lot. Two solutions to that problem that come to mind, are buying entire club of sets, which tend to be cheaper on per-club basis, or buying used golf clubs. The latter method requires some experience in golf, so for beginners who want to play with utility irons, despite hybrids being easier to hit, i’d recommend buying club sets that come with utility iron.