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.