Golf. A ball game requiring concentration, precision and technique.
Taking it back to basics, one of the key requirements for a game of golf is a club, used to hit the ball. It is at this point the basics stop. As per the rules of golf, a golfer is allowed to carry a set of fourteen clubs of their own choice at any one time – that’s a lot of clubs to get your head round!
In short, a golf club is comprised of three parts; the Head, Shaft and Grip. Clubs are then usually split into three basic types; woods, irons and putters. The length of a golf club is purposefully designed to affect the distance you are aiming to propel the ball – the longer the club the longer the distance you should be aiming for.
Keeping all of this in mind, woods have a large head and a long shaft and are thus designed to send the ball the furthest distance away. Irons on the other hand have a shorter shaft and are more often used for shorter distances. A putter is generally used from close distances on the putting green, and is intended to roll the ball into the hole gently and skilfully.
A standard set of golf clubs will contain three woods, eight irons and one putter, totalling twelve different clubs. It is then up to the golfer whether they wish to add another wood or iron in order to aid them with their game. It is generally in their best interests to do so as this will provide a greater choice, allowing for a variety of different situations presented to them during the game.
When buying clubs, as a general rule you should consider the following points:
- Length of clubs; it is recommended you begin with the standard length clubs, with the 5-iron at 37″ for ladies and 38″ for men, and the driver at 43″ or 44″ for men. – Flex of the shafts; this depends on how fast you swing. As a beginner, it is wise to buy a golf club with more flex. – Weight of club; the shaft of a golf club is usually made from steel or graphite, with graphite being the lighter material. This is the recommended choice for a beginner.
Remember, when buying golf clubs it is best to go for the club that feels best for you. If in any doubt, ask the professionals.
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