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Golf equipment includes anything used for the game such as golf clubs, balls, golf apparel, golf shoes and golf bags, among which it’s safe to say that your clubs, as the main tools, play the most important role in the game. A player is allowed to carry no more than 14 clubs in the golf bag which is normally carried by a golf caddy. The set of golf clubs usually include 6 types — woods, hybrids, irons, drivers, pitching wedges and putters — each designed for a different task. Before your first swing, let’s have a quick look at these 6 types of clubs and their uses.
Woods have longer shafts and the least angle on the club face, that are used to hit the ball greater distances than other types of club. Theoretically, the 1 wood is built for the least height but the longest distance; the 5 wood, by contrast, provides a better height but less distance.
A driver, also known as the 1 wood, is a subset of the wood family of golf clubs designed to play from the tee usually on par-4 or par-5 holes, which will make the ball travel the farthest compared with other clubs in the bag. It features the longest shaft and largest head of all golf clubs.
Often described as “rescue” clubs, hybrids are usually used to fill the awkward gap between a fairway wood shot and an iron shot.
Compared with woods, Irons have shorter shafts and smaller heads with a large, flat and angled face, club heads made of solid iron or steel. These types of clubs are used to drive the ball towards the hole. Same as woods, the low numbered irons are designed for distance while the high numbered ones for higher but shorter shots.
Wedges belong to the iron family, with higher loft than numbered irons, which are built for even higher and shorter shots.
Putters can be found in a variety of styles, but they all have a flat club face which is intended to roll the ball into the hole from a short distance away by making short and low-speed strokes.
These 6 types of golf clubs are available in almost every golf pro shop. You can either purchase or rent them (if you only play once or twice a year) under the guidance of your coach or a professional golfer.
For the brands, Callaway Golf and Cobra Golf are two of the most renowned brands in the golf club manufacturing market, which are highly recommended for beginners.
Besides, it’s also a good idea to get other equipments/accessories prepared in advance such as golf apparel, golf shoes and gloves, which can be easily found in many clothing brands with a golf line, such as Adidas, Nike, Castore and Rhone. Or if you want something more professional, go check FootJoy.