Golf clubs are what we use to strike the golf ball. A golf club has three components to it — the head, the shaft and the grip. You will find that there are different heads for different clubs and even different sized heads for the same club, depending on the brand of club. There are also three standard shaft flexs available on the market: Regular, Firm and Stiff. You may hear from time to time how the the professionals are always tinkering with the shafts on their clubs. Their swings are so finely tuned and yet they are always looking for ways to get extra distance out of each club. For those of us who are never going to make any money at the game of golf, they usually use a standard set of golf clubs, which come in regular flex for both the irons and the woods. Some people choose to get their swing speed analyzed and based on those results, they may pay to get custom fitted golf clubs which are tailored to their golf swing.
When you purchase a set of golf clubs today, the set would typically contain three woods (the 1-driver, 3, and 5), eight irons (3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and PW), and a putter. This gives you a total of twelve clubs. You are allowed to carry fourteen clubs in your bag, so many golfers would add another wedge or two to their bag. A number of people would replace their 3 and 4 irons with hybrid, or rescue, clubs, because they are easier clubs to hit, especially out of the rough. I myself, carry a driver, 3 wood, a 3 hybrid, the 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and PW irons, and 3 other wedges. I carry a 50 degree wedge, sometimes known as a gap wedge, a 54 degree sand wedge and a 58 degree lob wedge. I like having four different wedges in my bag because I use each one of them for specific yardages. It just makes it easier for me on the course, knowing what club to hit based on the yardage required for your next shot!
There are two types of irons today. You will often hear the terms “blade” iron or “cavity-backed” irons, but I will discuss those on the golf irons page.