A full set of golf clubs consists of twelve clubs: three woods, one wedge, one putter, one hybrid, and six irons. But, do you really need all twelve, and can some golf clubs be downright superfluous for your golf game? Turns out you should use your full set of golf clubs for every game.
The first thing to understand about your new golf clubs is the angle of your clubface on your set, also known as the loft. The loft determines the distance and trajectory of your shot, and a higher loft usually correlates to a higher trajectory. Lower clubs, such as drivers, typically have the least amount of loft, allowing for greater distance and more rolling when the ball does land.
When it comes to golfing on the course, the driver (the longest club in your bag with the lowest loft) is typically used for teeing off. You use the woods for long shots on the fairway, which is usually the first shot after your drive, and is recommended by the pros for shots greater than 185 yards to the flag.
You use your irons when you’re finally approaching the green, or are less than 175 yards from the flag. Your irons are numbered 3 to 9, and typically shoot within a 10-yard gap between each one, which means that a 4 iron will travel 10 yards more than a 5 iron.
If you’re in trouble and your ball is caught in long grass, or is perilously close to the flag, then the wedge is your go-to club. Likewise, a putter is essential for rolling along the ball from the green to the hole when in close proximity.
If you’re a new golfer in the Asheville, North Carolina area, at Nevada Bob’s Golf, we are here to answer any questions you have about your new set of golf clubs.