I recently played a bit of golf, and I realized I had to do a fair amount of blagging when I was using the different weights and sizes. It got me wondering whether these always existed, or whether you used to just be able to whack it.
There are many types of golf clubs and yes, each club has a different size and weight. They types of golf clubs even have their own function and purpose. No two clubs are alike when it comes to usage. Size as well as weight varies per club number as well.
United States Golf Association or USGA Guidelines on Golf Clubs
There is a standard in which golf clubs are made as applied by the USGA Equipment Standards Committee. This is to make sure that companies that manufacture golf clubs will adhere to the rules. These companies want to offer something new, innovative and technologically advanced to golf enthusiasts. They want their clients to be on top of their game and of course, for them to generate worldwide boom in sales.
It is the player’s responsibility to have his set of clubs checked if it conforms to the standards or not. If you plan on joining amateur tournaments or just want to start learning about golf, you have to use the right equipment. USGA have people in every tournament to test and evaluate the clubs. Some makers of golf equipment do not possess the USGA certified standards check which is why owners or players have to make the extra effort.
Types of Golf Clubs and Their Characteristics
Golf clubs are mainly categorized as follows: woods, irons and putters.
Woods are not necessarily made of wood although it was like that centuries ago. These clubs are now in metal form and with a thick and bigger clubhead. These clubs are used on the fairway green, deliver the farthest distances and each club has a degree on loft (how high the ball rises after hitting it). As of 2004, the USGA approved volume of a metal wood is 460 cc.
Woods are numbered according to loft angle and the lowest is the Driver or the 1-Wood which weighs a standard of 198g. It has the longest shaft; the long and thin connector to the clubhead and grip usually metal but can also be made of wood with a standard length of 45 inches – shortest at 42 inches. It is the lightest club as well and may be made of titanium, aluminum, steel or tungsten with varying weights – 45 to 150 grams. The loft angle of the Driver is anywhere between 9 to 13 degrees depending upon a player’s skill. The highest number in wood clubs is 9 with a 23 to 26 degree loft angle, weighs a little over 230g and it also delivers a great backspin (the ball will stick on the ground).
An iron club is smaller and has a narrow clubhead compared to the wood club. The head of an iron club has always been made of metal and it is also used on the fairway green. Normally, an iron club is used when the distance of the ball and the flagstick hole is about 150 yards.
Iron club with higher numbers (higher loft angle too) weighs heavier than the iron clubs with lower numbers. The length of the shaft is longer if the iron clubhead number is lower. For example, a 1-Iron (head weighs around 229 grams) has a shaft length of 40.25 inches while a 9-Iron clubhead which weighs around 285 grams has a shaft length of 36.25 inches long.
Iron numbers range from 0 to 12. The 1-Iron is the driving iron but it is not anymore being mass produced. Even pro golfers have difficulty using it. Long irons are number 2 to 4. Mid irons are from 5 to 7. Short irons are from 8 to 9. A typical golf bag will include the 3-Iron up to the 9-Iron clubs.
There is no typical or standard putting club. In fact, the choice of which putter to use will depend solely on the player’s comfort zone. You can use a short putter, the long one, the belly design, the bent, the heel-toe and many more. If you find the putter you like, stick to it and go for the win. This is the most used golf club of all.