Golf is not an easy game to master. It can often take years to develop even the most basic of skills, and longer to become a proficient player. Learning to master the mechanics of golf is only one part of the game, however. For most people, understanding the differences in golf clubs will often provide the biggest boost to their game.
Golf clubs are always categorized in one of two ways; they are either woods or irons. Of course, within each of these two categories there are multiple types of club, each with its own particular characteristics and uses. Depending on the specific shot you’re facing on the course, you will need to choose the club that best fits the situation. It is for this reason that knowing the particulars of each club you carry is so very important to a quality round on the links.
Woods are generally used for long shots, including the tee-off. They are typified by a much larger head than you would find on an iron, as well as a longer shaft. The term “wood” comes from the traditional material used to make the heads on these clubs. While there are many golfers that still prefer the old-style wooden club heads, most modern golfers have switched to a hybrid design, which use a composite material instead of wood. Hybrids tend to be much lighter and are made with more flexible shafts. This combination makes them more capable of longer drives, with great consistency; which of course is a real bonus for most golfers.
Irons are primarily for fairway use. These golf clubs, as the name suggests, tend to use metal club heads. There are many different types of iron club, and they are generally number 2 through 9. The numbers refer to the distance and height each club is capable of sending the ball. Lower numbers generally indicate more distance and less height, and higher numbers indicating the opposite.