How to Choose the Right Club
As an avid golfer you know that every game you play is slightly different. Sometimes you have different partners, the weather and even the direction of the wind constantly changes. Even when you are playing your favorite course, it is almost guaranteed to be a different game. This is why choosing the right club is important in shaving strokes off your game.
Choosing the right club for each shot is one of those difficult decisions. With some practice you will gain the confidence in choosing the right club. Everyone that has been playing for a while has a basic knowledge in which club to use, but are you really sure which club can make the ball travel the distance.
Of course these distances are just a basic reference. Some golfers will hit further and some will hit shorter.
The driver is a club you will only use once and not at all holes. It is used for teeing off. This is the reason it is only used once. It is also the furthest hitting club out of the 14 that you carry.
Drivers do come in a variety of lofts. They are also one of the more expensive clubs to buy. Most pro shops will let you try a couple of different driver to try out before your purchase. I highly recommend you to try out a couple of different drivers out on the range so that you don’t make a bad purchase.
Fairway woods are numbered according to their loft. The lower the number the lower the loft. The lower the loft, the longer the distance. Most golfers usually only carry two in their bag. I carry a 3 and my 7 on most outings.
The long irons (1, 2, 3 and 4) are for distance. They are the hardest clubs to use. Most beginners don’t even carry them in their bag.
Mid irons (5, 6, and 7) are mostly used on the fairway. These clubs are easier to use and still can drive the ball a good distance. The five iron is my favorite to use because it has just enough loft to get out of short to medium grass.
Short irons (8 and 9) are used when you are approaching the hole. These clubs have the highest loft of all of the clubs. They are designed to get the ball up in the air and onto the green. Because of the loft, they should only be used when you are around a dozen yards or so from the hole.
Your wedges (P and S) are made for your toughest shots. Wedges can get you out of those troublesome shots. Whether you are in a bunker or the rough, it will take some getting to know your clubs to find the right one for each situation.
This is just a basic explanation of what club does what. It is up to you to figure out which is the right one for each shot. Enjoy golfing.