The Golf club is one of the most identified sports equipment in the world. Though majority of the people know that a golf club is a metal rod with a wide end and is used to strike a golf ball, only a few know other rules and concepts surrounding golf clubs. As it is, here is an overview of the golf club.
This is the golf equipment used to hit the ball into the hole. This is highly expensive, more so than all other equipment. Rules and standards pertaining to its design are regulated by two ruling bodies, the Royal and Ancient Club of St. Andrews (R&A) and the United States Golf Association (USGA).
There is, in fact, an allowable number golf clubs that one could bring. The maximum number one could carry is 14 golf clubs. Club sharing is also highly prohibited during a game. Moreover, for people who would be sharing clubs, the maximum number rule is applied to them as if they are a single unit.
Since it is very expensive to buy golf club, it is recommended to be fitted first before purchasing a golf club. Golf club fitting means that a person would check his height, weight, and balance, and look for a golf club that would match these factors. A number of golf establishments offer such fitting. A matched golf club would provide the most comfort and ease of use for a player.
Golf clubs have three main parts. The first part is the grip. This is the topmost part of the club, which is held by the golf player as he swings away. There are two types of grips. The first one is the leather outer grip, which is created by wrapping leather strips on the upper portion of the shaft. The other one is the one-piece sleeve wherein a sleeve, usually made of synthetic or rubber, is slid over the top of the shaft.
The next part is the shaft. This is the elongated part that connects the top and bottom portions of the club. The length of the shaft plays a big role on the resulting trajectory of the ball when hit. Moreover, the length often varies depending on the corresponding number of the club.
The last portion is the club head, which is found at the other end of the shaft. The club head defines what category the golf club is in.
Types of Golf Clubs
There are five main types of golf club, woods, irons, wedges, hybrid, and putters.
The Wood is the longest and most powerful of all types. These are clubs designed to make the ball fly at the greatest possible distance. Because of this, woods are usually used on the fairway and during first few shots. Despite the name, the clubs are actually made of titanium, graphite or steel. It was just named woods because the initial version of this club is made from persimmon woods. Nowadays, the name “wood” pertains to the shape of the club head.
Irons are the clubs created for a wide selection of shots throughout the course, though they are best used when a player is in a complicated situation, such as in hazards and in trees. Just like the woods, irons get their name from their initial version, which are clubs made of forged irons. Investment-cast from steel alloys are now used to create the modern irons.
Wedges are sub-category of Irons. They have higher lift and are easier to use during the tricky shots. Other features of wedges are the high-mass club heads and the wide soles.
Hybrid is the combination of wood and iron. The hybrid applies the long distance and greater launch capabilities of the woods while infusing the familiar drive of the iron.
Lastly, the putter is a distinct type of club that has a loft of 10 degrees or lower. This is because it is used to roll the ball and not to make it fly. Putters are used when the players are on the green and are a short distance from the hole.