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Golf Clubs are essential to your golf game, and having a great set is key to ensuring you can move the ball well. Each golf club is composed of a shaft with a lance (grip) and a clubhead. Clubs vary according to both clubhead and loft, which is the angle between the club's face and the vertical plane. The loft is what sends the ball on its course from the tee, not necessarily your swing. When the club hits the ball, the impact of the club compresses the ball and the grooves and indentions on the clubface create backspin in the ball. Both the backspin and the compression are needed for the ball to correctly lift. Woods and irons are clubs that are labeled with a number. Higher numbers mean shorter shafts and higher lofts which will give the ball a higher and shorter trajectory capability. Clubheads come in different varieties, each with its own purpose.

So, what is in a complete set of golf clubs? That depends on the golfer, however, it is generally accepted that golfers should not use more than 14 clubs in a complete round of golf. Most sets consist of a driver, two fairway woods (common woods are 3 and 5), a set of irons, a sand wedge, a putter, and perhaps another club of the player's choice. Some players choose to forgo the 3 and 4 irons in the set, finding them too difficult to use. Many golfers are now replacing the 3 and 4 irons with newer, Hybrid Golf Clubs.

Woods are used for long distance shots and are meant to drive the ball a great distance down the fairway. Woods were historically made from Persimmon wood from which their name was derived. Today, however, most varieties are not made of wood but of different metals. Woods are different from other types of golf clubs in that they have a much larger head and a longer shaft. These qualities ensure maximum speed on the ball. For more information on driving, visit our page dedicated to Golf Driving Tips.

Irons are versatile golf clubs designed for shots approaching the greens or from difficult shots where the ball needs to be angled over trees and hills. Like woods, irons are named after the material that they were once made from. The first irons were made completely from cast iron. Today, irons have evolved and are made from other metals. Typically, irons are categorized as either cavity back or muscleback. The difference between a cavity back and a muscleback iron is the distribution of the weight near the perimeter of the head. In a cavity back iron, the metal across the back of the head is repositioned on the perimeter of the head, farther away from the main center of gravity. A muscleback iron is any iron in which there is no cavity on the back of the head, thus the weight is more evenly distributed. Some irons with a high loft are referred to as wedges. The higher the club number gets on the scale, the lower the variance of the angle of the club from 90 degrees.

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What is in a complete set of golf clubs? That depends on the golfer, however, it is generally accepted that golfers should not use more than 14 clubs in a complete round of golf.
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Wedges are irons with a higher loft than a 9 iron, usually about 42 degrees or so. Wedges are frequently used for short distance, high altitude, high-accuracy shots, but they can do a variety of different things with the ball. They can be used for approach or attack shots or hitting the ball out of hazards or rough onto the green. This action is commonly called chipping in golf. For more information about chipping, visit our page on Chipping Golf Tips. Wedges come in 5 types and vary according to the degree of the loft (from 45 to 60 degrees): Pitching Wedge (48), Gap Wedge (52), Sand Wedge (56), Lob Wedge (60), and the Ultra Lob Wedge (64). Sometimes, the pitching wedge is called a 10 iron and sometimes the gap wedge is referred to as an approach wedge.

Putters are specially designed to roll the ball along the short grasses near the greens and the cup. Putters are designed to have a loft of less than 10 degrees so that they can lightly and gracefully lift and roll the ball along its course to the cup. Some golfers also carry along a chipper club which is the best club for low-impact swings that lift the ball a short distance to the greens. Sometimes, in certain challenging situations, golfers will also use a pitching wedge to lift the ball a few yards.

Hybrid Golf Clubs are a cross between a wood and an iron, mixing the wood's long distance capability with the iron's easy swing. Some golfers prefer to use these Hybrid Golf Clubs instead of high numbered woods or low numbered irons. In general, however, most Hybrid Golf Clubs take the place of an iron because they are much easier to hit. Taylor Made Golf Clubs was the first to mass market Hybrid Golf Clubs when they unleashed their Taylor Made Rescue Golf Club.

Grip is also an important part of a golf club. According to the PGA, all club grips except the putter must have a circular cross section. Apart from the cross section, grips may taper from thick to thin and may vary in length; however, grips cannot have bulges or indention marks.

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