Golf Sets

Golf Sets

To play that perfect round of golf, a few things have to be just right. It goes without saying that a lot of practise and a bit of talent can go a long way, but there are a few other factors that can really improve a golfer’s game. Arguably, the biggest and most important aspect of a game, apart from the golfer themselves of course, is their equipment and this is largely made up of their golf sets. A well chosen and dependable golf set can stand by a golfer for any shot and even rescue them when in hazardous or tricky situations. Choosing the right clubs or golf set, however, can be a difficult decision in itself and the decisions golfers, both recreational and professional, make in organising their sets can vary tremendously as every golfer has their own preferences, styles and strengths.

The standard rules specify that golfers may carry around with them a maximum of 14 clubs on a round of golf. This golf set is made up of a whole combination of drivers and fairway woods, irons and wedges, hybrids and putters. Within these clubs are then variations in terms of materials – from carbon fibre to laminated wood to steel – shaft lengths, lofts and angles, and even styles of club such as with putters which can be standard, broomstick or belly putters. Finding and choosing a golf set can be a pretty complicated and strenuous procedure, but below are some things to consider and pieces of information that should make the decisions slightly easier.

Complete or Put Together

One of the first decisions golfers need to make is whether to purchase a ready completed full set of clubs or whether to buy each club individually to make up a full golf set. Each option is fairly common and people opt for either for a variety of reasons. It is worth noting, however, that buying a complete set can be less expensive in the long run. It also takes much of the time consuming element and some of tricky decision making out of buying a set, although some golfers will understandably find this option a little restrictive.

For beginners, buying complete starter set may be a good choice and a fairly standard golf set will include a driver, 3-wood, 5-wood, all the irons between and including the 3-iron and 9-iron, a pitching wedge and a standard putter. In some golf sets a sand wedge may also be included. This kind of range of clubs is probably enough for casual recreational golfers and will serve anyone pretty well. Given that players are allowed to carry 14 clubs around, this also leaves a bit of space for your own creativity and personalisation of the set. Many will choose to add a hybrid, another wedge or maybe a 2-iron to the selection.

For those who do not choose to purchase a complete golf set and instead decide to put their set together themselves, there are even more decisions to make. It is likely that whichever route you make, you will end up with a golf set that resembles the traditional set describe above. Constructing a golf set yourself can bring an element of freedom that already full sets do not have. Although there is a good deal of variety within complete golf sets, picking each club individually can help a golfer really play to their preferences, strengths and try to diminish their weaknesses.

Types of Golf Club

When picking a set, it is very important to know about each different type of club, what they are used for and how they are categorised.

Woods are for long distance shots either when teeing off or from the fairway. They hefty clubheads and long shafts give them that extra power and force when hitting the ball. Drivers (1-woods) as well as 3 and 5 woods are very common although older people and women often prefer 7, 9 or even 11 woods.

Irons are highly versatile and range from driving irons (1-irons) up to 9-irons with the loft increasing to correspond to their numbers. It is common to have around 7 or 8 different irons in a golf set as they can be used in a great number of situations.

Wedges are effectively irons with a very high loft and are used for high altitude, accurate shots onto the green. A pitching wedge is essential in any set and a sand wedge or another wedge or two are often chosen too.

Hybrids manage to combine the distance of woods with the swing used with irons. They are increasingly popular and can be used instead of low numbered irons and fairway woods.

Putters are the final essential club and come in a variety of styles to suit the golfer.