Are you new to golf? If you’ve had the time, you would have probably noticed how there are so many different clubs to choose from. What’s a wood? How does it differ from a wedge? And why is the putter so different? This article aims to help you to pick and understand the differences between the various clubs.

Golf bags TaylorMade Golf Newbie Tip: Choosing Your First Golf Club SetA modern golf club set usually includes 3 woods, at least 1 hybrid, 7 irons, and a putter for a total of 12 clubs. Golf rules state that you are allowed to have up to 14 clubs in your bag, so most golfers take an extra hybrid or wedge with them. Each tool is important and has a specific job in reaching your goals.

One of the best-known brands available on the web is TaylorMade Golf. As with any other hobby, investment on good equipment is fundamental. However, it’s important for you to know the different options available for you, and which ones are the best for your specific tasks.

Woods

Woods are used when shooting at least 175 yards away from the green. These clubs are hollow-bodied and large-headed. There are 3 primary woods: the 1-driver, the 3, and the 5.

The 1-driver, also called a driver, has the lowest loft (angle of the club) among the three. It has an angle of between 7 to 12 degrees, allowing golfers to cause the ball to travel a longer trajectory. As beginners, you may want to use higher lofted drivers with 10 degrees angle or more, because this doesn’t require as much skill as lower lofted ones. Additionally, higher-lofted drivers give higher launch angles, resulting in farther ball drives.

The 3 wood has a 15-18 degree angle, and a 5 wood has a 20-22 degree loft. The higher the wood number, the higher the loft, and the shorter the club shaft length. Both 3 and 5 woods are called fairway woods, while all higher lofted woods are the utility woods. The club shaft length is shortened to decrease arc swing length and provide a longer distance to the shots.TaylorMade Golf recently introduced a mini-driver that aims to replace the 3 wood. It can give a long shot from the tee and from the fairway, effectively acting both as a driver and as a 3 wood.

Irons

Compared to woods, irons are better for shorter range shots. If you are 200 yards or closer to the green, higher irons should be used. Standard iron sets include 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 irons plus the pitching wedge (PW). Lower irons are usually harder to hit. Many golfers, especially women and handicap players opt for 7 and 9 woods over 3 and 4 irons. Beginner golfers should also consider this option. Higher lofted woods are easier to hit than lower numbered irons, and both result in equal distances.

Hybrids

Hybrids are a combination of long shaft (low numbered) irons and fairway woods. Commonly called as the ‘best of both worlds,’ hybrids provide both long distance and high forgiveness. The main characteristic you should consider is loft, which is similar to wood lofts.

Wedges

Simply put, wedges are special irons. The pitching wedge (PW) is the first wedge, having the highest lofted iron and the lowest lofted wedge in a standard set. There are 5 types of wedges: PW, approach wedge (AW), sand wedge (SW), lob wedge (LW), and high-lob wedge, increasing in 4 degree increments. The blade design of wedges enhances shot control and shaping, which are more important the closer you are to the green.

Putters

TaylorMade Golf was recently awarded at the PGA Professionals National Championships in Myrtle Beach as the #1 putter. The putter’s specialty is getting the ball in the hole. It is used when you’re in the greens and need to ‘putt for dough.’ There is a wide variety of putters available for different players, but in the aforementioned tournament, the Spider Putters by TaylorMade Golf were a favorite.

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