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Which Golf Clubs to Have in Your Bag

1: The Driver (Longest Golf Club)

The most important club in your bag. Without it, you can’t hit the ball that far.

A good driver is also very helpful with your short game.

2: The 3-Wood (Longish Golf Club)

You use this club mostly for long, reachable shots.

3: The 5-Wood (Longer Golf Club)

You use this for long, hard-to-reach shots.

4: Wedges (Short Golf Clubs)

These are the clubs you use when you are on the green.

5: The Putter (Narrow Golf Club)

This is your alignment and touch club.

Clubs to start off

It’s always best to start off with a club that is similar to your last, (with perhaps an added length or a design modification) you’ll in fact find it hard not to succeed.

This principle is well known in many areas of the golfing world, from car drivers to putters.

The long clubs

The top clubs, or long irons, are played off a tee close to the green. They cover the longest distance of all the clubs, hence the name.

There are 5 standard length long clubs with various lofts and some models have an additional, shorter club (3 or 5 iron) that is more compact and easier to control. Lengths vary as well from long to short.

The long clubs have the simplest construction of the irons. They are a straight shaft, parallel to the ground, and have a rectangular face. Inexperienced players will often naturally use their long clubs.

The main purpose of all the long clubs is distance and height. However, they vary in these traits according to which long club they are. The differences in height and distance occur because of the changing angle of the face with the loft of the club. The higher the number of the iron, the higher the ball will fly when hit.

Golf clubs carry three numbers: a number for the iron, one for the loft and one for the length. The number for the iron, the loft, is the amount of degrees the face of the club is open from parallel to the ground when at its furthest point from the club head.

The number for the length is the distance from the ground to the heel of the club.


The first thing to consider is shot shape. The most common breakdown is a sand wedge, a pitching wedge, and a lob wedge.

The sand wedge, which is by far the most common, addresses all bunker shots short of a buried lie. It’s sole purpose is to get the ball out of the bunker, but the surprising thing is that most amateurs get the sand wedge in their bag and never use it for anything besides the occasional tee shot.

The pitching wedge is the most versatile club in your bag and is essential for finding the fairway from 120 to 200 yards.

The clubhead is smaller than those of the short irons, which encourages lofts and loft-sway passes.

The last club to have in your bag

Most golfers make a mistake and they choose the wrong club when going for the green. For instance, using a wood when all you need is a wedge. But there’s one club which is even more common amongst beginner golfers and that is the 7-iron.

This is a common mistake because all golfers start out with a set of clubs that only consist of 14 clubs and that include 5-wood, 7-iron, 9-iron, pitching and sand wedge.

So why don’t you use the 7-iron more often?

Well the 7-iron as well as the 8-iron are not the most useful clubs. A 7-iron always gives you more loft than a 9-iron and to make matters worse it is longer than a sand wedge.

Which golf clubs to have in your bag (infographic)

There are typically 5 different types of golf clubs that a golfer uses – the Driver, 3 Wood, 5 Wood, Irons and Wedges.

But, it is important to select a set of clubs that best suit your playing level and you most often play with.

As an example, if an experienced golfer usually plays around with 6 irons, then there is no need to buy the expensive and high quality driver for them. As well as the opposite, if you have a driver you rarely use, and would like a set of higher quality clubs, see which clubs you don't use before purchasing new clubs.

Select the ones you like, and you are likely to use.

These are the following benefits of having a well-assembled golf bag:

You will have the right clubs for the situation.

The first thing to do before heading to the golf course is checking the yardage markers throughout the course. The markers that will be designated for your tees will indicate what club you should use. If you have custom clubs that are the same length as your driver, but with a different-looking head, you should use that as well as the driver. You will have a better chance of hitting your ball within the roughs or out of the ditches.

Fits your budget.

Which Types of Golf Clubs to Choose

A lot of golfers complain about their game being all over the place. They don’t know which club to use after they’re done the swing.

Are some clubs better than the others? Are some clubs worse than others?

There is a lot of questions flying around in everyone’s head.

There are different types of golf clubs that you can be obsessed with.

Here’s a list of all the different types of golf clubs:


Woods are long-handled clubs that are valued for distance in a straight line. They are solely used to hit the ball straight and long.


Irons, on the other hand, have more curvature in the head and are used to hit the ball short and straight.


Wedges are primarily used to chip, play chip and runs, and play from various lies such as sand traps.


Putters can be sole or mallet. They are used to play from near and around the hole. These tools are used to finish the hole.

So what types of golf clubs you should have?


Or irons?

The majority of experienced golfers have the same view on the subject. A mixture of both. The game itself requires a good mixture of both the clubs to be successful.

It is without a doubt a great feeling to be out on a course and hit a monster drive. Some of them travel so far that you have to wonder what you would have done with it if you were on the green.

But they do not happen all the time. That’s why it’s good to have woods and irons in your bag. You will need to hit a shorter ball from a different distance, and that will be the contribution your woods make.

But the majority of your shots will be hit with irons. If you are unsure, then you should play it safe, and have an even mix of two full sets. If you are a decent player, you might be happy with three woods and seven irons.

But the important thing is that you find a club for each kind of shot. Hit the whole range when you go shopping. Get one for each distance, and get a spare of your favorite one. Irons and woods are available at all sizes and with different lofts.


Or Woods?

A lot of golfers don’t know the difference between irons and woods, yet they use them interchangeably. It is not rocket science to remember which club is right for each situation. The key difference between irons and woods is that one is shaped, and the other is not. Let’s see why this makes a difference.

Golf clubs are made in different configurations, and each configuration is designed to correct different swings. The iron is the most basic of the golf club configurations. It is the classic shaft with the club face, the part of the club that is struck by the ball. The woods are the bottom tier of the golf club lineup and were added once golf resumes became more important than the drive. This was much later; irons were the way to go in the beginning, so there wasn’t any need for woods.

The golf club face is very important, as a proper swing is needed to hit the ball correctly. The golf shaft is the main support of the golf club face and what gives it its strength. It is the part of the golf club that must be flexible. Here is where materials enter the picture.


The first thing to consider is shot shape. The most common breakdown is a sand wedge, a pitching wedge, and a lob wedge.

The sand wedge, which is by far the most common, addresses all bunker shots short of a buried lie. It’s sole purpose is to get the ball out of the bunker, but the surprising thing is that most amateurs get the sand wedge in their bag and never use it for anything besides the occasional tee shot.

The pitching wedge is the most versatile club in your bag and is essential for finding the fairway from 120 to 200 yards.

The clubhead is smaller than those of the short irons, which encourages lofts and loft-sway passes.


They’re called hybrids because they combine features of fairway woods and irons. They’re designed to take the guesswork out of your club choice.

Prior to hybrids, if a shot was downhill, most players tended to opt for a longer fairway wood, figuring if they misjudged the shot, they’d lose fewer yards. On the other hand, when the shot was uphill, they would reach for an iron because of the more loft and trajectory.

That’s the beauty of the hybrid – it hits like an iron off of the tee box or fairway but can fly higher and longer than a traditional fairway wood.

A hybrid is also much more forgiving from the rough, sand, or uneven lies than a traditional fairway wood. It creates a shot that’s very playable even if you’re not hitting it on the sweet spot.

It’s important to remember that, like a traditional iron, a hybrid should only be used if there’s enough room between you and the target.

If you need a longer club, opt for the 3 wood. You can get up to 30 yards extra over a hybrid and it provides a higher shot trajectory than a hybrid.


You always use a putter to putt, right? Well, not exactly! While you are putting, you can still use your putter, but you can also use the other 13 clubs, as well.

Imagine this: You’re on the green. You’re ready to putt. The ball is in close. You’re confident. You bring your putter back.

You address the ball. It’s the perfect set up. You’re ready to roll when suddenly, you get the sinking feeling that something just isn’t right. Your putter doesn’t feel like it used to.

Instead, you feel like you can’t control it. Wiping the sweat from your brow, you glance in the bag to find a new putter.

Not having the right tools for the job is like having the wrong tools. It can mess up a good situation, and in some situations, it can be disastrous.

So the question you have to ask yourself is this: what club in my bag is the best to use for that shot? There are times when the putter is the best club for the job.

Choosing Golf Clubs Based on Length

Have you ever wondered, when buying clubs for your golf selection, what would be the best choice of sizes and lengths?

There is a method of selecting golf clubs that has been around for years. It is the 'The Perfect Four'.

This is the club selection for the golfer who hits all clubs consistently and correctly.

This guide is the one used by serious players. All the clubs have to be the correct size for the golfer and the energy, shot and accuracy of the golfer needs to be taken into consideration. For example women's carry their distance differently to men.

There are many reasons why a golfer will play with clubs that are too big or too small for them. All clubs have different characteristics and the chart does not allow variations in that. The chart below shows the size clubs that a golfer should use depending on their height.

A club that is too big or small will make it impossible to achieve the right combination of clubs.

Choosing the correct club is more than just matching the size of the club to the golfer. When choosing golf clubs, the flexibility of the club and the length of the golfers body must be considered.

It is a good idea to start buying golf clubs with the centre of the golfers chest and then move to the shoulder and the wrist.

Using the diagram below you can check your club length.

Choosing Golf Clubs Based on Loft

Golf is a popular sport that is played by millions of people worldwide. Golf clubs are classified by the loft of the driver and the fairway woods to help the player determine which club to use depending on the shot and the distance.

Choosing Golf Clubs Based on Club-head

The size of the golf club head determines which swing will work best. In addition, it has a lot to do with the physical size of the golfer and what may be the right size for him or her. There are several different types of clubs that are used in a golf game. The driver is the biggest one and it is what you hit from the tee off area on the first hole. This club can be anywhere from 9 to 10 ½ inches and it is probably one of the most important golf clubs you will ever use. Try out a few different drivers and pick the one with which you are most comfortable. You might find the perfect driver or you might have to buy a few different ones and switch them around based on your preferences.

The next big club you will probably use is the wood. The number of woods you use depends on what type of shot you have. Whenever you are looking down the fairway and trying to decide whether you need to use a wood or a wedge, always use the wood. The wood is shorter than a wedge and will help get your ball out of the rough or it will play the shot that you feel is best to keep the ball where it is. However, you might also want to have a wood if you are someone who has a longer swing and is having a difficult time controlling the ball.

Picking Golf Clubs Based on 3 Basic Shots

Picking golf clubs to use for a shot is often done by rule of thumb. Choose a bigger club for a longer shot and a smaller club for a shorter shot.

These are general rules, but sometimes your shot calls for something unusual, and that’s where knowing how to use the clubs properly comes in. Because there are so many different clubs, we’re going to break finding the right club for your shot down to the bare essentials.

It’s also important to remember that a majority of the time a golfer has the incorrect club in their hands when hitting a shot. The one thing you should remember from this article is that every club has a purpose at some point. Learn to identify what club you have in your hands, and you will use it correctly often enough to become a better golfer.

This does lead into the next important point: Don’t ever try and invent your own swing. Even if you think you can get away with it, you can’t. I’m a very strong proponent of self-invented swings, but only when a golfer has the foundation of a proper golf swing down.

Teeing Off

As mentioned on the about us page, I’m a weekend golfer. And I’m really awful at it. Just awful.

You know that movie classic “Caddyshack?” Yeah, that’s my golf game. But there’s fun to be had! You just have to put up with the occasional bad shot. You can’t hit the ball perfectly every time, right? Well, up until recently, I thought so too.

The other day I was out golfing with a buddy of mine who has a very different playing style than me. He’s the type that gets a little too anxious on the tee box. Instead of taking his time to pick the right club, he’ll just go with his instincts and just end up taking a wild, 2-hundred yard shot that ends up in the water or in the trees or on a hill 20 feet above the hole.

Then he’ll just bail and go to the next tee box.

And he’ll spend the next 10 minutes looking for his ball and pulling out all of his clubs, cursing when they don’t have it.

Approach Shots

There are two types of approach shots in golf. The first is the full shot, where you drive the ball straight to the green, and the second is a controlled chip shot, where you manage the spin and trajectory to land on the green.

Here are the considerations when judging which golf club to hit for approach shots.


If you need to cover apporximately 100 yards, then the 8-iron is the best golf club for approach shots. Add 8 yards for another club.

Land on the Green

If you want the ball to land on the green then the straight drive should cover about 70 yards. So, you can use the 6-iron to maximum effect. Add 15 yards for another club.

Chip Shots

If you wish to land the ball slightly on the green and have it move in the direction, use the pitching wedge or 9-iron. If you want a crisper, more controlled chip shot, then the sand wedge is your best bet.


You want to land the ball in a fairway bunker? Use a club that matches the distance and also get the ball to stop. The pitching wedge is the right choice with this approach shot.

Trouble Shots

Brace yourself for bad shots, because no matter how good a golfer you are, it’s inescapable, so try to accept it. Most golfers take pride in their skill to execute short game and other shots the best. In fact, some players finish their round feeling upset than having any one of them go wrong.

The simple truth is, bad shots are unavoidable, so make sure you have a toolkit ready for those inevitable times. So good players oftentimes don’t have a single round ideal of 18 holes. This proves the point more that a set of sometimes less than perfect shots do not make a bad player.

The key is to be ready to take care of your bad shots. Doing this will help you show up for your next hole. The real key to being a great golfer is being a good sport. You should just learn to accept the fact when your bad shots occur. So now, you’re prepared to take care of all the mess so you can handle your game better and relax and enjoy the game.

Here’s some examples:

Farthest distance shot you should hit is a 2 iron/3 iron/driver.

Gender Factors For Picking Golf Clubs

Every sport has its fashions and you have to keep up to be part of the show. Avoid going into this store without knowing your game and a little bit of research. Your gender, height, and weight have a lot to do with fitting you into a club with a strong reputation among the golfing fraternity.

When you are golfing, it helps to know that you have chosen a club that is going to enhance your game rather than distract you. Therefore, you have to take the time to ensure that you have chosen a club that works for you and does not go against your strengths and weaknesses.

Since you cannot try clubs on, you have to do your research first. The overall shape of your body has a lot to do with the the kinds of clubs you should choose. As long as you are comfortable with your clubs, you will definitely improve your game.

For women, there are clubs that are committed to building golf clubs for women. These clubs are built to cut down on distance and to increase effectiveness. Also, women are not the tallest individuals in the world at 5’1”, and hence, they are going to have a smaller swing. So, it is best to keep in mind the weight and height of the male and female golfer when you are buying your clubs.

For men

The Driver is the longest club, but they only actually have to swing one club for a lot of their shots. Walk up to the tee box at a par-three and you’ll notice that some guys are using a driver and others are using a three wood. Why is this?

The simple answer is: use the longest club you can control. You’ve heard it a million times: control equals accuracy. A basic rule of thumb is that if you can hit the ball with a six iron and not hit it too far past the pin, use the six iron. If you can hit it with a five iron and not hit it too far past the pin, use the five iron. If you can hit a four iron and not hit it too far past the pin, use a four iron. If you’re hitting it consistently with a four, three or two iron, you’ll be tearing up the course with that kind of accuracy.

The main exceptions to this rule are tighter courses and courses with narrow fairways and/or small landing areas. In these cases, it becomes more advantageous to use shorter irons in place of a shorter wood.

For women

Sometimes students will ask me which club I recommend as a first club for women. In my opinion, there is not a single best club, because it really depends on what the lady is looking to do.

The first thing is to decide on a loft angle because the loft will determine all other things. If you want to hit the ball high and far, then choose a low loft angle. If you want to hit it straight up the middle, then choose a mid-range loft angle. If you want to hit it straight on the ground, then choose a club with a high loft angle.

Many ladies or dads think that starting out with a light club will help. The problem with these is that they do not have enough power behind them. If the ball doesn’t go very far, there is not much point to playing the game.

It is vital that you walk before you run. Before you get started, get fitted for the right clothes and shoes that can help you with your game. These will help you focus on your game and to hit the ball further.

A great starting point for women would be to begin with a tri-wood or 4-9-wood. These clubs are very versatile and help in many different situations. They are strong and if you want to hit the ball high into the air, you can. If you want to hit a low, long ball, you can do that as well.

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