Saturday, March 1, 2008, 08:27 PM - EquipmentHaving a good set of golf clubs helps players of all ages and perhaps has the greatest impact on beginners. A standard set of golf clubs includes a putter, irons and woods. The United States Golf Association (USGA) allows for up to 14 golf clubs in any given golf bag. A typical golf bag will likely have three woods, seven irons, 2 wedges and a putter.
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A long-shafted club, the driver has a full head and almost always from the tee box. To achieve maximum distance, the club head does not have much lift to it. The fairway woods have club heads that are slightly more lofted than the driver, and are used for long shots when the ball is lying on the ground. Brand name drivers can cost between $200 and $400. Fairway woods normally retail from $150 to $300. And clone golf clubs can provide similar performance for a deeply reduced fee.
Golf irons are the essence of a set of golf clubs. Two thirds of the shots in a normal round of golf will utilize an iron. Irons are used to hit the golf ball off the ground from distances of 125 yards to 225 yards. Each iron is assigned a number based upon the loft angle of the club head. The 9-iron has the most loft, and is used to hit short, high shots. A 3-iron has very little loft, and is used to hit low, long shorts.
A pitching wedge is normally included in the purchase of a set of irons. In addition, two other typical wedges include a sand wedge and a lob wedge. These golf clubs are used for short, controlled shots in and around the putting green.
The top two kinds of irons available are forged and cavity-backed. Forged irons are precision clubs that can give experienced golfers a greater ability to shape their shots. Cavity-back irons are considered to be more forgiving, with a larger sweet spot and primarily for golfers who want to focus on hitting straight shots. A set of 10 irons can range in price from as little as $250, to as much as $1,500. As with drivers, you can save money and see similar results with clone golf clubs.
As the old cliché goes, you drive for show and putt for dough. This could be more accurate. The putter is used on or close to the green and its purpose is to roll the ball to the hole. The design and options of putters have exploded over the past five years. While most golfers use a more traditional short shafted putter, long shafted or belly putters have also become a viable option today. Putt-putt style putters or blades can be purchased for as little as $20 but you can also easily spend over $300 for designer putters.
By: Michael Kosmala
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