The golf clubs in a golf bag are designed to give you the best shot for the angle their heads are given. That may seem a strange statement to a novice at the game, but once you go round a golf course you will appreciate the manufacture of your particular golf club. The layout of a golf course requires that you have a variety of clubs to choose from to approach the variety of holes you are going to play.
Now some holes are short and some are long and some are winding and some are right angled, or in golf terms, a ‘dog leg’, either to the left or the right. Is it sounding complicated already? Let me explain this way. Each club head, whether a wood or an iron, is designed with a certain angle of lift built into it’s striking head. This angle can range from almost ninety degrees in the putter, to about twenty degrees in a sand iron, or wedge, or an eight or nine iron. Now to get the most distance from a golf club, you need to be nearer the ninety degree or flat end of the scale. To hit a long, low drive with a number one wood say, you will be striking the ball with an almost flat surface. The result of this will be a long, low shot off the tee. The sort of drives we used to hear John Daly could do of almost 400 yards. Tiger Woods, with his great follow through, can do similar distances these days.There are a number of woods (Excuse the pun! ) ranging from the flat driver down to a number four, fairway wood.
Similarly with the irons, they range from the flat putter back down to the number two iron, number three iron and right through to the number nine iron and the sand iron. It is rather like looking at a right angle side on and fitting all the clubs to fit nearly every degree from twenty through to ninety. A smart golfer will work out the best club for the distance he hopes to attain. The driver wood we have already said will go over 300 yds and the longest iron shot is the number two iron, which will carry well over 200 yds. Next the number three iron will take you up to 200 yds on a good shot, and the number five iron usually carries about 150 yds.The number six, about 100 yds and the number seven, about 70 to 80 yds; a good one to pitch onto the green with at that distance away. After this you come to the acutely angled chipping and sand iron clubs which are designed to lift the ball up and drop it over a short distance.
Now the best way to choose the right club for the hole is to get out on the golf course and practice as much as you can . It is only