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Your Essential Guide to Types of Golf Clubs

Not everyone can be Tiger Woods and that's ok. No one says you have to be a professional to enjoy a day out on the links.

Did you know that 9.6 percent of the US population plays golf? To some people, it's relaxing, especially in the morning. They get plenty of fresh air, a little exercise and they don't feel rushed.

You can spend an entire day being on the course. Before you even tee off on hole #1, do you have all the necessary golf clubs to get you out of a jam? If you're not sure which ones you'll need, we've got you covered!

The Driver

You don't want to leave home without this particular club. The driver aka the wood is used to hit long shots. Basically, this is what you're going to tee off with. The 3 wood averages about 210 yards for men and about 180 for women. You'll definitely get some distance with this. Just hold it steady and make sure you factor in the wind. You might think you're driving straight and then BLOP, right in the sand trap.

Hybrids Are In

This club is a combination of a fairway wood head and an iron shaft. They've been called "the best of both worlds." In fact, many pros have swapped out their irons for a hybrid club. Why? Distance. They can get a lot further using a hybrid club rather than a 3 or 4 iron.

Irons

You've probably seen Tiger use an iron when he's about 200 yards away from the green. The closer he is to the green, the higher the iron he's going to use. A standard set of irons consist of 3,4,5,6,7,8,9.

Wedges

There's the pitching, gap, sand and lob wedge. These are their own type of golf clubs but are also a sub-set of irons because they have the exact same clubhead as an iron. So what are they used for then? Shorter shots like chips and getting out of the sand trap. Whenever you see a golfer getting out of a jam in the sand trap, just look at the little TAP they give the ball to get out. That's the wedge.

Putters

Ah, the putter, the club that's used at the miniature golf course where you won that free game. Putters come in a variety of shapes and sizes. They're used for, well, putting! It's best not to take advice from Happy Gilmore because you might get kicked off the course. What Golf Clubs to Carry in Your Bag If you're a beginner, its best to keep the minimum - one set of irons, a couple hybrids, some wedges, a couple drivers and a variety of putters. You'll get comfortable with each club as time goes on. Don't forget, you have to factor in the weather. You don't want to swing so hard in the wind because then the ball will just float.

Get the Foursome Together

We here at The Golf Club of the Everglades want to make sure you have the best-golfing experience possible. In addition to our beautiful course here in Fort Myers, members can receive reciprocal golf privileges at more than 20 other courses in our family! So get in touch with us today to help schedule your tee time!

 

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