Choosing a Golf Club
There's many a time when your average golfer envies the professionals: fame, fortune, perhaps the occasional spot of fast living. But facing a difficult approach shot to the green or digging a ball out of deep rough, the one accessory of the major players all golfers envy is a good caddie.
A common misconception is that these guys and gals are nothing but glorified bag carriers. This could not be further from the truth. In reality, a word in the player's ear on how a particular green will play or what club to use in a certain situation can represent the difference between winning and losing.
However, for the average player, a caddie is very rarely an option, so it's important to know which club to use.
The Best Club to UtiliseThe specific roles of the driver and the putter mean that little needs to be said about these guys, although the latter is not necessarily reserved for the green. Depending on the lie and distance from the hole, a putter can be used to bring greater accuracy to a shot from off the green than, for example, a wedge.
Woods and IronsThe driver and the putter form part of the 14-strong armoury that constitutes a full set in a golfer's bag. The remaining clubs consist of woods and irons, the distance afforded by individual clubs decreasing the higher the number with the reverse true for the amount of loft, for example a three-iron offers significantly greater length than, say, an eight- or nine-iron but a lot less loft.
In terms of using woods or irons when hitting long from a good lie, making the right choice is something that comes with experience of how far you can hit a ball with a particular club when making good contact between ball and club face. In short, no two players will make the same distance given differences in physique and technique, so it's a case of trial and error, and ultimately sound judgment.