Understanding your golf equipment

When playing golf, there are specific rules that state you cannot have more than 14 golf clubs in your bag at any time during the game. The standard set of clubs typically includes the following: three woods (5-wood, 3-wood, and a driver), nine irons (3-iron, 4-iron, 5-iron, 6-iron, 7-iron, 8-iron, 9-iron, sand wedge, and a pitching wedge), and 1 putter.

NOTE: you should consider these clubs as an option when you make up your set.Let's take a look at woods

You'll notice the woods happen to have the longest shaft and least amount of loft than any other club in your bag. The head is designed to hit the golf ball from either a tee (elevated above the ground) or a flat surface. The fairway is a perfect example of such a surface. Your woods are designed for hitting the longest distance.Why are they called "woods"?

They are called woods because they used to be made from persimmon trees.

About irons

Irons come into play after you tee off with your wood. Irons are designed to get the ball onto the green. Similar to the description of the woods, irons are not made of iron. In fact, most of the material is stainless steel. Some companies use titanium, an excellent metal, but it can be expensive. Irons are designed to give you more accuracy with your shots, whilst covering different distances. As the number of the iron gets bigger, the shafts get shorter. And the distance the ball will travel lessens. Your irons generally start from the 3 and go to a 9 iron then you have your pitching wedge, sand wedge and lob wedge which are all designed for the shorter shots.

The basic anatomy of your clubs

The grip

The rubber material that covers the top section of the club.

The shaft

The composition of the golf shaft: either steel or graphite, and the flex of the shaft: how much the shaft bends when swung. Compared to steel, graphite is a lot lighter and will help create a quicker swing speed. Meanwhile, steel is a lot more durable and a lot cheaper compared to graphite. Graphite is easier on the swing and is a lot softer to flex, women and senior citizens prefer them. For the majority of people, steel shafts are the best option and provide the most consistent results.

The club head

Many companies spend millions of dollars on design. Club heads made in China are far less superior to those made in America or Japan. What companies have been doing in past few years is enhancing the perimeter weighting in clubs by undercutting the back of the club taking the weight they save and adding it to the perimeter. This perimeter weighting helps stabilize the club head and prevents twisting on contact with the ball. It allows for a bigger club face.

The club face

Grooves help you put spin on the ball.

The hosel

In days gone by the shaft was made of hickory and was attached to the club head with very thin, but strong, string. Today we utilize a strong glue to connect this section.

Golf shoes

They are a must as you move onto the course to prevent slipping and sliding, especially in early morning or rainy conditions. Most golf courses only allow rubber spikes.Shopping for golf equipment.

What to expect when being measured

Customizing a set of golf clubs from measurements is important so that your clubs are designed exactly the way you need them according to your body type. When having a set of clubs fitted, there are three major measurements in a fitting: height, your arm length, and the swing speed. Let's briefly touch on each.The height: clubs. The lie is determined from the angle that the club head extends from the shaft, connected like a hinge. This hinge will be closed for taller people, and shortened for golfers on the short side.The arm length:  When you are playing golf, you never want to have to crouch down when gripping the club. The customization process will include measuring similar to that of a suit tailor. The measurement will be made with your arms against your sides, and the shaft length will be determined by the distance from the tip of your middle finger to the ground.