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A golf club is used to hit a golf ball in a game of golf. Each club is composed of a shaft with a grip and a clubhead. Woods are mainly used for long-distance fairway or tee shots; irons, like the Callaway X-24 HOT Irons, the most versatile class, are used for a variety of shots; Hybrids that combine design elements of woods and irons are becoming increasingly popular; putters are used mainly on the green to roll the ball into the cup. A standard set consists of 14 golf clubs, and while there are traditional combinations sold at retail as matched sets, players are free to bring any combination of 14 or fewer legal clubs.

The Driver, also called the 1 Wood, has the lowest "loft" of any golf club. Loft is the angle of the club face. The face controls trajectory and affects distance for the driver, like the Titlist 910 D3 Driver. A 1 Wood driver has a loft of 7-12 degrees. Most golfers also carry a 3-wood and a 5-wood in their bags. A 3-wood has a loft between 15 and 18 degrees, and a 5 wood has a loft between 20 and 22 degrees. The higher the golf club number, the higher the loft. Also, the higher the golf club number, the shorter the club.

The woods in a typical golfer's bag will include a driver and one or two fairway woods, most commonly a 3-wood and/or 5-wood. Women and seniors might benefit from adding a 7-wood or 9-wood. The 4-wood is another common wood, and some golfers even carry an 11-wood. Woods feature deep clubheads that are made of metal, usually steel or a titanium alloy. They are called "woods" because the clubheads used to be made of wood according to http://www.golfnewonline.com/. Metals came into broad use in the 1980s, and "fairway woods" are now sometimes called "fairway metals."

Irons are so-called because their clubheads are made of metal. Of course, "woods" are now also made of metal, but that's a relatively recent development. Irons, take the Ping G15 Irons as an example, have featured metal clubheads for centuries. The clubheads of irons are thin from front to back, and the clubfaces are grooved to impart spin on the golf ball. Accomplished players might choose a "muscleback" or "blade" style of iron, whereas beginners and most recreational players will want a "cavity back" style.

Wedges are specialty irons. The first wedge is the PW, which is usually about 48 degrees in loft. Wedges increase by 4 degrees increments. So wedges commonly come in 48, 52, 56, 60, and 64 degree lofts. The PW is the highest lofted iron in a standard set and lowest loft of the wedges. A putter is a club with a very specific purpose: getting the ball into the hole while you are standing on the green. After you have whacked the ball 270 yards right down the middle of the fairway, smacked your second shot 160 yards into the sand trap, and then chipped it onto the green, it is time to putt.

In this post, I've listed the main ingredients of a Golf Club, the primary piece of Golf Equipment that an aspiring golfer needs.

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