Inside a typical golf kit and how important its items are

Saturday, March 5th, 2022 12:22 | By
Golfers with their kits. PHOTO/COURTESY

Magical Kenya Open Golf Championship is here and with it are many specs more so everything to do with a golfer's gear/equipment.

Well, let's dive in and dissect a typical golf bag/kit.

A typical golfer is always seen carrying a bag full of golf clubs or rather a 'kit-man' does this for the golfer. That being said, golf clubs come in different shapes and sizes, but there are certain structures that will always be adhered to. According to official rules, you are allowed to carry up to 14 clubs in your set.

However, there is no specific rule that states exactly what clubs you must use. This is up to your ability and skill level. It gives you the freedom to pick and choose what brings out your best.

The typical golf club set includes a 'driver', a couple of 'fairway woods', a few irons, some wedges (or speciality irons), and a 'putter'.

Driver: This is the longest club in the set and has the lowest loft. This makes it one of the more difficult clubs to master. In a typical golf club set, there is only one driver. These clubs are typically used for particular tee shots, so there is no need for more than one.

Fairway woods: For beginner players, one 3-wood is probably enough for your set. A 3-wood can take the place of a driver in some cases, though having both in your set is probably a good idea.

For more experienced golfers, a 5-wood might also be a great addition to the collection. For some, one fairway wood is enough, but some golfers with higher skill levels may have 2 in the set.

Irons: Irons make up the majority of golf clubs in a set. A traditional complete set of clubs includes a 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9 iron. However, in recent years, irons have changed and many provide more distance. Because of this, many more experienced golfers decide to eliminate the 3 and 4 irons from their collections and replace them with hybrid clubs.

Hybrids: These have become very popular with beginners and advanced players. They provide the accuracy and distance of long irons, but they are much easier to use. If a player replaces a 3 and 4 iron, they might add a 3, 4, 5, and 6 hybrid to their golf club set.

Wedges: These clubs are designed for a specific purpose and a high loft. A complete set of clubs usually includes two wedges, a pitching wedge (used close to the green) and a sand wedge (used in fairway bunkers and sand traps).

Some golfers may add a gap wedge (they give you more versatility with your shots and allow you to get out of difficult situations when needed) to their set as well, and sometimes a lob wedge (lifts the golf ball) is included too.

Putters: A set of golf clubs is not complete without a putter. These clubs are designed for closer shots. Using the putter will keep the ball on the ground rather than lifting it. There are several types of putters available, but usually, only one is included in a set of golf clubs.

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