If you’re planning to play golf while in the Cayman Islands, let this quick guide explain some of the terminology.
There are many different types, sizes, weights and make of golf clubs which in turn are used for specific fairway areas or putting greens. There are hindrances and challenges all over the course so it is necessary to use a club which will help the player overcome these conditions. The way to win a game of golf is to shoot the ball in the hole – the lesser hits, the bigger the chance of the player to win. Golf clubs with different sizes and weights produce varying hit distances and loft degrees.
Types of Golf Clubs
There are 4 basic types of golf clubs namely Woods, Irons, Wedges and Putters.
Typically, a golf player will have a Driver and at least 2 additional fairway wood clubs. Yes, wood clubs are for fairway use because it can hit a ball farthest. The skill of the player will also determine the distance of the hit together with the type of wood club being used. A study made by Golf Digest revealed that a recreational player can have a hit distance of 200 yards using a Driver (the longest club). The Driver club is also referred to as 1-Wood.
A beginner may bring the 7-Wood and 9-Wood for practice. Advanced players may opt for 5-Wood, 3-Wood or lower. The difference in all these is that a lower numbered wood club means that the loft degree is also lower. An amateur may have issues using low wood clubs.
The club head of a Wood club used to be made of Hickory or Persimmon. But during the 80’s, innovations were made to make the clubs lighter in weight but still perform the same. Some even say that it is better. Today, Wood clubs are made of steel and titanium. It is now termed as fairway metals.
It is called Iron because the head is made of metal. It has been that way for centuries. There are a total of 9 iron clubs and like the woods, the 9-Iron provides the highest loft degree. 1-, 2- and 3-Irons provide the lowest loft but it can hit the ball farthest than those with higher numbers. That is the distinction between higher and lower numbers.
Typically, when you need to hit a ball which is 150 to 170 yards away from the hole, you can use a 4-, 5- or 6-Iron. They are called middle Irons. 7- to 9-Iron flies the ball quickly. Players carry 3-Iron up to 9-Iron because of it is easier to control. 1- and 2-Iron are tough to master.
Wedge clubs are used for accuracy in hits. When a player is close to the putting green and needs to accurately place the ball from there, he will have to use a wedge club. This is another type of Iron club but separately termed as such because of its function. There are three categories of Wedge clubs: gap wedge, sand wedge and lob wedge. There is also a pitching wedge but it is grouped together with the Iron clubs and it is used by newbies to the game. Wedge clubs provide the highest loft hits.
A lob wedge can provide a 60-degree loft. The ball will “lob” into the air and strike down with little to no rolling of the ball. A sand wedge is used when the ball is on a sand box. A pitching wedge can loft from 45-48 degrees. A gap wedge can loft from 50 to 54 degrees and closes the “gap” between the pitching and sand wedge.
The putter is the most used club especially for a beginner. For example, a person will have to hit twice in the putting green and multiply that to 18, the putter is used 36 times, right? It is the tool used to aim the ball into the flagstick hole.
A regular putter is about 35 inches tall. The belly putter (mid-size putter) is longer at 41 to 43 inches and is made for golf players up to 6’2” in height. Broomstick putter is about 48 inches but recently banned by the Australian PGA. There is no right or wrong putter. But there is one that a player can get comfortable with and must continue to use.