A Comprehensive Guide to Golf Clubs

By Ben Jarratt •  Updated: 07/14/23 •  6 min read

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Golf clubs are a crucial part of any golfer’s arsenal. Golfers use them for hitting golf balls, but they also use them to carry their equipment and navigate the course.

There are many types of golf clubs, each with different features that make it more or less suitable for specific situations and we review most of them right here on Twin Golfer. This comprehensive guide will talk about what types there are and how many you can have in your bag!

Three Types of Golf Clubs

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The three different types of golf clubs are woods, irons, and putters.

How many Clubs can you have in your bag?

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You can have up to 14 clubs in your bag. I have a driver, three different types of irons (a pitching wedge, short and long), two putters for best-putting performance on speed or accuracy holes, one sand iron to help get out of trouble when the ball is buried deep in the grass or has landed near water hazards and five wedges that come with my set from Callaway. I don’t use them all, but they are there if needed!

According to USGA rules, an essential rule about golf clubs is knowing how many you can carry at any given time because it’s illegal to play more than fourteen total clubs during an 18-hole game. This means only six drivers are allowed on a course before they’re disqualified.

The type of club is determined by the number of shafts and their lengths. The irons are numbered from a pitching wedge, which is the short iron and has 60 degrees loft, to a sand iron with a 100-degree loft. They’re used for different types of shots (lobbing, chipping, attacking).

A traditional putter, also called an “approach” or “putt,” wedges that come in 35-, 50-, 56- and 61-degree lofts help get straight on chips when you can’t hit it close enough to make contact with the hole. These clubs should be left near the green because they’ll do more harm than good if carried all 18 holes.

Woods are longer than irons and designed for lofting the ball into the air. The driver goes the farthest and is typically used for tee shots, while fairway woods come in 15- through 21-degree lofts.

Wedges are shorter than irons. They’re designed to cover short distances on their turf or from just off a green – anything under 100 yards. These clubs should be carried all 18 holes because of how often you use them. They come in 50-, 56-, 58- and 60-degree lofts. The pitching wedge has the loftiest angle (60 degrees) but doesn’t travel as far as other wedges; it’s mainly used by professionals when there isn’t enough room around the ball for an iron shot that enables them to get closer without hitting it fat into coarse grass.

In Conclusion

There is a lot to take in when talking about golf clubs. The important thing for a beginner to know is that you can have 14 clubs in your bag at once for an average round of 18 holes. These clubs will include woods, irons, and putters. A driver is usually a long, straight shafted club with a large head. A putter has a short shaft for precision shots close to the green or hole. Iron is typically longer than wood but shorter than a driver, and lastly, woods are longer than irons and used to loft the ball into the air.

If you can manage to remember these couple of rules, you are one step ahead in learning and understanding the difference in the clubs used for the appropriate play times. Most importantly, remember that golf takes patience and practice, and it’s essential to get out there as often as possible if you want to improve your game!