Golf Tips And Lessons

Essential Golf Equipment And Gear

Those who are brand new to golfing may be surprised at how much equipment is carried by the average golfer. There are a lot of nifty gadgets and gizmos for golfers, but to play well, one only needs the essentials.

Here are the items that you need to get started:

Golf Clubs: Much more on this later.

Golf Bag: Buy the best you can. Bags often take a lot of abuse.

Golf Balls: Start with cheap ones or used balls.

Golf Tees: Have the course pro help you pick out the right height for your particular clubs.

Golf Shoes: Not really an option, folks. You need solid footing to play well.

Golf Glove: While not mandatory, most players prefer to wear a glove for all shots except putting.

Golf Towel: For wiping hands, golf club grips, balls, etc.

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Now, let's discuss golf clubs. This is the most expensive item you have to buy, so getting the right set is important.

The rules of golf state that you can carry up to 14 clubs. Most players carry 12 clubs as this is the usual number included in a standard set.

A standard set of clubs consist of:

Fairway Woods
Fairway Irons

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The Driver (also known as the #1 Wood)

Drivers are used off the tee and they are your power clubs. The club head of the driver is larger and weighs more than other club heads.

Drivers now come in a wide variety of loft angles and weights. Most drivers still have a pitch angle of between 9-13 degrees, and this works well for most recreational golfers.

Fairway Woods

The broad term "fairway woods" also includes the utility woods. Fairway woods are the 3 and 5 woods. Utility woods are the 7, 9, and 11 wood.

Generally speaking, fairway woods have less lie angle than do the irons. This allows the ball to stay lower in the air while still maintaining good distance.

The majority of golfers carry only the 3 and 5 woods. The utility woods are carried by more experienced golfers and require a lot more skill to hit properly than the 3 and 5.


The irons are numbered 2 through 9 (there is also a 1 iron but it is rarely used today). As the number of an iron goes up so will the angle of lie or loft degree. The more loft a club has the higher the ball will pitch upwards when hit properly.

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There are many types of wedges, and you will not normally carry all of them at any one time. The two most commonly used wedges are the pitching wedge and the sand wedge.

Wedges come in 48, 52, 56, 60 and 64 degree lofts.

The pitching wedge normally comes with 48 degrees of loft. The pitching wedge is the lowest loft of the many types of wedges.

The next lofted wedge is the approach wedge with about 52 degrees of loft.

The sand wedge has about 56 degrees of loft and is carried by many more players than the approach wedge.

The lob wedge comes in with about 60 degrees of loft and the high-lob wedges come in with between 64 and 68 degrees of loft, depending on the model.


It can be said that every club in your bag is important, and that includes your putter. More shots are lost on the green than anywhere else for many golfers, so choosing the putter that best suits your needs is very important.

Choosing a putter takes time. You need to actually try a few in your hands before you make your selection. You will know when you have one that feels right to you.

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Remember not to neglect your fitness! Check out the website below for a great guide on how to best train your body and muscles for the ultimate results in golf:

Till next time, this is Paul Gian wishing you only the best!

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