Taking up golf can be a fun and relaxing hobby, but given the sport’s inherent difficulty and traditions, it can also seem a bit daunting. There’s so much to learn before you play – like what are all the different clubs for?
Relax. Quail Hollow has a great course where you can learn the ropes and grab a drink afterward. Let our beginner’s guide to golf equipment help get you started.
- Irons – These clubs are so named because they were traditionally made of iron, although modern clubs are generally made from carbon fiber or steel. The irons generally have a shorter handle and thinner clubheads with grooves on the face to give the ball some spin. They’re the most common type of club, typically used for shorter holes.
- Woods – Woods have large, round heads and are used for hitting the ball longer distances. There are two basic types of wood: drivers and fairways. The driver is the biggest and often lightest wood, generally used as an opening club since it drives the ball the farthest. Fairway woods give a ball a bit of loft to get it out of the turf of the fairway, as well as to help it clear obstacles.
- Wedges – Wedges are part of the iron family, but are more specialized. Designed with heavier heads and shorter shafts, they have a good loft that’s great for lobbing the ball out of hazards and back onto the green.
After studying a guide to golf equipment and learning about the different club options available, the temptation may be to go out and buy the most expensive equipment possible in the hopes of using it to improve your game.
But if you’re just starting out, that’s not necessarily the best idea. You’re probably better off getting a less expensive set of clubs that can help you get a feel for the equipment and develop your skills. Later on, when you’re more comfortable with the mechanics, you can invest in the clubs that will best fit with your game.
For more tips about golf equipment, or to reserve a tee time at Quail Hollow, contact us. Our beautiful course is perfect for beginners, but can still challenge experts as well.