Golf is a fun and challenging game that anyone can enjoy. So what are ladies’ golf clubs like, and how are they different from men’s? Here’s a basic guide.
A golfer can have up to 14 clubs. A typical set of ladies’ golf clubs has seven irons, three woods, two wedges and a putter, for a total of 13, leaving room for one extra of her personal choice. Many women opt to use hybrid clubs in place of some of the irons: i.e., clubs that incorporate characteristics of both irons and woods.
The main difference in ladies’ golf clubs is that they’re slightly lighter than standard clubs. The shafts are generally made from graphite, rather than steel, allowing for more concentration on the game at hand. Ladies’ woods and drivers also tend to have more loft, allowing the ball to go higher and farther.
Women who are just beginning in golf would do best with a 5-wood and a 9-wood with a titanium clubface, to accommodate a slightly slower swing speed. More experienced women — ones with a swing speed of 70 mph or more — might opt to add a 3-wood or 7-wood.
The irons in a ladies club set tend to be shorter, with a softer flex. The head is heavier to get more distance, though the club itself is still lighter. A novice golfer can use a 6- or 7-iron, though with more experience, she may incorporate a 5-iron. She may also use a lob wedge, which has a higher loft but a shorter distance, for hitting the ball over obstacles.
The Quail Hollow Ladies Golf Association has a game every Thursday morning. Whether an experienced golfer or just beginning, you’re welcome to come and join in. Contact us for more details and to see what’s new at Quail Hollow.