Golf Clubs – Determining Which Golf Club Is Right For You

Knowing which golf club to use is essential to your performance on the green

Playing without the appropriate equipment is like cooking without the proper utensils; your recipes won’t turn out quite how you expected because you’ve been unable to accurately measure the ingredients; and your game of golf will not be what it should be because the golf clubs you’re using have not allowed you to measure the distance properly, either.

In order to find out which is the best golf club for an individual player, you first have to determine a player’s handicap.

What is a golf handicap?

A handicap is calculated with a specific arithmetic formula that says, approximately, how much worse than par a player should be able to play. The United States Golf Association and the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, Scotland, specify slightly different ways to perform this calculation for players in North America and in the rest of the world, respectively.

A golfer’s net score is determined from his or her gross score (the number of strokes actually taken) by subtracting his or her handicap from the gross score. The net scores of all the competing golfers are compared and (generally) the lowest score wins. While there are many variations in detail, handicap systems are generally based on calculating an individual player’s playing ability from his or her recent history of rounds. Therefore, a handicap is not fixed, but is regularly adjusted to increases or decreases in a player’s scoring.

In the United States, handicaps are calculated using several variables: The player’s scores from his or her most recent rounds, and the course rating and slope from those rounds. A “handicap differential” is calculated from the scores, using the course slope and rating, and the player’s handicap differentials are used to calculate the player’s handicap.

Which golf club should I choose?

  • Low handicap – You should have one fairway wood, lower irons, a driver and several wedges. Wedges can include a pitching wedge, sand wedge or a lob wedge
  • Mid handicap – You should carry a 7 or 9 wood and the 3 and 9-irons. You should also have at least 3 wedges consisting of a pitching wedge, sand wedge and a lob wedge or approach wedge

High handicap – If you have a high handicap, then it is suggested that you use the 7 and 9-woods and use the 3-wood for the tee off. You’ll also need a pitching wedge, sand wedge and a lob wedge

Sarfaraz Khan with Golf Gear UK – Your reliable online source to choosing golf clubs, equipment and golf sets.

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