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There are several different kinds of clubs in the game of golf, and each has its own purpose and range of shots. Some of the most common types include the driver, fairway woods, irons, wedges and putters.
Drivers are the longest, and most powerful club in the bag. They’re primarily used to hit the ball down the fairway. These clubs typically have a long shaft and a large club head, which allows the golfer to hit the ball with greater force than other clubs.
Fairway woods are medium-length and slightly smaller than drivers, with shorter shafts than the driver. They are commonly used to drive the ball out of the rough or on a slope, and they can also be used as irons when there’s not a lot of distance between the player and the target.
Hybrid clubs have the same length as fairway woods and a longer shaft than irons, but they don’t have as much loft. They’re often used as irons on shots that require more accuracy than a full iron shot can provide, such as approach shots and short putts.
Irons are designed to send the ball on distances between that of fairway woods and hybrids and that of wedges, but they don’t have as wide a range of shots as other clubs do. They’re numbered from 3-iron through 9-iron, with each club being suited to a different kind of shot.
Wedge clubs have less loft than the numbered irons, and they’re generally designed for a specific type of shot. For example, sand wedges are designed for hitting the ball out of soft sand bunkers or lob wedges are crafted for shots from close to tall hazards like trees.
Wedges are usually made of metal, and the club heads can have a variety of different shapes and sizes depending on what you’re looking for. They can have grooves, which are lines cut into the club face that grab the surface of the ball and impart backspin.
They can have a large sweet spot, which is the area on the face of the club that will produce the best distance when it’s hit correctly. They can also have a low center of gravity, which helps the ball launch higher and straighter than it would with a standard iron.
A golf club is forgiving if it produces relatively good distance and accuracy when the player misses the sweet spot, even if they hit it off-center. Forgiving clubs are often preferred by less skilled players, but better players may prefer clubs that aren’t as forgiving because they make it easier to intentionally curve the ball.
Moment of Inertia (MOI)
The MOI is a measurement (in grams per centimeter-squared) of how much a clubhead resists twisting on impact with the ball. A higher MOI means a club will resist twisting more than a club with a lower MOI, which can reduce a ball’s tendency to fly off-center.