So, You already have a desire to play Golf, bought yourself a beautiful glove and comfortable shoes? It’s a small matter, it remains to choose a high-quality stick. It is quite easy for a beginner to get lost in a huge variety of Golf clubs, and the outcome of the game can directly depend on the correctly selected inventory.
So what is a Golf club? This is a sports device in the form of a stick, the other end of which is bent. They are made from a wide variety of materials. The name of the types of clubs may imply the material from which it is made. In total, there are 29 types of this sports equipment. The total number of clubs during a game of Golf should not be more than 14 per player.
The history of the putter
Before the huge variety of clubs in the sporting world became the norm, it had to go through quite a lot of different deformations and changes. Since Golf was originally considered a game of Scottish shepherds who drove stones into rabbit holes, the club was then a wooden stick, and did not require special properties, as well as a certain type. Many Royal edicts were issued prohibiting the game of “Gof”, since it spent a huge amount of free time. However, the game lived and developed. The first Golf club, as we imagine it, also appeared in Scotland, where the first written rules of the game were developed and created, which regulated both the way of playing the game and the basic requirements for equipment. At that time, clubs were made mainly of wood. Over the years, Hickory has become the main material for the handle, and from the Virginia persimmon made the hook of the club, as this material is characterized by high strength and hardness.
After hard gutta-percha balls were used in Golf, metal clubs were introduced in 1850. Steel clubs appeared in the late 1890s, but they were not approved by the authorized sports authorities for a long time. Graphite began to be used for handles in the 1970s, as it is quite durable and at the same time has a small weight. The first “wood” type metal club was developed and released in the early 1980s, and as a result, metal completely replaced wood because of its strength and versatility.
Today, the latest technologies allow us to produce incredibly convenient and versatile clubs. Often, the handle is made of graphite, and the hook is made of light, durable titanium, which, due to its elasticity, allowed to significantly increase the distance of the ball’s flight. Not so long ago, the us Golf Association imposed certain restrictions on this effect, limiting the recovery rate, in order not to lose interest in the game itself.
Types of clubs
Today, Golf clubs are made of various sizes, all kinds of materials, different types, colors, and characteristics. For a high-quality game, a participant must have many different types of clubs. Each stick is designed to perform a specific specific stroke. All clubs can be divided into groups. In the course of the game, the first strikes must have a large force to ensure the flight of the ball to the maximum distance. To do this, use the so-called wood (wood – tree). The translation implies that this type of stick has large wooden heads. Today, this type is often made of titanium alloy. The larger the stick, the shorter the handle and the greater the angle of the impact surface. Usually, the game uses three woods of different numbers.
The following strikes are designed to ensure that the ball flies at various distances. This depends on how far away and in what position the ball is relative to the hole. To do this, you need the iron group of clubs (iron – iron). The hook of this type of club is flattened, and is made of metal. As a rule, a set of irons consists of several instances from the third to the ninth number.
Wedges combines the type of irons for short strikes and knocking the ball out of the sand.
For those strokes where you need a high trajectory of the ball with the greatest accuracy, and the distance to the hole is not large, use the club pitching wedge (pitching wedge – wedge). This is the iron stick, next in the set after # 9. Its impact allows you to lift the ball up, while the angle of the impact surface can reach 50-60 degrees for clubs of this type.
In order for the blow from the bunker with sand to be carried out as efficiently as possible, use the sand wedge stick (sand – sand). It follows immediately after the petching wedge. This stick has a heavier sole, as well as a special shape that does not allow it to get stuck in the sand, and pass through it, because the ball is always knocked out of the sand bunker with sand.
The final stroke of the player rolls the ball on the grass to get into the hole. In order for the last shot to be the most effective, use the putter stick (putter-lay).
For the farthest shot, you need a driver-type stick. It has the smallest angle of the head, as well as the longest handle, which allows you to knock the ball out over long distances.
There are also clubs that combine some of the features of other different types. Hybrids often combine the streamlined shape of irons and the force of wood’s impact. This allows you to achieve a fast strong impact with maximum accuracy.
Within each group, all clubs have their own number. A stick with a longer handle has a smaller number, and also allows the ball to move as far as possible. Clubs with neighboring numbers have a difference in the length of strokes, which is an average of 10 meters.
The driver is often called the wood No. 1 stick, since it can be used to send the ball over a long distance. An experienced player can kick the ball over a distance of more than 300 meters. In different situations, the player can use different types of clubs, and during the game can pass up to 18 fields, alternately scoring balls in the holes.
There are also different types of clubs for women and children, which differ in lower weight, as well as the length and circumference of the handle.
What should you pay attention to when choosing a stick?
When it comes to buying a stick, you need to pay attention to many factors, such as the size, flexibility of the stick, the material of the rod, the presence of weight, brand, etc.If you are a beginner, try to try each model before making a purchase.
The flexibility of the stick
Also, when choosing a stick, it is necessary to pay attention not to its flexibility. This is the ability of the rod to bend when a force is applied during the swing. The swing and flexibility of the stick must match each other. If this is not the case, then the surface of the stick will distribute the kick incorrectly, which will lead to inaccuracy of the kick. There are five main types of stiffness:
– Very tough;
– For the elderly;
Very hard rod is chosen by few, most often used by women. In order to find the necessary flexibility of the stick, you need to determine the speed of the swing and the flight of the ball. Quite a large number of specialized stores offer such a service as fitting the stick. It consists in the fact that the player tries to perform a blow with different sticks, the influence of different flexibility on the quality of the blow is determined. Then you can decide what kind of flexibility you need.