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Golf Club Specifications

The USGA allows you to carry 14 different clubs in your bag. A standard set of golf cubs consists of 3 woods (the #1 driver, #3 wood and #5 wood) and 8 irons (#3 – #9 and PW) and a putter = 12 clubs.

The function of a golf set makeup is to fill the golf bag with the best compliment of the 14 clubs the USGA allows us to carry. The idea is to provide a series of distinct clubs, each designed to hit the ball a specific distance. The problem is that most golfers and some clubmakers stop short of really knowing how to make this function become a reality. The basic idea of golf set makeup is to replace the hard to hit clubs with ones that are easier to hit yet hit the ball the same distance. The obvious set makeup recommendations are: high loft fairway woods or hybrids replace the conventional long irons and a gap wedge to fill in the loft gap between a PW and SW.

a) Driver

The driver (also called the 1 Wood) has the lowest loft of any golf club. Loft is the angle of the club face that controls trajectory and affects distance. A driver has a loft between 7 and 12 degrees. Experienced golfers have traditionally favored lower lofted drivers (less than 10 degrees of loft), which require much more skill to hit than higher lofted drivers.

What is it that prevents all golfers from being able to hit their driver as far as possible? The driver has the longest length and the lowest loft of all clubs in the bag. The clubmaker’s credo is saying: “The longer the length, the lower the loft, the heavier the weight and the stiffer the shaft, the harder the club will be to be hit for any golfer”. No wonder the driver is a tough club for many golfers to hit well.

The driver does not need to be a driver. It simply has to be the club the golfer can hit the farthest distance from the tee and keep the ball in the short grass as often as possible. More golf companies are offering now drivers with lofts as high as 15º loft for golfers with slow swing speed. For golfers with a very slow swing speed, even in the area of 50 mph, a driver with 15º loft is still not enough to maximize their swing speed. In other words, if the driver has to be a 5-wood or even 7-wood to get enough loft to allow a player to hit the ball as far as their ability allow, then that should be the player’s driver. Some of the best golf clubs sets have these specifications.

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b) Fairway Wood

For most golfers, the second longest hitting wood in their bag is a 3-wood. However for many golfers their 5-wood or maybe even their 7-wood is really their second longest hitting wood. For many golfers the loft on their 3-wood is too low for them to really get the ball up high enough in the air to be able to be their second longest hitting wood. What determines whether a golfer can hit lower lofted woods high in the air? The higher the golfer’s swing speed and/or the more upward the golfer’s angle of attack, the lower the loft the golfer can easily get well up in the air to fly.