Golf set: What must it contain?

With all other factors duly considered and in place, there are several things that your golf set should contain to make your golf play a little less of a challenge than it already is. As you go through this list, you’d realize that you need more than just golf clubs and balls to have a delightful day golfing. 

We have outlined in this article what a typical golf set should contain.

  • Clubs: There’s no playing golf without the right set of clubs to make your shots. You are allowed 14 clubs in total, according to USGA regulations. If we break this down, these 14 clubs would usually include eight irons, a driver, putter, sand wedge, fairway wood, a hybrid, and a lob wedge. That is just one of the several arrangements, but your choices can be modified to suit your game, skill, and golf course’s uniqueness.

Let’s analyze the different golf clubs:

  • Woods: These are long-distanced clubs used to drive golf balls through a great distance along the fairway in the direction of the hole. They are designed to give maximum club distance with a long shaft and usually have a large head. They make the longest and strongest clubs in the golf set. Generally, there are about three to four woods in a set, with the biggest known as the driver or one wood.
    • Irons: They are whole metal, solid golf clubs with shorter shafts. Irons have a more erect lie angle than woods to afford them better access. This design makes them suitable for different shots from any point of the golf course. Nearly all the irons are numbered one to nine to match their relative angle. They are categorized according to the distance they can cover, which depends on the length of the shaft. According to their numbers, irons are classified as short (8-9), medium (5-7), and long (2-4). 
  • Wedges: These golf clubs fall under the irons but with greater loft compared to the numbered irons. They are used for diverse shots of high-altitude, short distance, and high-accuracy. Based on their loft, there are five types of wedges. They are the sand wedge (SW 55-56°), pitching wedge (PW 48-50°), lob wedge (LW 58-60°), ultra-lob or flop wedge (FW 64-68°), and the gap wedge, also known as utility or dual wedge (GW 52-54°).
  • Hybrids: Hybrids are a type of golf club that is a mix between irons and woods. This mix gives hybrids a long-distance offered by the wood and the swing like the Iron. The head of a hybrid is smaller when compared to the woods, while the shaft length and lie are similar to the Iron’s. Hybrid golf clubs are often used in place of low-numbered irons (usually between 3 and 4), which fall as the most challenging clubs for hitting well.  
  • Putters: These golf club classes are specially designed with at most ten degrees loft to roll the ball towards the hole. Putters make the only golf club classes permitted to have unique features like non-circular grip cross-sections, bent shaft, two striking surfaces, and appendages that help players aim.
  • Chipper: Some golf sets contain this golf club, designed with a more lofted face to lift the ball out of the rough to the green and make it roll like a putt. It is used in place of irons with high loft to make the same shot from a stance with motions like a putt. Many chippers have at least ten degrees loft, which is the highest loft allowed by golf rules for a golf club to pass as a putter.
  • Golf Balls: I wonder what playing golf might be without a golf ball. Really, what can it be at the golf course without having sufficient balls to last you through the rounds? Bearing in mind that some might get lost due to the nature of the course. For an 18-hole round, pro golfers can use six to nine golf balls depending on the course you are playing on. On a wide-open course, less than half a dozen balls should be adequate since the course is free of very rough areas like thick forest or water hazards, making it more difficult to retrieve your golf balls after a decent shot. If this is not the case, take just enough balls to make you comfortable, knowing you have as many balls for each hole.
  • Tees: One interesting thing about the tee is it can serve three main purposes and should be one of the items contained in your golf set as you play a round or two on the course. A tee is most likely known for teeing up the golf ball but is well used as a ball marker or a divot tool. You will need only a few tees (a handful) on the course for a golf day. 
  • Divot Repair Tool:  A divot repair tool can be one of the items that make up your golf set. It can come in handy to repair pitch marks made on the surface of the green by your golf clubs and balls.
  • Ball Markers: These, too, are necessary for your golf bag to mark the position of your golf balls on the green and not mix it up with that of other players or interrupt their putting.

Other Necessary Items for Your Golf Bag.

Besides having the items mentioned above, which are essential to playing golf, below you would see other things that should be available in your golf bag during your day at the course.

Towel: We know that pro golfers are likely to make good swings along the fairway. That means they’re also likely to get some dirt stuck on their golf clubs. You would some towels in your bag for wiping away such dirt when they come.

Rangefinder: A rangefinder in a golf bag is a useful tool for finding used by pro golfers for finding the distance between them. 

Gloves: The main reason for gloves in playing golf is for grip. They help create more friction between a player’s gloved hand and the golf club and keep it from turning during a swing. 

Conclusion

We have seen from this article essential items for your golf bag, other than just golf clubs and balls. In a more elaborate list, you’d find other items necessary for your convenience to have a pleasant day golfing.

June 29, 2021 — Ben Breckenridge