When to Use Which Golf Club [Infographic]

When to use which golf club

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The typical golf set has 14 clubs, so how do you know when to use which club? Here are some guidelines.

Metals (also called Woods)

The driver is designed to hit the ball as far as possible off the tee. The 3-Metal, 4-Metal, and 5-Metal are referred to as fairway metals and have a smaller head made to hit the ball off the ground.


Irons give you more control than a fairway metal. They are numbered 2 through 9. The 2 and 3 are called long irons. The 4, 5, 6 irons are known as middle irons. And the 7, 8 and 9 irons are called short irons. Each one has a progressively higher loft to hit the ball different distances.


Hybrids are a blend of long irons and fairway metals, and are popular substitutes for long irons which many find hard to hit.


Pitching wedges are used from around 130 yards to just off the green. Sand wedges have a large flange on the sole designed to get out of bunkers easier.


The putter is ideal for rolling the ball along the green surface. Putter heads come in a variety of shapes, but usually are either mallet or blade styles.

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