One of the differences of golf from any other sport has something to do with the use of equipment. As a matter of fact golf is one of the sports that use a wide array of tools and devices in order to be able to play the game.
There is a wide array of golf equipment to choose from if a person plans on taking up the game –
The first golf equipment that will come to mind when you talk about the sport is a golf club. A lot of professional golfers started out with one golf club, either it was given to them or they found it lying around in the house.
Five time major champion and formerly world number one Severiano Ballesteros started playing with a 3-iron, a club which was given to him by a sibling. Rory McIlroy, who won the U.S. Open in 2011 and the PGA Championship the following year, used to sleep with the set of clubs given to him as a gift when he was young, while his hands were holding one of the clubs as if he was gripping it to make a shot.
For the long game, the golf clubs in play are composed of the driver, the woods and long irons, which are either used for the first shot on long par 4 holes or par 5 holes.
The fairway woods, which look like a driver but have smaller heads and shorter shafts, are used for fairways and sometimes on the tee if a player wants more accuracy. Greg “The Shark” Norman the 2 time British Open Champion and who has won about 85 tournaments worldwide suggested that sometimes the driver could be used on the fairway as well, as long as the ball is sitting on a good lie. The shot is called “hitting the deck”.
Another piece of golf equipment needed for the long game is the iron, which is numbered from 3 to 9. Although the lower numbered irons are for the long game, there are times when a player needs the higher numbered iron to lay up before an approach shot. There used to be a 2-iron but it is seldom used now. The lower the number of the iron club,the longer it is and the farther the distance of the ball travels. The most famous kind of iron club is the cavity back since it helps compensate a shot when the player does not hit the ball too well.
Hybrid clubs on the other hand act like an iron club but looks like a driver at first glance.
As a matter of fact it is a combination of both, thus the name hybrid, and is used when a player is not too confident in using a long iron on the fairway.
Nowadays, most professional players use one or more hybrid clubs during a tournament –
It has been said the hardest golf equipment to master when a person is still starting to play the game are the ones used for the long game. Between 2012 and the year that followed, a lot of PGA players won a tournament due to the fact they have a superb long game.
One of the best long game players on tour is Tiger Woods; he has won tournaments because of his style of play at the first half of every hole. Even Jack Nicklaus, who has won the most number of major tournaments than any other player on tour said he practiced more on his long game since it is hitting the greens in regulation that will help achieve sinking that dimpled ball in that very small hole for a par or better yet a birdie.