Which Golf Clubs Improve Your Swing?

By Sharon Penn
While some clubs can improve your swing, improvement begins with the person who's swinging the clubs.
While some clubs can improve your swing, improvement begins with the person who's swinging the clubs.

All golf clubs are not created equal, and to get the most out of your swing, you should have clubs that fit your body measurements and ability level. Technological innovations have resulted in club designs that optimize the golf swing and help make the game more fun. Try a new driver or add some hybrids and a lob wedge—and watch your game improve.

Drivers

Technological advances allow for greater distance on your drives while providing more margin for error on mishits. For beginning golfers and those with a high handicap, a driver with a large clubhead is recommended because it will provide a larger “sweet spot.” If your swing speed is low, a more flexible shaft will help. Newer golfers should use a driver with a loft of 10.5 degrees or more. More advanced golfers can improve their game by using a lower loft angle of 9 or 9.5 degrees and a stiffer shaft. There are golf clubs that are weighted to correct a hook or slice.

Hybrids

Many golfers are taking the 3-, 4- and 5-irons out of their bags and replacing them with hybrids that many find easier to use. Hybrids also can be used in place of fairway woods. These “utility clubs” combine some of the features of woods with those of irons. The design of the hybrid places the weight to the back, bottom and perimeter of the club, providing for a higher launch angle. Golfers should enjoy greater distance and accuracy because the higher spin rate of a ball struck with a hybrid gives the ball a softer landing with less roll. The shaft of a hybrid is shorter than that of a fairway wood, making it easier to hit. Hybrids can be used in the fairway, out of the rough and out of a sand trap.

Irons

While an advanced player can handle a blade, or “muscleback,” iron with a higher center of gravity, a high handicapper can benefit from a matched set of irons from the 5- or 6-iron down to the 9-iron. Offset irons and those with a lower center of gravity are easier to hit for beginning golfers. Players generally carry a pitching wedge and a sand wedge, and they will find a lob wedge helpful to get the ball over a green-side bunker. A gap wedge has a higher and shorter trajectory than a pitching wedge, but a lower and longer trajectory than a sand wedge.

About the Author

Sharon Penn is a writer based in South Florida. A professional writer since 1981, she has created numerous materials for a Princeton advertising agency. Her articles have appeared in "Golf Journal" and on industry blogs. Penn has traveled extensively, is an avid golfer and is eager to share her interests with her readers. She holds a Master of Science in Education.

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