In the old days, there were only the irons, among other types of golf clubs that have club heads built from metal, hence their name. While you can now see a lot of woods having metal club heads, this development has only been done recently. Regardless, irons have thin club heads, which width extends from its front to the back. You can see their clubfaces having grooves, which is specifically meant for producing spin the moment you hit the ball.
Irons can be categorized into two: muscle back (blade-style) and cavity back.
The former has its club head’s rear featured with a full back. The latter, on the other hand, has its club head rear being hollow, hence its name. The style that the latter offers is effective for less-experienced golfers because it generates that perimeter weighting effect.
Perimeter-weighted clubs are regarded as more forgiving golf clubs especially for novice players. The weight of the club head is evenly distributed throughout the perimeter of the club. Since the weight will not be concentrated in the center of the club, there will be an increased moment of inertia. This can be compared to a skater, who spins slower with arms extended outward than folded into the body.
As such, the head twists less even if you make an off-center shot. This means accuracy and distance are not compromised even if your shot is not entirely perfect, thus making the club more forgiving.
If you’ve just begun your journey to knowing more about golf and have only played for a few weeks or months, you’re most probably using cavity back-styled irons. On the other hand, more experienced golfers are likely to hit the ball with muscle back irons.
In a standard set, you’d have your 3-iron or the pitching wedge, which you’d be using most of the time. The other irons may not be necessary at this point, given that you’ve yet to make at least a hundred shots in all of your practice games. You will see the sole of your golf clubs marked alphanumerically, with the pitching wedge having a “P” or “PW” and so on.
Irons are numbered from 1 to 9, and the higher the number, the higher degree of loft the club possesses. Long irons, which include the 1-, 2-, and 3-iron (pitching wedge), have the least loft. This means that you use them to send to ball into the air with more distance. The 4- to 6-irons, or middle irons, are recommended for hitting the golf ball to distances ranging from 150-170 yards. 7-, to 9-irons, which have the highest loft degree, can send the ball up the sky faster than other irons.
As previously mentioned, you don’t necessarily need all types of golf clubs, particularly these irons, to get started. Hybrids have become the better choices for most golfers, which is why you might not see the 2- and 3-irons in some golfers’ bags.
The 1-iron, in particular, may not even be available in today’s market. The 1-iron is very hard to control, as it requires the perfect combination of power and speed. Even a few pro golfers might not achieve that swing they need to get the ball to land in a position they would expect. Because it’s risky to hit a shot with the 1-iron and even riskier to leave a slot for it in a pro player’s bag with the club count limit instead of a more useful one, less and less companies are manufacturing them.
It’s good to have the perfect set of golf clubs in your bag. But you shouldn’t be too disappointed that you still couldn’t use each one of them. It takes a lot of time and effort to become adept at using each club, so be sure that you find your swing and understand what club you really need to bring the ball where you want it to go.
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