How do you know when to use which golf club for what situation?

I’m going golf for the first time in two weeks. I want to have some knowledge before I go.


9 Responses to “How do you know when to use which golf club for what situation?”
  1. fuzzygrinch says:

    All I know is that certain ones are used for certain yardage. I’m sure there’s a website somewhere.

  2. henrythepug33 says:

    well dude…i truly suggest that you go to the driving range first, and take someone along who knows a thing or two about golfing…

    the woods, or those big headed clubs are to be used off the tee…not off the grass (unless your awesome) the irons go from 3 to 9, 3 giving you a longer shot and 9 giving you a higher shorter shot…the pitching wedge is like a 9 iron…but can be used with a soft hit to get you to bounce on the greens when your close…(personally i use a lobe wedge for that but your bag might not have one) and i am sure you know what the putter is for…

    have fun!

  3. elmerfud says:

    The golf clubs have different angle heads, you use the one corosponding to the distance you normally hit the ball with that number club, Irons that is. You have to swing the exact same way everytime so you can be consistant, requires hours at the driving range and practice,practice,practice……###

  4. half jaw says:

    well putter on the green
    club on the start
    and unless you dont do very well with the club pitcher every where else

    if your going pitch and putt pitcher on anything but the green

  5. Loose Change™¢ says:

    Woods and irons all have a specified range that they will hit the ball. It depends on your skill level to meet that range. A #1 wood, for example, can drive a golf ball 300 yards, but a first time player will not be able to hit it that far (or hit the ball at all with it). The irons, the higher the number iron, the shorter the distance. A 3 iron will maybe hit the ball 200 yards, a 4 iron about 185 yards, etc., down to a 9 iron, which will hit the ball for about 90 yards. You also have a sand wedge and chipping wedge for sand traps and for rough shots. And finally the putter.

  6. motocrossgal921 says:

    u use a driver at teh tees…
    5 iron goes the fartherst down to 9
    a pitchin wedge is for when your really close to the green
    sandwedge when you get into teh sand pits
    use a 3 or 5wood when its a short t off
    if you have a hybred use it as u would use a 3-4 wood if u dont ahve a 3 ro 4
    nd course teh putter is for teh green
    u usally should 2 putt
    if you chock down it well help get a bettter leift on teh ball
    hit towards the bottom of teh ball
    keep your head down nd knees bent
    legs bout should leng part
    hope that helps ya a lil nd good luck

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  8. staffingpro9999 says:

    I will suggest a step-by-step process for you.

    1 – Go to the golf and sit and watch a few swings to get a little bit of an idea of what you will do when you swing a club. Search on “baseball grip” to show how to hold a club (forget the Varden grip for now.)

    2 – Practice inside the house (NO CLUB) and just get into what I call the “ready position.” Pick ANY sport and get into that sport’s ready position. Tennis, Football (think middle linebacker stance, guard in basketball, baseball, etc.) Basically, weight lower than standing up straight, shoulders back, chest forward, knees bent, etc.

    3 – Now hit the range with just the 5 Iron and the Putter. No more, no less.

    3a. Start with swinging BOTH clubs VERY relaxed and no balls. Do this from the athletic position you practiced about a dozen times.

    3b. Put down the putter and swing again but this time there will be a ball on the ground. Hit (or at least try) about a dozen balls. REMEMBER TO KEEP YOUR HEAD DOWN and RELAX… A golf swing happens, and the ball gets in the way of the club.

    3c. Look up and down the range and pick out someone that hits well. Don’t bother them, but just watch. Their tempo (speed) is slow, relaxed, balanced, etc. Mimic this form, speed, etc. Hit the 5 from a full swing, a 3/4, a 1/2 and a 1/4 swing. This will get you an idea that with just one iron you can hit the ball anywhere between X and 1/4 of X. (See note below later.)

    4. Hit a dozen more at each % of maximum. It should take about 5 minutes per.

    5. Take the putter to the putting green and practice a few shots there. This too requires tempo. The idea is to have the putter swing as it were a pendulum (sp?). Straight back and straight forward – the ball again just gets in the way.

    6. Do this about every other day until your first day on the links. Remember, golf is supposed to be a relaxing sport. No pressure, no rush. Enjoy your time with a friend.

    7. When you go to the course the first time, go ahead and bring as many clubs as you want, but ONLY use the 5 and the putter. (see explanation below.) Yeah, it sounds dorky, but it will work.

    7. On course, do not keep score, but also, don’t take more than 8 shots on a par 5, 7 on a par 4 and 5 on a par 3 so that the group behind you doesn’t get mad and bomb one on top of your head.

    8. Agree up front with your partner(s) that you won’t be scoring but will keep up, you will take the ball out of bunkers (sand traps – but will rake them), nothing played from the trees, rocks, etc.

    9. Have fun, wear a hat on a hot day, wear sunscreen, don’t drink too much.

    *** 5 Iron explanation ***

    The 5 Iron is typically the easiest iron for first-time golfers and with an average male with decent athletic skills can hit a ball up to about 150 yards. On a 500 yard par five, if the 5 is used to tee-off and hit the second, and third shots, the yardage will be 500, 350, 200, 50. So, the player will have about 50 yards to go when hitting their 4th shot. A nice and easy 1/4 swing will get you there. Then even with three putting, you have negotiated this in 7 strokes. Good job!

    I am in no way an expert golfer, but used this a few days ago just for fun while walking a neighbors dogs on a par-5 540 yard hole. I made boggie ( on in 4, and two putted – still using the 5 iron). I hit my 5 iron about 165-170.

  9. thefistofdoom says:

    Without much experience you are really limited, but when you come across a tough shot and you have an option in what club to use, go with whatever club you have the most confidence in. Confidence is almost as important as luck, and you need both to play well. Talent is in there too, but there’s not enough of that to go around. Good luck.

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