People who want to start playing golf better introduce themselves to the golf equipment that they are going to use when they start playing the sport. Golf is a very old sport that had very humble origins. Back then the sport did not require a lot of equipment to play. Golf nowadays is a lot more complicated than it used to be.
There are so many pieces of golfing equipment that people might get intimidated by it. Indeed, the different number of equipment that golfers use nowadays to help improve their game is tremendous. However, beginners do not have to get themselves bogged down in the details. Understanding the higher mechanics of golfing equipment is reserved for more advanced players. For now, simple familiarity with the different pieces of golf equipment should suffice.
Below is a brief rundown of golfing equipment that beginners need to be familiar with.
The golf ball
This should be the piece of equipment that most people already recognize. Even the people who do not play the sport are usually familiar with what golf balls look like.
Most people may not know this, but the golf balls of today are a far cry from what they used to be. The first golf balls were made of hardwood then leather skin golf balls filled with feathers and other varieties of balls. It was not until the early nineties that dimpled golf balls came into play.
The recessed dimples that people see on a golf ball number around 300-450. These dimples were designed to improve the aerodynamics of the ball which basically means that it is meant to make the ball move better through the air. The dimples also help produce spin. A spinning ball produces more lift, helping the ball fly through the air.
Aside from the construction’s design, the materials used in the balls construction plays a huge part in performance. The materials, like the design, have an impact on the balls flight pattern, feel, distance, and spin. Beginners should really understand how golf balls work as they are one of the most important, if not the most important, piece of golf equipment.
Golf players use several kinds of clubs and can carry up to a maximum of fourteen clubs, per regulations, for each game. There are four kinds of clubs that beginners should learn about.
The first kind of club is the wood. Woods are typically employed for long shots from the fairway or tee. Irons are for shots that demand a higher degree of accuracy. These are often used for fairways as well as from the rough. Irons known as wedges are used for shorter shots.
Hybrids are a new kind of golf club. The hybrid, as the name implies, is a cross between the wedge and the iron. It combines some of the characteristics of a wood and an iron. It is typically employed by golf players for shots made from a difficult rough. Hybrids are also popular with players who have some difficulty in using long irons to get the ball airborne.
Last, but not least, is the putter. The putter is the club used by golfers when they want the golf ball to roll on the ground. It produces little to no lift and is the club often seen used when the ball is only a few feet away from the hole.
Tee is that small object that people see when golfers are about to make their first shot. They are pushed into the ground so the ball can be made to rest on top. This has the benefit of making the shot easier. It is a strict rule that the tee can only be used for the first shot.
This is the most mundane or simple piece of golfing equipment. This is used to mark a ball’s location when it needs to be picked up for cleaning or when it’s in the way of another ball. This piece of golf equipment is usually flat and round.