Golf is indeed a rich game but it can be a little intricate when it comes to newcomers or the ones who are just starting. While comparing golf to any other sport, it is difficult to learn because of the number of rules and regulations involved in playing golf. Out of the lot, one of the strangest rules is that certain numbers are allotted to golf clubs. In this article, we will be unfolding the logic behind the numbering of golf clubs and what actually these Golf Club numbers mean.

Common Types of Golf Clubs

There are three common types of golf clubs namely, wood clubs, iron clubs and putter clubs.

  1. Wood Golf Club: These are longer-range clubs basically used at the starting of tee off. Wood clubs are used for second swings. They offer large circular club heads and a flat front so that you can easily strike the golf ball.
  2. Iron Golf Club: These non-flat club heads of iron golf clubs are used after teeing off. A golfer in iron clubs has more irons than any other club.
  3. Putter Golf Clubs: These clubs have shorter shafts and smaller clubheads are easy to remember. They are used while playing mini-golf.

Numbering is done as follows:

  1. Wood golf clubs : 3 & 5
  2. Iron golf clubs : 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, and pitching wedge
  3. Putter golf clubs: only 1 is required

What Do These Golf Club Numbers Actually Signify?

Now that we know the types of golf clubs and their numbering it’s time to understand the logic behind them. The angle of the golf club face is referred to as loft and that loft is the golf club numbers. Whenever the loft is adjusted, simultaneously the height and the amount of distance your golf ball is going to travel also gets adjusted.

A low golf club number signifies a lower loft, not a steep angle on the golf club face, which implies the golf ball will travel at a lower height for a longer distance.

While when the golf club number is high, the loft is more, decently steeped angle of the golf club face, while concludes that golf ball will travel shorter distance at greater height when compared.

To make it more related and less mind consuming, here are some examples that will help you understand this logic better :

  1. 3 Iron golf club: the golf ball will travel far at less height
  2. 8 Iron golf club: the golf ball will travel very high for less distance
  3. 3 Wood golf club: the golf ball will travel longer
  4. 5 Wood golf club: the golf ball will travel high

Though the logic behind is simple it might take little time to process, which is completely alright. It is important to know the science or physics behind each and every game you wish to learn or are already a pro at.


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