Golf Equipment: A Detailed Analysis
Golf is a deceptively simple and endlessly complicated sport. Golf is one of the rare games where etiquettes are considered as important as winning. It is also unique in its scoring system, unlike other games where highest score indicates the winner; in Golf the lowest score determines the winner. Also Golf is an individual game and not a team based one.
Golf equipment also looks simple and basic. They are less in number but as deceptive as the game itself. You have to have a deep understanding of the equipment to choose the correct ones.
a) The balls used in golf are specially designed to be used in the course.
b) The rules of golf specify that a golf ball should not have mass more than 1.620 oz., diameter not less than 1.680 inches.
c) Balls that do not meet the above stated requirements are not used in the tournaments.
d) There are basically three types of golf balls available in the market at present.
e) 2-piece golf balls: These are the balls that are majorly sold in the market. The two pieces consists of a large solid rubber core and the core is surrounded by a plastic or urethane. These balls are mostly used for practice to improve performance and as distance balls.
f) 3-piece hybrid golf balls: These balls have a solid core which is surrounded by a mantle layer, covered by a plastic urethane layer. Relative increased performance and spin than 2-piece golf balls.
g) 4-piece performance golf balls: There are two core layers that are covered with a third mantle layer, finally covered with the plastic or urethane layer. These balls are used by professional golfers who require low spin with high swinging speeds.
2. Golf clubs:
a) A golf player carries various golf clubs, using each club for different shots.
b) Clubs are designed to propel the ball at varying distances.
c) There are basically five types of golf clubs available.
d) Wood golf clubs: These clubs are basically used for distance strikes. These clubs can hit the ball to a distance of 200 to 350 yards. In the past these clubs had their ending made up of wood, but now they are made up of metals such as steel, titanium, and other alloys.
e) Irons: These clubs are used when the distance to strike is less than 200 yards. These clubs come in a variety and are numbered from 1 to 9. A regular golf club set contains iron sticks from the range 3-9 since 1 and 2 are difficult to master.
f) Hybrids: As the name suggests these clubs are a combination of irons and fairway woods. Fairway woods are woods with higher numbers. The lowest numbered hybrids provide strike efficiency for 10 to 15 yards less than fairway woods.
g) Wedges golf clubs: These are high lofted clubs used for striking the ball high into the air. Pitching wedges are selected when the shot is more than 130 yards away. Wedges club sticks loft can be as high as 46 to 51 degrees.
h) Putters golf clubs: These are the most used clubs in golf. These are used to roll the ball into the hole along the greens. They come in different sizes. Their heads can be flat in shape.
i) Beginners should start with higher numbered and easier clubs to master.
3. Ball markers:
a) A ball can be lifted from the ground for cleaning, or if it falls in the sand or if it goes in other players putting line.
b) Golf rules specify that in cases of the above mentioned scenarios the ball lifted should be immediately replaced with markers on the course to remember and replace the ball at the right place.
c) Balls can be only marked by the player or his partner or any authorised person allowed to mark.
d) Ball markers are flat in shape and are made up of plastic or metal.
e) In case of absence of a ball marker a penny could be used.
a) Tees are things that are placed or installed in the course to hold the ball for striking.
b) They are made up of wood or plastic,
c) Rules specify that these could be used only for the first strike.
d) Recently bio-degradable tees have been launched that would self-degenerate within a year.
e) Other new types of tees are zero friction tees, stinger tees and trajectory tees.
5. Golf bag and golf cart:
a) Golf bag is used to carry different golf clubs used for striking the ball at different yards’ distances.
b) Whereas golf cart is the battery powered carts that are used to carry the golf bag and the players.
c) There are different types of bags such as carry bags that are carried by the players, Sunday bags that can be expressed minimalist carry bags, stand bags are carry bags with a tripod so that it can station itself, Cart bags are the one attached to a two wheeled pulley, Staff bags that are largest collection of golf clubs which are normally carried by caddies, travel bags carried during travel distinguishable with its rigid and padded built.
6. Club head covers:
These are used to avoid hitting of one golf club stick with others in the golf bag or cart.
7. Ball mark repair tool:
Is used to ball mark dents caused by placing or retrieving ball marks. Also known as pitchfork or divot tool.
8. Ball retrievers:
Ball retrievers are telescope like machines used to search for balls lost in long strikes.
9. Stroke counters:
Helps the player to keep count of their strikes in a round.
10. Ball washers:
These are used to clean the golf balls.
11. Clothing requirements are not elaborate and in golf you do not require a lot of protective armour. A pair of good quality gloves to ensure and enforce grip on the club stick as well as Golf shoes that are suitable for the grassy terrain of the golf course as well as helps improve your stance and posture on the field.
These products make for an exhaustive list of essentials required for playing golf (titleist wedges).