Sam has been practicing golf for a few days and he wants to be an expert golf player. His father has brought a golf club set, but it seems a little complicated to him. Mostly the numbers of iron made him more confused.
If you are a newcomer like him, then this article is for you. We are going to describe how many irons are in a golf set. Also, we will try to break down what the iron numbers are and what their role is.
How many irons in a golf set
A standard golf set contains 14 clubs. For beginner to expert gift players, golf sets typically have 7 to 11 irons and three kinds of wood, one putter, one wedge, one hybrid. Usually, a golf set includes 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9 iron where iron clubs are used to route the ball at the hole.
Irons have short shafts and small clubheads. Usually, the iron head is a large, flat, as well as angled face. Again, iron club heads are constructed of steel or iron.
In some golf sets, there is another iron club called iron 10. It’s a pitching wedge and labeled as W.
Distance of iron clubs
Iron club distance indicates how long you can hit the ball. There is no specific standard for iron club distance. Even distances have changed in recent years.
Here is an idea about the iron distance for beginners-
|3 iron club||200 yards|
|4 iron club||190 yards|
|5 iron club||180 yards|
|6 iron club||170 yards|
|7 iron club||160 yards|
|8 iron club||150 yards|
|9 iron club||140 yards|
Types of Irons in a golf set
Irons are usually 3 to 9, they are divided into different categories based on their number, structure, and role.
Iron 1 is the longest iron which has 14 to 16 degrees of loft. Most often, this one is called a butter knife for the least surface area. Also, this one is considered the hardest one to hit.
The irons 2,3,4 are categories as long irons for their longest shaft. These iron clubs have the lowest loft as well to hit the ball at long distances. Typically long irons distances are around 180 to 260 years.
Again, the low launch angles are helpful in the fairway or rough trouble spots.
As they have the lowest loft, they are difficult to hit for very small striking faces. For this reason, they are not common in golfer players’ bags.
Most of them were replaced by higher-lofted fairway woods with hybrid clubs. They provide higher performance making hits easier.
Iron clubs 6,7 are regarded as mid irons. From the fairway or rough, they are used for long shots. The distance range is around 130 to 210 yards based on the corresponding player, club, and course. Also, they have graphite shafts which can provide a better distance for the beginner golfer.
The long irons have a chance of hitting a low rise. Mid irons can avoid this problem and are useful for second or third shots. Comparing long irons, mid irons are easier to handle and hit.
Though the iron is between long and mid irons depending on the player’s choice and course. Less often it is replaced by a hybrid one.
The short irons category includes 8 and 9 iron clubs. They have the shortest shaft which is useful where high or moderate loft is required. Also, short irons come with the highest-mass clubheads.
Typically the distance range of short irons is between 130 to 150 yards. That gives full swings as well.
In addition, short irons are really great for making “bump and run” clubs.
When golfers need higher accuracy, they should make shots with short irons. Short irons are the easiest to hit as well as can reduce the effect of mis-hits.
In addition, the shafts of short irons are made of steel which increases the consistency, accuracy and torqueing of the clubhead.
Hybrids and Wedges
Irons of golf clubs are being Squeezed by Hybrids and Wedges.
In golf clubs, a hybrid is a mixture of irons and woods. Combining the forgiving nature of wood and the swing mechanism of iron, it features the best quality. Also ensures more accuracy and consistency at each shot.
3 and 4 irons clubs are typically replaced by hybrids. Because they are difficult to hit. By replacing it with a hybrid, shots will be easier for players.
Again, wedges have the highest loft among golf clubs. They are designed for short shots in between 120 yards that increases the accuracy.
Wedge takes place at the golf set bag for multiplication and specialization. There are 4 types of wedge such as the sand wedge, the pitching wedge, the gap wedge, and the lob wedge.
Each has an individual loft for making suitable shots. For example, pitching wedges have the least loft among them.
Types of Iron Clubhead
The iron club head is made of iron or steel. The role of the clubhead is to strike the ball. Iron club heads are two types such as-
Cavity Back Iron
Cavity back Iron is the large club head. It allows bigger sweet spots and provides forgiveness for swing errors.
Muscle Back Iron
Muscle back clubhead is designed as sharped and also known as blades. They are smaller than cavity back head size. They are made for the forging process. The plates can get more feedback to improve their performances.
So far, Muscle black iron heads are also a better choice for those who prefer shape shots.
To become a good golfer, she/he should have a proper idea about the golf clubs, mostly about irons. You should start from the higher number of iron clubs as they are easier to hit. Also the consistency and precision will satisfy you.
Here we describe the basic and core features of irons of a golf set. Hopefully, that will be helpful to your journey of becoming a great golf player.