What Golf Clubs Does an Average Golfer Need?

Learn what golf clubs an average golfer needs in their bag: driver, putter, hybrids, irons & wedges.

What Golf Clubs Does an Average Golfer Need?

Many golf professionals believe that a high handicap shouldn't put a driver in their golf bag. It's not a theory I agree with. Most high-handicap players are on a quest to become a medium handicap; eventually, they will have to learn to free a driver and hit it straight down the fairway. Keeping it out of the bag doesn't allow for this.

Yes, a high handicap needs to learn how to hit a driver. At first, if the higher handicap feels more comfortable taking the first shot with a fairway wood, that's totally acceptable. However, when they return to the driving range, the driver must come out of the bag and be worked on. A golf driver is one of those clubs that can make or break your game.

Taking the time needed to improve when hitting a driver will pay off in the long run. Not all golfers prefer to carry a lob wedge in their bag. If your chipping and pitching fundamentals aren't that great, then you should probably use the sand wedge and pitching wedge for your shots around the green. The two must-have golf clubs for any golfer are a driver and a putter.

Of course, it's up to the golfer to have those clubs tailored to their needs and specifications, but every average golfer needs a driver and a putter. Read on to learn more about the best clubs on the market and how to choose the best clubs for your bag. Some golfers choose to go with one or two of each, to diversify their clubs and use them when they need help with difficult shots that require precision and range. Their larger club faces allow for a higher percentage of getting you to the sweet spot, making them very attractive for beginners.

This can be useful with wedges because as your game improves, your distances will increase and you may find larger gaps between club distances that didn't exist before. However, rule 4-4, which sets the 14-club limit, does not dictate which 14 clubs a golfer should have in his bag. I always joke that I want my son to start playing golf with muscle irons so that he can learn where the sweet spot is in the club's face faster. Adding more clubs will not make you a better golfer; if anything, it will hurt your game because it will be more difficult for you to gain consistency with your clubs. However, it keeps things convenient and helps keep your head in the game rather than looking for a club.

The rebound angle is the ratio of the leading edge to the trailing edge at the bottom of the club. Remember, you are allowed 14 sticks in your bag, so it's best to stock up on different slanted wedges to make you comfortable between distances. For example, if you are an intermediate golfer with an existing set, I would suggest getting fitted for a new driver and putter. Beginners should start with some kind of club to play with; something for long shots from the fairway (preferably hybrids), three irons, a wedge and a putter. If you're not sure which clubs will work best for you, don't hesitate to talk to other players on the course and find out what they have to say about the best rangefinder for golf, which club works best for your short game, and whether or not hybrids are worth the higher price.

The players get nervous that they are going to hit these clubs far above the green and cause more problems. The longer shafts, low loft amounts, and thin faces make it too difficult for most golfers to hit; that's why a hybrid 5 is usually the best choice.

Micheal Hughes
Micheal Hughes

Friendly bogey golfer. I have an 8 year old love/hate relationship with golf. Currently using Cobra Speedzone irons, Cobra Speedzone driver/woods and a Cobra Agera 3D printed putter.