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The Official Rules of Golf mandate no more than 14 clubs are allowed in your bag during a round of golf, and that
includes your putter. So it is vital that you choose a selection of clubs that best fits your swing, where you play and
your ability level.
Players can be divided into 3 basic ability levels--low-handicaps,mid-handicaps, and high-handicaps. A handicap is the golfer's
way of measuring their performance against the par on a course, usually in relation to a par 72 regulation course.
The Low-Handicap Golfer
A low-handicaps player has a single-digit handicap, meaning he or she generally scores less than 10 strokes over
par, or an 82 or less on a par-72 course.
The low-handicap player should carry a driver and at least 1 fairway wood, most likely the 3-wood
The low-handicap player will benefit from lower irons in his bag, because the 3 or 4-iron is a difficult club
to hit, but can be very useful if it can be controlled
A minimum of 3 wedges--pitching wedge, sand wedge, and either a
lob wedge or approach wedge--in their bags, with a maximum four-degree difference between
The Mid-Handicap Golfer
The mid-handicap golfer plays "bogey golf," meaning his or her score averages out to 1 over par on each hole, or
somewhere in the 11-20 handicap range.
In addition to the driver and a 3-wood and a 5-wood, consider adding a 7-wood or even a 9-wood. These fairway
woods give much better control and consistency than the harder to hit long irons.
Most sets are comprised of the pitching wedge and irons 3 through 9
Three different wedges are recommended--pitching wedge, sand wedge, and either a lob wedge or approach
The High-Handicap Golfer
The high-handicap golfer is either a beginner or has not had the time to hone his game to reach the mid-handicap
level. The high-handicapper usually shoots close to or over 100.
You may not even want to have a driver in your bag. Instead, go with the 3-wood as your off-the-tee wood and
add the easier-to-hit 7- and 9-woods.
Up to 3 wedges--pitching wedge, sand wedge, and either a lob wedge or approach wedge--should be carried