A Brief Introduction to Choosing a Club on the Golf Course

 

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Choosing a Club
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Dr. Morris Kharasch has served the Evanston, Illinois, community as a physician for more than 25 years. When he is not leading four emergency departments with NorthShore University HealthSystem, Dr. Morris Kharasch enjoys refining his game on the golf course.

Golfers can carry up to 14 unique clubs in their bag at a time. Each club has a different weight and design that allows it to serve golfers in specialized situations, such as a heavy driver to hit the ball from the tee down the fairway. As golfers become better accustomed to the game and their various clubs, they may opt to toggle between different clubs.

For instance, the putter is a lightweight club designed to help golfers gently control a ball from somewhere on the green into the hole. However, no rule states that golfers must use their putter when playing a shot from the green, or that any specific club must be used at any set location on the course. There are several light clubs to choose from, some of which may be better suited to the distance or condition of the green compared to the traditional putter.

Sand traps and rough, long grass are other areas on a course where golfers can select from a few options. When playing a shot from a trap or the rough, the primary goal is simply to chip the ball out of the bad terrain and back onto the fairway, a task that can be achieved using a variety of clubs. The pitching wedge is a popular option due to its consistency and versatility, but the 6, 7, 8, and 9 iron clubs are all workable possibilities.

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