Hit the Links: Club Terms & Packing Musts for the Green Golfer

If you’re reading this, it means one of two things: either you don’t play golf but you’re interested in learning, or your significant other is an avid fan and you would like to participate in Sunday night’s dinner conversation.

As for this girl, aside from a putt-putt course or two in the early 2000s, I have yet to swing a 9-iron – but, see, we’re learning things already. So, fellow beginners, I am here to walk you through the basics, from club terminology to golf-bag essentials. Let us begin.

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Golf Clubs, A Cheat Sheet

Driver: This is the one you use to tee off with.

Irons: These clubs range from 2 to 9, and are used to hit the ball toward the green from 120 to 190 yards away. Low-numbered irons are for longer shots, while high-numbered irons are for shorter shots.

Gap Wedges: For hitting short, angled shots near the green or out of a sand bunker.

Putter (thank you, putt-putt – we know this one!): Just tap it in.

Hybrid: Also called a “utility club,” this one is the most versatile of all. It combines elements from irons and drivers that help get shots airborne from long distances.

The Golf Bag Essentials
(in addition to those clubs)

  • 6 – 8 golf balls
  • 2 – 3  tees
  • Extra pair of gloves
  • Raincoat
  • Pitch-mark repair tool
  • Coins to mark your ball on the green
  • Pencils
  • Sunscreen
  • A spare towel or two

Now, hightail it to the greens (we have faith!). Our Fore! Women’s Golf Style and Fore! Men’s Golf Style Boutiques opens Wednesday, April 10, at 11AM ET.

By Julia Ivins, Staff Writer

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April 10, 2013