Golfers should have a complete set of 14 clubs. In fact, most golf courses mandate that each golfer has his own set of clubs and bag. But every golfer does not need a complete set of clubs. Some golfers can play 18 holes with three clubs—of course, that does mean that everybody should.
As the old golfing adage states, "Drive for show, putt for dough." The putter is your most important club, because you want to limit your putts to as few as possible. Whether you use a blade putter or a mallet putter, make sure you are comfortable with the club. Putters are absolute necessities for golfers.
Golfers need irons, which are used off of the tee, in the fairway, in the rough, and out of sand traps. Irons also can be used to chip when around the green. Though some golfers might only need a 3, 5 and 7 iron, most golfers carry a complete set of irons, which is 3 through pitching or sand wedge. Other irons include the 2 iron, which many golfers say is one of the more difficult clubs to hit, and the lob and gap wedges. The lob wedge is designed to produce a high, lofted shot, while the gap wedge is designed to provide a distance between a pitching wedge and a sand wedge. Irons are a necessity for golfers.
Woods are designed to provide the most distance of all the golf clubs. There are drivers and fairway woods, though golfers can hit any wood off of the tee. Common woods are 1-wood (drivers), 3-wood, and 5-wood, the latter two also known as fairway woods, because they can be used to provide added distance on fairway shots. A complete set of woods (1, 3, 5) is not necessary for all golfers, though a 1-wood and 3-wood (or, at least, one or the other) is strongly recommended.
Hybrid clubs are designed to combine the distance that a fairway wood provides with the control that an iron provides. Many golfers find hybrid clubs to be easier to hit than a low iron (3, 4) and a fairway wood. These are the least necessary of golf clubs, though some golfers who rely on them may feel the exact opposite.
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