We are big fans of golfers getting properly fit for their equipment (see last week's article on 'The Importance of Club Fitting'). Once you go through the club fitting process, your Professional or club fitter will help you determine your set composition (the number of woods, irons, hybrids and wedges) or make-up of clubs in your bag. This means thinking about which clubs you plan to put in your bag to get to your 14 club limit. I like to call it, “What to use…and what to lose.”
Years ago when you bought a set of clubs, you automatically purchased eight irons – a 3 iron through pitching wedge. There wasn’t much difference from the manufacturer other than sometimes a set of eight irons included 4 iron through pitching wedge plus a sand wedge. Since most irons were sold in sets of eight irons, a typical set “composition” was eight irons, plus a driver, 3-wood and 5-wood, pitching wedge, sand wedge and putter.
As golf technology evolved and hybrid clubs were introduced, it was a great opportunity, especially for women to ditch the harder-to-hit 3 and 4 iron, while adding a few easier to hit hybrid clubs in their place. The hybrid clubhead usually looks similar to a fairway wood but has an iron-like face, lie angle, length and weight making it launch like an iron and generally easier to hit.
The benefit of going through a club fitting is you can purchase five, six or however many irons you like – there is no pre-determined number of irons you have to purchase. Your local PGA/LPGA Professional or club fitter can help you determine your set composition as you go through a club fitting. Perhaps your set begins with a six iron through pitching wedge (5 irons), sand wedge and lob wedge, two or three hybrids, a driver and two fairway woods and a putter. You have the unique ability to determine your set composition based on the clubs you like and use. Also, don’t limit yourself to just one wedge – have a minimum of two or three wedges with different lofts and bounce to help you hit different yardages and shots.
For women, it's important to have the right clubs in your bag that you like to hit and will help make the game a bit easier and more fun.