HOW MANY CLUBS ARE IN A SET?

The typical golf set includes one driver, one or two of fairway woods, six irons, one or two wedges, and a putter. A complete set is typically around 12 clubs, but according to official USGA rules, you are allowed to carry up to 14 clubs in your set. 


This doesn’t mean that you have to carry 14 clubs. You can carry less than 14, but no more. That being said, there is no specific rule that states exactly what clubs you must use. This is up to your ability and skill level. This allows you the freedom to pick and choose according to which clubs bring out your best game.


A set of golf clubs is one of the most important pieces of equipment you’ll need in order to learn the game and become a better player. That being said, golf clubs come in different shapes and sizes, but there are certain structures that they will always adhere to.


Every golfer should try out different types of clubs to see which work best for them and which don’t. As you build your golf club set, you should choose the clubs that work the best in your situation and for your golf game. Every golf pro out there started from somewhere and has changed clubs numerous times throughout their golfing career. That being said, you have to start from scratch and really feel things out. See which golf clubs work best for your style and build your golf club set from that.


So what types of clubs are included in your set, and how many of them? Let’s take a look at some different types of golf clubs that you could invest in and how many of each you should have.

TYPES OF GOLF CLUBS IN A SET

The typical golf club set includes a driver, a couple of fairway woods, a few irons, some wedges (or specialty irons), and a putter.

  • Driver: This is the longest club in the set and has the lowest loft. This makes it one of the more difficult clubs to master. In a typical golf club set, there is only one driver. These clubs are typically used for particular tee shots, so there is no need for more than one.

  • Fairway Woods: For beginner players, one 3 wood is probably enough for your set. A 3 wood can take the place of a driver in some cases, though having both in your set is probably a good idea. For more experienced golfers, a 5 wood might also be a great addition to the collection. For some, one fairway wood is enough, but some golfers with a higher skill level may have 2 in the set.

  • Irons: Irons make up the majority of golf clubs in a set. A traditional complete set of clubs includes a 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9 iron. However, in recent years, irons have changed and many provide more distance. Because of this, many more experienced golfers decide to eliminate the 3 and 4 irons from their collections and replace them with hybrid clubs.

  • Hybrids: These have become very popular with beginners and advanced players. They provide the accuracy and distance of long irons, but they are much easier to use. If a player replaces a 3 and 4 iron, they might add a 3, 4, 5, and 6 hybrid to their golf club set.

  • Wedges: These clubs are designed for a specific purpose and a high loft. A complete set of clubs usually includes two wedges, a pitching wedge (used close to the green) and a sand wedge (used in fairway bunkers and sand traps). Some golfers may add a gap wedge to their set as well, and sometimes a lob wedge is included too.

  • Putters: A set of golf clubs is not complete without a putter. These clubs are designed for closer shots. Using the putter will keep the ball on the ground rather than lofting it. There are several types of putters available, but usually only one is included in a set of golf clubs.

As you can see, there are several types of golf clubs that make a complete set. Again, you do not have to have 14 clubs in your set, but you can have up to that amount. Let's take a look at what a typical beginner and advanced player's golf club sets would look like.

A BEGINNER GOLF CLUB SET

If you are a beginner and just learning the game, then this may be an ideal set of clubs for you (according to IvyGolf):

  • 1 Driver
  • 1 3-Wood
  • 1 5-Wood
  • 1 3-Hybrid
  • 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9 Irons
  • 1 Pitching Wedge
  • 1 Sand Wedge
  • 1 Putter

A MID-ADVANCED GOLF SET

Now, if you are more advanced, you can play around a little bit and select whichever clubs best suits your style and yardages. A more advanced set may look a little something like this:

  • 1 Driver
  • 1 3-Wood
  • 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9 Irons
  • 1 Pitching Wedge
  • 1 Gap Wedge
  • 1 Sand Wedge
  • 1 Lob Wedge
  • 1 Putter

HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT SET FOR YOU 

With so many different types of clubs to choose from and so many different levels of golfers, the choice of clubs in your set can seem overwhelming at first.

But generally speaking, it's encouraged to select clubs that compliment your game the most. If you're a shorter hitter, it may be beneficial to stack your set with multiple fairway woods and hybrids in place of some wedges for added distance.

Vice versa, if you're a longer hitter you may find great benefit in sacrificing a 5-wood or hybrid in place of another wedge for increased accuracy and feel with your short game.

THE IMPORTANCE OF THE PUTTER

However, in spite of all these clubs to choose from, there's only one that truly cannot be replaced. That club is the putter.

There's really no other club that can roll the ball on the green like a putter can. No club has the touch, the weight, nor the feel like a putter does. So if you want to become a better putter... you're going to have to practice your putting.

At Back 2 Basics, we help golfers of all skill levels reach their potential on the green. From our Kiwi juniors, all the way to the likes of PGA major winner Cam Smith, we have helped thousands of golfers lose anywhere from 5-10 strokes on the green in a matter of months with a few basic training programs.

There's a reason the saying, "Drive for show, putt for dough" has such a profound meaning for golfers. No matter your skill level, experience, or natural talent, your level of putting is the single greatest predictor of your success on the golf course.

PERFECT YOUR PUTTING STROKE

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LOSE 5 STROKES IN 30-DAYS CHALLENGE

While we can't lose your strokes for you, we can help give you the tools for success.

So if you're serious about taking your putting to the next level, try our "Lose 5 Strokes In 30-Days Challenge" using the Pro Path Putting Mirror! If you follow the steps below, we GUARANTEE that you will lose at least 5 strokes over the next 30 days.

Here's how to play:

  1. Get The Pro Path Putting Mirror
  2. Make sure you have a putter, and some sort of putting mat to practice with at home. If you do not already have a putting mat at home, we recommend getting The Playoff Putting Mat.
  3. Tally the amount of putts you have taken over the last 5 rounds to get your average putts/round.
  4. Once you have received your Pro Path Mirror, take a picture of it on Day 1 and tag us on Instagram @Back2BasicsGolf using the tag #Day1
  5. Commit to practicing every single day for at least 15 minutes using your Pro Path Putting Mirror. For training exercises, follow the advice given in our Training Center with Richard Woodhouse, Michael Sim, and Andy Carter. If you miss a day, you automatically lose the challenge.
  6. Over the next 30 days, commit to playing at your home course at least once week and make sure to count your putts!
  7. On day 30, share your results on Instagram and tag us on Instagram @Back2BasicsGolf with the tag #Day30.
  8. If you did not lose an average of at least 5 strokes off your putting by day 30, we will completely refund your purchase of the Pro Path Mirror!

There's no excuse not to try! If you do not see an immediate benefit (granted you used it everyday for 30 days), we will send you a refund no questions asked.

MAIN TAKEAWAY

The standard golf set typically has around 12 clubs, but you are allowed to carry up to 14 according to the USGA rules.

However, when it comes to building "the perfect golf set", consider this: your golf set is only as good as you are.

Equip yourself with knowledge, research, and most importantly PRACTICE before you go out and splurge on new clubs.

We have dozens of training videos you can watch for free in our Training Center. But of course, watching these videos without actually practicing yourself will only get you so far.

Practice today to enjoy your dream round tomorrow!

HOW MANY CLUBS ARE IN A SET?

The typical golf set includes one driver, one or two of fairway woods, six irons, one or two wedges, and a putter. A complete set is typically around 12 clubs, but according to official USGA rules, you are allowed to carry up to 14 clubs in your set. 


This doesn’t mean that you have to carry 14 clubs. You can carry less than 14, but no more. That being said, there is no specific rule that states exactly what clubs you must use. This is up to your ability and skill level. This allows you the freedom to pick and choose according to which clubs bring out your best game.


A set of golf clubs is one of the most important pieces of equipment you’ll need in order to learn the game and become a better player. That being said, golf clubs come in different shapes and sizes, but there are certain structures that they will always adhere to.


Every golfer should try out different types of clubs to see which work best for them and which don’t. As you build your golf club set, you should choose the clubs that work the best in your situation and for your golf game. Every golf pro out there started from somewhere and has changed clubs numerous times throughout their golfing career. That being said, you have to start from scratch and really feel things out. See which golf clubs work best for your style and build your golf club set from that.


So what types of clubs are included in your set, and how many of them? Let’s take a look at some different types of golf clubs that you could invest in and how many of each you should have.

TYPES OF GOLF CLUBS IN A SET

The typical golf club set includes a driver, a couple of fairway woods, a few irons, some wedges (or specialty irons), and a putter.

  • Driver: This is the longest club in the set and has the lowest loft. This makes it one of the more difficult clubs to master. In a typical golf club set, there is only one driver. These clubs are typically used for particular tee shots, so there is no need for more than one.

  • Fairway Woods: For beginner players, one 3 wood is probably enough for your set. A 3 wood can take the place of a driver in some cases, though having both in your set is probably a good idea. For more experienced golfers, a 5 wood might also be a great addition to the collection. For some, one fairway wood is enough, but some golfers with a higher skill level may have 2 in the set.

  • Irons: Irons make up the majority of golf clubs in a set. A traditional complete set of clubs includes a 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9 iron. However, in recent years, irons have changed and many provide more distance. Because of this, many more experienced golfers decide to eliminate the 3 and 4 irons from their collections and replace them with hybrid clubs.

  • Hybrids: These have become very popular with beginners and advanced players. They provide the accuracy and distance of long irons, but they are much easier to use. If a player replaces a 3 and 4 iron, they might add a 3, 4, 5, and 6 hybrid to their golf club set.

  • Wedges: These clubs are designed for a specific purpose and a high loft. A complete set of clubs usually includes two wedges, a pitching wedge (used close to the green) and a sand wedge (used in fairway bunkers and sand traps). Some golfers may add a gap wedge to their set as well, and sometimes a lob wedge is included too.

  • Putters: A set of golf clubs is not complete without a putter. These clubs are designed for closer shots. Using the putter will keep the ball on the ground rather than lofting it. There are several types of putters available, but usually only one is included in a set of golf clubs.

As you can see, there are several types of golf clubs that make a complete set. Again, you do not have to have 14 clubs in your set, but you can have up to that amount. Let's take a look at what a typical beginner and advanced player's golf club sets would look like.

A BEGINNER GOLF CLUB SET

If you are a beginner and just learning the game, then this may be an ideal set of clubs for you (according to IvyGolf):

  • 1 Driver
  • 1 3-Wood
  • 1 5-Wood
  • 1 3-Hybrid
  • 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9 Irons
  • 1 Pitching Wedge
  • 1 Sand Wedge
  • 1 Putter

A MID-ADVANCED GOLF SET

Now, if you are more advanced, you can play around a little bit and select whichever clubs best suits your style and yardages. A more advanced set may look a little something like this:

  • 1 Driver
  • 1 3-Wood
  • 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9 Irons
  • 1 Pitching Wedge
  • 1 Gap Wedge
  • 1 Sand Wedge
  • 1 Lob Wedge
  • 1 Putter

HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT SET FOR YOU 

With so many different types of clubs to choose from and so many different levels of golfers, the choice of clubs in your set can seem overwhelming at first.

But generally speaking, it's encouraged to select clubs that compliment your game the most. If you're a shorter hitter, it may be beneficial to stack your set with multiple fairway woods and hybrids in place of some wedges for added distance.

Vice versa, if you're a longer hitter you may find great benefit in sacrificing a 5-wood or hybrid in place of another wedge for increased accuracy and feel with your short game.

THE IMPORTANCE OF THE PUTTER

However, in spite of all these clubs to choose from, there's only one that truly cannot be replaced. That club is the putter.

There's really no other club that can roll the ball on the green like a putter can. No club has the touch, the weight, nor the feel like a putter does. So if you want to become a better putter... you're going to have to practice your putting.

At Back 2 Basics, we help golfers of all skill levels reach their potential on the green. From our Kiwi juniors, all the way to the likes of PGA major winner Cam Smith, we have helped thousands of golfers lose anywhere from 5-10 strokes on the green in a matter of months with a few basic training programs.

There's a reason the saying, "Drive for show, putt for dough" has such a profound meaning for golfers. No matter your skill level, experience, or natural talent, your level of putting is the single greatest predictor of your success on the golf course.

PERFECT YOUR PUTTING STROKE

Sale Off
Putting Mirror
$69.99$69.99

LOSE 5 STROKES IN 30-DAYS CHALLENGE

While we can't lose your strokes for you, we can help give you the tools for success.

So if you're serious about taking your putting to the next level, try our "Lose 5 Strokes In 30-Days Challenge" using the Pro Path Putting Mirror! If you follow the steps below, we GUARANTEE that you will lose at least 5 strokes over the next 30 days.

Here's how to play:

  1. Get The Pro Path Putting Mirror
  2. Make sure you have a putter, and some sort of putting mat to practice with at home. If you do not already have a putting mat at home, we recommend getting The Playoff Putting Mat.
  3. Tally the amount of putts you have taken over the last 5 rounds to get your average putts/round.
  4. Once you have received your Pro Path Mirror, take a picture of it on Day 1 and tag us on Instagram @Back2BasicsGolf using the tag #Day1
  5. Commit to practicing every single day for at least 15 minutes using your Pro Path Putting Mirror. For training exercises, follow the advice given in our Training Center with Richard Woodhouse, Michael Sim, and Andy Carter. If you miss a day, you automatically lose the challenge.
  6. Over the next 30 days, commit to playing at your home course at least once week and make sure to count your putts!
  7. On day 30, share your results on Instagram and tag us on Instagram @Back2BasicsGolf with the tag #Day30.
  8. If you did not lose an average of at least 5 strokes off your putting by day 30, we will completely refund your purchase of the Pro Path Mirror!

There's no excuse not to try! If you do not see an immediate benefit (granted you used it everyday for 30 days), we will send you a refund no questions asked.

MAIN TAKEAWAY

The standard golf set typically has around 12 clubs, but you are allowed to carry up to 14 according to the USGA rules.

However, when it comes to building "the perfect golf set", consider this: your golf set is only as good as you are.

Equip yourself with knowledge, research, and most importantly PRACTICE before you go out and splurge on new clubs.

We have dozens of training videos you can watch for free in our Training Center. But of course, watching these videos without actually practicing yourself will only get you so far.

Practice today to enjoy your dream round tomorrow!

PRACTICE MAKES... BETTER!

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