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04 What is a WOOD/IRON?




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This article is from the Golf FAQ, by marcelo@nntpserver.Princeton.EDU (Marcelo A. Gallardo) with numerous contributions by others.

04 What is a WOOD/IRON?


The WOOD
Historically the "wood" was made of wood (hence the name), but they
now come in a variety materials. They are also generally "bigger",
in terms of size, than other clubs. "Woods" are typically long
distance clubs meant to be used when distance is more important than
accuracy. A driver is usually a '1' wood with somewhere between 8
and 12 degrees of loft (0 degrees of loft would be perpendicular to
the ground).
The IRON
Irons were originally made using "iron", but are now genarally made
from steel. "Irons" are smaller than "woods", and are considered to
be "finesse" clubs, meant to be used when accuracy is needed rather
than distance.

 

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