There are rules and regulations that stipulate what type and how many golf clubs can be carried in a golfer’s bag. The optimum type and number of clubs can vary by age, gender, and of course experience and skill. The maximum number of clubs allowed for any golfer to carry during a given round is 14. However, it may not be necessary to carry that many clubs.
For instance, junior golfers likely do not need a full bag of clubs until they reach their teens. One reason being that there is generally not very much distance disparity between clubs. There is a more fundamental reason as well, and that is the weight of the bag. A golfer can walk up to eight miles in an 18 hole round so the weight of the bag is very important when determining how many clubs a junior can physically carry. He or she may only need three clubs at first: a driver, wedge, and putter. A hybrid, and a few irons can be introduced later as he or she develops their game and grows physically.
Women just picking up the game may not need to carry a full bag of clubs, for the same reasons a junior would not. Beginners will not possess the club head speed to create the disparity in distance for it to make sense to carry all 14 clubs. Many manufacturers sell 7-10 piece club sets for beginning female golfers. As a general rule, clubs made specifically for women have more loft to give them the height and backspin that the beginning golfer’s club speed cannot create. A 10 piece set would typically include a driver, a fairway wood, a few low irons or hybrids, 7, 8, 9 irons, a pitching wedge, sand wedge, and putter. As a woman develops her game fairway woods and low irons can be added.
An adult male’s bag may begin more full then that of a junior or ladies because they are more likely to be able to handle the weight and have the swing speed capable of creating a good disparity (10 yards on average) between clubs. While an adult male may begin with all 14 clubs in their bag, some may choose to carry less so they can focus on hitting fewer clubs well. For more advanced male golfers that do carry 14 clubs, the type of clubs may vary depending on personal preference and age, and may evolve over time. A standard bag would consist of a driver, three woods, a three hybrid or iron, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 iron, pitching wedge, sand wedge, and putter. Many golfers will then substitute a gap wedge and/or loft wedge and remove one or two of their fairway woods.
Regardless of a golfers age or skill level, the perfect set of clubs is available. When it comes to clubs, choosing the appropriate number and type in your bag is just as important as the brand or model.