Golf Clubs

How many golf clubs in bag? The straightforward answer is at most 14 golf clubs. You are allowed to bring l4 or less clubs, but not more than 14.

There are different kinds of clubs that you use for different shots at different conditions at different parts of the golf course.

Later, I will tell you how many golf clubs in bag of Tiger Woods and what specifically he carries in his bag. But first, let me show you my recommended kinds of clubs to include within the fourteen limit.


14 Clubs to Put in Your Golf Bag

Types of Golf Clubs

Aside from the 14 clubs that I mentioned above, there are other types of golf clubs available in the market that you might want to consider. You should not depend entirely on my recommended clubs but also depend on what is more compatible with your ability, your style, and your swing. There are 5 types of golf clubs which I will explain in detail below.

DRIVER

The driver belongs to the wood type of golf clubs. It is also known as 1-wood. It is used to hit the ball to go the longest distance, around 250 yards. It is often used when hitting off the tee. It has a big club head which is hollow inside.

Its shaft is usually longer which measures around 45 inches. Its loft angle is usually lesser than other clubs ranging from 8 to 15 degrees.

If you are a beginner, choose a driver with a higher loft. The higher the loft, the higher trajectory the ball takes upon impact.

FAIRWAY WOODS

Fairway Woods are clubs that are used for hitting long shots similar to a driver but usually used on the fairways and without using a tee.

These are numbered from 2 to 21. Depending the wood number, the shaft lengths range from 36 to 44 inches and the loft angles range from 13 to 45 degrees.

The important thing to remember is the higher the wood number, the shorter the shaft length, and the higher the loft angle. Shorter shaft length will result to shorter distance travel of the ball. Higher loft angle will result to a higher trajectory ball flight.

With so many fairway woods to choose from, I recommend putting only the 3-wood and the 5-wood clubs in your golf bag.

A 3-wood has a loft of around 13 to 16 degrees while a 5-wood has a loft of around 17 to 19 degrees. Use the 3-wood when you think that you can hit the ball from the fairway going to the green. If not, use the 5-wood instead.

IRONS

As the name implies, the club head of irons is made of iron or steel. Unlike drivers, it is not hollow but solid. There are 4 types of club heads: over-sized cavity back, cavity back, muscle back, and blade.

Irons make up the most number of clubs in your bag that is why you need to be meticulous in choosing what type of irons you will put in your bag.

Not all irons are made using the same process. Some are made by casting while other are made by forging. Cast irons are made by melting iron then pouring it into a mold to give shape to the club head. Using cast irons feel harder than using forged irons. Forged irons are made by pounding iron until it takes the shape of the club head.

They can be bought individually or as a set. Look at the description to know what irons are included in the set. For example, if you see 3-PW, it means that the set has a total of 8 irons which include 3-iron, 4-iron, 5-iron, 6-iron, 7-iron, 8-iron, 9-iron, and a pitching wedge.

The higher the number of the iron, the higher the loft angle.
Hitting a ball at a high loft angle means the ball will launch higher. If the ball travels at a higher trajectory, then its distance will be shorter.

IRONS AND WEDGES

TYPE OF IRON NUMBER OF IRON LOFT DISTANCE
Driving Iron 1 14° – 16° 200 yards or more
Long Irons 2 to 4 16° – 28° 180 to 260 yards
Mid Irons 5 to 7 28° – 40° 130 to 210 yards
Short Irons 8 to 9 40° – 48° 130 to 150 yards
Pitching Wedge PW 48° – 52° 100 to 125 yards
Gap Wedge GW 52° – 54°  90 to 110 yards
Sand Wedge SW 54° – 56°  80 to 100 yards
Lob Wedge LW 56° – 60°  40 to 80 yards
Ultra Lob Wedge ULW 60° – 70°  40 yards or less

WEDGES

Wedges belong to the same category as irons. There are 4 types of wedges namely pitching wedge (PW), gap wedge (GW), sand wedge (SW), and lob wedge (LW). These wedges have varying loft and bounce angles.

Loft is the angle from the club face to the shaft while bounce is the angle from the sole of the club to the floor.

Pitching Wedge
A pitching wedge has the lowest loft angle, ranging from 48° to 52°, compared to the other wedges. It has a low bounce. You use a pitching wedge when you are hitting a ball to go to the green at a short distance of around 100 to 125 yards. This is also known as the 10-iron. It is usually played on the fairway, rough, or bunker.

Gap Wedge
A gap wedge has a slightly higher loft angle than a pitching wedge and a slightly lower loft than a sand wedge. It fills the “gap” of loft angles between a pitching wedge and a sand wedge. Its loft angle ranges from 52° to 54°. It also has a low bounce. It is also known as an approach wedge, attack wedge, dual wedge, or utility wedge. Similar to a pitching wedge, it is also played on the fairway, rough, or bunker but at a shorter distance of 90 to 110 yards.

Sand Wedge
A sand wedge is usually played on sand bunkers, deep rough, thick grass, or muddy ground. Its loft angle ranges from 54° to 56°. It has the highest bounce compared to the other wedges. It is usually hit when you are about 80 to 100 yards away from the green. Its high bounce angle makes it easy to glide through the sand especially if the ball is buried in the sand.

Lob Wedge
A lob wedge has a high loft angle that ranges from 56° to 60° for high trajectory shots. It has lesser bounce than a sand wedge. One of the advantages of using a lob wedge is its ability to make the ball go high, land softly, and stop quickly. You use it for getting past greenside bunkers, chipping, pitching, and flop shots. You use it when you are very near the green, around 40 to 80 yards away.

Ultra Lob Wedge
I know that I told you that there are only 4 types of wedges. But the ultra lob wedge deserves a special mention although it is classified as lob wedges. It is also know as extreme lob wedges. It has the highest loft angle of around 60° to 70° that generate lots of backspin. You use an ultra lob wedge when you want the ball to go higher at a shorter distance compared to an ordinary lob wedge.

HYBRIDS

If you like the flat club face of irons and the loft of fairway woods, then you should try using a hybrid club which is sort of a combination of both. It’s like having a two-in-one best of both worlds club.

There are traditional-shaped and square-shaped hybrids.

Considering that there is a limit as to how many golf clubs in bag you can carry, you cannot bring an entire set of woods, an entire set of irons, and an entire set of hybrids. That would be too heavy anyway. I suggest that you use hybrid clubs to replace long irons (i.e. 1-iron, 2-iron, 3-iron, and 4-iron) instead.

A hybrid club’s shaft is shorter than fairway woods but longer than irons. It enables higher launches and gives more ball spin. It has a bigger sweet spot and a wider sole than irons.

PUTTER

You use a putter to roll a golf ball into the hole. It is used when you are very near the hole. There are 2 types of putters namely face balanced and toe balanced putters. Their difference lies on the location of the center of gravity of the putter.

Which type of putter should you choose? It depends on your putting stroke. There are 3 types of putting strokes namely arc stroke, inside then down the line stroke, and straight back straight through stroke. If you putt in a straight back straight through stroke, then a face balanced putter is more suitable for you. Otherwise, use a toe balance putter.

Not only do putters vary in its center of gravity, they also vary in the following areas:
1. Design of the putter heads – blade, peripheral weighted, or mallet
2. Putter faces – metal, insert, or groove faced
3. Putter shafts – heel shafted, center shafted, or heel offset
4. Shaft lengths – traditional or long
5. Putter grips

Other Stuffs to Put in Your Bag

Aside from golf clubs, there are other stuffs that you need to bring during your game which you can put in your golf bag.

Some of the stuffs listed below are essentials while others are extras. It is up to you which ones you would like to bring.

Balls (New and practice balls)
Tees
Gloves
Watch
Socks
Water and Snacks
Scorecard
Umbrella, jacket, hat, and cover for your bag
First aid kit
Sunscreen
Ball Marker
Towel
Insect repellent lotion
Range finder

What’s in Tiger Woods’ Golf Bag?

Now that you know how many golf clubs in bag, let’s take a look at what is inside the bag of one of the highest paid professional golfers, Tiger Woods.

According to PGA Tour, the following are the clubs that Tiger Woods had in his bag during the Hero World Challenge.

But before that, first watch this interview of Tiger Woods where he talks about his first time to use clubs with adjustable hosels and other golf stuffs right before the Hero World Challenge.

DRIVER

TaylorMade M2

LOFT: 9.5 degrees
SHAFT: Mitsubishi Rayon Tensei CK Pro White 70TX

TaylorMade M2 driver is known for the long distance that it delivers. It is very forgiving even if you hit it off center due to its huge sweet spot. It is made for launching the ball high with low spin. However, unlike TaylorMade M1, it does not have sliding weights where you can control the direction to fade, neutral, or draw.

3-WOOD

TaylorMade M1

LOFT: 15 degrees
SHAFT: Mitsubishi Rayon Tensei CK Pro White 90TX

TaylorMade M1 Fairway Wood has a low center of gravity enabling it to launch the ball with more power and lesser spin. There are options to adjust the weights so you can aim the direction that the ball takes. The two weights weigh 15 grams each which you just slide to adjust.

5-WOOD

TaylorMade M1

LOFT: 19 degrees
SHAFT: Mitsubishi Rayon Tensei CK Pro White 90TX shaft

TaylorMade M1 Fairway Wood has many adjustable features. You can adjust the weight distribution based on the direction that you want the ball to travel. You can adjust the loft by an increase or decrease of 2 degrees increments to control the ball flight.

IRONS

Nike VR Pro

IRONS: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, Pitching Wedge
SHAFT: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Nike VR Pro has small compact heads with grooves for greater control and consistent shots. The small head size means it has a smaller sweet spot which is less forgiving. Hence, it is more suitable for experienced golfers. If you see “3-PW” in the description, it means that it is an 8-piece iron set that contains 3, 4, 5, 6 7, 8, 9 irons, and a pitching wedge (PW).

WEDGES

Nike VR Forged

LOFT: 56 and 60 degrees
SHAFT: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 shafts

Nike VR Forged Wedges have deep X3X grooves that increases texture on the club head surface. These grooves help you have more control and have more consistent shots. There are three grind options available: standard, dual narrow, and dual wide. You can also choose from Tour Satin or Black Oxide finish.

PUTTER

Scotty Cameron Newport 2 GSS

Tiger Woods used a 34-inch Scotty Cameron Newport 2 GSS putter in winning 13 major titles so this is very precious to him. This is one of the only two putters that are off-limits to his son.

The putter is made of GSS which is the acronym for German Stainless Steel. GSS putters are very expensive and are more geared for tour players. The picture on the right is for Scotty Cameron Select Newport 2.

GOLF BALLS

Bridgestone B330S

According to Tiger Woods, Bridgestone B330S is “the best golf ball for his game“. This ball is more suitable for golfers whose swing speed is more than 105 mph. It is designed for more spin when hitting from the rough due to increased friction and lesser spin when hitting with a driver for longer shots.

One-Piece Takeaway

How Many Golf Clubs in Bag?

The maximum number of golf clubs that you can put in your golf bag is 14. You can put lesser than 14 clubs but not more than 14.

You have seen what clubs are inside Tiger Woods’ bag. The clubs that he uses are the ones that are appropriate for his skills.

If you are just a beginner, it is not advisable to also use all the clubs that he uses. There are clubs that are more suitable for beginners. Check out my recommended drivers for beginners here.

Bring at least one of each type of golf club: Driver, Fairway Woods, Irons and Wedges, Hybrids, and Putter. Practice using different clubs to find out which suit you best. Don’t forget to bring along other golf essentials such as balls and gloves.

What’s in your golf bag?
What’s your favorite golf club that you always rely on?
How many golf clubs in bag do you carry?
Who is the golfer whose golf bag you’d like to see?
Let me know in the comments.