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What Is the Loft of a 9 Wood Golf Club?

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author image James Roland
James Roland started writing professionally in 1987. A former reporter and editor with the "Sarasota Herald-Tribune," he currently oversees such publications as the "Cleveland Clinic Heart Advisor" and UCLA's "Healthy Years." Roland earned his Bachelor of Science in journalism from the University of Oregon.
What Is the Loft of a 9 Wood Golf Club?
When you're trying to make the green with a fairway wood, a higher loft gives the ball more bite when it hits the green. Photo Credit Medioimages/Photodisc/Photodisc/Getty Images

The loft on a golf club is just the angle of the clubface from what would be a perpendicular or vertical clubface. As woods and irons get higher in number, so too does their loft increase. For example, a 9 wood will have a greater loft than a 3 wood. The greater the loft the less distance but higher trajectory you’ll get on your shots.

Loft Angles

The loft on a 9 wood is typically between 23 degrees and 26 degrees. By comparison, a standard 3 wood has a loft of between 13 degrees and 16 degrees. In terms of distance, a 9 wood is comparable to a 4 iron or 5 iron for many players. From the rough, you’d almost always want to play an iron, but if you feel comfortable hitting your woods, then a 9 wood might be a better choice, given that the distance to the hole is around 150 yards.

When a Higher Loft Is Better

Clubs that have a higher loft generate more backspin, which is helpful when trying to get a ball to stick on the green. Low-trajectory shots from lower loft clubs tend to carry and bounce more once they hit the ground. When you have to hit over trees, for example, you’ll definitely want a higher-loft club like a 9 wood.

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Why Carry a 9 Wood

A 9 wood is not a typical club to carry for more experienced golfers, though seniors and beginners often prefer higher-loft woods to irons because woods tend to be easier to hit cleanly. The larger club head and club face allow for a little more room for error. A more experienced golfer may carry a 3, 5 and 7 wood, along with a driver, irons and a putter.

Considerations

The same type of club, manufactured by different companies, can have subtle but important differences. A Callaway 9 wood, for example, may feel much different in your swing and give you different results than a Nike 9 wood. Your swing speed can affect how the loft angle impacts the shot too. The best way to find if a 9 wood or any club you need is right for you is to try it out. Many golf shops have trained club fitters and designated areas where you can take a few real swings. And since clubs aren’t cheap, it’s worth taking some for a test drive before you bring one home.

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