How is a nine iron different from a three iron?
The clubs are lofted differently. Loft refers to the backward slant of the face of a golf club. The greater the loft, the higher the arc of the shot it produces and the shorter the distance. The three iron is designed for a distance of about 190 yards. (Actual distances vary depending upon the skill of the player.) A four iron is good for 180 yards, etc. So, the nine iron is good for shots of about 130 yards.