There are thousands, if not millions, of golf clubs on the market, so finding the right set or even just the right driver can be a hard decision. However, since the clubs serve as your core golfing equipment, you will significantly benefit from a wise and careful selection of them. Even used clubs can be right for you. But you need to patiently take the time to locate them and avoid the temptation to buy junk simply because the price is right.
Keep reading for some great tips on how to make great choices when selecting golf clubs and the basics on understanding the different types.
1. Work with a Budget
Before you step into a store, set a realistic budget for yourself and work within that. These days, the more a club costs doesn’t always mean that it’s the best. If you’re able to set a financial range for yourself, you’ll often find that there are usually one or two great sets in that particular market.
For advice on some of the better performing sets in your price range, try online customer reviews, ask the clerk at your local pro shop or scoure popular golf magazines for product reviews.
2. Work with your Level of Play
If you’re planning to golf once or twice a year at the company picnic, you don’t need a professional level set of clubs. In fact, you may be able to get away with borrowing a set.
A great option, especially for beginner players, is to purchase a mid-range or used set when you first start playing. If you find that you like the sport and want to continue pursuing it, then either upgrade to a high-performance set or upgrade each club individually.
3. Know Your Size
If you’re above or below average height, be aware that you may have to look into specialty clubs. Most clubs are designed for the average male height of 5’10″ and the average female height of 5’5″.
3. Know the Different Types of Clubs
Before you can purchase a club or a set, you should understand the different kinds of clubs and club terms that you’ll encounter while shopping.
Your irons are the clubs with thin clubheads and prominent grooves. There are two styles: cavity-back and blade-style. The choice is personal preference, but many beginners opt for the cavity back.
Irons include long irons (1-4), mid irons (5-7) and your short irons (8-9). Usually, the short irons are easier to use because the shorter the iron, the more loft it has, meaning beginners get a higher shot and more lift.
Woods are your driver and your fairway woods, and they don’t actually need to be made of wood. Today, drivers are typically made from titanium, steel and hybrid metal blends, though some golfers still prefer the feel of a wood driver.
A good club set should have at least a driver (1W or 1-Wood) and two fairway woods (3W and 5W).
Putters are for your short, on-the-green shots. There are hundreds of different clubhead styles (blade, mallet, etc), but the choice is usually personal.