Golf clubs are sold in sets and individually. For beginning players, the set of clubs provides a good selection of what is needed to start in a package that is normally priced nicely. Before choosing a set of golf clubs honestly assess your playing interest in the game. You may want to start out with a lower priced set until you determine if you like the game enough to play often. All golf manufacturers offer golf club sets. The typical set of golf clubs consists of one or two woods, a driver, 4 irons a putter and a sand wedge or pitching wedge. The most used irons are the 3, 5, 7 and 9 irons. Most beginning players won’t notice much difference between the others.
Clubs are made with different materials for the shafts. The material determines how the club will react and how much flexibility there is in the club. Graphite shafts are lightweight and can help add speed to the swing. They have a softer flex and are a good choice for junior players as well as women. Steel shafts are stiff and offer no give. Yet steel is more durable and stronger. You’ll also find clubs made from other materials. Golf clubs prices range from inexpensive to very expensive. Most beginning golfers should opt for the lower to mid price ranges. As you learn more about the game and how you play you can add more clubs to your bag. Choose a putter that feels good to you.
There are many choices out there ranging from the traditional to the ergonomic. The easiest to line up and use to start with is the traditional putter. Choose one that feels good in your hands. Swing the clubs before you buy them. Many golf shops offer practice swinging areas where you can actually try out the clubs to evaluate them before making a choice.
Always test the clubs out before purchasing them. You never know how they will feel to you. Sometimes the shaft is too thick or too narrow for your grip, making it difficult to hold the clubs comfortably. Remember that the grips are something that can easily be changed. Most avid golfers need to replace the grips yearly. Men’s golf clubs are designed to fit men whose height is 5′ 10″. If your height varies considerably from this standard you may need to get your clubs customized. Club fitting is getting clubs custom sized to your specific needs. A golf pro helps determine your measurements.
Women’s clubs are designed for a more petite frame, as are junior golf sets. Always choose the set of clubs that is most comfortable and matches your swing no matter what they are called. Women should always purchase lady’s clubs.
Manufacturers are always coming out with new designs and new materials for golf clubs. A new golfer need not be concerned with cutting edge technology when it comes to clubs. Instead, focus on the basics. Set a budget before heading to the golf store so that you don’t go beyond what you wanted to spend. When buying golf clubs always buy the best set of clubs that fit your budget. It is typically better to purchase a smaller set of better-made golf clubs than to buy a large set of cheaper models. Remember that a good set of golf clubs will last a lifetime. You can always add more clubs to your set as you become better at the game.
Once you have your clubs and you’re out on the course it may be hard to figure out which club to use when. The face of the golf club slants more or is more on an angle, the higher the club number. The more the angle, the less distance the ball will go. Use this chart to determine average distances for the various clubs. Try your clubs at the driving range to see what your actual distances are.