Choosing which golf clubs are right for you can be intimidating. There are a many sets of clubs to choose from and the investment can be significant. Here are a few things you should consider when shopping for a set of golf clubs.
Honestly assess your level of interest Determine how much golf you will be playing before you go shopping. If you plan on playing weekly, youll probably want to spend more time and energy selecting your clubs than if you will only be playing the occasional game. If youre only going to play a few times a year, you may not want to buy top of the line clubs.
Decide on a budget If you will be playing often, or if money isnt an object, you will probably want to buy a top-of-the-line set of clubs. But if youre not willing or able to buy something expensive, and a good set of clubs can be quite costly, then you may want to consider looking for an inexpensive set of clubs for your first set. This should also be a consideration if youre not sure how much golf youll be playing. This way, if you decide later on that golf isnt really your thing, you wont have wasted much money. A pro shop is a good place to start your research.
Shaft options There are two basic options in golf shafts that you should pay attention to. The first option is shaft composition, is the shaft made of steel or graphite? The second option is shaft flex, or how much the shaft will bend or flex during your swing. Graphite is lighter which helps to generate swing speed, and will be more flexible. Steel shafts are more durable, stiffer, and are generally cheaper. A good rule of thumb is that graphite is a better fit for women and seniors. Younger men, who are generally stronger, might want to go with steel.
Can you get away with less than a full set of clubs? You can buy a few clubs rather than a full set. However, a full set of clubs offers a consistent amount of flex. Consistent flex across your clubs will help you to develop a consistent swing tempo. If you dont want to commit to a full set of clubs youll want to make sure to get a putter, a pitching wedge, a sand wedge, and a few irons and drivers.
Custom fit clubs or standard clubs? Clubfitting, or custom fitting, tailors your golf clubs to you. Standard clubs are designed for a male who is 5 10 tall. If you dont meet that criterion, you should consider a custom fitting. A custom fitting involves 3 steps and usually runs about 30 minutes. The first step is a static fitting in which your height, hand size, and finger length are measured. A fitter observes you hitting balls with a club in the second step, the dynamic fitting. In the third step, the fitter observes the trajectory of the ball after you hit it. After this information is considered, a custom set of clubs can be designed for you.
Are golf lessons right for you? If youve been golfing for a while, you might think you dont need lessons. But an instructor can always help you to improve your golf game. If youre a new golfer, a few lessons at the beginning of your golf career can prevent you from developing bad form and habits.
Finally, since clubs can vary greatly, you might want to consider borrowing clubs from your friends or renting clubs to get an idea of the difference between brands and materials. Clubs can vary greatly. And since price and selection often vary greatly between stores, you should always shop around. You want to buy the best clubs you can get for your money.
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