With so many clubs out there, deciding which one to get can be a tough decision. Here are some tips on how to narrow down the selection.
- Decide on your levels for playing Some play for the weekend game and there are others who’d like to move up in the ranks. If the occasional game is your pace, a low- to mid-performance club can work for you, while a high-performance club is suited to those who’ll play more regularly.
- Set a budget The notion that the more expensive the club, the better it is simply doesn’t hold water anymore. If you do enough homework and read reviews you’ll find a club that matches your level of interest. Don’t be afraid to check out used clubs as they can give you the best chances of getting the club you need at a good price.
Now that you know your interest level and have established a budget, here’s a brief run-through of kinds of golf clubs and what each one does.
Woods A typical golfer's bag will have a driver (called 1-wood) and a couple of fairway woods (3- and/or 5-wood). A driver is the longest club (usually 45 inches) making it the toughest to control during a swing.
Irons Irons feature thin clubheads with grooves on it. Experienced players opt for a blade style iron while beginners get a cavity-back style. A blade-style has a clubhead with a full back, whereas a cavity back’s clubhead is hollow. It is hollowed out to create a perimeter weighting effect helpful for less-experienced golfers.
Irons are categorized as long (1, 2, 3,x), mid- (5,6,x) and short (8,x). Short irons are the easiest to hit while the long ones are the hardest. The shorter the iron, the more loft there is and for beginners, the more loft, the better.
Putters Putters are the clubs most often used in the game and come in clubhead styles of blade, heel-toe and mallet. Lengths come in belly putters, standard and broomstick (long) putters. Which option to get is a personal choice.
Utility clubs/hybrids The clubs combine features of woods and irons and are best for beginners who may not want to buy too many clubs straight out.
Finally as a final word before taking them out of the store, most new clubs fit individuals at the average height of 5’10” for men and 5’5” for women. If you are significantly shorter or taller than these figures, you should get your club fitted to your height.
Start off with these considerations to build on your research when choosing your golf clubs. The game becomes that much more fun with the little effort you make now.