7 tips for buying your first clubsInto the Rough > Golf Features
Published 05/07/2008 10:03:51
If you are just starting out at golf, you should try to resist the urge to buy a new and expensive set of clubs immediately. All clubs aren't the same and you may end up buying a set that doesn't fit your personal requirements. This guide will give you some handy tips so you don't make an expensive mistake.
#1 Try before you buy
Most ranges or clubs offer a set of rental clubs. It may be worth having a go with these as this is a cheap and efficient way to see what feels right for you. Don't be afraid to try a few sets or borrow some from your friends. However what's just right for them might not be just right for you
#2 Expert advice
When you go out to buy used golf clubs, you should always rely on people who are more experienced than yourself. This includes the local club pro, reps at your local shop or even some internet guides. Golfers tend to be a marketeer's dream so be wary of of the massive array of products promising to make you a pro (drop shots off your game with our patented EasySwing clubs!). Pros will tend to be more objective rather than just trying to shift old stock so always ask advice.
It's important to get a set of clubs that match your ability level. Just because Tiger uses a certain set of clubs, they probably wouldn't work for you. A good idea is to get a half set which typically comprises of the most commonly used clubs in the bag. Whilst it's tempting to use the big stick, how often are you really going to be using it on course? Don't forget the driver is also a hard club for a beginner to control. The majority of beginners would be better served with a 3 wood, and also try to avoid the long irons as these are difficult clubs to master, requiring a very accurate strike to achieve decent results
#3 It's all about the feel
The best way to buy a set of used golf clubs is to physically hold them in your hand. Have a swing and get used to the differences in alternative clubs. Now feel is something people talk about a lot, but what is feel? Generally, feel can be described as the feedback a golfer gets from a club when they swing it. Too long? Too short? Is the shaft too flexible or too rigid? If the feel is wrong, it's a no-go. This is something you pick up along the way. For your first set, the clubs must feel like they're working with you, not against you.
#4 Club head
Generally you should look for club heads that made of stainless steel rather than cheaper alloy heads.Beginners should go for the perimeter-weighted (or 'heel and toe') club head design, cavity backed (hollowed out in the back) and oversized club heads. Bigger club heads enhance what is called the "sweet spot". This is optimum place to make contact with the ball and generally results in greater distance and accuracy. The bigger the club head, the bigger the sweet spot.
#5 Club shafts
Graphite shafts are more expensive, but are also lighter and more flexible. Steel shafts tend to be more durable, and aren't as susceptible to wear and tear (such as chipping). The key difference is the lower weight of graphite shafts can allow you to get more clubhead speed, which could transfer into greater distance on the fairway.
If you're purchasing used clubs, chances are the grips will be in poor condition. Not to worry though, as it's a trivial job to replace them. Take them to your local club shop or driving range and get some advice on replacements. Grip is one of the most important parts of the swing, so don't let poor condition undermine your hard work.
#7 Don't be hasty
Golf is a famously tough game to master. Was the club really at fault for that last slice into the trees? It can be easy to blame your equipment but don't forget it also takes time to adapt to a new set of clubs. Therefore it's important to give your clubs a test drive before you commit to a purchase. If you're buying second hand, and this isn't possible, go to your local golf shop and try a variety of clubs out for size. Don't be shy!
I hope this article has been helpful for you, be smart with your purchase and they'll do more than simply gather dust in the shed.
1. Excellent solid advice, and a lot of it applies not just to beginners!
comment by mp12321 - 06/07/2008 13:31
2. Great guide! I think the 2 main factors for beginners to consider are forgiveness and consistency.
comment by Hitting The Golf Ball - 11/05/2016 17:16