Choosing a starter set of golf clubs

Published 24/08/2009 21:28:00

Many pros will recommend that amateur players start by purchasing a "half-set" - this often contains only the even or odd numbered irons, a 3-wood and a putter. A typical set would be 3,5,7,9,PW,SW and 3-wood.

This is an especially good option for complete beginners and for youngsters who will soon have grown out of any set bought for them.

Using a half set will also help to increase imagination and creativity around the course. More thought will have to be put into shots - rather than just reaching for an easy 8-iron you might grip down on a 7-iron. Improvisation and shot-making are two skills that separate your average pro from a champion.


Second-hand clubs


Once a golfer is hooked on the game, he tends to become an equipment junkie. Digging deep into your pockets for the latest clubs often seems to offer a quick solution to any swing fault or problems that may develop with one's game.

But before splashing out a great deal of money, it might be wise to consider buying a second-hand set of clubs instead. Because most clubs are built to last, usage by someone does not necessarily mean that you cannot acquire the right set for you from another owner.

Always carefully inspect any second-hand clubs you are looking to buy, and better still, give them a try at the range.


Inspecting used clubs


When considering a purchase of second-hand clubs, the first thing to examine are the irons. Make sure that they are a matched set, identical in make and model. Mixing clubs can lead to an inconsistent feel, which in turn will lead to indecision and anxiety before each shot - a recipe for disaster on the course.

Don't worry too much about scratches or even dents on the clubhead. But if anything looks distorted, steer clear.

Also try to examine the lofts, lining each iron up to see if the loft increases gradually from one club to the next. In addition, holding a club up to eye level and looking down the shaft will tell you if it is straight.


Proper care


On steel shafts, check for rust spots, which indicate how well a set has been treated by its previous owner. WIth graphite shafts, look for any dents. Graphite fibres damage easily and any imperfections here could limit the club's future playing life.

Apply the same techniques to judging metal woods. Again, too many serious dents can indicate that the clubs were not cared for properly.

Worn grips are less of a problem, since they can easily be replaced by a qualified professional. But if that is required, consider the additional cost when deciding if you are still getting a bargain by opting for used rather than new clubs.


1.  do you know of any good places for used clubs in the uk?

comment by el_diablo - 25/08/2009 09:53

2.  325532

comment by 23532 - 28/08/2009 13:04

3.  Never spend a lot of money on your first set of golf clubs. Good tips

comment by Maine Summer Camp - 29/10/2015 16:12

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