Purchasing golf clubs isn’t as easy as you think. You don’t just buy the same golf clubs that your favorite pro uses, nor do you have to get the same clubs that your golfing buddies rave about.
So how do you buy them then? Here are some tips that should help you get started:
1. The first thing you need to realize is that golf club manufacturers produce golf clubs for different skill levels. The golf clubs for the best players offer a lot of control for the best players, but they’re not easy for newbies to handle. On the other hand, the golf clubs for newbies can be very forgiving for newbies but these clubs severely limit what the pros can do with the ball.
So naturally, your first step is to ascertain your particular skill level in golf. You may be a low handicap player, a mid-low handicap golfer who may not hit the balls properly every now and then, a high-mid handicap player who plays every now and then and who usually gets into the rough and misses the greens. The high-handicap players are the worst, as they may even tend to hit the turf more often than the ball.
2. Next, comes the research. The manufacturers will have a description for their clubs so you know if they’re made for your skill level. So you need to make a list of the clubs that matches your skill level.
The absolute beginners and the mobility-impaired older players are the ones that have very high handicaps and they will need the most forgiving clubs. At the other end of the spectrum are the low-handicap players who are already able to hit the ball consistently with the center of the club face.
You should end up with a list of 2 or 3 clubs for the type of club you’re looking for, whether their woods or wedges.
3. When you have a list of possible golf clubs, you should have options that are somewhat different from each other. That’s because you’re going to try these clubs out, and you need to find the right fit for you.
This means the clubs will have different weights and lengths. The lie angles and the lofts will vary too. So when you try out these clubs, you can discover the characteristics that suit your body and your swing style.
When you try out these clubs, hit some balls with them. Now each time you use a club, you have to ask yourself how it feels to you. Does it feel right or wrong? When it feels right, you’ll know.
But when it feels wrong, you have to figure out what’s wrong? Is it the length or the weight? Then get a different length or weight to check. You may also want a club with a different lie angle or loft.
If you can afford it, you may want to just get a set of golf clubs customized for you. The less skilled you are, the more you need golf clubs that are just right. Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth will do well with any golf club you give them. Chances are, you’re not quite there yet!