Choosing golf clubs as a beginner

It is very hard to get started in golf. There are so many things to look out for : rules, equipment, slangs and specific golf vocabulary, just to name a few. All of it sometimes seems confusing to me, someone who has been playing golf for past few years. Now imagine how confusing it must seem to complete beginner. The most important decision that beginners make is definitely their choice of golf clubs. Getting something that doesn’t match their needs might result in hundreds or even thousands of dollars being wasted. No one wants that, so i decided to write this tutorial to help beginners with the process of landing on golf clubs to get for themselves. By the way, here are some recommendations for beginners and intermediate golfers. I think we can all agree that writing a guide on golf clubs for beginners is well worth my time and they would be better off if they spent a little time reading it too.

The key to choosing the best golf clubs for yourself is knowing your swing style and your body in general. Everyone hits the ball with different bias, so the best golf club for a person will be the one that corrects that bias most effectively. That’s why i think that knowing your body is the most important part of the equation on your way to success in golf. So when choosing golf clubs for yourself as a beginner, don’t get advice from some stranger on the streets, or anyone who doesn’t have any information about your playing style. Instead, i would recommend either : going to a golf instructor and finding out the areas where you need work and working on them, or going to your local sporting goods store and trying out many different clubs until you find the one that works best for you.

First and foremost, the most important characteristic of a body to keep in mind when choosing golf clubs for yourself, is your height, or more precisely, length of your arms. These two lengths are related, but that is a topic for later. Length of a golf club that is most suited for your needs will also depend on the length of your arms. 

When choosing golf clubs as a beginner in 2019, you should also pay attention to the materials used when building the club. For optimal performance, you want a club that is light and well-designed. Lightness is important because a golf club will be easier to carry around and also because it will be simpler / easier to swing. It shouldn’t be too light though. So when it comes to golf clubs, light is better, but golf club shouldn’t be flimsy or it won’t have enough power on impact with the ball. Material of a shaft is also important, as it determines forgiveness levels of a club and many other important things. 

Another important feature of a golf club that will affect your game significantly is the loft. You should land on the loft setting of your golf clubs depending on how you hit the ball. If you tend to launch the ball high, loft setting should be low too, and the opposite. Experienced golfers usually go for low loft golf clubs, because they tend to produce better results. On the other hand, beginners often have problems with launching their balls high, and high lofted golf clubs solve that problem perfectly. So, keep that in mind when choosing a golf club.

Choosing your first set of irons as a beginner golfer

Nothing evokes sense of wonder in me more than shopping for golf clubs. I know it may seem crazy, but i love comparing different options and getting the best clubs for myself. Probably that’s the reason for why i got to be so good at it. The second best thing would be, actually carrying these clubs home or, if i ordered them online, getting the delivery. I especially like shopping for a set of irons, because they are the clubs that remain for longest time in your bag so golfers tend to form an attachment with these clubs. At least i do. I also think that irons are most important part of your golf club set, so you should choose them with a lot of care. Once you’ve gotten used to playing with certain irons, it’s hard to switch to others. Same could not be said for drivers or any other types of club. What i mean to prove is that you should choose your first set of irons with a lot of care.

I think there are two key characteristics that not only irons, but all golf clubs should be judged on. One of those is the question of distance vs forgiveness and the other is how golf club feels when you hit it. Granted, the first one is easy to tell based on description of a club, but second is pretty hard to guess without actually holding a golf club. That’s why i always recommend to everyone to actually visit brick-and-mortar golf stores instead of buying golf clubs off of Amazon. Let’s save that for later though. Right now, let’s talk about these two attributes of every golf club set. First of all, you should prioritize which one you prefer – distance and ease of use, or accuracy. If you’re a senior who’s just getting started in golf, i would recommend going with the former. TaylorMade M4 is great club that mixes both of these qualities and offers great set of irons for beginners and intermediate golfers alike. You can read more about that set in this senior’s irons review by GolfClubsGuru. On the other hand, if you are somewhat experienced golfer, you have no need for ease of use, and should choose iron set that is designed for skilled golfers.

Although it must be noted that sometimes it’s smarter to get golf irons that are made for highly skilled golfers even if you aren’t one yourself. I’ve heard from many of my friends who did this, that having these irons pushed them to get better and further increased the motivation they already had to improve their golfing skills. For it to work, you have to be sure that you’re motivated to learn to play golf better. Otherwise, getting advanced clubs might make you even more frustrated than you already where and you might be tempted to give up playing golf altogether.

Manufacturers usually make many types of irons, ranging from extremely easy to use to more hard core-ish irons. The irons that are easy to use and help you achieve better results are called game improvement irons, while the irons that are harder to use are called player’s irons. From now on, i will refer to these two types of irons as such.  Game improvement irons are well-suited to players who are looking for a golf club that will allow them to make the ball fly further, but aren’t as concerned about the workability or accuracy of the shot. Player’s irons are the other way round. You should use them if you are sure in your abilities and have practiced your swing enough to not make common mistakes.

One last thing i should clear up is the difference between irons that are forged and the rest. To summarize, cast irons vary more in terms of how they’re designed. Manufacturers can experiment more with these types of irons, while forged irons are more standardized and don’t allow as much room for experimentation.

That was my tutorial on choosing your first set of irons, i hope it was helpful to someone.

My recent golf driver upgrade – What are golf drivers like now in 2017

I started going to golf course and actively playing back in early 2016, as soon as i moved to Texas. I always wanted to play golf, and after moving here, i thought it was a perfect time to pick it up. At first, i bought affordable golf club set made by Callaway. I have no complaints about the set – it served me well, especially at the beginning, when i had no skill and had to experiment and learn by failing. The club set withstood all the challenges, and clubs still look as new today. But recently, i realized that my skills have dramatically improved, so it wouldn’t hurt to upgrade my driver. I decided to upgrade my driver for several reasons. 1. Compared to irons and woods, drivers are much more important for your game and 2. They are much cheaper as well. Even top notch drivers like Callaway’s Big Bertha cost no more than five hundred dollars, which is reasonable for me. Plus, i didn’t want Big Bertha driver anyway – i was looking something decent for affordable price.

There were few beginners golf drivers that have been brought to my attention by my friends, but i didn’t like any of them. I also didn’t like the ones salesman tried to push on me in my local golf retailer. I get that their job is to encourage us to spend money, but some salesmen go too far and are not even remotely helpful.

So after going through best drivers for beginners, i settled on Blue Driver by adams. The reason why i chose this particular driver is because it had tons of positive reviews and feedback by customers, and unlike other drivers – didn’t feel overpriced. Plus, a friend of mine owned one, and when i asked him, he described it as “the best driver ever”, so i didn’t really have to think much and bought it straight away. I didn’t set my expectations too high though – i knew i was paying moderately affordable price, so i kept in mind to not expect something extraordinary. I was pleasantly surprised.

After using it for 6 months now, i must agree – this driver is remarkable and helped me improve my golf performance a lot. Everyone notices my new driver and compliments me on it – my buddies on golf course and at home. I didn’t really expect this ordinary driver to turn out to be this good, but surprisingly, it did.

A lot of people have also asked me about best place to buy golf clubs right now. I can’t really talk about big golf retail stores like GolfSmith (as of 2017, there’s a bit of controversy about golfsmith) because i don’t have one in my town, but i have ordered my first set from Amazon and the experience has been remarkable. I have bought the other set from small golf retailer in my town. It is independent store, so i doubt naming it would benefit anyone.

Is golf dying? What are the reasons for it?

I saw a discussion on reddit about golf dying out, and it got me thinking. I took part in discussion, but wanted to write entire post about golf’s decline and reasons behind it. Signs are obvious – for example, Nike decided to back off from making any more golf clubs. Their sales wasn’t the problem, but the declining golf industry itself.

In my opinion, there are various major reasons behind golf’s decline. Biggest of all, obviously, is the fact that baby boomers, who are very much into golf, are aging, and sometimes unfortunately dying. And even though golf is great sport for seniors, some of them give it up. I doubt it’s because of high-costs of seniors golf clubs, because older people are not usually the ones concerned with tight budget. On the other hand, video games and other distractions are keeping young people from getting into golf. Back in 80s and 90s, there was not a lot of options for spending free time on entertainment. There were few shows on TV, very basic video games and that was pretty much it. While now, with the technology and video game development, our options are endless. There is literally thousands of hours of excellent gaming material, and considering how difficult and expensive golf is, it is logical that young people choose to play games and do other things instead.

As i mentioned above, another reason for golf’s decline, in my opinion, is the cost. Prices for other sport equipment have dropped dramatically, mainly because of advancements in technology and outsourcing, but prices for golf clubs have remained high. And as the land appreciated, golf courses are becoming more expensive every year. And while these things are usually paid for by companies (considered a business expense, because a lot of business happens on golf course) it’s still expensive for individuals.

I am 25 year old golfer myself, and have been since i was 21. It is very rare for me to meet a person of my age who plays golf. And that is kind of discouraging, because golf is a competitive game that should be played with friends to bring full enjoyment. Golf is also viewed as elitist sport among the youngsters, so poor public image might be one more reason to make juniors reluctant to get into golf.

The solution, i think, is for golf manufacturers and PGA itself to realize that times are changing, and they have to change as well. If golf doesn’t start appealing to younger generation, their businesses are going down the drains. Reducing the high prices of golf gear and courses would be a good start.

The way golf courses are built need to be changed too. In the 60s and 70s, wealthy could still afford to pay the dues and  go to private golf clubs, but that has changed. Another problem with the design is that it’s too complicated and made hard intentionally. No one wants to play sport that they suck at.

I don’t think it’s a question of preference – it’s what they have to do in order to survive, and i hope they realize that.