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.

Can game improvement golf clubs really help beginners?

As the sheer number of active golfers is declining, golf club manufacturers are coming up with new ways to sell more clubs and save their businesses. That usually means more investment in golf club-related innovations and releasing those clubs more frequently. It is no secret that when it comes to golf clubs, design is changing faster than it ever has. Brands have also invented entire new types of clubs, like hybrids or driving irons. That may be in part due to technology, but i think most important reason is golfers’ demand for game improvement clubs, especially the irons. I think irons are particularly in demand because they are much harder to use than other types of clubs.

Lots of beginners find it very hard to hit the irons properly. That’s why hybrids were developed, as they are much easier to hit. There are also many other problems that beginners face. Slice is the most common and widespread, not only among beginners, but experienced golfers as well. Even years of practice won’t absolutely protect you from the danger of making a slice. Even though making one is not the end of the world, most golfers prefer to avoid slices at all costs. To that effect, there are few things one can do. Most common solution is related to the spirit of this tutorial and is probably obvious – buying game improvement irons.

How exactly can golf clubs fix your slicing problem though? There are two most popular design approaches to that problem. One is pretty straightforward and represented by design of offset drivers. These drivers are designed with intentionally mis-aligned club face, which reduces the worst effects of a slice on the end results. The problem with this solution is that it only hides the problem of making a slice, it doesn’t fix it. In fact, i think that the only way you can truly fix your slicing problem, if it can be fixed at all, is by deliberate practice every day. The second, and in my opinion more favorable approach to cure your slice, is using draw driver. These clubs also reduce likelihood of making a slice, but they do it without fundamentally altering the design of clubhead. The main methods used are weight positioning and tweaking club face to make sweet spot larger. I believe the latter approach is much better and leads to both – fantastic results and actual progress in players’ skills.

There is one misconception about golf clubs that i need to address. That misconception is that the more expensive golf club is, the more it will help your game. That’s absolutely not true. Club being high end certainly doesn’t hurt, but there are many other aspects of a golf club that are just as important. Few that come to mind are fitting, length of a club, weight of a club. A knowledgeable golfer will easily buy better golf club for much cheaper by using his knowledge of golf clubs. One way to do that is by taking a look at used golf club listings.