Whether you are completely new to the game or have been playing for years, buying golf clubs can at times be a little tricky. But it doesn’t have to be. Here are a few things to consider in how to buy the right golf equipment:
Be Realistic of Your Abilities
Let’s face it, you’re not Rory McIlroy. Knowing your skill level is important, as it will influence what type of clubs you use.
There’s, broadly, three groups:
• A beginner
• An intermediate player (someone who hits an 80 to 95 regularly)
• An advanced player (breaks 80 consistently)
We’d assume, if you are an advanced player you’ll know what you’re looking for, so we’ll focus mainly on the other two categories.
Absolute beginners should not spend money on a fitting programme, as you don’t have your swing down just quite yet. Clubs should instead be fitted according to your strength, posture and size. A basic set of clubs will have 2 or 3 woods, a handful of irons and a putter. And that’s plenty to get you started!
If you fall into the intermediate category, and most of the golfing population do, then you can experiment a little more with your set. Opt for clubs that have forgiveness, so that any dodgy swings don’t do too much damage, and shop around manufacturers to find some clubs you feel truly comfortable with.
Bigger is Better, But Short is for Sport
Have you seen the drivers with the hugely oversized heads? They may look a bit silly but they could really help your game. A large surface area creates more inertia, and if made of titanium the driver will transfer energy from the club to the ball more fluidly.
We wouldn’t recommend going bigger than 400 cubic centimetres though. This is simply too cumbersome for many and will have a diminishing effect on your game.
Longer shafts however aren’t such a good thing. A standard driver is usually 45inches but many of the world’s best players opt to go for 44s. This is because a slightly shorter shaft with a low grip will improve your accuracy, without impacting on your distance.
What Can You Afford?
Budget is a huge influencer on what kind of golf equipment you buy. We’re not all made of money unfortunately. You can spend a small fortune on getting the best balls and clubs out there, but if you are a recreational player it is unlikely you will feel much of a difference compared to the middle-of-the-road models. If you want some great balls, why not put them on your Christmas list?
Other Things to Consider
Grip Thickness – Aim for a grip that allows your fingers to gently touch your thumb when in grip. If they don’t touch or overlap then you may need a different size.
Shaft Length – Although, shorter is generally better, if you are very tall a longer and stiffer shaft may be more appropriate.
Loft – Do you find yourself slicing a lot? Then pick a club with less loft or an offset head.
The Iron – If you can hit the ball precisely on the clubface then purchase a forged, muscle-backed iron. The rest of us should stick to cavity-backed irons instead.
Did these tips help? We hope you feel more confident in choosing your clubs now. Don’t forget about your balls, glove, bag and trolley too! And if you fancy a golfing weekend in Swansea, we know a great place you can stay – with us!