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How to Choose What Golf Clubs to Buy

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Golf can be a very difficult game to conquer regardless if you are a beginner or a veteran of the game. In order to give yourself the best possible chance of improvement buying a set of golf clubs that is suited to your game is key.

Before you buy any golf club it is important to understand which clubs you need. Once you know what you need it is even more important to buy clubs that are suited to your swing and ability.

What Clubs Are Normally Found in a Golf Bag

 According to the rules of golf a player is allowed to have a maximum of 14 clubs in their bag. The standard makeup of a set of golf clubs will normally comprise of the following:

  • Driver
  • 3 Wood
  • 3 Iron
  • 4 Iron
  • 5 Iron
  • 6 Iron
  • 7 Iron
  • 8 Iron
  • 9 Iron
  • Pitching Wedge
  • Gap Wedge
  • Sand Wedge
  • Lob Wedge
  • Putter

In the modern game players tend to replace both their 3 and 4 irons with two hybrid clubs, or with a 5 and 7 wood respectively. Some players take it a step further by removing either a lob wedge or gap wedge from their set and by replacing that wedge with another wood or hybrid. In general, a player’s style of play and ability determines the makeup of their golf set. Players that struggle to get the ball airborne and that don’t hit it a very long way need help by adding extra woods and hybrids to their bags. Long hitters that have short distances into the green on their approach shots need all 4 wedges in their bags in order to capitalize on their length.

How Can You Choose the Right Clubs to Buy?

 When choosing the perfect golfs, whether you are new to the game or a scratch handicapper you need to take a number of factors into consideration. These include:

Players with slow swing speeds

*Both the 5 iron or lob wedge can be replaced with the addition of another fairway wood or hybrid.

  • Driver
  • 3 Wood
  • 5 Wood
  • 21 Degree Hybrid
  • 24 Degree Hybrid
  • 5 Iron
  • 6 Iron
  • 7 Iron
  • 8 Iron
  • 9 Iron
  • Pitching Wedge
  • Sand Wedge
  • Lob Wedge
  • Putter

Players with fast swing speeds

  • Driver
  • 3 Wood
  • 21 Degree Hybrid
  • 4 Iron
  • 5 Iron
  • 6 Iron
  • 7 Iron
  • 8 Iron
  • 9 Iron
  • Pitching Wedge
  • Gap Wedge
  • Sand Wedge
  • Lob Wedge
  • Putter

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Ability

It is very important for a golfer to play with a set of clubs that suits their ability. Players with slower swing speeds need clubs that assist them with getting the ball in the air in order to maximize distance. In general female as well as senior golfers fall into this category. The use of lightweight clubs with high flexing shafts will assist slow swinging players. In addition, slow swinging players will benefit greatly by adding more hybrids or woods to their bags in the place of long irons, although you shouldn’t rule out driving irons completely as the best ones are making a comeback.

On the other side of the spectrum, players with higher swing speeds require heavier clubs with stiffer shafts. Heavier clubs with stiffer shafts will allow fast swingers of the club to feel in control of their shots. Higher swing speeds normally translates into more distance. In order for fast swing long hitters to take advantage of their length, it is important for them to carry 4 wedges in their bags and high handicappers, in particular, you think carefully about the wedges they play with.

Which shaft is right for you?

 Instead of guessing about what the correct shaft flex is for you, rather go to your nearest golf store or to a teaching professional and ask them to assist you with measuring your swing speed on a launch monitor. The two tables below will indicate which shaft you need depending on your swing speed with either an iron or a wood.

Leading golf club brands and manufacturers and how they differ

 Currently, there is a huge selection of golf clubs to choose from on the market. In recent months Callaway, Titleist, TaylorMade and a number of other brands have all released new clubs onto the market. Another brand to keep an eye on is Mizuno who are world renowned for their irons.

Majority of the clubs that are currently on the market are all of a very high standard. Some brands are more renown for certain clubs within a certain category, and obviously, the price tags that some clubs carry is higher than others.

TaylorMade is known for being the number 1 driver manufacturer but in recent years Callaway is giving them a run for their money. Titleist wedges are always considered to be industry leaders along with Odyssey putters.

In the modern market there are no bad golf clubs thus it is more important to buy a club that you prefer personally instead of buying a certain brand of clubs just because your friends use that brand. The best approach to have is to try out different brands of a certain club and to then go with the club that delivers consistent results and that feels comfortable instead of choosing purely based on the brand.

 Technology and the role it plays in modern golf clubs

 Terms such as jailbreak technology or twistface are both terms that you might have heard recently whenever new golf clubs are mentioned.

To the average golfer it might sound as if golf clubs are being revolutionized but in reality, the newest technology simply gives golfers better results on shots that weren’t hit out of the middle of the clubface.

In addition to giving golfers better results on off-center hits modern technology has also made it a lot easier for players to get the ball airborne. Hybrid golf clubs have made a huge impact on the golf club market in the last decade and slower swinging golfers have greatly benefitted from this progression in technology.

 The importance of custom fitting

Buying a new set of golf clubs can be very pricey, it is thus very important to make sure that you spend your money wisely. If you do decide to go for a new set of clubs it is also important that you remember to clean them properly.

Instead of buying the newest club on the market go through the time and effort of getting custom fit instead.

Not only will this process allow you to find a set of clubs that suits your ability, but it will also give you expert advice from an industry professional. Qualified club fitters will ensure that your shaft weights, shaft flex and lie angle and a number of other factors are perfect for you individually.

A good set of custom fit golf clubs can really make a difference to your game, instead of making life harder than it has to be with those old outdated clubs go and get a new set that is just right for you and save a few shots per round.

What other equipment to consider

Although choosing the best clubs to suit your swing is obviously very important you should also consider other golfing equipment as well if you’re looking to lower your handicap. Choosing the best golf glove is very important and a push cart can also aid amateur players would rather not carry their clubs. Are you a women golfer? If so, check out our guide looking at the best golf balls for women.

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