Golf Tips And Lessons

How to Choose the Right Golf Clubs

I have a couple of future newsletters in which I will detail how to buy a basic set of clubs and another on how to buy a professional level set. For now, however, let's examine some of the more common aspects to choosing the right set for you.

It may seem that the touring pros have every imaginable club in their bags, but they are limited to 14, just like you. So, that is one starting point. You can own as many clubs as you like, but only carry 14 at a time.

Many golfers like to carry two woods plus their driver. The driver is one of the most important clubs in your bag, as it is used a lot on any given day, so spend time selecting the driver that is right for you.

Keep in mind, that while a lot of advertising hype has gone out on the bigger Titanium-type drivers, these clubs can be very hard to master, and will require a lot of practice time to get used to, as compared to standard drivers.

As for the other two woods, this is up to you. Most golfers prefer to carry a 3- and a 5-wood but you might also want to look into some of newer fairway hybrids that are on the market today.

Selecting your iron set is also important. There are virtually thousands of different makes and models of irons on the market today. For most golfers, the length and the grip are two aspects to look at when buying a set of irons.

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The length of the clubs should be right for your own height. Golfers who are tall or short may need to look into a custom set of clubs.

The way the irons feel in your hands is critical to good play later on. Grips come in different sizes and in different materials. If the grip does not feel "at home" in your hands, go to another line of clubs or plan on having these replaced by a professional.

There are a variety of wedges you can choose from, with many golfers opting for the sand wedge and the pitching wedge. Another good choice would be the lob wedge.

Again, the length of the shaft and the feel of the grip are very important. If your budget allows, you may want to select your wedges separately.

Selecting a putter is like selecting a pair of shoes. Find a putter that feels right in your hand and that swings nicely for your style of putting play.

You will notice that you normally have two choices for shaft material: steel and graphite.

Steel shafts are generally stronger and less expensive. They offer players more control but require more swing speed to get the same distance (as compared to graphite shafts).

Graphite shafts are lighter and usually more expensive that steel shafts. Because they are lighter they often result in faster swing speeds. They are less forgiving than steel shafts in many regards.

Flex is the last aspect you need to look at when choosing the right clubs for you.

Flex is the amount of bend in a shaft. This whipping action needs to be in sync with your swing speed.

For those new to golf, and for players who have less swing speed, a more flexible shaft is called for. The average player has an approximate swing speed of 75-90 mph, and would benefit from a regular flex shaft.

Advanced players who can swing in the 90 to 110 mph range will benefit from a stiff or firm shaft.

Another option is the "uniflex" shafts. These are universal and work for all types of players.

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