9 Tips For Choosing the Best Golf Clubs
With golf dating all the way back to the 15th century, it's not hard to understand why there are many layers of strategy to the game. One of the most crucial bits of strategy is knowing how to choose the right golf clubs. For a beginner or intermediate golfer, picking a set of clubs that suits them isn't a simple task. With so many types of clubs to choose from and so much variation within each type, it can feel overwhelming. Luckily, this guide is here to help. Here are 9 tips to help you pick the right clubs for you.
1. Know Your Skill Level
Knowing your ability level is the first and most important step in this process. Naturally, beginners are going to have different needs than advanced players. However, there's something of a catch-22 at play. Since club choice can make such a vast difference in one's game, someone just starting out might be unknowingly hindered by bad clubs. As such, the rest of this list will assume a beginner to intermediate level of knowledge. That way, someone just starting out will know where to begin, but a more seasoned player won't be reading about things they already know.
2. Try Them Out
Seems like a bit of a "duh," but it's easy to forget to do this. When you have someone trying to sell you something at a sporting goods store, it's natural to defer to their supposed expertise instead of taking the time to try something yourself. Many sporting goods stores that specialize in golf will have an indoor area where you can try out clubs. If that's available, take advantage of it. The simple fact is that one thing doesn't work for everyone. Whether trying friends' clubs to get a feel for something new or testing them at the store, never make a blind purchase.
3. Buy a Shorter Driver
Considering the driver will be one of your most frequently used clubs, getting this right is pretty imperative. Step one is choosing a shorter driver. Make no mistake, you'll hear plenty of anecdotal evidence to the contrary. While you coworker might swear by longer clubs, keep in mind that the average driver on the PGA Tour is 44.5 inches long. It's pretty doubtful Jerry at the office knows more than the pros.
4. Choose the Right Putter
The only club you'll be using as frequently as your driver is your putter. It doesn't matter how effectively you're driving that ball down the fairway if you choke when you're on the green. The trick to choosing a good putter comes down to the "Three L's." This stands for loft, length, and lie angle. If you get this wrong, nothing else is going to matter. Length is, of course, going to depend upon your height, arm length, stance, and many other factors that are unique to you. Again, try it out before you buy it. The goal is to have the sole of your putter parallel to the ground at impact. Without that, you're going to get pushes and pulls. Finally, the right loft ensures your ball doesn't bounce. It also keeps it from rolling off-line and makes sure it reaches the hole.
5. Avoid 3-, 4-, and 5-Irons
Although there's been little said about it, club manufacturers have been lowering the standard loft angle slowly over the last couple of decades. This is so they can advertise that their clubs hit farther. In reality, it makes these clubs unusable for an average player. Assuming no one reading this is a pro, that likely means you. Instead of vying for any of these irons, you might want to try hybrids when buying your next set.
6. Replace Your Irons With Hybrids
With the above point in mind, you're going to need something in your arsenal to replace your irons. Hybrids might be the best answer for you. Hybrids are a mix of a wood and an iron. Ideally, this means you get the advantages of both and the weaknesses of neither. With a shape closer to that of wood, hybrids are simply easier to hit. On top of that, they possess the length and length of irons, meaning you can get the same distance you would from your iron. Ultimately, hybrids are going to be more forgiving with off-center hits. If you're someone with a steeper swing, definitely consider trying one out.
7. Try a 3-Wood as Your Driver
You might find that you've been hitting just as far with your 3-wood as you do with your driver. If that's the case, it means your driver doesn't have enough loft. Instead of replacing your driver, try a new wood configuration. Include a 3-, 5-, and 7-wood setup instead. You might find this suits you better.
8. Pick the Right Wedge
What wedge is going to suit your needs depends greatly on your home course. Think about the features of your home course to get a feel for what you need. If you're dealing with elevated, fast greens, a wedge with plenty of lofts is necessary. For a course with plenty of bunkers, a sand wedge with a wider sole will suit you better. Firmer turf means you want something with less bounce. Needs will vary, so just make sure you're familiar with the course you're buying for.
9. Consider the Ball
Ball technology has come a long way. You used to have to choose between extremes, but there's a lot of middle ground available to a modern golfer. There are a couple of things to consider when selecting balls, but the biggest one by far is distance. While more spin off your wedge is undoubtedly a good thing, getting to the green is the ultimate goal. Don't forget it.
The Right Golf Clubs Matter
It's hard to overstate how important it is to choose the right golf clubs. Golf is one of the few sports where the tech can be nearly as important as the player. Arguably, the course you're playing on is just as important as your golf clubs. Contact Victoria Hills to make us your new "home course" if you don't have one!