The buying process is a lot of fun and all, but it’s time consuming. When it comes to choosing golf clubs, let’s be honest – do you really want to spend three hours walking around the golf club shop just to make a purchase you’ll likely use for a few weeks and then toss aside?
Whether you’re choosing a new set of clubs for your kid or professional golfers like Jason Day and Rory McIlroy, you want a good fit that you can trust. Here’s a step-by-step guide for finding and choosing your first set of golf clubs.
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Choose the Right Set
So you want to get a set of clubs. Now that you know the general equipment specs, it’s time to choose a brand, model, and/or set of clubs.
Let’s say you want to get a set of irons. Here are some factors to consider:
How many clubs do you want to play with? Do you want to build your game, or do you want to add a few clubs to your collection to get a few different types of shots?
What length should your clubs be? Most players find the length of their clubs makes a big difference. A good length for most players is between 40 and 42 inches. Be sure to check out some specific specifications on various brands and models.
If you want to just get some clubs for a round of golf, then that’s fine, but remember to read the warranty information on the packages, as some require special considerations for golfers who are not swinging an iron for the first time.
How expensive are you willing to spend? You should aim to find the least expensive set you can. After all, you probably aren’t going to buy your first set of clubs for a few years.
How much do you know about golf? Do you already know the game or club specs? If so, then you may want to stick with a tried-and-true set, as you can usually get better deals with those.
On the other hand, if you know nothing about golf and you are just starting, you might want to look at less expensive brands as you may not know all of the fine print on warranties and such.
I know there are a lot of factors to consider when buying golf clubs, so I’ve made a chart to help you think about all the factors and decide which set would suit you best. Take a look below, and if you would like to see a full list of clubs and their specs, then click here.
How to Select the Best Golf Club for You
The most important step in selecting the best set of golf clubs for you is to find the best fit.
Once you’ve picked the club size that’s right for you, it’s time to find a club fitting service that will help you find the perfect fit for your body. Some places include:
Equipment Fitting Service Pros (aka Golf Fitters)
The Golf Fitters will use their proprietary fitting tools to get you the correct fit. What this means is that they’ll take your measurements and conduct a hands-on, proprietary evaluation, which will then determine which club set is best for you and your needs.
Many golfers find a good fit through their local PGA Professional, a good fit through a video-based fitting service, or through the club fitting service mentioned above.
Choosing the Best Set of Golf Clubs
By now, you should have a good idea what type of equipment you want to play with. If you are just starting, you should focus on one or two clubs at the most.
Having the right clubs will allow you to hit the ball the way you want to hit it, as well as use the proper types of shots.
Choose the clubs that best suit your game, and be sure to research the specific specs for each one. This way, you can figure out how much a set of clubs will set you back, and how much value you’ll get in return.
Take some time to think about what kind of player you want to be, and what type of shots you’ll need to hit. Once you’ve chosen your clubs and found the best fit, the rest is easy!
For more tips on playing golf for beginners, check out this article.