Three Tips for Choosing the Right Golf Irons

By: Robert Cummings

These days there are the many different styles of golf clubs on the market, which can make it difficult to know where to begin when making a choice. What's important to note is that, it's not about the right irons, but more importantly choosing the right golf irons for you?

The bottom line is that you need to choose a club that will work with your current level of skill and one that will suit your preferences, for example you may have problems with your elbow, therefore you might want a club with a graphite shaft, that has a rubber or polymer insert in the head of the club hence reducing the transmission of the impact of the ball, while this may work for you others may think it is crazy.

When choosing golf clubs it becomes very subjective and you need to consider these three main factors, the shaft flex, the shaft type, and finally the head design. When these factors are merged together they form the character of your club, which will directly affect your game.

Let's examine each factor.

Club Head Design

Let's begin with club head design. In actual fact the club head is extremely important and it is considered the most important part of the club, this is the epicenter of impact. If this is off, then your ball flight will be off. When it comes to the club head there are three distinct styles, there is the traditional blade style head, the oversized head, and the midsize head. The oversized head is good for beginners, the midsize intermediate player and finally the blade style would be better for the more advanced player.

If you are just starting to play the game of golf then the oversized head may be better for you. These heads have a deep cavity back, which makes the club more forgiving, if you do not hit the ball dead on the sweet spot. These club heads also consist of a lower center of gravity, which enables you to get the ball into the air easier.

The midsize head is a sort of compromise, they also consist of a slightly larger cavity back allowing for forgiveness and slightly larger sweet spot, but not as wide or deep as that of the oversized head.

The blade head on the other hand gives you far more control over the ball, and that is why it is more suited to the advanced player. You need to be able to strike the ball first, and then you can learn how to control it, as the blade head is far less forgiving than the other club heads.

Type of Shaft

There are two main types of shaft - steel and graphite. The steel shaft makes the club feel heavier, and being that it is steel there are not many options when it comes to flex, however steel is the most durable. With a graphite shaft you can choose the flex that you desire, but the graphite shaft is not as durable and does not feel as heavy.

When choosing the shaft, it is important that you try them out to get a feel, and then decide which is best for you.

Shaft flex

When it comes to shaft flex the important factor to remember is that the flex of the club influences the trajectory of the ball and is also linked to your club head speed. The flex will determine how much bend you get once you swing the club, so choose wisely when it comes to flex. You want to ensure that the club head connects with the ball correctly.

For example, if your club head speed is 105 plus mph, then you will need a stiff shaft. Basically the slower your club head speed the less stiff the shaft needs to be, as there is less possibility of bend.

To help with the decision you can hit some balls with a golf coach, and they can help determine what's best for you, or get different clubs and try it out at the range and see which ones give you the best ball flight based on your swing.

The key to getting the right golf clubs is to test a lot... golf is "feel" and that is why numbers alone will not cut it, keep trying different equipment until you find what's best for you.

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