How to Pick the Right Golf Clubs for Beginners

By: Robert Cummings

Top of the range clubs will not better your game as a beginner or intermediate player so the best way to pick the right clubs for you is to find equipment which matches your level of experience, your strength and your posture when hitting the ball.

There is no need for you to have a full set of clubs as a beginner. You would be better off concentrating on a good putter, a few (-3, -5, or -7) woods and a couple of irons (-5, -7, pitching wedge) for example. These are what you need to learn to swing, so it does not make sense to spend loads of money on equipment you are not going to use right away.

However, once you are at intermediate level you could venture out and get a full set of clubs. The brand name does not matter so much because at this point you are likely to know enough about your own game to choose clubs that accommodate your personal strengths and weaknesses. You should be aiming to improve your game but it is important that you enjoy yourself as you are going along at the same time as learning about and bettering your play.

When you reach advanced player level you could look for clubs that do not forgive your mistakes quite so easily. You may, for example, want to try out irons with less traditional weights and different blade designs

You should also bear in mind that, whatever level your play is at, you need to be aware that bigger is not always better. After all, however much fun those super sized clubs may appear to be, all they really do is cover up a bad swing. Address any troubles you may be having in connection with distance or how you strike the ball and don't simply use a larger club as a way to overcome these problem.

Wherever you intend to buy your clubs, be it in a store or online, it's a good idea to pop into a sporting goods outlet such as Golfsmith and have a go with some different clubs to see which feels best to you. It is also worth remembering that if you are on a strict budget there are many places online where you can purchase used clubs at a fraction of the cost of new ones.

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