There are many cases where golfers tend to make the mistake of buying a set of golf clubs that aren’t exactly meant for their game. Some players want to get that new driver believing it can give a few 20 yards more to their shot without landing on the rough. Because of sticking to how newly-advertised clubs can bring magic to a player’s game, many have fallen short on truly understanding what kind of equipment suits them.
A player’s skill level should be paired with a golf club set having the right loft, length, and weight. Such information may be hard to digest given the details you need to factor in. But with the ideal set not only for your skill, but also for your body weight, you can see an improvement with your game. Knowing these also saves you from purchasing luxurious but unnecessary drivers.
If you’ve just begun having interest in golf and wishes to pursue playing the game in the long run, the first thing that may come to mind is the number of golf clubs you really need. As per the basic rules in golf, you’re only allowed to have 14 clubs in your set. When you see someone carrying 15 in his bag, it doesn’t mean he’s cheating. A ‘mulligan’ is usually brought by more advanced golfers who may expect to land themselves in the toughest of situations. If, however, your set consists of more than 14 clubs and you’re playing on a tour, you should be worried.
However, since you’ve only just begun, you’d most likely need a set with 12 golf clubs that includes a putter, 3 woods (1-driver, 3, 5), 1 hybrid, and 7 irons (4- to 9-iron and a pitching wedge).
To determine personal skill, you should know what your goal in playing exactly is. A casual golfer would only play once or twice a month, or even a couple times during summer seasons. If you think you belong in this category, you may reach a peak in your skill level and generally stay within that area. This means you should only buy cheaper clubs. On the contrary, if you plan on playing weekly or competing in the amateur or professional scene, there’s no need to limit your options.
As soon as using an expensive golf club, a beginner golfer tends to adjust his natural swing just so it would match that specific club. Different people are comfortable with different swings, and by using a club not particularly intended for your game, improvements may not be something you can look forward to. Additionally, there are factors like how fast the course is and the amount of traps of trees involved that you must consider before picking your clubs.
Determining skill set and physical characteristics are important in club fitting to match you with the corresponding golf clubs. The length of a club is dependent on your height and the distance of your wrists to the floor while you’re wearing your golf shoes and your arms are extended downward.
Having more flexibility can mean farther drives, but this compromises your accuracy. For this reason, knowing the flex of the shafts of your clubs is vital to giving the right amount of distance and precision to your shots.
There is the option of going for professional customization, but know that this may cost a small fortune. Also, this may end you up in having a set of golf clubs where your woods, irons, and wedges are of different brands. To help you with club fitting, it’s best to attend sessions where a professional golfer can advise you on picking the ideal clubs based on computerized analysis and standardized charts.