Golf is a game enjoyed by millions of people worldwide. Whether you are seven, seventeen or seventy, golf is a game that is both challenging and fun. As with many other things in life, starting is the most difficult part. A beginner golfer has several choices to make, and one of the most important of these choices is what kind of clubs to get. These days, it is very easy to spend a lot of money on state of the art golf clubs. However, the game of golf can also be played and enjoyed with a set of more inexpensive clubs. There are several aspects to consider when you are picking out your first set of golf clubs.
If you are new to the game of golf and are not sure whether you will like it or not, or if you are the type of person that tends to take up a hobby and tire of it quickly, an inexpensive set of golf clubs is probably your best option. Not only is it a more affordable approach, but choosing an inexpensive set also gives you the option of replacing them with a better set of clubs at some point down the line. Most stores and websites carry several varieties of inexpensive golf clubs.
If you do not want to spend a lot of money on a golf club set, you can also consider buying a half of a set of clubs. This option is more reasonable for beginners, as well as for many experienced players who want to save a few dollars. As the name suggests, a half set of clubs contains about half of the standard number of clubs. If you are choosing a full set, keep in mind that the rules of golf allow a maximum of 14 clubs to be carried at one time.
Your skill level will greatly influence the specific clubs that you decide to use during your game. If you are new to the game, you may want to carry more of the lower numbered irons (7, 8, 9, PW), which tend to be easier to control but have less distance. If you are just starting out, you probably do not need more than one wood. In most cases for a beginner, a three wood is generally easier to control than a driver, and the difference in length will not make much of a difference. The putter will be one of your most important clubs, and since there are so many different styles of putters, it is usually not sold as part of a set of golf clubs. You can simply go to a good golf store and spend some time trying out different putters with the help of a golf professional.
Most standard golf clubs are designed for a right handed male who is about 5 feet, 10 inches tall. If you are close to this in height, you probably do not need to be measured for your golf clubs. Being measured or fitted for golf clubs is similar to being measured for a suit. If you are taller or shorter than the standard height and are picking out your first set of golf clubs, you should definitely consider being measured. This way, you can be sure the clubs you have chosen are just right for you. There are golf clubs designed specifically for left-handed individuals, women and for children as well. Keep in mind that custom clubs usually come with a higher price tag.
Another thing that you may want to consider when picking your first set of golf clubs is whether to use steel or graphite shafted clubs. Steel shafted clubs are generally more affordable and more durable whereas graphite shafted clubs are lighter and can also help produce a faster swing. Wooden drivers are all but a thing of the past, as most modern drivers now have heads made from metal such as titanium, or a composite such as carbon fiber. Titanium is ideal for golf clubs as it is lighter, stronger, and more resistant to corrosion. Most importantly, however, it has an increased hitting area, or sweet spot, which can provide greater accuracy. If you are taking the game seriously, you may want to buy metal woods. If you are just starting out, older wooden drivers are adequate.
It is important to remember that golf is as much a game of practice and positive thinking as it is of skill and accuracy. For most golfers, golf is not a game that you can quickly master. It takes time, dedication and plenty of practice. Some golfers, even after improving their game to an acceptable level, develop a hitch in their swing which can throw their entire game off. As stated before: whether you are seven, seventeen or seventy, golf is a game that is both challenging and fun. Choosing a set of clubs that feels comfortable in your hands and practicing often will help you get the most enjoyment out of golf, and will help your score as well!
Jason Nichols is a freelance writer who writes about sports, often focusing on a particular product used in sports such as golf clubs .