A common myth is that the higher the price of a club, the better your game will be: "This club cost me $799.00, I must be playing great now!". Just think about it, are drivers really worth $600 to $1000 and iron sets $1500 to $3,000? The big manufacturers spend millions of $$ to promote their stuff and still make huge profits. Who you think pays for that? Paying high prices does not lower ones handicap, but a properly chosen club will, even a cheap one.
If you've ever wondered why those name brand golf clubs cost so much we recommend you read this great article over at Pinemeadow Golf Lesson #5: Golf Club Clones vs Brands (will open in a new browser window). You may also want to get our very own Golf Beginner Guide, produced by the publishers of LearnAboutGolf.com. This 272 page resource covers everything a Golf Beginner has to know.
Once you have achieved a decent level of play, you can consider custom clubs with proper fitting. And even then, go for value rather than show. If you need some extra advice on what clubs are good (for your) I suggest you take a look at these Golf Club Reviews and our own Golf Reviews.
1. The shaft is the axle of the club, the better the shaft, the better the club.
2. Shaft flex has a major effect on the feel of a golf club and a medium effect on distance, thus an important determination in choosing clubs. If you do not know your speed swing (mph or km/h), some local golf shops can measure it for you. Otherwise the following chart may be helpful.
SWING SPEED CONVERSION CHART
Driver speed swing less than 60 mph (100 km/h). Driver carry distance less than 180 yds. Club used from 150 yds. a 3 iron or wood.
SENIOR or A FLEX
Driver speed swing 60-75 mph (100-120 km/h). Driver carry distance 180-210 yds. Club used from 150yds. a 4 iron.
Driver speed swing 75-84 mph (120-135 km/h). Driver carry distance 210-240 yds. Club used from 150 yds. a 5 or 6 iron.
Driver speed swing 84-93 mph (130-150 km/h). Driver carry distance 240-260 yds. Club used from 150 yds. a 6 or 7 iron.
Driver speed swing over 93 mph (150 km/h). Driver carry distance 260+ yds. Club used from 150 yds. a 8 or 9 iron.
3. Shallow face metalwoods are well established game improvement clubs on the market. Pinemeadow Golf have a top quality and good priced selection (I personally like the Command Q Ti 3 Wood, they play great and represent excellent value for money). Generally, shallow face metalwoods are easy to hit and extremely accurate due to their low center of gravity - something every golfer will appreciate.
4. Beginners and novice players choosing a set make-up, should consider eliminating the 2, 3 and 4 irons from their set, replacing those hard to hit irons with #3 and #5 hybrid clubs. You may want to check out this great value for money Hybrid Club selection. Some very popular choices are the well established Powermax TRX Hybrids and the new PRE Progressive Hybrid Iron Set (excellent choice for beginners!). Both models also come as complete iron/hybrid sets if you prefer that combination.
5. All golfers should use standard length clubs unless he or she is short or tall. Standard length clubs allow players to hit the ball on center a higher percentage of the time, thus increasing distance and accuracy. In recent years, light weight Titanium driver heads and Ultralight graphite shafts have extended driver playing lengths from a standard 43-431/2" to 44-46". This is good news and bad news. The good news is, when you increase length, you will increase distance. The longer the club, the more club head speed generated , thus more distance. The bad news is, the longer the club the more difficult it is to control, thus less accuracy. To put this into perspective, the following information will be helpful. A driver hit on center at 43" = 250 yds. 43 1/2"= 262 yds. 44" = 270 yds. 44 1/2" = 275 yds. 45" = 275-280 yds. As you can see a significant increase in distance is achieved up to 44". After 44", distance increases only a minimal amount . CONCLUSION - It is not worth sacrificing accuracy for the minimal amount of distance gained past 44". Keep driver playing lengths to 44" or less.
|Men's Standard Shaft Lengths (deduct 1" for Women's Standard Shaft Length)|
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