How to Choose Golf Clubs
Whether you’re new to the game or have played for a while finding information on How to Choose Golf Clubs can be difficult. There are so many different clubs to choose from, and making sure that they fit you is important.
- Beginners want to focus more on actually getting a good set of forgiving golf clubs, and getting the length of the irons correct. I would suggest looking at investing in a full set of clubs, because you are going to be improving fast, and will require them for distance gapping in the near future.
- Intermediate players will want to get the correct shaft for a specific swing speed, as well as getting the length of the irons correct. You are getting better at the game and enjoying it more. It’s time to upgrade and get yourself a better set of golf clubs. Something mid to top of the range would be ideal because your clubhead speed will be increasing, and top end golf clubs are more durable so they will last longer.
- Accomplished players want to focus more on getting a clubhead that is workable, a shaft that fits their swing speed, and also the correct length and lie angle of the irons. Being able to draw or fade a golf ball is essential to playing better golf. As you become a more accomplished player you will need clubs that are able to assist you in doing this. As Bubba Watson says “Whenever I have a swing I have a Shot” This means he is comfortable with shaping his shots and also has the correct gear to do this.
Club Fitting Basics
To keep club fitting simple there are only really four parts that you need to be worried about, and only accomplished players need to worry about all four.
Measuring the correct length of your irons is simple. It only requires a height and wrist to floor measurement. This can be done quite easily at home and is only really essential for irons.
Stand on a hard surface with your back against a wall. Let your arms just relax and hang by your side. You want to measure from where your hand meets your wrist all the way to the ground in inches.
Once you measure your height you can use a fitting chart to determine the correct length of the irons you need. Most the time if you’re the average height you will be standard length unless you have long or short arms.
Each set of golf clubs will come with some pre-fitted grips. The size of the grips can be ordered thicker, or they can be thickened up. Generally, if you have really large hands you might want to consider a thicker grip. Players who use a glove size that is large or extra large might want to look at this.
This part of fitting has been made more complicated in recent years due to the enormous range of different shafts available.
It basically means choosing a shaft that has the correct torque level for a specific players swing speed. That means if you swing the club fast you should use a stiff low torque golf shaft, and if you swing the club average pace you should get a regular mid torque golf shaft. Torque is the clubs rotational resistance to twisting in the golf swing.
Shafts come in Graphite or Steel.
Graphite Shafts you will see in most drivers and woods. Graphite shafts have more torque which creates more distance.
Steel shafts are more common in irons and wedges. They have less torque in them so are easier to control.
Both Graphite and Steel Shafts come in the following Flexes.
Ladies Flex – A Graphite shaft with the most torque so it will twist a lot. It is designed for the slower paced swing speeds.
Senior Flex – Designed for the slightly below average pace swing speeds.
Regular flex – The mid torque shaft that is designed for most swing speeds. Available in graphite and steel.
Stiff Flex – The most common low torque flex designed for players who have an above average swing speed.
X Stiff – Only common amongst very strong hitters or professionals.
The correct lie angle relates to your golf irons. More Accomplished players need to consider getting a dynamic lie angle test done.
The lie angle test will determine if the sole of the club is perfectly centred at impact. A player will either have a standard, upright or flat lie angle depending on their swing style or body type.
The lie angle is the angle formed between the centre of the shaft and the sole in its address position. The correct lie angle is when the sole of the club arrives at impact perfectly parallel to the ground. Taller golfers will tend to have a more upright lie angle and shorter golfers a more flat lie angle.
I will provide some reviews on the different sort of clubs that each ability level should look at purchasing in the near future.