How to Choose Golf Clubs

How to Choose Golf Clubs

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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.

Length

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.

Grip Size

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.

Shaft Flex

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.

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Lie Angle

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.

 

12 thoughts on “How to Choose Golf Clubs

  1. Ernest Garcia

    Hello! This is my first comment here so I just wanted to give a quick shout out and say I genuinely enjoy reading your blog posts. Can you suggest any other blogs/websites/forums that go over the same topics? Thank you so much!|

    1. Chris Post author

      Hi Ernest

      Thanks for dropping by.

      To be honest there are a stack of other websites out there that can help you with your golf. From the feedback I have had from golfers they say they normally leave most sites more confused. That is why I created this site. I will have some more Blog Posts in the coming weeks.

      Cheers

  2. Lyle

    You’ve wrote a very nice and helpful post here Chris. I’ve been playing golf for a while now so I know how to choose the correct clubs – stiff shaft, 1.5 inch longer in length and thicker grip, just incase you where wondering.

    So your info here might not be as useful for me, even though it is interesting, but is great for the beginners. To make sure they get started on the right foot I think must get a good understanding of the basics, one of which is choosing the correct clubs.

    You’ve covered this very well and I’m sure it will be very valuable to the beginners out there.

    1. Chris Post author

      Hi Lyle

      Thanks for your comments.

      Yes, I hope this can help narrow down some of the confusion for some of those that are new to golf. In saying that, even more experienced players often struggle to choose golf clubs. This is because of the amount of choices there are, and also the inconsistent advice that is availableon the game.

      Looks like you have yourself a decent set of golf clubs which have been fitted.

      Good luck in your next game.

      Cheers

      Chris

  3. Mike

    Nice post, with plenty of good info for those looking for clubs. I am just a weekend hacker with hand-me-down clubs. I knew a little about this, but you have given me some pause as I contemplate trading up to some of today’s great offerings. I know the pro can help me but I won’t feel like a total beginner because I will know the right things to look for and the right questions to ask. Thanks!

    1. Chris Post author

      Hi Mike

      Yes it’s always good to know a little about something before making a purchase. There are a few things to consider, but in no way should Choosing Golf Clubs be confusing.

      Good luck in your next game and let me know if you have any questions.

      Cheers

      Chris

  4. Bret

    Wow this is really useful information, and it’s really not so easy to find. Thanks for posting!

    It can be kind of intimidating picking out a set of golf clubs for the first time. You feel like you are making a mistake or being ripped off. It sounds silly but it’s true and I actually avoided making the purchase due to this feeling of mine.

    Great reference guide here, I appreciate it

    1. Chris Post author

      Hi Brett

      I appreciate your comments.

      Yes, there are so many clubs to choose from and it can be a little intimidating and confusing to pick a set of golf clubs. Just remember that each company will bring out a specific set of golf clubs targeted at different ability levels. This will help narrow it down for you.

      If you have any questions let me know.

      Chris

  5. Simon

    Dear Chris,

    thank you very much for this informative post. I am a beginner and it is exactly how you mentioned. At the beginning it is very difficult to choose the correct golf club, because there are so many different ones and my friends have also many different opinions. That really confuses somtimes. They are also intermediates and I am not sure if they have the big picture. After reading your post, I am more convinced about golf clubs

    Thank you

    Simon

    1. Chris Post author

      Hi Simon

      Thanks for stopping by.

      Yes there are a few things consider to purchase golf clubs but in no way should it be confusing. I hope this information helps you make a purchase and let me know if you have any questions.

      Cheers

      Chris

  6. Kegan

    Fantastic advice – where did you learn so much about choosing the right Golf Clubs? Very interesting to learn about the shaft flex and lie angle and how your requirements change with your abilities as a golfer – I think it’s time to update my Dad’s hand-me-down rusty old set!

    1. Chris Post author

      Hi Kegan

      I appreciate your comments.

      I have worked in the Golf Industry for over ten years, and have sold and fitted golf equipment in that time. The points highlighted in this post are the mains things to consider when choosing golf clubs. 

      The technology has changed a lot in golf equipment in recent years. If you have an older set of golf clubs then you will certainly benefit from an upgrade.

      Let me know if you have any questions.

      Cheers

      Chris

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