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How To Select The Right Golf Clubs For Beginners

Aug 17, 2007
Golf beginners looking for their first set of clubs can often rush the purchase stage before taking on board proper advice and really getting a feel for the most suitable clubs which will suit their game.

Quite often, new players will take an interest in golf with the intention of playing the game regularly but after several rounds, the interest starts to wane and in many cases, they're left with an expensive set of golf clubs that gather dust in the basement or in the trunk of a car.

How Serious Are You About Golf?

If you are in the beginners stage and showing an interest in making golf a regular past time then hold back on purchasing your first set of clubs. Why? Well, firstly, as mentioned, make sure golf is going to be a regular routine for you. Regular could mean playing a round at least once a week. Secondly, once you feel you want to continue to pursue the game, then you can start to think about buying your own set of clubs.

In the initial process, either borrow a set of clubs from friends or hire them. Hiring facilities are available at most golf courses with a pro shop on site and while you won't have the best looking bag or buggy to cart around the course, you'll be gaining valuable experience and getting an idea of the type of clubs that will suit your game. Asking the local golf shop pro for advice will pay good dividends. They will be only too happy to help you identify the correct golf clubs to include in your armoury. Usually, golf shop pros will make time for you by appointment and a fee is usually involved but it's well woth the cost considering you are on the verge of making a major investment.

Choosing A Beginners Set Of Clubs

Be careful not to get too carried away about the number of clubs that will make up your starting set. Golf is a game of skill and patience and as a beginner, your initial foray into the game will be all about mastering the art of the golf swing and mastering individual clubs. As your game improves and you need to go up a level, then you can start to think about adding an extra club or two. Again, clubs should be added only after receiving proper advice.

There are lots of brands to choose from such as Wilson, King Cobra, Titliest, Callaway, Nike, Ping, Slazenger and the list goes on. In fact, as a beginner, you'll be slightly overwhelmed about which brand is best. Don't get too hung up on what brand you should buy. Quite often, new golfers will buy a brand of clubs simply because they are in fashion or because they received rash advice from friends. In the end, most brands have excellent quality clubs; what you need to decide is not which brand to buy but which club to buy.

Try Before You Buy

An excellent way of finding the most suitable clubs for you is to venture into a major golf store and try them out. Many golf superstores will have inside driving ranges where prospective buyers can try before they buy. It's much like a clothing store where you try the clothes on to see if they fit right. The same concept applies to swinging a club before buying it: you want to make sure it's the right fit. Does it feel right; does it grip right, how well does it swing and how much flexibility does it have? Doing it this way gives you the best chance of selecting the clubs that feel right to you.

Remember, purchasing golf clubs can be an expensive experience. By showing initial patience in the selection process, you'll come up with a set of clubs you can mold your game around and when you reach a competent level, then you can think about an upgrade.
About the Author
Dean Caporella is a professional broadcaster. If you are a golf beginner, you need to read this report on selecting the right golf clubs. Also, read the latest news and reviews in golf swing techniques at:http://www.golfinfoline.com
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