You have no easy task at hand when you are going out to find the golf clubs that are the best for you. There are a number of things to consider from the shaft and flex, to the weight and even what type of golf ball is best for your clubs.
A few things to consider when you first decide to go out and get a set of clubs:
1. Know that there is no such thing as "One Size Fits All"
The Tom Wishon article on LINKS magazine covers a number of additional points, but the one that really drove it home for us was his point that there is no such thing as one-size-fits-all:
Wishon states, "There is no such thing as one-size-fits-all golf clubs. You don't buy suits off a one-size-fits-all rack, so why do the same with clubs? Golfers come in all shapes, sizes and swing skills, necessitating clubs with different lengths, weights, lofts and lie angles. If a club is too long, too light or too heavy, you will not consistently deliver clubhead so it is square at impact. If the lie angle is wrong, the heel or toe will be up, leading to a push or a pull even if you make a perfect swing."
2. Consider What Type of Player You Are.
Not different from many other sports out there, the equipment is tailored to suit the type of player you are. Are you male or female? Adult or youth? Pro, semi Pro or novice? Seasonal player or just hitting the green once in a blue moon? These things matter when considering the best fit, size, and cost range that would work for your needs.
3. Don't be afraid to ask questions about the shaft, the flex, the clubhead and the grip.
Whether you are a beginner or a pro, you should do a bit of research too because there are going to be elements of your clubs that interest you more or are more important for your style of play. Whether the shaft is graphite or steel can make a difference for you. It's not only about the cost, but it's largely about how long you've been playing. For example, while graphite is a bit more costly, it is typically lighter and therefore easier to swing for some golfers
4. A driver needs to compliment your Iron Set
Your driver will be bought in addition to your Iron Set. It needs to compliment what you are working with. Shorter vs. longer, closed vs. neutral, a lot of research goes into designing these and it's important to give it the thought it deserves when purchasing.
We suggest you take just about 2 minutes and view this YouTube video "How to Pick the Right Clubs" http://youtu.be/3rCT0KL6TwQ from the Wall Street Journal's Wealth Advisor series for some overall insight into golf club selection.
Keep in mind, when you are practicing in the off season, the golf clubs you own are also ideal to be used on golf simulators. It's important to practice with what you will use on the green even when you are in the virtual world on a Visual Sports simulator.
After you've got these in place, worry about all the additions like the golf bag, gloves, shoes, hats, clothing. Happy shopping and looking forward to seeing you on the green.
By: Daniel Weitzner, VP Development