A Beginner's Guide to the Best Golf Clubs

If you are new to the beautiful game of golf, then there are probably all manner of thoughts running through your head. I don’t think that there is any sport out there with a great range of equipment, each one making identical claims. How do you decide which irons, woods, wedges and putters are the best for you?

I hope, that by the end of this article, you will have a better understanding of your options.

Whether you are a full beginner, looking at their first set of clubs, or an inquisitive golfer, freshly bitten by the golf bug, but not yet convinced it is the sport for you, there are two different options for you with regard your choice of golf equipment.

You can either buy a complete set, which is woods, irons, wedges and a putter, all from the same make, model, and range, or you could look to build your own bag. I would recommend you at least group your clubs together. Irons and wedges from the same, woods from another and a putter, well, that is just your own personal choice.

There are a lot of good quality all in one sets out there today, and if you are just starting the game, and have limited means, than I would suggest trying one of these first of all. Golf clubs can be expensive, and if you are not certain of your interest in the sport, spending between EUR1200 – EUR1500, on a single set can be a bit extreme.

Sunset over a golf course

What to Look For When Buying New Golf Clubs

Woods: If you are looking at a set of woods, you should pay attention to the size of the club face, and the angle it is set at. A large club face means a larger surface area, and in turn, a large sweet spot, meaning the chance of hitting the ball clean. The angle is important because as a beginner you will want to get more loft on your shots, as this increases backspin on the ball, which has the bonus effect of countering any inadvertent sidespin. Meaning your drives will be straighter.

Fairway Woods As a beginner golfer, I would always suggest that you drop the long irons (3, 4, and even the 5 in some cases, for a good combination of fairway woods and hybrid clubs. Fairway woods are the more reliable replacement for the longer irons, and do not sacrifice anything in terms of distance, but give you much more control over the shots. Hybrid clubs are designed to get more loft than the irons they replace, and then, as with the driver loft, mean you create more backspin and therefore play that bit straighter.

Irons: When looking at a set of irons to buy, oversized club faces are once again the order of the day for a golfing beginner, because the large heard means an increased chance of a clean connection with the ball. Also, keep your selection simple. As a beginner you will not be using every iron in the bag, and carrying them all is pointless. I would advise buying the full set, but I would advise against carrying them all with you. When starting out, a 7 and a 9 iron along with a pitching wedge and sand wedge would normally be enough. You could always opt for a 5 iron too, dropping one of the fairway woods or hybrids I mentioned above.

Putters

The putter is the most important club in the bag. You need to be able to sink those shorts in order to keep the score out of the triple figures. A large part of this, for a beginner, is learning to read the green, judging the turn and the pace, but a good putter will certainly help make things that bit easier.

Personally, I would always recommend a Mallet putter over a smaller head. First and foremost, this is because the structure of most mallet putters is that there is a guide on it that held you align your stroke with the hole. This guide will help increase your confidence, and the heavier mallet head will keep your putting stroke smooth and controlled.

 A bag of golf clubs

There is More to Golf Clubs than a Name

Once you have decided on the approach you are going to take when getting your first set of golf clubs, you need to be aware that there are two other factors that need to be considered. Shaft length is one such thing. Taller players will benefit greatly from a longer club. The difference may only be a centimeter, but when you are lining up and playing your stoke, that can make all the difference. . The flex of the shaft is another key thing to controlling your swing. By nature, men will have a faster swing than a junior, or a female player. As such, they will often need a stiffer flex shaft. Juniors, or those that have a less powerful swing, you see more benefit from a club shaft with a greater degree of flexibility.

Fairway Wood against a golf ball

Examples of the Best Golf Clubs for Beginners

There are a lot of golf clubs out there, but for a beginner, if you are looking for a good deal; nice clubs for a tidy price, then you could do a lot worse than an Acer starter set. It is a full bag, and only costs a few hundred Euros, which offer you the best of both worlds.

For those that have the money and the love of the game you could look at either the Callaway Strata sets, or even the Mizuno JPX-800 irons.

The Mizuno irons are slightly more expensive, and you will need to buy the woods as a separate set, but Mizuno offer some amazing drivers and wood sets, which will complement the irons perfectly.

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