When we are buying equipment, it is often tempting to assume that buying the most expensive will make us the best player. So, we look at clubs and find the one that is the most expensive that we can afford, buy it and assume that we will then play our best game with it. This can sometimes be a mistake though and it is good to consider what you are doing very carefully.
Ignore the Branding
It can be really tempting to go for a brand that your favourite player uses. You might think that it must be good if they use it or that as they are good you will automatically become good as a result of using it. However, remember a few things. Firstly, you will find that they may be given their equipment as companies sponsor them and so they use it because it is free not because it is necessarily the best. Also, certain brands might be better for certain skill levels and so if you are more of a novice or intermediate player then you might find that you will be better off with a different brand. So, try a few out, perhaps borrowing them from others, buying second hand or just handling them in the shops, so that you get a good idea of what they are all like first.
Grip is Important
It is really important to be aware of the grip of the club. If the grip is not thick enough for you, it will mean that making the shot will be difficult, as it will if the grip is too thick. Therefore, it is important to try them out and see what feels comfortable. Ask in the shop, if you can try out clubs with different sizes of grips and this will enable you to be able to get an idea of what difference they might make to your game. Even if you are buying second hand, you should still find that there is enough choice available so that you can get one with the right grip.
Shaft Flexibility and Length is Important
It is obvious that a taller player will need a club with a longer shaft. However, it is easy to overlook the fact that it is also important to think about flexibility. How flexible you need the shaft to be will depend on your swing. It can be tricky to test this out though unless you actually play with the clubs. If the shaft is too stiff then the ball is likely to often be sliced to the right and if it is too flexible it will go to the left. This means that if you have a problem with either of these when using particular clubs, you will be able to replace the club with one that is more suitable to your specific stroke.
Buy According to Experience
If you are a new player then you will know very little about your own game and what needs you have with regards to clubs. It can be well worth borrowing some to play with so that you can get an idea of what to expect. Buying second hand can also be useful as, if you make mistakes with your purchases, they will be less costly. You may also find that your enthusiasm for golf does not last long and so if you do decide to stop playing after a while, you will not have paid out that much. Once you do get more experienced though, you will have a better idea of what you should buy. You will not only know more about your own game so you can choose better but you can perhaps try out clubs that other players use, as you will have got to know more golf players at your golf club. You may like to buy one new one at a time too so that you can get used to that one, while you play the rest of your game with more familiar ones. This will be better than buying a whole new set and having to learn to use them all as this will mean that your game will suffer for a while and it could be demotivating. It can also be cheaper to buy one at a time as well and it could mean that you will be able to afford a better individual club. If you replace them all at once, you may have to compromise and may be disappointed.