Tips for Picking the Best Golf Clubs

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.

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Factors to Consider When Choosing a Golf Ball

It is easy to think that it is the clubs that are the only thing that will make a significant difference to your golf game (along with practice of course!) However, there are differences between all of the different pieces of equipment that you use and this includes the ball that you are using. If your games are really close, then a change of ball could make a significant difference to your game. It is worth having an understanding of how balls differ and this will help you to be able to make sure that you pick the one that will work for you.

The Cover of the Ball

Every ball has an outer layer that is dimpled and it will be easily recognisable as a golf ball. However, that dimpling is not the same on every ball. It will vary so that it reduces drag, so that it lies in the air for longer. The cover will tend to either be made of urethane or an ionomer. It will not be obvious from looking at the ball to see what it is made of or whether the dimple pattern will give better flight compared to other brands in order to find this out you will either need to test the balls or you will need to read reviews.

The Core of the Ball

The core is the centre of the ball and it is normally made from rubber. It can either be soft or solid and this will impact the way that it flies. You will not be able to see it of course, which means that you may need to take a look at the box to see what the ball is made up of. If you cannot find the information then you may need to do some research for yourself.

The Mantle

The mantle is included in some balls. It is a material between the core and the cover and It will influence the spin of the ball and also the way that it travels. This means that it can make a significant difference to how the ball performs. Whether having one will suit your game or not will be a very personal thing and so it can be a good idea to try some different balls out to see if you can feel and see a difference.

It is worth noting that a ball with a softcore and urethane cover tends to have a mantle and low compression and it is more suitable for a slower swing speed as it provides control and spin. A harder ball with an ionomer cover and no mantle will tend to have high compression, be more suitable for a faster swing speed and cover more distance while travelling faster. This means that you will find that a certain type of ball will be more suitable for a certain type of golfer. There are some balls that are a bit of a mix of both which could be better for the intermediate golfer, with a softer ball being better for a beginner.

There are other factors that you may also need to think about as well:-


If you are on a budget then you may need to think about getting a ball that will not cost you a lot of money. It is important to think about value for money when you are looking at balls though. If you spend too little on a ball then the performance may not be good. However, spending a lot on a ball and then losing it, can be really annoying. So, you will need to think about which option will suit your needs the best.


This might seem like a minor factor but it can be important. If you find it hard to see your ball, then you may want one that is a colour that will stand out and then you will be more easily able to find it. It could make the game a lot easier and less frustrating for you.


It is worth thinking about how many balls you are buying as well. They normally come in packs and if you often lose balls then you will need to make sure that you have enough in your pack so that you do not have to stop playing because you have run out of balls. You may also want to go for something cheaper if you often lose balls as otherwise, you will be throwing (or rather hitting!) your money away.

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