Choosing the Right Golf Clubs for Beginners

What To Look For When Choosing The Right Golf Clubs For A Beginner

So you have decided to take up the noble sport of golf, but first you need some equipment, namely
clubs. The trouble is that there are a plethora of different putters, irons, woods, sand wedges and
even hybrids on the market which may confuse the heck out of a complete novice. If you are not
careful you can easily end up spending a fortune on clubs that you may not really need. With this
in mind, let’s have a look at some of the different types of clubs out there so you can make an
informed buying choice.

Putters
A good putter is essential when it comes to golf and is probably the club that you will use most
during a round, so it’s important to get it right. The trouble is that they come in differing sizes and
different club heads (either blade or mallet). So what do you look for? The standard sized putter is
around 35 inches in length, however there are also other styles on the market such as long-handled
putters and belly-putters. It is advisable to choose one that feels right for you, so try holding it in
your hands and feel the weight and style. If it feels comfortable, then it could be the one.

Wedges
These are the shortest golf clubs in a golfer’s set and a beginner would normally start with a sand
wedge. These are designed especially to hit balls out of the sandy bunkers that surround the putting
greens. Most sand wedges can hit a distance of between 60 -80 yards and have a 56 degree loft.
As you gain in experience you may need to carry other wedges, but for a complete novice a sand
wedge will suffice. Other wedges are available in increments of 2 degrees ranging from 48 -64
degrees. The higher the degree, the less distance and more height you will get out of your club.

Pitching wedge
This club is also used a lot and is certainly one that a beginner should consider. It is used in the
shorter distance between the fairway and the green and can carry a distance of somewhere between
80-110 yards. Again there are different styles of pitching wedge on the market, so choose one that
feels comfortable.

Irons
These are most commonly used on the fairways and come in different categories, these are short,
mid and long irons. Each iron is identified by a number that signifies the loft and length the club can
hit the ball. For example 8 or 9 irons are considered short iron clubs and can average between 90
and 130 yards. The middle irons are numbered five,six and seven and can strike a ball somewhere
between 110-160 yards. Finally there are the long irons, which are sometimes difficult to control for
a novice. For a beginner it is best to carry irons, 5,6,7,8 and 9. As they get more proficient they can
add long irons to their set.

Fairway woods
For a beginner it is recommended that they purchase two woods, these are the 3 and 5 wood. These
clubs are again used on the fairway but provide the longer distances. They generally have a loft of
somewhere between 15 and 18 degrees, but can be difficult to control. Other woods are available
but are not needed for a novice.

Driver
This is the most infrequently used club in the set and is really only used about 14 times per 18 hole
round of golf (depending upon the pars of course. They have the largest head and come in loft
increments of somewhere between 8.5 and 12 degrees. Remember as the loft decreases, the harder it
becomes to hit the ball, so beginners should look for a driver with a 10.5 loft or more.

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