You need the right equipment in order to play a particular sport. For basketball, you need a ball. You need a bow and arrow for archery. You need a chess set for you to play chess.
When it comes to golf, what do you need? You need golf clubs and golf balls. These are the equipment necessary for playing golf. If you are a beginner, you might have a hard time choosing what to buy since there are a lot of kinds of golf clubs in the market today.
What is a Golf Club?
To further understand the game of golf, let us try to define first the meaning of golf clubs. A golf club is a club used to hit a golf ball in a game of golf. Each club is composed of a shaft whit a grip and a club head. Woods are mainly used for long-distance fairway or tee shots; irons, the most versatile class, are used for a variety of shots; hybrids that combine design elements of woods and irons are becoming increasingly popular; putters are used mainly on the green to roll the ball into the hole. A standard set consists of 14 golf clubs, and while there are traditional combinations sold at retail as matched sets, players are free to use any combination of 14 or fewer legal clubs.
What do you need to remember when buying clubs?
Below are some guidelines which you can use when buying your first golf club.
- You only need a few clubs
As a beginner, you won’t need nearly 14 clubs in your bag. Instead, start with a driver, a putter, a sand wedge and supplement those with a 6-iron, an 8-iron, a pitching wedge, and a fairway wood or hybrid with 18-21 degrees of loft. These are the clubs that are the most forgiving and easiest to get airborne.
- Try before you buy
You don’t have to guess. Try before you buy. If you are an absolute beginner, go to a larger golf shop or driving range and ask to try a 6-iron with a regular-flex and stiff-flex shaft. One of the two should feel easier to control. When you find it, you should start with that shaft.
- The more loft, the better
Unless you are a strong and well-coordinated athlete experienced with stick and ball sports like baseball, softball, and hockey, opt for woods that have more loft. Why? The extra loft generally means it will be easier to get the ball in the air and also can reduce sidespin so shots fly straighter. So go for drivers with at least 10 degrees of loft and fairway woods that start at 17 degrees, not 15 degrees.
- Make use of golf clubs made for beginners
Some types of clubs are easier to hit than others. For one thing, you are better off with hybrids instead of 3-, 4-, and 5-irons. Irons with wider soles will alleviate the tendency for the club to stick in the ground when you hit too far behind the ball. Also, with more weight concentrated in the sole, the iron’s center of gravity will be lower and this will help shots launch on a higher trajectory. Generally, a more forgiving iron will feature a sole that measures about the width of two fingers.
- Choose the right ball
Your golf club should be paired with the right ball. Buy balls on a sliding scale based on how many you lose in a round. If you have never played before or lose two sleeves or move around, buy balls that cost around $20 a dozen. When you cut the number of lost balls back to maybe three to five balls around, buy balls that cost less than $30 a dozen. Only if you are losing less than a sleeve around should you consider the $40 a dozen balls?
Remember that aside from proper knowledge in playing, you also need to be armed with the right equipment to play golf. This sport can be hard to learn at first, but with the right teacher, constant practice and the right equipment, you can go a long way with this sport.