How to Find the Perfect Golf Clubs for You

By Bill Herrfeldt
Shop around and ask for advice to find the right set of clubs.
Shop around and ask for advice to find the right set of clubs.

You have a unique opportunity to buy clubs that are a good match for your game, but don't overlook the obvious fact that you must have confidence in those clubs to do their job. Many golfers try to impress their fellow golfers with expensive, top-of-the-line clubs that are not suitable to the way they play. Do your homework before you buy, and that will translate to your heightened interest in the game and lower scores.

Decide what will comprise the 14 clubs in your bag because, unlike the past, you have numerous choices. Today, your bag can contain any combination of metal woods, hybrid clubs, a pitching wedge, a sand wedge, a gap wedge and a lob wedge, plus a putter. For example, if you find hitting long irons difficult to manage, you might purchase hybrid clubs to take their places. Hybrids are a cross between irons and woods and, because of the way they are made, they are easier to hit.

Decide on the composition of the club head of your driver. Drivers made with steel heads are the least expensive but are heavier than your other choices. Other drivers' heads are made of titanium. They are somewhat lighter and so are easier to hit, although they are more expensive than those made of steel. Then there are those made of steel that have a titanium face that is somewhere between the two in weight and cost.

Choose the shafts for your clubs; then decide on the flex that best matches your game. First, you have a choice between graphite and steel shafts. Graphite shafts are lighter than steel, but they are more expensive. Since they are lighter, they allow you to swing with greater club head speed, which, in most cases, translates into greater distance. Then choose from five different flexes--the amount the shaft will bend when you swing the club. Generally, the slower your clubhead speed, the more flex your shafts should have.

Choose among the four different types of wedges. Most players carry at least two wedges, a pitching wedge, which they will hit about 100 yards from anywhere in the fairway or rough, and a sand wedge to use when in a trap. The gap wedge, literally meant to have the angle of its club face between that of the pitching and sand wedge, has become quite the rage. And if you find at the golf course you play most frequently that you need to hit many close-in shots high that stop fast on the greens, you may need a lob wedge, a club with a 60-degree or more angle. And you can include your trusty old putter to round out your set or you can buy a new one.

About the Author

Bill Herrfeldt specializes in finance, sports and the needs of retiring people, and has been published in the national edition of "Erickson Tribune," the "Washington Post" and the "Arizona Republic." He graduated from the University of Louisville.

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