How to Compare Different Golf Clubs

By Tyler Ellington
Asking for advice from a professional can help you narrow down your choices.
Asking for advice from a professional can help you narrow down your choices.

Comparing golf clubs is something that anyone who is in the market for new clubs should do. Golf clubs come in different shapes and sizes, so it is important to be diligent and find the clubs that work best for you and your swing. When comparing golf clubs, you should be aware of the different brands, grips, lofts, lengths and club head sizes. These attributes vary from club to club and manufacturer to manufacturer.

How to Compare Different Golf Clubs

When comparing different golf clubs, the first thing you should consider is the brand. The brand of the club will often determine the price. If you are a seasoned veteran, you may be in the market for a better known brand, which will be more expensive. If you are a beginner, you may be in the market for a less expensive, less popular brand. Examples of popular, expensive brands are Ping, Callaway, and Taylor Made. Some examples of less expensive brands include Wilson, Rawlings, and Stylist.

Comparing the grip on several different golf clubs will ensure that you purchase golf clubs that are comfortable for you. Pricier clubs will have a more durable grip, while the less expensive clubs may have a grip that will need to be replaced after fewer uses. Also, if you are a beginner, you can purchase clubs that have grips that show you where to place your hands to ensure that you hold of the club correctly. A grip for an experienced golfer should be one that feels most comfortable in your hand. Experienced golfers should compare the grips on the clubs they are considering because some clubs may have a thin grip while others may have a thicker grip.

Each type of golf club has a different loft. Loft is the angle at which the club head connects to the shaft of the club. The higher the loft of the club head, the higher the ball will travel upon contact. The lower the loft of the club head, the lower the ball will travel on impact. For example, a 3-iron has a lower loft than a 5-iron and a 5- iron has a lower loft than a 7-iron. When comparing two individual clubs, be mindful of the loft of the club. Purchase a club that will fit into your game and help you achieve the desired result. New golfers will have an easier time hitting a club with a higher loft. Examples of these clubs are pitching wedge, 9-iron or 8-iron. If you are a little bit more experienced you may feel comfortable playing with a golf club that has a lower loft, such as a 3-iron, 4-iron or a 5-iron.

The length of the club shaft is an important consideration when comparing new golf clubs. When comparing clubs, hold each one as if you were going to take a swing and check to ensure the shaft is not too long or short. If you are tall it may be a wise idea to purchase clubs with a longer shaft in order to avoid reaching for the ball during your swing. There is no rule of thumb to determine if a club shaft is too long or short for you. The shaft on each club is a different length. For example the shaft on a 9-iron is shorter than the shaft of an 8-iron. The golfer comparing the clubs needs to determine the length of the shaft that they are comfortable using. Some golfers prefer longer shafts while other golfers prefer shorter shafts.

Most brands offer clubs that have different club-head sizes. The larger club head gives your swing more forgiveness. If you have an oversized club head, you can hit an imperfect shot and still achieve the desired result. The downside is that oversized club heads are often heavy and hard to control. An experienced player may opt for a smaller club head in order to maximize club head speed and control. When comparing golf clubs, be sure to take your level of experience into consideration. A beginner will feel more comfortable with an oversized club head because of the level of forgiveness it provides where as a seasoned veteran who is interested in controlling the ball and shaping shots will prefer a smaller head.


About the Author

Tyler Ellington is a freelance journalist whose work consists of a wide variety of topics. A freelance journalist since 2007, Ellington typically spends most of his time writing about sports, business and technology. His work has appeared on various websites. He earned his master's degree from California University of Pennsylvania.

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