Purchasing the wrong clubs can be a disaster for a golfer. On the other hand, putting too much emphasis on the clubs can be just as bad, if not worse.
Pros and their caddies are very aware of the importance of the right clubs, but it might surprise you to find that many experienced amateurs don’t really understand what makes good clubs, for them.
Money Isn’t Everything
When it comes to golf clubs it can be satisfying to keep up with the latest trends from manufacturers, but the changes are incremental, plus they need skill to get the most out of, in many cases.
While it pays to buy quality, you’ll get the most out of things if you get a good understanding of what you want to improve. So, even experienced players can do well to keep this in mind. Believe me; it’s easy for anyone to be lured by the promise of a shiny new club.
Understand And Improve
Take for example, the process of upgrading a driver. It’s easy to look at all the options and pick the most expensive, or the flashiest, most high tech looking example. But, unless you know the need, in your golf game, which you want to address, you’ll probably pick the wrong one. Either that, or you’ll fail to get the most out of its benefits.
In the case of the new driver you’ll need to focus on whether you need more distance or more accuracy, Remember that each golfer’s need is different. This need could also vary in the run of your golfing development.
If you are aware that your accuracy is lacking, chances are that you’ll spend time working on it, until there’s very little need for an accuracy enhancing driver. At this stage, you can probably switch to a driver that focuses on distance. The more you improve your swing skills, the more luxury of choice you’ll have.
As You Develop, So Do The Clubs
Keeping in mind that your club needs develop with your game is vital to managing your improvements.
When you start off, cast iron clubs are generally recommended as they have a larger ‘sweet spot’ than forged clubs. As your game develops and your swing control improves, you’ll find that forged clubs give you better control of the trajectory of the ball. Of course you’ll need to have good control to get the most out of them, because of that smaller sweet spot.
Don’t, as a newcomer, be tempted to think that you should buy these more advanced, forged clubs now, because of a future need. Work on improving your game with ‘easier’ clubs first. You’ll generally know when your clubs are holding you back. Besides, it won’t help you to avoid unnecessary purchases, in the future, if you start off on that path!
The Sweet Spot And Club Size
The sweet spot of a club is really important, as it dictates the margin of error available to a golfer. It’s the reason why there are a number of choices available, when it comes to the size of a golf club’s head. As a rule, the smaller the head of the club, the smaller the margin of error available.
So, with that in mind, experienced players should find small headed clubs to be beneficial, while those of a beginner to intermediate level should find a medium sized head more forgiving.
Large or oversized club heads may seem logical to beginners, following this ‘smaller is more advanced’ logic. This is a bad idea, however, as particularly large heads will reduce the amount of control you have over the ball, limiting your development as a golfer.
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