Golf Clubs

Monday, 2 July 2007 | Tags:

As a lower impact sport popular with all types of skill levels, golf is a great way to enjoy the outdoors and get some exercise while you're at it. We find out the basics of buying a set of clubs.

The Basics

  • For beginners, the types of clubs you need are:

    • Woods: the longest clubs with the large bulbous heads, designed to send the ball a far distance.

    • Irons: low-numbered irons are for longer distances, while higher numbered irons are used to arc the ball shorter distances.

    • Putter: used on the green to tap the ball a few meters into the hole. (At least, that’s the theory!)

  • Golf pros we talked to say getting professionally fitted for your clubs is the most important thing, no matter what material you’re buying.

  • When you’re looking at materials, it’s usually the club shaft that is the determining factor for cost and feel:

    • A steel shaft club is a low-cost option that also provides a bit of weight.

    • Graphite-shaft clubs are lighter, more flexible, more responsive, and more expensive, but good for seniors and new golfers.

    • Other metals, including titanium are usually on the expensive side.

  • Pay attention to grip size. Too small you’ll tend to turn your hands over through impact. Too big you might have trouble rotating your hand through the ball, which results in a slice.

  • Make sure you get the right flex level for your ability, which helps you control of the ball. Women tend to have a slower swing speed and therefore need a more flexible shaft.

  • Be sure to buy clubs that are the right length for your body. If you’re a woman 5’8” or taller, consider a men’s length shaft in a lighter flex. Men’s seniors clubs can be a good choice.

  • Don’t buy until you’ve tried several different sets. Rent clubs the first few times out or borrow from a friend who is of similar weight, height and strength as you.

  • Inquire about demo-ing clubs from a specialty shop. And if you wind up buying them, they should take the demo price off the sticker price.

Other Considerations

  • If you’ve done your research, used clubs can be an economical choice. Otherwise, expect to pay around CDN $500 to $700 for a new set from the store.


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