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Best Golf Clubs For Beginners

The Golf Clubs For Beginners Review

Golf clubs can be tricky business for a lot of new and experienced golfers alike. Even for those who have owned several sets in the past, it can be hard to settle on a new set without playing a course or two with the set in question. Because of this, it’s important to go into golf club shopping informed and prepared. While picking out a good brand is obviously important (and is something which we’ll cover in a moment), picking out a set that’s even compatible with you at all is a challenge on its own. In this buyer’s guide, we’ll steer you in the direction of some quality golf clubs and cover what it is that makes a set great for any particular person as well as different considerations such as club sizes and grips, ensuring you shop for clubs successfully and with confidence. I’ll start by introducing you to what are arguably the best clubs on the market relative to their overall price.

The Top Pick

Orlimar Men’s Sport Fireline GI

The Orlimar Men’s Sport Fireline GI is a complete golf set coming from a well-known brand within the golfing community. It comes with everything you need for both serious and casual games of golf; a driver, a putter, a wedge and a selection of irons. It also comes complete with its own golf bag and some headcovers to keep your new clubs in pristine condition.

Customers tend to be happy with the clubs overall, particularly with their weight. While there is no “correct” weight for a golf club be, this is the closest you’re going to get. The best part about the clubs is their price. While everyone has their own preferred golf clubs, nobody can deny that, for the price, you’re getting some great clubs wihen you go with the Orlimar Men’s Sport Fireline GI.

Buyer’s Guide

If the above brand doesn’t interest you, or if you’d like to do some shopping around for yourself, it’s important to know not only what makes a golf club good, but which golf clubs will suit you specifically. Golfers’ clubs of choice vary much more than that of tennis rackets or hockey sticks in their own respective sports. The following information should serve as a good starting point in understanding exactly what it is you need.

Choose Your Irons Based on Your Experience Level

The general consensus is that novice to novice-intermediate golfers have no need for lower irons. While it’s true that you’ll see some 3s in the pro leagues, these are generally used in very particular situations. Even then, when a golfer finds themselves in a situation where using a 3 iron is favorable, they’re likely only getting a 5% edge. For the casual golfer, anything under a 5 iron just won’t get the distance you need. Having a 3 or 4 laying around might not hurt, but it’ll cost money and won’t do much for you. If you’re buying all of your clubs individually, you might be better off taking a pass here unless you already have several years of golfing under your belt.

Get the Right Sized Clubs

Golf Clubs For BeginnersWhen in the driving pose, the distance from your wrist to the floor is how long the shaft of your ideal driver should be. With irons; however, things get a little more tricky. Ideally, your 6 iron will be the same length as the aforementioned driver. With a 3 iron, you can expect a half inch increase in length over your driver, a 9 should be half an inch shorter than your driver and a 6 or 7 will be in between. To get your desired putter, you’ll use the same formula as with measuring for your driver, though you’ll be assuming a putting stance rather than a driving stance.

Know Your Handicap

In golf, a handicap is a means of measuring any given player’s skill level; the higher the handicap, the lower the skill. Someone with a handicap of 5 will preform much better on the course than someone with a handicap of 20. 0 is the lowest while 36 and 40 are the highest for men and women, respectively. Use this scale to gauge your own level of skill. Manufacturers will often specify which handicap level their clubs are made for. The closer you get to your own handicap, the better you’ll play; clubs with a low handicap do not actually increase the player’s performance in any way and will actually lower performance if they don’t match the player’s skill level.

Make Sure You Have Everything You Need

Complete golf club sets have been put together by those who know the game. If you’re new to golf, it may be beneficial to put the money down for one of these sets. If; however, you decide to buy your clubs separately, it’s important to know exactly what clubs you need. The following checklist will ensure you have everything you need for a game of golf:

  • A putter
  • A wedge
  • Some irons (at least two different irons between 5 and 9)
  • A fairway wood
  • A driver
  • (optional) a hybrid or two may improve your game, though this isn’t necessary for a casual game

Don’t Let Prices Fool You

Especially with sets made for those outside of the expert demographic, a higher price doesn’t necessarily equate to better clubs. Sports equipment is often aggressively marketed and golf isn’t exempt from this rule. If Tiger Woods says he uses the $600 set of golf clubs on display in the front of a store, you can guess why they’re so expensive. Don’t let the endorsements fool you; even if Tiger does use that exact set, you and him likely have very different skill sets, measurements, experience and needs. Outside of staying within a certain price range, you’re better off not paying attention to the price of a club or set of clubs – pay attention to the clubs themselves and what they can do for you.

If You Can, Take the Chance to Test Clubs out First

If the local driving range rents out the particular driver you’ve set your sights on, taking the time to get acquainted with the club before purchasing it is a very good idea. Because everyone’s needs vary so much, hearing good things about clubs can only do so much. By testing clubs first, you can potentially save yourself hundreds of dollars that would otherwise be spent on clubs just to have them sit in the garage unused.