Golf bag with clubs and golf balls

Picking the right clubs can be overwhelming. If you are swimming in a sea of golf club options, and unsure which ones are worth your investment let’s talk through what you should be considering.

So, strap on your golf shoes, grab your putter and let’s dive in!

What Golf Clubs Do I Need as a Beginner?

Buying golf clubs as a beginner can be a puzzling task. Let’s start with three key factors to consider when selecting a set of golf clubs.

1. Assess Your Swing Speed and Skill Level

First off, you need to know your swing speed. It’s essential in determining the appropriate flex for the shafts on your clubs. Not sure how to measure? No worries! You can seek professional help or book a session indoors and take advantage of all the data points that Trackman provides–including swing speed.

2. Consider Forgiving Club Designs

Forgiving club designs are a blessing for beginners. Cavity back irons or hybrids offer larger sweet spots and enhance ball-striking consistency. These clubs are like trusty companions, accepting occasional mis-hits and helping you achieve more accurate shots.

3. Opt for Graphite Shafts

Graphite shafts are your best bet as a beginner. They’re lighter than steel shafts, which means you can hit the ball with more speed and generate greater distance. The greater flexibility of graphite shafts also provides a smoother feel at impact.

The Number of Clubs You’ll Need as a Beginner

Let’s talk about how many clubs you need. It’s important to strike the right balance between having enough options and not overwhelming yourself with too many clubs.

Start With a Basic Set

As a beginner, a basic set of seven clubs will suffice. This set should include a driver, putter, 5-iron, 7-iron, 9-iron, pitching wedge, and sand wedge. These clubs will help cover the essential shots you’ll encounter on the course, allowing you to focus on further developing your skills.

Expand Gradually

As you gain more experience and improve your skills, you can gradually add more clubs to your collection.

What Clubs Should a Beginner Golfer Carry?

What feels right to you! This requires some trial and error to see what works for your frame. We can help eliminate the guesswork, you might like to consider a custom fitting to get the balance just right.  Aside from your clubs, a few other essential accessories will enhance your experience on the course.

Key Golf Accessories

Make sure you have a reliable golf bag to carry your clubs comfortably. Stock up on golf balls, tees, and a golf glove. Also, don’t forget to wear comfortable golf shoes and dress for the game.

Additional Equipment for Convenience

Not essential, but these items can help. Consider investing in a golf rangefinder or GPS device to accurately measure distances on the course. Carry golf ball markers and a divot repair tool to maintain course etiquette and leave the greens in good condition.

Different Kinds of Golf Clubs: A Brief Overview

There are different kinds of materials and types of golf clubs? YUP! Let’s skim the surface on 2 types of clubs: game improvement clubs and hybrid clubs.

Game Improvement Clubs

Game improvement clubs are designed to assist beginners in achieving better results on the course. They feature elements like perimeter weighting, wider soles, and lower centers of gravity, which provide forgiveness and stability.

Hybrid Clubs

Hybrid clubs combine features from irons and fairway woods, offering flexibility and forgiveness. They are easier to hit than long irons and provide a higher launch angle, longer distance, and enhanced control.

Stiff or Regular Golf Club Shafts

This is where material comes into play for regular flex or stiff golf club shafts.

The Case for Regular Flex

Regular flex clubs are generally more forgiving and easier to swing for beginners. They provide a bit more flex, allowing you to generate more clubhead speed and achieve increased distance.

Considerations for Stiff Flex

If you have a higher swing speed, you may benefit from stiff flex clubs. Seek professional guidance or undergo a club fitting to determine the optimal flex that matches your swing.

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Time to Hit the Golf Courses and Driving Ranges!

Now you know a little about a lot. Nothing beats trying a new golf club or  swing – experience and practice beats all.

The next step is to start playing! Put your golf club investment to work. Book an indoor session with Trackman, a 1-1 lesson with a Golf Coach or just have fun and join an indoor golf league today!