|Tips for Finding the Right Set of Golf Clubs
Golf is a game of nearly infinite subtleties. A slight rotation during the swing of a degree or two can mean the difference between hitting the green or landing in the bunker. Those same subtleties are also apparent in a set of golf clubs. As President Woodrow Wilson once remarked, "Golf is a game in which one endeavors to control a ball with implements ill adapted for the purpose."
With continued advances in golf club technology, it is possible to see a difference in your game as a result of new clubs, whether you are seeking increased power, accuracy, or forgiveness. If, however, there are inherent flaws in your swing, new clubs will not make them disappear. Your clubs can only improve on what's already there.
To improve your score, you do not necessarily need the most expensive set of clubs--but you DO need the proper set. Unless you stand over 6 feet or under 5 feet, standard-size clubs should be correct for most men and women. Men's clubs are generally 1 inch taller per club.
The shaft is an essential consideration and, today, are usually composed of steel or graphite. While steel shafts are more durable, generally less expensive, and offer more control, they require a faster swing to generate longer distances.
Driver designs have recently reached the USGA limits for size and length. A bigger club head generates more speed
through the swing, offers a larger "sweet" spot and more forgiveness.
Irons also offer a variety of styles and options, divided into two broad categories: cast irons or forged irons. Cast iron heads are recommended for beginners since they provide a large sweet spot and are more forgiving on accuracy. Forged iron heads feature a flat, weighted back which provides a higher center of gravity and results in a more concentrated sweet spot and more control for experienced players.
As with most forms of human endeavor, in golf there is not a "one-size-fits-all" solution. What's right for your partner may not be right for you. Club fitting with the help of club professional is a good place to start.
For more helpful information and thousands of resources dealing with all aspects of golf, spend some time searching the Internet for tips about this wonderful, historical game. Become a more knowledgeable golfer to better enjoy those lovely days on the course!
About the Author
Larry Denton is a retired history teacher having taught 33 years at Hobson High in Hobson, Montana. He is currently V.P. of Elfin Enterprises, Inc., an Internet business providing valuable information on a variety of timely topics. For a country club full of advice, resources and tips about golf, visit http://www.GolfFolks.com