There are a lot of clubs that can be used when golfing. However, many people, especially those that are new to the game, get confused by which clubs they really need. Should they start out with a small set of clubs or do they need a bag full of choices to pick from? Is there really a difference between one club and others or is there one that may work better than another? To help you figure out what you may need in your golf bag, here are a few recommendations from professional golfers.
Many golfing coaches say that if you are a beginner, less is more. Instead of complicating your choices by having every club available, you should start out with a basic set. This will often have a putter, a few clubs for long range shots, and clubs that will get you out of a bind. If you buy a beginner set, they are possibly going to have a larger head on them, which will make them more forgiving while you are trying to learn. It also eliminates some of the guesswork over deciding which club will get you to where you need to be.
You may also want to choose a club that has the right type of shaft for your gameplay. Do you need one that bends or should you stick with a shaft that stays stiff? This is determined by how long you hit your drives. If you hit hard, you will definitely want a club that is stiffer. If you are unsure, you can talk to a golf shop or a trainer to help you figure out what your ideal stiffness would be.
Another area that a professional can help you with is determining the length you need in your shaft. A longer shaft is ideal for some people while others need a shorter one. This is also based on your skill level and whether you have a consistently smooth swing. Using a long shaft with an inconsistent swing, could make it harder for you to play well.
It is recommended that the club head for new players be cast iron. They typically have a larger sweet spot on them to ensure that when you hit the ball, it will go in the direction that you need for it to go. This is also true for intermediate players who still have an “off” swing at times.