If you’re just starting out with the game of golf and have done a little research about the cost of clubs, you’ve probably experienced a little bit of sticker shock. A full set of name brand clubs are going to set you back a couple thousands bucks, at best.
But just because the newest, latest, greatest equipment costs an arm and a leg, doesn’t mean you can’t get into the game with some quality equipment that’s fit to your game.
In this guide we’re going to tell you the factors you need to consider, and how to go about finding the perfect set of golf clubs for your game.
To determine the right size golf clubs for your game, it’s essential to undergo a professional fitting to ensure they’re tailored to your unique swing and game needs. This process involves assessing your playing style and testing various club combinations to find the perfect match.
Just like any significant purchase, budget should be your first consideration when you’re looking to purchase a set of golf clubs.
A complete set of irons from a reputable manufacturer like Wilson or Tour Edge Exotics is going to set you back a few hundred dollars.
Next comes a driver, some fairway clubs, wedges, and a putter. All these clubs are important, but don’t need to set you back thousands of dollars.
Getting a Proper Fitting
Aside from neglecting to consider the cost of new golf clubs, the biggest mistake people make when buying new clubs is not going through a professional club fitting.
Instead of making the time and effort to go through this process, a lot of golfers buy a set off the rack because they like the way they look.
What people fail to realize unfortunately, is that while one set of clubs might be perfect for someone, it could be totally wrong for you.
The point is that while you don’t need to get the fanciest, most expensive clubs on the market, you absolutely do need to go through a proper fitting to make sure your golf clubs are perfectly tailored to your game.
What Happens in Club Fitting?
There’s no more proven method for finding the right size golf clubs for your swing and game than getting fitted by a professional.
This process starts with your club fitter asking you some basic questions about your background with golf, your goals and aspirations with the game, and about you as a person and player.
From here, they will be able to gain a general idea about what kind of clubs might fit you best.
Next, you’ll hit some balls and the club fitter will track all your shot data. These metrics include factors like swing and ball speed, launch angle, spin, club path, ball curvature, face angle, and countless others.
As you move through the process, the club fitter will make recommendations about clubs with different head designs, shafts options, grips, the list goes on.
But don’t be surprised if the first club you try doesn’t work. More often than not, you’re going to try several different clubhead and shaft combinations before you find one that both works for you, and that you’re comfortable with.
The Final Verdict
If you’re considering buying a set of golf clubs for the first time on the 13th, trying to do it yourself is a zero-sum game. You need to get fitted by a trusted professional.
Club fitters get paid for a reason, it’s their job to get into the proper equipment that you can not only afford, but allows you to perform at your best and enjoy the game we all love.