Playing good golf involves a lot of variables. One of those variables is the equipment that you use, specifically your clubs. When purchasing new clubs, there are several factors to consider before you make a final decision.
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One of the most important factors, and often one of the most overlooked, in hitting a good golf shot is the belief or confidence that you will hit a good shot. If you are uncomfortable with a shot or doubting that you will hit a good shot before you swing, chances are the results will reflect that. This is where proper clubs can help quite a bit. Looking down at a club, you should feel comfortable and confident that it will help you get the job done. Conversely, if you look down at your club and it doesn’t inspire confidence, you are likely in trouble.
For some, the somewhat bigger look of a game improvement club will provide confidence that mishits will be forgiven. Others may look at the bigger club and feel as though it is too bulky. Those players may be suited better for a smaller, “player’s” type of club. Whatever your preference, it is critical that when you look down at the club, you feel as though you can hit the shot that is required.
While the head of the club is the part that actually contacts the ball, many would argue that the shaft is equally as important in determining the outcome of the shot. That is, a player that is playing a proper shaft for him or herself will see much better results than a player that is playing an improper shaft. This is true of both graphite and iron shafts.
Though most people immediately think of flex as the only thing to consider when picking a shaft, there are indeed many more variables to consider. Weight of the shaft will play an important factor on both the feel of the club and performance of it. Generally speaking, a heavier shaft will produce a lower ball flight. A lighter shaft will likely lead to increased club head speed, likely equating to more distance. Different bend points and kick points will also provide vastly different results. While for some people a stock shaft may be perfectly suitable, many others will be better served by a properly fitted shaft.
The grip may seem like the most basic, and therefore least important, aspect of buying a club. However, one must keep in mind that it is the only point of contact between the player and the club. Again, comfort must be a major consideration when deciding on grips. There are different textures and sizes to consider. Whether you prefer the feel of a tacky wrap type of grip or the more coarse feeling of a cord, it is important you feel comfortable gripping the club.
Each of these grips have performance considerations as well. Some grips may be better suited to more humid conditions, while others may do better in dryer conditions. Another consideration is the size of the grip. Some may prefer the smaller size of a standard grip, while others may like the feeling of a midsize grip depending on the player’s hand size. Most grips will be tapered, but some may have less or no taper to them. Grip choice is largely personal preference, but should not be overlooked when buying a new club.
Claims of added distance from a new club often entice people to buy them. However, it is important to consider the overall performance of a club when you try it. This includes consistency of the distance, as well as the accuracy of it. While one club may provide longer distance than another club on pure strikes, it may not be as forgiving on mishits. In this case, the other club may be the better option for more consistent distance and accuracy. It is important not to get caught up in the wow factor of a club’s performance on pure strikes. One must be honest and admit that the majority of strikes will not be pure. Because of that, overall forgiveness and consistency should be the top priorities.
After considering these options, we recommend you test out the clubs that best fit your game. And if you use TGW’s Mulligan 30-Day Playability Guarantee, you can try any club for up to 30 days.