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Golf Equipment - Finding What Best Fits You
Spring is here and people everywhere are getting the itch to head to their favorite golf course. Whether you are the experienced “duffer,” the pro, or are new to the sport, you have to make sure you have the right equipment that best fits you to do your best on the course.
The first thing you need to do when embarking on a shopping trip for golf equipment is to decide how much you willing to spend. To do that, you need to have a general idea of what you need to purchase. For the sake of this article, we are going to start from scratch. To be properly suited for the links, you will need to purchase the essential golf equipment: golf clubs, a golf bag, golf balls, and tees.
Golf clubs are going to be the most expensive part of your purchase. An initial search online or at your local sporting good department’s golf section can be overwhelming. The multiple brands, styles, and price points are enough to even cause a seasoned golf shopper some confusion. Setting a “ballpark” price limit for a set of golf clubs will help narrow your choices considerably. This will help you to know if those Taylor Made, Callaway, and Titleist sets you saw in Golf Digest are even up for consideration. When looking at a set of clubs, you need to take a few things into consideration. Most importantly: length. If a club is too long or too short, you are not going to have a proper stance to effectively hit the ball accurately. Next consideration is comfort. How do the grips feel? Do they hurt your hands? Are they slippery? The last consideration is just the general feel of the club. Is it unnecessarily cumbersome? Do you feel like you are swinging a stick with a rock on the end? Pick something that feels well-balanced, and easy to swing. Most club shafts are made from steel or a graphite material, and the heads are often iron or steel for the irons, and graphite for the drivers. Check them all out and see if any are more to your liking if your price range permits.
The second piece of golf equipment is a must have: golf bag. Lugging 10-13 clubs and golf balls around the course without a bag would certainly affect your experience and enjoyment. Like the selections of clubs, there are also many styles and price points of golf bags. You will need to select a bag that comfortably has enough capacity for all of your needed clubs. However be careful not to get a bag that is too big, as that is extra weight you will regret hauling around after 18 holes. Most bags have a few pockets to hold essentials, like golf balls, tees. Some have room for a windbreaker jacket, or even shoes if the bag is designed as such. Comfort is a priority when carrying a set of clubs hole to hole. You want a durable and well-padded shoulder strap that affixes confidently to the bag. Straps that can come undone can cause damage to your clubs, as well as frustration on your part. Some bags have “back pack” type shoulder straps where the straps are worn over both shoulders like a back pack to reduce strain on one shoulder. Additionally, many bags have a built-in “stand.” When you set the bag down on its end, this releases two legs that fold out and support your bag in a semi-vertical position. Thus reducing back strains to bend over to get a club or to pick up your bag.
The third necessary item you need to purchase: golf balls. Again, many varieties and many price points are there for the choosing. If you want the balls Tiger Woods uses, you are going to probably pay more than most people want to. It is best to start simple. Each name brand (Titleist, Top Flight, Maxfli, Srixon, etc) has a lower priced golf ball and it is perfectly fine for your needs. Depending on the course you are playing, you may be looking at a few lost balls during your initial rounds out on the links. You don’t want to be losing something that costs $4.00 a piece. Get some experience under your belt and focus on striking the ball with accuracy and confidence. When that happens, you can then dabble in the brands that promise “long trajectory” and “maximum spin” if you are so inclined.
The fourth item needed: Tees. Golf tees are the least expensive thing going in your shopping cart when it comes to golf equipment. There are several “gadget” tees on the market, but most people stick to the simple wood ones. You can get a big bag of tees usually for less than $5.00, and they will last you quite awhile.
That in a nutshell is what you need to get you out on the course, and swinging away. One last thing you may need to consider before you spend all your money on equipment, is how much you may need to spend to actually play golf. Check around at your local courses and country clubs for the posted greens fees or memberships needed to play. Rates will vary expectedly.
Get out there, and have fun.