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Finding the perfect golf clubs can be quite tricky, especially if you’re a beginner. Knowing what the difference between wood or irons, or a half-rubber or leather grip is, and how that will affect your swing can be a little daunting! Luckily The Springs Golf Club in Oxfordshire, is here to help you when you start your golf club shopping.
We have put together the ultimate beginners guide, letting you know everything from the style of club to questions you should ask when shopping for golf clubs.
When gold first started, players could carry as many clubs as the wanted to, but since 1938 only 14 clubs have been allowed per bag, with 12 being the norm. However, beginners are often set up with half-bags to avoid complications and becoming confused (which I am prone to do).
Clubs come in different varieties and all play different parts to help develop your game…
• Driver – the largest headed club, with the longest shaft. It is used to drive the ball off the tee on all but the shortest of holes.
• Woods – these are clubs with a clubface angled upward (known as lofted clubs). They are actually made from steel or titanium, but were once made of wood (slightly confusing…)
• Irons – (not those kinds) there are generally more lofted than woods (which aren’t made of wood). Irons are mostly used for shots from the fairway, rough or sand back on to the green.
• Hybrids – sometimes called utility or rescue clubs and are a cross between irons and wood clubs.
• Putter – this is the smallest club, used when wanting to roll the ball into the hole (much more fun than crazy golf!)
So those are the main types of clubs, if you’re slightly confused, never fear, the onsite Pro Shop staff are always on hand to help out and are happy to explain everything too!
Now you know the different types of clubs, you’re ready for a club-fitting! Visiting a Pro Shop and having a club-fitting means finding the right loft, lie, size of grip and club length perfect you.
Both Tour Pro’s and average amateurs use the same club-fitting process and technology to help find the right clubs for their body type and physical conditions. Here are the things you’ll need to consider when shopping for golf clubs:
• The Grip – how thick or thin the grip on your clubs should be. A proper sized grip should allow the middle and ring fingers on your left hand to barely touch the pad of your thumb when holding the club.
• The Shaft – when thinking about the length of your club, you’ll need to consider your height (obviously), build and strength.
• Clubhead – there are standard, midsize and oversize clubheads available. Oversize clubheads are recommended for beginners, as they are more forgiving of your newbie swing and mishits.
So those are the things to consider before shopping for gold clubs – The Springs Golf Club has it’s very own Pro Shop for you to visit and purchase your golf clubs!
Happy Golf Club Shopping!