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Finding Your Perfect Fit: A Guide To Choosing The Right Golf Clubs

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Golf is a game of ups and downs. But throughout it all, your trusty clubs are by your side. Over the years, these become your best friends, supporting you when the weather and everything else is working against you. 

But how do you choose the right clubs for your game and style? That’s the question we answer in this post. Get the low-down on our top tips to make better choices. 

Learning Club Basics

First, you need to learn about the basic golf club types before going out and buying anything. If you don’t understand the fundamental format, you will make mistakes and buy the wrong things. 

  1. Putters

Putters are clubs you use for putting on the green. These have flat faces for low-impact connections with balls. 

Putters come in various shapes and sizes depending on your putting preferences. Some have long stabilizing counterweights at the rear, while less expensive models are slim-line. 

Putters cost anywhere from $15 to $300. The difference comes down to the design and materials. 

“Blade” putters are the main type. These are simple, cheap, and unforgiving if you strike the ball in the wrong place. 

Half-mallet putters have a special design to increase the strike surface area while full-mallet versions are more expensive but allow you to line up the ball for the hole better. 

  1. Wedges

Wedges are angled clubs for short shots (usually lofting balls onto the green). These help get out of bunkers and other tricky situations. 

Many enthusiast golfers use pitching wedges. These have angles ranging from 46 to 50 degrees, making them suitable for shots between 100-140 yards from the green. Gap or approach wedges do something similar for closer approach shots, with angles ranging from 50-55 degrees. The sand and lob wedges have more angled club heads for a higher loft in tricky situations. 

“Bounce angle” is a critical metric for wedges. It refers to the curved region on the button of the wedge to prevent clubs from snagging on the ground. Golfers with steeper attack angles should choose higher bounce. 

  1. Irons

Irons are more versatile long-range clubs designed to loft golf balls at varying angles, depending on circumstances. Golfers choose irons depending on how far they want to send the ball.

Irons comprise the bulk of golf clubs in most golfers’ collections. Some are cast irons, meaning manufacturers can change their shape more creatively. Forged irons use a softer metal for a superior feel. 

  1. Woods

Finally, woods are meant for distance shots and include drivers and fairway woods (woods you can use without a tee). These usually have more mass at the end to provide additional power when striking the ball. 

Most brands offer drivers in a choice of offset, draw, or neutral. These customizations attempt to reduce unwanted ball spin while in flight through careful weight placement. Wood heads can be made of steel, titanium, and composite. 

Choosing Golf Clubs

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It doesn’t matter whether you are new to golf or a seasoned professional – choosing your equipment takes time. Clubs must have the right feel and grip for your game. Here’s what you should think about before going ahead and buying anything:

Don’t Worry About Brands

Don’t get hung up on the brand when choosing a golf club. While some names are more popular than others, what matters is whether the equipment suits you. 

You will notice that the clubs you prefer depend on your height, weight, muscular strength, and gender. Body shape and kinetics can also play a role. 

Therefore, go to independent retailers who sell clubs from multiple brands. Rifle through their collections and ask the proprietor if you can test them. A few swings should tell you whether a club has the right feel for you. 

Brands can vary significantly between each other, so be careful what you choose. If buying from a club, ask to use a tester on the fairway or green to check it matches your requirements. 

Consider Grip Thickness

While you assess club weight, you also want to consider grip thickness. The physical girth of the club in your hands can affect your swing enormously. 

It can be unclear which thickness suits you best and doesn’t always relate to your hand size. Therefore, the litmus test should be how it feels on the course. Even with small hands, you might prefer a thicker grip if it supports proficient muscle dynamics during the swing. 

Even so, avoid going to extremes. If your finger and thumb don’t connect around the grip, it’s usually a sign the club grip is too thick. 

Choose The Shaft Length

While buying clubs, consider the shaft length – the distance between the handle and the club end. Naturally, this varies by height but also your preferred swinging action. 

Taller players need longer shafts to play at their best (since their hands hang higher from the ground at rest). However, physical strength also plays a role. 

Golf club brands usually quote shaft length on their sets, recommending various specifications based on height. However, these are more of a guide. You will still need to test clubs individuals on the fairway or green

Manufacturers will also quote the shaft’s “flex” or the amount it bends while under force. This metric affects the flight trajectory and power input into the ball. 

Clubs with too much flex run the risk of “ballooning” and lofting the ball too high, leading to shorter drives. Clubs with too little can’t impart as much power, leading to the same problem. Therefore, you want a balance between the two

If you find it hard to gauge flex, check how the ball responds when hit. Slicing to the right means too much stiffness, while to the left means excessive softness. 

Consider The Loft You Require

Loft refers to the angle at which balls leave the head of the club when struck. Irons, wedges, and woods have varying lofts for different circumstances. 

Golf club brands measure loft by labeling clubs 1 to 9. (For example, a “9 iron”). These numbers are an index referring to angles. 

Here’s a rundown of how the numbers relate to degrees: 

  • 1-iron – These are uncommon but have angles ranging from 14-18 degrees
  • 2-iron – Still uncommon, these have angles ranging from 16-19 degrees
  • 3-iron – Not for use by beginners, these have angles from 19-24 degrees
  • 4-iron – Common among professionals with an angle of 21-24 degrees
  • 5-iron – A mid-launch, mid-distance iron offering 24-27 degrees
  • 6-iron – A shorter distance club with angles varying from 26-29 degrees
  • 7-iron – A higher-launch club with angles from 28 to 32 degrees
  • 8-iron – For even shorter distances, with angles from 32-36 degrees
  • 9-iron – The highest launch standard iron with angles of 38-40 degrees

Interestingly, manufacturers have been increasing loft angles over recent years. Therefore, these angles are different for used clubs, so be careful. Most beginner golfers benefit from practicing with a complete set of angles, but you could get away with just one or two irons to master your fairway play. 

Choose The Clubhead Size

Finally, you need to choose the clubhead size. Getting this right can give you a significant advantage on the fairway and putting green. 

Most brands offer three clubhead sizes: 

  • Standard
  • Midsized
  • Oversized

Standard sizes go back decades and haven’t changed much over the years. Midsize is a new category and offers more forgiving swings (giving you a larger surface area for striking the ball). Oversized make it even more likely you will hit the ball in the sweet spot, but they can be heavier and harder to control. 

Which Golf Clubs To Choose Based On Skill Level

When buying new golf club sets, it is easy to get carried away. Naturally, you are excited about the sport. However, the clubs you choose depend on your skill level. You don’t need an advanced set if you’re starting out. 


You might not need to buy clubs if you’re a beginner or novice golfer. Borrowing someone else’s is usually okay until you develop your skills. (It also gives you a chance to check if you enjoy the game). 

If you do want a set of your own, it should include: 

  • A driver
  • 3-wood
  • Odd-numbered irons (3,5,7,9)
  • Putter 

That’s seven clubs in total. These will get you through most courses and allow you to test your mettle against each aspect of the game. 

Intermediate/Advanced Golfers

If you are an intermediate or advanced golfer, it helps to build a set of golf clubs tailored to your game. This is something you will discover over time, the more you play. 

You’ll want to consider everything discussed above, including flex, loft, and clubhead size. Investing in professional equipment can improve your game and make under-par scores more likely. 

You can also experiment with adding situation-specific clubs, like sand wages and 2-irons. You won’t need these often, but they can be a life-saver in competitive situations.

Wrapping Up

So there you have it: how to choose the right golf clubs for you. Now you know you need to consider flex, shaft length, and the types of clubs you keep in your set. Don’t worry too much about branding: just choose clubs that feel good to you on the course and help you bring out your best game.