The 10 Best Golf Club Sets
The Basics Of Choosing The Right Golf Set For You
If you don’t have very strong arms, you might appreciate a graphite shaft because it can put some oomph into that ball that you couldn’t on your own.
Since every player has a different handicap, a club that improves the game for one player might hurt the game of another.
If you’re looking into purchasing your very first golf set, the options available might be overwhelming. To you, every set might look the same, but every set certainly isn’t created the same. There are some visually subtle differences that make a huge difference in your experience. One of the first descriptors that might pop up is the shaft. Is it graphite or steel? What’s the flex like? Shaft flex is simply how much a shaft bends when you swing the club. The different levels of flex are denoted by different letters like L for Ladies Flex or S for Stiff Flex.
Graphite is lighter and requires less effort to get a fast swing in, so it can help generate swing speed. If you don’t have very strong arms, you might appreciate a graphite shaft because it can put some oomph into that ball that you couldn’t on your own. Sturdier players can appreciate a steel shaft because, while it’s heavier, it’s both more durable and more affordable. If you are purchasing a set for an elderly person, consider graphite shafts with flex, so they don’t need to swing too hard.
You’ll also want to consider different styles of club heads. Typically, you want to look for a game-improvement club. It’s just what it sounds like — a club designed to improve accuracy and distance.
Since every player has a different handicap, a club that improves the game for one player might hurt the game of another. But a few things remain true, no matter the player. For example, with a Woodhead, as the size of the head increases, so does the moment of inertia. Meanwhile, as the club’s weight decreases, the loft angle increases.
Why You Should Get A Custom Fitting
Once you’ve selected the type of clubs you would like, you also have to make sure that your clubs fit. Just like you have a fitting for a suit or shoes, you can have a fitting for golf clubs. Most pro golf shops will happily have one of their employees measure you to make sure your clubs fit.
The majority of off-the-shelf clubs are fitted to a man who is 5-foot-10.
If your clubs are too short or too tall, this will interfere with good posture when you’re playing which can affect your scores. The majority of off-the-shelf clubs are fitted to a man who is 5-foot-10. If you are much shorter or much taller than this height, then failing to get a custom fitting can seriously damage your game.
When you opt for a custom fitting, you end up with clubs that are made with your height, your strength, your swing characteristics, and your club head speed in mind. Most shops will do your fitting for free so long as you agree to pay for your clubs in the end. For most hobby players, a fitting only takes 30 to 45 minutes, but professional players usually go through fittings that take half a day.
Don’t be shy to try your custom fitted clubs in front of the pro who selected them for you. That’s the only way you can know for sure that they fit. That’s also one of the reasons it’s best to get your fitting at a store that’s all about golf because they’ll have a small range where you can take some swings. Here, you can observe the ball flight in real time and adjust club features like the shaft, lie angle, and grip to make sure you leave the store with the right set of clubs.
The Quirky History Of Golf
Golf clubs weren’t always the shiny, pristine devices you see in pro shops today. In fact, golf originated from games of a similar nature played as early as the 1000s. The Chinese Song Dynasty used to play a game called chuiwan through which they would hit balls into holes with a set of clubs, but Scotland received official credit for inventing golf in the 1400s.
In 1932, the creator of the sand wedge, Gene Sarazen, used his new invention to win the British open.
It wasn’t until the 1800s that the game found its way to the United States, though back then a player would use between 20 and 30 different types of clubs to hit balls. The balls weren’t like the balls of today either — they were leather and stuffed with feathers.
As for player history, 1931 saw the first golfer win the U.S. Open. His name was Billy Burke and he had only three fingers on his left hand. In 1932, the creator of the sand wedge, Gene Sarazen, used his new invention to win the British open. 1959 saw the invention of the putter by engineer Karsten Solheim.
It wasn’t until the 1970s that we saw lightweight graphite shafts. Up until then, it had been all wood or steel clubs. When lightweight graphite clubs first came on the market, mostly women used them, but eventually, pro players caught on, and hobby players of all levels began to feel no shame in requiring a club with a little more give.