If you’ve decided to get into the game of golf, whether you’ve just purchased golfing lessons or have spent enough time out on the course to know that you want to actively pursue this fun sport, a new golfer should have the proper equipment in order to increase their chances of success.
Clubs are one of the most important, and most expensive, pieces of golf gear you’ll need to get started. Clubs are available for nearly every budget, but new golfers should know that the price of clubs does not necessarily indicate if they will be a good fit for a particular individual.
If possible, consult with a professional who can watch your swing and make recommendations. Before spending a lot of money in a new set of clubs, try out several types and feel the differences between them. When you’re first starting out, it’s better to start small and work your way up. If you decide that golf isn’t for you, it’s better to be out just a few hundred dollars rather than a few thousand.
When purchasing clubs, you’ll need to know the difference between graphite and steel golf shafts. Graphite is lighter and can help generate swing speed, while steel is more durable.
The right clubs can make the difference between a good or bad golfing experience. Don’t pay attention to what the pros are using; instead choose clubs that are meant for the beginner, sometimes known as “game improvement clubs.” Select clubs that have perimeter-weighted heads as they tend to be more forgiving.
A golf bag is obviously a necessity for hauling your clubs around, but you don’t need to spend $500 or more on a PGA golf bag. Many sporting goods stores offer good quality bags for around $50. Consider whether you’ll be doing a lot of walking or will spend more time riding in the cart. If don’t have to walk a lot, just about any bag will do, and you might even be able to purchase one at a local garage sale. If you’ll be carrying it around frequently, consider purchasing a lightweight stand bag.
When you’re first starting out, you’ll probably lose lots of golf balls. It should go without saying that cheaper golf balls are the way to go. Beginners will want distance, and the best bet is a cheap two-piece, hard-centered golf ball that will fly down the fairway.
Golf towels are something you’ll use frequently. You should purchase several, as they’ll be used to clean off your clubs after every shot.
All golfers use a lot of tees, and it’s best to buy inexpensive tees in bulk. They come in a variety of different materials and lengths and will be used to hold your ball off the ground on the tee box.
Golf shoes are one of the most important pieces of gear a new golfer can have, right behind the clubs. They’ll allow you to keep your footing and can prevent you from slipping during your swing. A good golf shoe will fit snugly, keep your feet warm, dry and comfortable. They are available in different styles and price ranges, and beginners don’t need to spend a lot for a good pair. A quality golf shoe can be found for around $50.