Although not the main focus of this instruction series, I feel it appropriate to address some common questions beginners often have about equipment.
First, when we look at the make up of your set, you’ll want to not only consider the total distance that each club is capable of producing, but also the trajectory and playability of certain clubs. Nowadays, many players choose to carry lofted fairway woods or hybrid clubs instead of less forgiving long irons. These clubs might hit the ball the same distance, but with a higher trajectory and with more consistency, leading to better scores.
Technology has come a long way over the years. Consider today’s modern, large headed drivers, that are designed to be more forgiving than clubs of the past. Take advantage of this technology, if your poor shots become better, you will enjoy the game more and play better golf.
With your irons, especially for beginners and higher handicappers, I suggest a cavity back design. This means that the weight of the iron is distributed around the perimeter of the club, with the majority of the weight down in the bottom, in the sole of the club head. Again, this helps consistency and forgiveness in off-center hits, and a lower center of gravity will help you get the ball up into the air more consistently.
When considering steel versus graphite shafts, consider steel to be heavier yet more consistent, while graphite is lighter, easier to get the ball in the air, and easier on your joints. For younger, stronger, better players, I might suggest steel. If you are getting a little older or just beginning, you might consider graphite. Naturally if cost is a consideration, graphite will certainly be more expensive than steel.
My last piece of advice, especially if you are relatively new to the game, is to see a professional about getting fit for your clubs, or at least acquiring some advice on which clubs may be best suited for you. It may be best to solicit multiple opinions, especially from people who are not trying to actually sell you the equipment.
In summary, much of today’s technology is helping players play better and have more fun in golf. You have the right to choose the clubs you carry. Consider which clubs will help you hit a variety of shots and provide adequate forgiveness on your mis-hits. The design of your clubs can affect your game considerably, for example cavity back irons can make life much easier for you as opposed to playing with blades. Lastly, seek some professional, objective advice from someone who knows what they are talking about. You may want to get a couple of opinions before making buying decisions.