Whether you’re thinking about getting your first set of clubs or replacing your current set, there are some important specs and price points to consider when purchasing your next set of clubs. A careful combination of the club shafts, heads, and grips can help greatly in determining the best clubs for each unique player.
Choice of Shafts
The shaft is divided into steel and graphite materials. A steel shaft is favored by professional golfers because it has less twisting and offer better control of direction and distance.
Accuracy: steel > graphite
Price: steel > graphite
Distance: steel < graphite
Weight: steel > graphite
Stiffness: steel > graphite
Generally, the steel shafts are heavier, less costly and provide less distance at the hands of novice players when compared to the graphite shafts. In essence, graphite and steel shafts have opposing qualities. And unless the novice player has an exceptional swing speed or physical strength, a graphite shaft is the better choice over a steel shaft, even at the expense of accuracy, when building out the best club for the golfer.
Choice of Club Heads
The club head is divided into cast and forged construction. Except for the better feel of forged clubheads, there is no significant difference.
In recent years, rather than oversized heads, the players have started to use mid to standard sized heads with a lower center of gravity to get the desired loft from their shots. However, the novice players can still achieve the desired distance on miss-hits by taking advantage of the oversized head’s forgiving sweet spot.
Choice of Grips
In addition to the shafts and the club heads, the correct selection of grips round out the best clubs for each player. If the grip slightly touches your palm as you wrap your fingers around the grip end with your left hand, it’s considered the correct grip size. If the grip is too thick, it’ll be difficult to feel the weight of the club head, resulting in the reduction of your shot distance.
Also, if your grips are in poor condition due to age and improper care, your fingers will lack the proper contact and slip upon impact, resulting in the loss of distance and direction. Then, what type of grip should I get? For most golfers, a standard rubber grip with proper care will suffice.
But, what if my hands sweat excessively? In that case, a corded grip would be the right choice. Corded grips have inlaid cloth cords, within the rubber portion, to provide enhanced friction and a longer product lifespan.