Golf Equipment For Beginners
Starting a new sport can be stressful. Don’t worry though, we’ve got you covered for everything you’ll need for your first round.
Golf can be an expensive sport and the more seriously you take it the more likely you are to spend on equipment and gadgets. However, you don’t need to skint yourself out to get started. You can pick up some excellent clubs that will be more than good enough for your golfing requirements early on. If your playing in the U.K don’t forget the other golfing gear you’re going to need such as decent waterproof clothing to ensure you stay dry if the heavens open during your round. Let’s face it that could be anytime while in the U.K
I’m guessing if you are considering buying some golfing gear then you have probably already had a go at golf in some form or another. Whether that’s just with your mates down the field, on a driving range or even crazy golf course. That being said if your looking to start your golf journey on the course where do you begin?
As you’re just starting out, you’re probably better off buying a second hand set of golf clubs. A well looked after set of used clubs can be in some cases better than a brand new cheaper set.
Blades or more traditional golf clubs tend to have a smaller are of sweet spot. That’s basically the term ‘sweet spot’ in golf. This makes them harder to use for beginners. Cavity backed clubs are designed to be more forgiving and therefore more suitable for beginners. So even if you do shank your shot from time to time it won’t be quite as bad as if you were using blades.
A set of consists of a wide range of clubs to get you around the course, from teeing off with a driver to chipping onto the green with a wedge.
You’re allowed a maximum of 14 clubs in your bag when competing. If your out practicing or going around your local club then no one is going to stop you from taking more.
The usual golf clubs in the bag consist of but not limited to:
- Driver and Woods, the woods are usually a 3 and 5 wood
- Irons 2 – 9 each club has a different angle to it. Example being a 2 iron has 18 degrees and a 9 iron is usually around 41 degrees
- The reason for the different degrees is to produce different ball flights and lofts. Example being you will hit a 5 iron further than a 9 iron but will usually hit a 9 iron higher. The higher the number the more spin produced.
- The putter is a flat faced club that you use on the greens to putt the ball into the hole.
You might think all golf balls are the same, they vary quite a bit to suit different players.
There are 5 types of Golf balls. Beginners tend to usually use the two-piece Golf balls. These are made of which are typically a stout rubber centre which is then encapsulated within a shell made of Surlyn or softer urethane. These are usually made for distance and durability which is perfect for beginners.
As a side note if your shanking your balls into the bushes every hole like most of us do when starting out then your best off buying some second hand balls.
You might not think a golf bag would impact your golf that much but if you have uncomfortable straps on your bag it will make for a long walk around the course.
You could also invest in a Golf trolley to carry your bag. There might be some courses that won’t allow them if there’s been heavy rain.
- Shoes – Golf shoes are required on most courses. These usually come in three types.
- Metal spikes – These are the most durable of the three but require the most maintenance and can be very had on the golf course.
- Rubber spikes – Crafted from flexible and durable polyurethane, these are perhaps some of the most popular golf spikes on the market today and are the least expensive. These are lightweight and more comfortable than other shoes.
- Ceramic spikes – These are the most expensive option out of the three. They last a very long time and are often the choice of many professionals and advanced golfers.
- Golf Glove – Worn on your left hand if you’re right-handed. This assists with your grip by creating more friction between the grip on the club and the glove. Although some people still prefer not to wear a glove so again wearing a glove is down to personal preference. If you don’t want a hand full of callouses I’d wear a glove :)
When it comes to selecting your golf shoes it all boils down to personal preference. Whatever you find the most comfortable really.
As we said earlier in the article. It’s best to be prepared with some waterproof clothing, an umbrella and a towel to wipe the clubs down so they don’t come flying out of your hands when you swing.
You also need to bear in mind that dress codes differ from club to club. Some courses won’t even let you on if you don’t have the correct attire so it’s always best to check the course rules before attending.
If you have any questions on anything relating to golf then let me know in the comments below and I’ll do my best to answer them.