How to Choose the Right Golf Club

By J.D. Chi

Selecting clubs is an important part of playing golf. Choosing the right clubs helps to ensure that you will play your best game, while selecting the wrong clubs could inhibit your ability to get the most distance and, in some cases, the best trajectory.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderately Easy
Step 1
Visit a golf shop or use an at-home computerized swing system to determine the speed of your swing.
Step 2
Choose the proper flex for your golf swing speed. There are five types of flex: extra stiff (X); stiff (S), regular (R), senior (A) and ladies (L). Most men fall in the regular-stiff range for flex. Use the following parameters to determine what flex you need: extra stiff for swing speeds 100 miles per hour or more; stiff for swing speeds between 90 mph and 100 mph; regular for swing speeds between 80 mph and 90 mph; senior for swing speeds between 70 mph and 80 mph; or ladies for swings speeds between 60 mph and 70 mph.
Step 3
Select the proper length for your clubs. You can get fitted at a golf store, use a club-fitting website or a computerized program.
Step 4
Select the proper weight for your clubs. Golfers with fast swing speeds will want heavier clubs, which might include steel shafts or weighted club heads. Those with slower swings will want lighter clubs.
Step 5
Test clubs of different lengths and weights at a golf store or a driving range.
Step 6
Choose a grip that suits your hands. Most clubs come with standard grips, but you can purchase specialty grips if your hands are particularly small. Grips come in different materials, including leather and synthetic fabrics. Some grips are wrapped, while others are one synthetic piece that slides onto the shaft.
Step 7
When selecting woods, try different degrees of loft, particularly on the driver, and select the loft best suits the trajectory of your ball.

Tips & Warnings

Be patient through this process, as buying golf clubs can be an expensive proposition. An individual club-fitting session at a golf shop or country club will give you the most precise information about the kind of clubs that suit you.
Be patient through this process, as buying golf clubs can be an expensive proposition.
An individual club-fitting session at a golf shop or country club will give you the most precise information about the kind of clubs that suit you.

About The Author

J.D. Chi is a professional journalist who has covered sports for more than 20 years at newspapers all over the United States. She has covered major golf tournaments and the NFL as well as travel and health topics. Chi received her Bachelor of Arts in professional writing from Carnegie Mellon University and is working toward a master's degree in journalism.

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