While a female golfer must approach golf club purchases with the same level of care as men, women's clubs are constructed differently and require some different approaches for comparison shopping. Women's golf clubs are designed for average female physical size and stature. This means the clubs are often a bit shorter and feature a greater loft angle. By following some simple steps, you can get a set of ladies' clubs that works well for you while keeping in mind the basic construction of women's clubs.
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Go to a pro shop for a custom club fitting. This is especially important for a first-time golf club buyer. A professional fitting will involve taking some practice swings with varied weighted clubs under the watchful eye of a pro shop employee or a computerized simulator. These practice swings are followed by wrist-to-floor measurements to ensure proper sizing. Once you've been told what clubs "fit" your golf stance, style and ability level, you will be ready to start browsing.
Consider a partial set of clubs if you're a first time buyer. If you are a seasoned golfer, a full set is ideal, but beginners typically don't need No. 3 and No. 4 irons, according to GolfEquipmentSource.com. In some cases, beginners will substitute the heavier irons with No. 3 and No. 5 hybrid clubs, according to LearnAboutGolf.com. Hybrids are a relatively new type of club that offer the novice an alternative to the long, heavy and hard-to-control irons.
Choose flatter, larger heads if you're a beginner, allowing you to swing more consistently without slicing the ball. These large heads have the increased loft angle of typical ladies' clubs, ideal for beginners who might still be unable to hit the ball very far. If you've been playing for a while, slightly smaller heads will work well, giving you some angular control for those occasions that you need to "cut out" to avoid hitting fairway trees.
Look for titanium heads on your metal clubs. Traditional "iron" heads, made of heavier iron alloys such as steel, are often avoided by female golfers, especially beginners. The heavier irons allow for greater power, but the golfer loses a great deal of control. When picking out titanium clubs, keep in mind that they will often be called "irons" even though they are not traditional irons in the truest sense of the word.
Purchase clubs that work and feel best for you rather than those that fit a certain price category. Don't get a club just because it is expensive and therefore assumed to be of good quality. Make sure the club is comfortable in your hand as you take a few practice swings.