There are many variables for a golfer to consider when he is about to purchase a set of clubs. Price is a factor that always comes into play. A golfer can easily spend well over $2,000 for a set of golf clubs, but he can also a find a set for less than $400 if he shops carefully. However, price should not be the primary factor. You have to know how you play. If you are a big hitter with accuracy problems, you may want a stiff shaft. If you want to add distance, you may want clubs that are more flexible.
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Look at stiff-shafted clubs when you are looking for accuracy. Stiff shafts don't have as much whip to them as graphite shafts. If you can generate power, look for the steel or stiff shafts as your primary purchase.
Buy woods with oversize heads if you tend to hit your long clubs into the rough. Clubs that have oversize heads will help you hit the ball accurately and get extra distance, because the club is somewhat forgiving if you do not strike the ball perfectly. You do not have to hit an oversize club directly on the sweet spot to hit a good shot.
Use hybrid clubs if you are a beginner or you have a hard time getting your long irons or fairway woods into the air. The hybrid club will help a high-handicap golfer or beginner hit shots correctly. They combine the characteristics of a wood and an iron to help the golfer hit the best shot possible.
Purchase graphite-shafted clubs if you want to add extra distance to your shots. Graphite clubs are much more whippy as the clubhead goes through the hitting zone, and that means you will have more clubhead speed at impact. This is the single most important factor when it comes to adding distance to your swing.
Look for cavity-back irons if you find that your clubs are heavy and your muscles get fatigued while swinging them. Cavity-back clubs are hollowed out in the back, and almost all the weight is around the perimeter of the clubface. This helps a golfer get through a round less fatigued and will also help the golfer hit more accurate shots.
Tips & Warnings
Go to the pro shop, describe your game to the club pro and ask for a recommendation on what type of clubs you should use. He will ask you about your distance, handicap and how you like to play before making a recommendation.