There was a time in the recent past that most golfers would walk into a golf specialty store, a pro shop or a golf warehouse and buy their clubs right off the shelves. Perhaps they went with the clubs they saw a top pro use in a recent tournament on television or got the same kind of clubs that a playing partner had used and played well with. However, many shops offer club fitting, finding clubs that fit you and fit your game, and this has taken much of the guesswork out of buying new clubs.
Go to a golf specialty store and talk to a golf fitter about your desire to purchase new clubs. Instead of picking out a box of new clubs that were built by a popular manufacturer, you will be asked to step into a golf simulator that will take measurements of your swing.
Hit two golf balls with a wood and two balls with an iron. From those two swings, the golf simulator will take measurements of your swing. The golf fitter will learn your swing speed and launch angle and that will help determine what type of clubs best suit your game.
Answer the questions the fitter asks you about your game. He will want to know how long you have been playing, what your handicap is, what are the strengths of your game and what are your weaknesses. He will also want to know what area you have improved in during the last two months and what areas have become problems.
Allow the golf fitter to take size measurements. Not only will he want to know your height and weight, but he will want to know how long your arms are and how much distance there is between your wrists and the ground. This latter measurement will be the key in determining how long your clubs should be.
Try out similar clubs to the ones the fitter is recommending before you buy them. He will put tape over the hitting surface of the clubs so you won't damage the clubs you are using. You will be able to hit a couple of dozen balls before you commit to buying the clubs. Once you give your commitment, new clubs will be build to your specifications.
Tips & Warnings
Give accurate information to the golf club fitter in order to get clubs that suit your game.