How to Buy Golf Clubs for Women

By Rowena Pedrena

Shopping for golf clubs is a delicate task because of the many factors involved: height, skill level, strength, age, price range, style and personal preference. The task is more difficult for women because of the more limited selection of clubs for women. But these tips and a dose of patience will help you navigate through the technology and terminology and find a set of clubs that will fit your ability, improve your performance and make the game more enjoyable.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderately Easy
Step 1
Determine your budget. Besides figuring out how much you're willing to pay for your golf clubs, decide how much you can spend on each item. A budget can range from $300 for a whole set of clubs (woods, irons, putter, bag) to up to $700 for only a set of irons with another $100 for a putter, $200 for a driver with similar amounts for other clubs you decide to include in your arsenal. But if you have a target price--one you know you can afford--it will narrow down club options.
Step 2
Decide what level of player you are. If you are a beginner and not sure if you're going to stick with the game, you probably will be better off looking into a boxed set (complete with woods, irons, putter, bag and head covers) for one flat rate. You may even want to check out used clubs. If you are a more advanced player, you may be in the market for only a new driver or fairway wood(s) or some wedges to fine tune your short game. Players at all levels might want to buy a putter that simply feels right and finishes off their current sets.
Step 3
Do your research. Once you figured out what you're looking for and how much you can spend, hit the Internet and see what's out there. Check out manufacturer websites, specifically at what is available that has been designed for women. Go onto sporting goods websites for price checks and to get a feel for the market. Familiarize yourself with terms such as shaft, grip, club head and flex.
Step 4
Create a list of clubs you want to try out. From the information you have collected through your research, compile a list of the makes and models of clubs you want to try out at the golf shop or sporting goods store. Golf clubs are like cars; you definitely need to take them for a test drive before buying them. Many stores will have hitting nets or turf putting greens to allow you to test the clubs.
Step 5
Head to your local golf shop or sporting goods store, and take a notepad. Once you step inside the store, you will likely be approached by a salesman who probably will assume you're looking for a gift for a man in your life. This is when you need to tell him that you're specifically looking for women's equipment and demonstrate that you have done your homework.
Step 6
Try out all the clubs that are on your list as well as some that aren't. Use your notepad for writing down what models and makes work for your game. Record the specs, such as shaft flex, degree, lie (standard, flat, upright) and also take note of the price. Be sure to get the specs for each brand as some manufacturer's "firm" in equipment for women might be another's "standard." Don't be embarrassed about asking your sales rep plenty of questions. Take your time and enjoy the experience.
Step 7
After trying out various clubs, checking your notes and figuring out exactly want you want, you are ready to buy! You can buy it at the store(s) where you tried out the clubs, but don't hesitate to shop around, either online or at other stores. Once you know what you're looking for, it's easier to compare prices and maybe even use discount stores. Many stores have low-price guarantees, so if you can find a competing store with the same product at a lower price, you can use that information to get the best deal possible.

Tips & Warnings

When trying out clubs, be open to suggestions from the salesperson, but keep in mind that you know your budget and needs better than she does. Never, ever buy a club without trying it out.
When trying out clubs, be open to suggestions from the salesperson, but keep in mind that you know your budget and needs better than she does.
Never, ever buy a club without trying it out.

About The Author

Rowena Pedrena is currently working with The First Tee Metropolitan New York as a program manager and instructor. She played division one women's golf at Mount Saint Mary's College in Maryland, and has over seven years instruction experience, teaching adults and childrens both individually and in group classes.

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