What Type of Golf Clubs Should I Use?

By Bill Herrfeldt

Years ago, golf clubs came in one style or size, so you had little choice. But today, since golf has attracted tens of millions of players, each manufacturer of golf clubs touts the benefits of its many products. In addition, there are now hybrid clubs that are a cross between irons and woods, as well as numerous wedges from which to choose. There are so many choices now that a golfer can be easily confused. However, when you boil down your selection, a golf club is made up of only three elements: the shaft, clubhead and grip. If you assess the pros and cons of each in relation to your game, your choice will be infinitely easier.


There are two types of shafts. One is made of steel and the other of graphite. Between the two, steel shafts are less expensive, but they are heavier. A lighter graphite shaft is easier to hit, particularly if you have a slower swing speed and you'd like to hit the ball farther. Then, each of the two varieties comes in five different flexes. Flex is how much the shaft will bend during the swing. They range from ladies' shafts, which have the most flex, to extra-stiff shafts that hardly bend at all. You can choose the right shaft flex by assessing how far your drives normally fly. For example, if your drives average about 225 yards, you may need a regular shaft. But if you only hit 175 yards or less, then a ladies' shaft is probably your best choice.


There are three different types of clubheads. There are clubheads made of steel that are also less expensive and heavier. Then there are clubheads made of titanium that are quite a bit more expensive. They are just as durable as steel heads but are much lighter. For that reason, a titanium driver head can be oversized because the metal is lighter. The third type of clubhead is a combination of the two metals, and its cost is in the middle, as you might guess. All things being equal, if your goal is to hit the ball farther, you might consider a titanium clubhead and a graphite shaft, particularly for your driver. You will find it easier to handle, it will tend to speed up your swing and that will mean greater distance.


If your hands are smaller than average, there are grips that are thinner and easier for you to handle. If you perspire a lot or you often play in warmer weather, choose grips that repel moisture. Golf grips are made of a variety of materials, such as leather, rubber or synthetic fibers, to conform to your needs. There are grips on the market that become stickier during a rainstorm because they have fabric embedded in them. Since your grips are the only contact you have with the club and ball, pay special attention to them.

About The Author

Bill Herrfeldt specializes in finance, sports and the needs of retiring people, and has been published in the national edition of "Erickson Tribune," the "Washington Post" and the "Arizona Republic." He graduated from the University of Louisville.


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