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Buying golf clubs


Chris Foley at Woodcreek Golf and Country Club, Elgin, SC
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Buying clubs is not simply a case of going into the nearest golf shop and purchasing the set that Tiger Woods or Annika Sorenstam uses. There is a baffling array of types, lengths and styles. So, how do you choose?

Our resident golf pro, Chris Foley, says that new technology has significantly impacted performance: “Golf clubs today are definitely easier to hit and go further that just a few years ago.” But he warns that new equipment may not improve your game. “The problem lies in the fact that the equipment may not ‘fit’ the individual player,” he says.  “If a club doesn’t suit a player’s swing or physique, it is very difficult to hit the club consistently well.”

So, it is all a question of finding the best fit and Chris has outlined the following variables to consider:

  • Length: determined by player’s height and length of arms; affects posture and balance
  • Shaft Flex: must match a player’s swing; affects trajectory and curvature
  • Lie Angle: angle of shaft in relation to sole of the club and ground; influences ball flight and direction
  • Loft: influences trajectory of ball and affects distance; most important for choosing drivers
  • Grip Size: size of handle affects hand rotation; correct size allows player to square club face at impact; too large a grip inhibits hand rotation and causes a slice; too small increases hook shots.

Club fitting has become very prevalent in recent years. “Every major club manufacturer offers custom fit clubs and most golf professionals are doing club fitting,” says Chris. And the good news is that custom fit clubs are the same price as off the rack clubs.

Final advice from Chris: get your club fitting done outdoors so that both you and your club fitter can see the ball flight and compare shot patterns with each club.