Beginners have a hard time making consistent contact with the ball. Usually, you top the ball or hit the ground first ( or miss it altogether). You also have trouble hitting the ball square with your clubhead which causes you to slice. You rarely hit the ball with the center of the clubface and your swing is slow. Don’t get discouraged, though. Everyone faced the same issues when they were learning to play golf. You’ll get better with time and practice, and finding clubs that fit your skill level will help tremendously.
You want to look for a set of clubs that takes the aforementioned problems into account and allow maximum forgiveness.
Use these tips to pick out clubs for a beginner:
- When choosing a driver, try ones with larger heads to increase the hitting surface. Try one with a 440-460cc titanium head.
- Invest in oversized clubheads. These have a larger hitting area that will minimize mishits.
- When choosing irons, remember that perimeter weighting will send the mishits you still have a little straighter. This way, your shots hit off the heel and toe of the club will be a little more solid.
- Using a wide sole helps by sliding through the turn easier to get the ball higher into the air.
- Slightly shorter clubs can also help with shot accuracy, and an offset clubface will help you hit the ball square. It’ll also keep your hands a little in front of the clubhead to reduce fat shots.
- Using a club with adjustable weights can help you mold the club to your particular swing pattern.
- Choose woods and hybrids that have a low center of gravity with the most possible loft. This will make it easier to get the ball into the air and it will most likely travel farther. It also creates more backspin which will counteract the side spin and keep them from curving too far.
- Super Game Improvement (SGI) irons are excellent in the forgiveness department. They offer maximum perimeter weighting, wide sole, low center of gravity, and a larger offset. You can choose 6-iron thorugh pitching wedge.
- You want a sand wedge with extra bounce that will help it glide easily through sand and rough.
- You can carry 14 clubs in your bag, but you don’t really need all of them as a beginer. Start with a 5 or 6 iron and go up to the sand wedge. Use the 5,7, and 9 lofted woods and 3,4,5 hybrids.
- Slightly shortened versions of 3, 5, and 7 woods (-.5″) are highly recommended for all beginners.
- Try a large-headeded mallet putter. They have a greater moment of inertia and they have alignment aids that make short putts easier.