Tee It Up
How To Choose New Golf Clubs That Are Right For Your Game
Any golfer who wants to play better golf has asked the question, “Will new clubs help my game?” The answer may seem obvious, but let’s explore the possibilities.
Every year, major golf equipment manufacturers claim their metal woods hit the ball further; their irons have a more forgiving sweet spot and are more accurate; their wedges produce higher, softer shots that stop quickly on the green; and their putters produce truer roll and hole more putts. If all claims are true, then shouldn’t everyone’s handicap go down when new clubs are purchased?
Yet, according to Golf Digest, the average man’s handicap is 14.3 and the average woman’s handicap is 26.5, and neither have gone down significantly in the last two decades. Does this mean you should be satisfied with your 1990 or 2000 vintage golf clubs? Absolutely not! The advancements in golf club design and playability have definitely made the game—if not easier—more enjoyable due to added distance and increased accuracy. However, buying new golf clubs can seem like putting “lipstick on a pig” if you don’t have them custom fit to your game. Assuming that “standard, off-the-rack” clubs fit you is a recipe for disaster.
For example, a right-handed golfer hitting a perfectly struck wedge with a lie angle that is too upright will cause the ball to miss to the left of the target through no fault of the golfer. Industry experts estimate that more than 90 percent of golfers do not have clubs fit to their games. My advice: treat yourself to a new set of sticks, but be sure to have them fit to your individual specifications if you want to see your scores go down.
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