The best set of clubs is the set that improves your game the most. Unfortunately, it’s not a one size fits all situation – there’s a lot more to a good set of women’s clubs than just a lot of pink paint. Manufacturers are constantly building bigger, better clubs designed specifically for the way that today’s women play golf. You have a lot of options when choosing inexpensive clubs, but price isn’t everything – look for the technology you need, at a price you can afford.
Choosing a set of golf clubs for a woman is much the same as choosing one for a man – the same basic rules apply. The main differences you’ll see are material swaps and length differences to accommodate a woman’s usually slower swing and shorter frame. When choosing your clubs, consider the club configurations that you’ve played well with, in the past, as well as the ones that didn’t work out so well. If you’re just starting out, the following basic rules of thumb will point you in the right direction.
Consider a half set instead of a full set
Half sets are considerably cheaper than full sets and still contain enough clubs to get you through 18 holes. Instead of wasting money on lower numbered woods and other clubs that are difficult for beginners to use, look for a set with a 5 Wood or higher and a 5 or 6 Iron.
Half sets also come with a basic driver and putter, which will work just fine until you get a better feel for your game and are ready to upgrade. By purchasing a half set, you can get much better quality clubs for the same price as a bag full of inexpensive clubs – selecting used clubs can save you even more (find out what’s in a full set of golf clubs).
Graphite shafts are a must
Women typically have a much slower swing speed than men, clocking in between 65 and 80 miles per hour as opposed to the 80 to 100 mile per hour swing of a man. Graphite shafts give your club extra flex to compensate for a slower swing, adding distance to your shot.
Choosing hybrid clubs
When looking at half sets designed with women in mind, you’ll often see hybrid clubs as standard offerings. These clubs are excellent for beginners, especially if they have a high loft angle – they are often used in sets in place of long irons, which can be very difficult for beginners to hit. If you’re new to the game, hybrids can give you a much more reliable performance.
The bigger, the better
It’s not always true of all things in life, but when it comes to your driver, look for the biggest head you can afford. Something in the 440 to 460 cubic centimeter range will do nicely for most beginning golfers. A loft angle of 12 to 15 degrees won’t hurt anything, either. Aluminum or titanium alloys make the best driver heads for beginners.
Ultimately, when choosing a set of clubs, you have to buy what you can afford. By buying last year’s technology and purchasing only those clubs you need, you’ll be able to stretch your dollar further and make your golf game a lot more fun. You can always swap out clubs or add to a half set as you improve your swing.
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