What Makes Golf Clubs Suitable For Beginners?

Purchasing the right clubs when a beginner can be the difference between continuing with the game for years to come or stopping after a few months.

Golf is a challenging sport, so finding the best golf clubs for beginners from the start with maximum forgiveness will be beneficial to you. These clubs are called game improvement clubs.

Generally, the driver, fairway, and hybrid clubheads are the same as the professionals will use, but the shafts will be different. The most significant difference will be in the irons; professionals use blade irons, whereas you will need to use game improvement irons as a beginner.

Let’s get into some more detail below.


So, What Makes Golf Clubs Suitable for Beginners?

 When looking at what makes golf clubs suitable for beginners, the following five areas are what we believe to be the most important.

1. Clubhead Size

Driver head sizes are pretty standard nowadays, from professional clubs to beginner clubs; they use the same clubheads. Believe it or not, professionals also need forgiveness. According to the USGA and R&A governing bodies, the driver head you should buy is 460cc; this is the largest you can go according to the USGA and R&A governing bodies.

You should purchase fairway wood heads between 170 – 180cc; hybrid heads only come in one size, so no need to worry there.

This is where the most significant difference comes in. Game improvement irons are very different from a blade iron. Blade irons are built to be compact and shape the ball to the left or right; this makes it unforgiving.

Game improvement irons are all about getting the ball up into the air, help when you miss-hit the ball and give you the extra distance.

What to look for from game improvement iron heads,

  • •  Thick to line
  • •  Long clubhead length
  • •  Large sole
  • •  Extreme offset
  • •  Big cavity back 

2. Clubhead Material

Having suitable material in your clubs will help with distance and forgiveness, as well as durability.

Titanium drivers are a must when purchasing your first set. This is the premium material when it comes to drivers.

Cast steel irons are essential; this method allows manufacturers to add forgiveness and distance elements to the club like perimeter weighting, low CG, more prominent sweet spot, and many more.

3. Shaft Weight And Flex

Lightness and flexibility is your friend. As a beginner, you tend to have a slower swing speed as you are still learning the correct technique.

Choosing a light shaft, 45-60g in your driver and 70-90g in your irons, will help you make better contact with the ball and will make it much easier to swing the club.

Ladies, seniors, lite, or regular flex should be your choice when choosing a shaft flex; this will help make the club easier to swing.

If you have the option to get fitted for your clubs, then I’d strongly recommend you go ahead as most people I ask have not regretted it. Even though you are a beginner, you may have some natural ability which means you can go straight to better clubs with slightly stiffer shafts. If you didn’t don’t get fitted, you risk playing with the wrong clubs and not hitting your potential when out on the course. 

4. Shaft Material

The shaft material similar to the clubhead material is vital. It will help with forgiveness, distance and make it easier to hit.

The driver, fairway, and hybrid should always be a graphite shaft; the material can be made much lighter and stronger than steel; this will help you with distance and forgiveness.

For complete beginners going with a graphite shaft in your irons is also recommended. Irons generally come out with steel or graphite. Graphite is a much lighter material allowing the shaft to be made lighter than steel.

If you are slightly stronger and have some natural ability, you may want to consider steel shafts as these can still be made lighter than the standard steel shafts.

Again if you have the option to get fitted, I highly recommend this. The fitter will be able to guide you in the right direction.

5. Price

Golf can be an expensive sport. I recommend buying a beginner set when you start as this will help with keeping the costs down. You can purchase a decent package set anywhere from $350 to $650.

If you want to go the individual club route, a complete set can cost you up to $2,000 plus.


Final Thoughts.

Golf is a challenging game, especially when starting. Purchasing the right equipment will help you tremendously and make it more enjoyable and keep you interested for longer.

Knowing what to look for when purchasing a set regarding clubhead, shaft and price can save you a lot of money and keep you in the game for longer.

Written by Mark

I've been advising on golf related topics for for just over ten years now, staying on top of game improvement methods, the latest technologies and news.

July 3, 2021

Golf Clubs

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