Getting Started with Golf: How to Pick Your First Set of Clubs

By Ben Jarratt •  Updated: 07/14/23 •  6 min read

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If you are a beginner golfer, buying your first set of clubs can be an intimidating task. There are many different types and brands to choose from and different prices that can range in thousands of dollars!

This blog post will take you through all the steps necessary to pick out your first set of golf clubs so that you don’t have any regrets when it comes time to go shopping.

What to look for in a set of golf clubs

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The first thing to look for in a set of clubs is the type. You can either choose graphite or steel shafts. Graphite shafts are more flexible, but they break easier and don’t last as long as their steel counterparts. Steel shafted clubs will give you greater distance off your drives, but graphite is better if you want finer control on delicate shots such as putting.

Choosing between one-piece golf club sets versus two-piece golf club sets

One-piece golf club sets usually offer great value due to being cheaper than buying everything individually at full price from different manufacturers (like TaylorMade vs. Callaway). But some benefits come with selecting two pieces: You have the option of choosing other shafts for your driver and fairway woods

You can customize the weight distribution, grips, etc., to suit your game much better than you could with just one set.

The downside is that buying two sets may be pricey upfront but will pay off over time as everything wears out at a slower rate. If you are low on funds, then going for one-piece golf club sets makes more sense because they’ll last longer and save money in the long run.

A lot of people prefer graphite shafted clubs because they’re lighter than steel ones which means less fatigue during rounds (a consideration if you play often)

Another important thing about picking the first set of golf clubs: don’t feel like all these decisions are final. Your game could change; you might find out that the style of golf you enjoy is different than what you thought it was, or your preferences may change over time, and all those initial decisions will become irrelevant.

What to consider when buying the first set of clubs:

– What’s my budget?

– How often do I play?

– Which type of golfer am I (beginner, intermediate)?

– Do I have any specific needs like height restrictions?

Choosing Clubs for Beginners

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Driver vs. Fairway Woods: Drivers can be used on almost every hole, whereas fairway woods are more useful on shorter holes where accuracy is key. The driver has two roles in this instance: (i) to hit the ball as far and straight as possible, which will often result in a more challenging approach shot; and (ii) on longer holes where accuracy is still key but distance may not matter.

Hybrid clubs: Hybrids are another option for beginners who need a more accessible club with a lower loft than their fairway woods or irons since they’re generally less challenging to use. They’ll be helpful when you have trouble hitting your long shots straight or want some extra power from a shorter club.

Choosing Irons

The type of iron you should use depends largely on how strong/skilled you are and what kind of course conditions most closely match your skill level – Of course, this can also change over time as even game improvement irons for a high handicapper can mean a new club will need to be purchased as techniques change over time. 

If you’re starting, irons with a wide sole and forgiving cavity are recommended. These will make it easier to hit the ball straight down the fairway without having much loft or spin on your shot (i.e., they won’t fly too high).

When playing courses that are more difficult for beginners, like tight fairways and deep bunkers, higher handicappers may want to consider using blades instead of mallets because their lower kicks can be easier to control in these situations.

Choosing Putter

Choosing putters is all about personal preference, but some things are worth considering when shopping around if you want something ideal for beginner golfers—for example, buying an aluminum head rather than steel would be a good idea because they are lighter and easier to control.

If you want something more expensive, check out the Odyssey White Hot XG Series putters or TaylorMade Spider Tour Black Putter, which will cost over $200 each.

Choosing Fairway Woods

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There are two types of fairway woods that beginner golfers may want to consider buying when choosing clubs for their first set–woods with perimeter weighting and ones without it. These have different characteristics, but both can be used in tight situations on shorter holes where there is little room for error off the tee box. The heavier models typically feature larger clubheads, so beginners who struggle with swing speed might find them easier to use than smaller heads (which some advanced players like because they are easier to maneuver on the course).

Woods without perimeter weighting typically have smaller clubheads, so if you struggle with hitting off-center shots, these might be a better option.

The perimeter weighting inside the clubhead is designed to improve balance and forgiveness on miss-hits. Unfortunately, these are typically more expensive, so it can be difficult for beginners on a tight budget to make room in their budget. But this type of wood might be worth looking into because they’re easier to hit straight off the tee box–even if you have limited experience with golf clubs.

Woods without perimeter weighting tends to come with smaller heads. Some players like it better than larger ones because these are easier to maneuver when playing around courses or greens that require precision shots near obstacles such as trees and bushes (though there is not always an advantage). They’re also less expensive, making them options for a beginner who’s still trying to determine how much golf they want to play and how often.

In Conclusion

When it comes to your first set of clubs, there are a lot of options available. Remember to have your available budget figured out before heading to the sports store.

Determining how often you plan to play will also significantly impact the set of clubs that you choose to buy. Lastly, remember that your preference will change over time and as your game develops, so don’t feel like you have to get it all right out of the gate!