If you are a beginner or a golfer that fails to break 100 on a consistent basis (if at all) you are probably looking for all the help that you can get in the equipment you play. I am often asked what qualities in clubs would be the best for this type of golfer, so here is a quick primer of what I might look for.
On drivers, fairways and hybrids look for dimensions that are a little broader from front-to-back as these can add a bit more stability on off-center shots. For instance, the Dynacraft Avatar XMOI, iBella Bellissima and Acer XK series all have a wider footprint or in golf club terminology – breadth. This is often a standard club head specification as a way to compare clubs to one another. Most drivers on the market are 460cc, so this provides one more additional piece of information when you are deciding amongst these clubs.
Iron heads which are a little longer from heel-to-toe and possibly front-to-back as well, are designed to make your miss hits more playable too. Shear size is often the difference between most irons that are considered game-improvement and those designed for better golfers. Often times component companies will include blade length and sole width as standard specifications. As an example, the Acer Mantara is an iron that has a longer blade length while the Power Play Caiman has the widest sole width making them two of our most forgiving models.
Putters vary greatly in size and shape. Blade models tend to be a little less forgiving on off center shots than mallet style putters. You can identify a Blade style putters as it will be narrow from front-to-back. Mallet designs usually take on that non-traditional appearance. By expanding their size, the putter is less likely to twist keeping the ball stay on-line better. Again, component companies will often include blade length and sole width as standard specifications to assist you.
Even when you start to improve, don’t forget what brought you there – your clubs. Don’t make the mistake to go from big to small all at once. In order to save money, my local newspaper recently reduced the content of the paper and made several features smaller. One of which was my daily Sudoku puzzle. Even though the size has not affected my ability to solve the problem, it does require more effort and diminishes the enjoyment factor. The same can go for golf clubs.
When you compare clubs, look closely at the size specifications. Take note that the difference between models that are considered game-improvement and one that is designed for more accomplished golfers may only be several millimeters, but these small things add up. So next time you are in the market for a new set of clubs or individual club, think big to help lower your score.