How Many Clubs Do I Buy?
This may seem a fairly elementary question but actually there are many options when it comes to deciding exactly which individual clubs you buy. The most common set of irons is from a 3 iron to a pitching wedge (PW). Many better players may choose to buy 2 to 9 iron and leave room to add specialist wedges. The 2 iron will offer them an extra bit of length on their longest iron and another club to use on the tee. A slightly weaker player or older player may decide to choose 5 iron to SW, the reason being that they will leave room for fairway woods and utility clubs in their bag in place of the longer irons, whilst using wedges provided by the set.
Try Before You Buy!
One of the great benefits of buying clubs today, is the option to try clubs and visit demo days. We could not recommend this enough. Just finding the right clubs for you is fine, but unless you actually use them and see how they hit then you may never be sure you are getting the perfect set.
Custom fitting is a service offered by all the big manufacturers that has revolutionised many golfer's games. The ability to adapt the specifications of irons to match your size and swing is a very useful method of buying clubs. The average set is designed for a player that is roughly 5 foot 10 inches tall. If you are not exactly this height it is likely that you would benefit from custom fitting.
It involves customising the length of shaft and lie (i.e. the taller you are the longer shaft you will require and you may perhaps need a more upright lie). The shaft stiffness can also be adjusted to suit your swing speed so that the club does not arrive too open or shut at impact. Even the head design can be custom fitted to your swing and desired shots.
Custom fitting will take approximately 30 minutes to do at your local pro shop or golf shop. Some maunfacturers also have fully equipped fitting centres with all the latest technology to fit you like a Tour Pro. It may cost you a little more than buying a standard set of clubs, but will probably save you money as you wont need to change set as you will have a set perfectly suited to you (so no excuses!)
Demo days where manufacturers offer all golfers the chance to try out all their latest equipment and get advice on specifications and any other questions you might have. Some demo days even have custom fitting trucks with computer analysis equipment to analyse you swing and build you a club to order there and then.