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How to Choose a Used Golf Club Sets?

You have decided a buy used golf clubs, how do you know which used golf club sets is right for you? Choosing a used golf club sets can be as simple as going to the nearest golf store and buy a set of clubs off the shelf with the golf brand that you want. Or, go to any garage sales, try a few swings and then take them to the tee right away. Of course, there is nothing wrong with these 'non-scientific' approaches. However, the chances of choosing a used golf club sets that is right for you with the correct loft, shaft stiffness, grip size and etc are very slim. 

Therefore, choosing a right used golf club sets is very important. This is especially true for the poorer and physically weaker players because finding the right golf clubs can help these players more than anything. So, the more you know about golf equipment, the better chance of finding a golf club sets that fits you. Below is a list that you need to consider before choosing a used golf club sets (in fact, the criteria below is also applicable when buying a new golf club sets) :

Golf Set Composition

According to the rules of golf, you can carry up to a maximum of 14 clubs in your golf bag at any one time. However, there is no restriction on what 14 clubs you should be carrying. As a result, you should decide the golf set composition that matches your strengths and weaknesses. In general, you should eliminate all the long irons - the 1, 2 and probably even the 3-iron because they are unforgiving and hardest to hit. Almost all golfers carry 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 irons plus a putter in their bag and that takes up seven clubs in your bag. 

Next, let's start with the shortest clubs (pitching, sand and lob wedges). It is recommended to carry three wedges with different loft. First, you have to know how far you can hit a full swing with all three wedges. It is very common that the yardage gap between them is significant. For example, you can hit 100 yards with pitching wedge and 60 yards with a lob wedge respectively. In this case, you have a gap of 40 yards between your pitching wedge and lob wedge. If you carry only these two wedges in your bag, you will have problem if you leave yourself with a shot of about 80 yards. Therefore, you have to carry a 80-yard sand wedge to close that gap. That's the reason why you are recommended to carry three wedges. That leaves you four more clubs to choose.

For the longest clubs, of course, you should carry a driver and 3-wood. That leaves you with two more clubs to consider. Since long irons such as 1-, 2-, or even 3-iron are hard to control and too unforgiving. You are advised to replace the long irons with two lofted woods, 5-wood and a 7-wood respectively (depending on how far you hit, you can consider 4-wood and 6-wood instead). These clubs are designed to be more forgiving, even it is hit off-center, you still can get the ball airborne more easily and travel at a fairly distance.

In a nutshell, your golf set composition will consist of:

  • Driver

  • 3-, 5-, 7-wood

  • 4-, 5- and 6-irons (medium irons)

  • 7-, 8- and 9-irons (short irons)

  • Pitching, sand, lob (wedges)

  • Putter

Golf Shafts

Choosing the correct shaft for you game is unquestionably one of the most important club decisions to be made. Golf shaft flexes as you swing, it produces no power itself, but transmits it to the club head. The stored-up energy is delivered at this precise moment of impact. There are two major materials used for shafts: steel and graphite. In general, steel shafts are cheaper but heavier and it is used by most of the Tour pro. While graphite shafts are more expensive but lighter are ideal for the average golfer. 

Remember, distance is a product of mass and speed. Meaning, a heavy club head coupled with the speed you swing it will produce further distance. As graphite shaft is lighter, it permits the manufacturer to select fractionally heavier club heads while making the overall club weight lighter. As a result, it allows average golfer to swing the club faster and that translates into more distance. Moreover, graphite shafts also have the benefits of better vibration absorption, ease of swing and create a better 'feel' to your shots.

A shaft that is too flexible will create inconsistency at impact. In contrast, too stiff a shaft leaves the ball out right and loses distance. While the correct flex will hit straight shots. The flexibility of the shaft is marked on the shaft band, with 'R' (Regular flex) or 'L'. You have to consider your height, build and strength when you choose the shaft. If you are tall and strong, you probably need a longer and stiffer shaft as stiffer flexes is more suitable for stronger and low-handicap golfers. In general, a regular flex shafts is recommended. 

Golf Grip Size

Grip size is very important, as it is the only contact point you have with the club. You need a grip that let you feel confident all the time, instead of the feeling of going to 'lose' it. Therefore, you have to make sure the grips fit you. A grip that is too small will encourage too much hand action in your swing and you will find that you can't hang on to the clubs. In contrast, a grip that is too large will restrict your hand action. So what grip size do you need? The bigger your hands are, the bigger sized grip you need and vice versa. In general, a "right" grip size should allow both of your middle and ring fingers barely touch the pad of your thumb.  

Majority of grips are fitted with rubber or cord material because it offers good playability in all weather conditions. Leather material is not recommended for beginner, as it is expensive and hardest to maintain. Finally, you want to ensure that the grips are all of the same size and design and that they are always in immaculate condition. You should replace your grips when you start to struggle to hold the club properly. Don't wait until your grips set hard and slick with age. Grips can be replaced at reasonable cost in a pro shop or repair shop.

Golf Drivers

Golf driver is the club that we pay most attention because it is the longest, biggest and most expensive golf clubs in the golf bag. Due to the technology advancement in golf, golf driver design has reached a very high standard. With newer, bigger and oversize golf drivers, it has made driving much easier and helped you to hit the ball longer. The larger club head simply makes it easier to make solid contact and to get the golf ball airborne, because of the way the weight is distributed. 

Most of the novice golfers have problem handling golf drivers. If you have trouble with your tee shots, you should get a golf driver with Titanium club heads as they are lighter and stronger hence allowing a much larger club heads design. The oversized club head with larger sweet spot is more forgiving even if your hit is off-center. Moreover, make sure you play with a golf driver that has more than 10 degrees of clubface loft. Because lower loft tend to amplify your inaccurate hit. For example, if you have the tendency to slice from the tee box, lower loft golf driver will produce more sidespin and could amplify into a huge slice.

For low handicap players, you can get a golf driver with stainless steel club heads as they are cheaper and slightly heavier than the titanium club heads. Due to its heavier club heads, the club head size is usually smaller which translate into smaller sweet spot. Low handicap players with faster swing speed can choose the higher driver loft that has less than or equal to 10 degrees (Handicap: < 9, loft: 7- 9 degrees, Handicap: 9 - 18, loft: 10 degrees).

Golf Irons

There are two types of golf irons: the traditional, forged iron and the modern, cast irons (or perimeter weighted iron). It is recommended for average golfers to select a cast club head design which concentrates more metal at the perimeter, as the golf ball need not be struck exactly from the center in order to benefit from a solid contact and produce maximum distance. Likewise, it is better to choose oversized club heads irons for beginner. The oversize irons obviously have a larger hitting surface, much like the larger tennis racquet, would make the game easier. However, experience golfer who wants more control should select forged irons with standard size club head size.

Golf Putters

Today, putters come in all sizes, lengths and shapes. There are oversized putting heads, long shafts or a combination of the two. How do you choose a putter? Most importantly, choose a putter that produces the most 'feel'. In general, a heavyweight putter provides the most solid strike on impact and therefore offers the best 'feel'. In addition, choose a putter that is suitable for your height and build. In any cases, putters are much more a matter of personal preference and style. So, try out all kinds of putter and choose the one that you're most comfortable with and give you the most confidence. 



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