New Golf Clubs for Xmas

Nov 25, 2012

New clubs for Christmas? Make sure they’re not just for style…but suit your style

IN recent columns I have written about the importance of setting goals and making plans for technical improvements with your coach over the winter, all in preparation for next summer.

But what about your equipment? With Christmas around the corner, buying new clubs is something many golfers consider, mainly because they like the idea of starting the new season with a brand spanking new set.

We are now in a period where equipment manufacturers are busily launching their new ‘exclusive’ products, trying to temp those golfers who feel a change of clubs will bring a change of fortune on the fairways.

And, in fairness, it can, as long as you get the changes right.

Most golfers I meet are keen to change their equipment at the beginning of the year, in time for the start of their new season, and as much as this seems logical, with the season just around the corner, it can have its drawbacks.

Some people say that it takes about six months to get used to a new set of clubs.  I am unsure that the amount of time is absolute, but what I will say is that changing clubs may not have the immediate results so many people yearn for.

In my opinion, this time of year is perfect to be thinking of changing though.

With the season behind you, purchasing your new equipment now will mean that you have the winter to get used to the different look and feel of your new clubs.

Regardless of when you change though, it is very important that your clubs are properly custom-fitted for you.  It is simply implausible for a golfer who is 6’3” to be fitted for the same specification as someone who is 5’8”, yet so often club sets are sold off the shelf.

Custom fitting is something available to every golfer, regardless of ability, or the club that they wish to buy.

Arguably, your putter is the one most important to have fitted. It is the only club that you use in every round of golf you play, and is the club that you will use the most during a round.  It still baffles me why so many people will spend hundreds of pounds on a new driver, and then pick a putter from the shelf because it ‘looks nice.

Of course, the aesthetics of the golf club will be important in your decision, and should also be something you consider when purchasing your new weapons of choice. 

But buying a club based on recommendation, or because it works for your playing partner, is a flawed philosophy.

Two golfers of the same height could be custom fitted for two different specifications of the same club, if their swing tendencies are different.

So, if you are looking for some new toys this winter, ensure you consult with your coach (as they will know your swing), visit your local PGA Professional, and ensure that you get the most accurate fit possible - not just by measuring your height and arm length!

You may then find that come the start of next season, your new clubs have made a positive – not negative – impact on your game.

Happy golfing

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