Improving Your Golf Play Part 2 - Choose the Right Equipment

In the last GG Guru post we talked about the importance of investing in some golf lessons with a teaching pro if you are serious about improving your game. Now we turn attention to considering your equipment.

Chances are that you bought clubs off the shelf because you liked the price, or the look, or the name, or because they are used by the hottest players on tour. Everyone is a sucker for advertising. It may be that your clubs are not suited for you. So get some expert advice. No doubt when you take your lessons the pro will comment on your equipment. But if that doesn’t happen, you should raise the issue.The GG Guru is not suggesting that everyone should have clubs custom-made, although it would be nice if we could all afford to do so. Rather we all can get some expert advice about fundamental points – swing weight, shaft flexibility, club length, types of iron faces, etc –  to enable us to buy clubs that fit our physical characteristics and level of play. Go to a specialized dealer. He should have some demo clubs that you can try before investing in new equipment. Be sure to read the latest equipment reviews. There you will find comparative analyses on Ping, Taylormade, Wilson Staff ,and Cleveland, Mizuno, Bridgestone, Adams, Titlelist and  Nike equipment among many others.

Having said all this, the new equipment is really better. There have been huge advances in golf club technology over the last few years. Indeed, the latest drivers are considerably better than those of only a couple of years ago.  Nevertheless, golfers on a budget can find that it makes very good sense to buy last year’s models at big discounts!

The current wisdom is that most golfers should toss out their long irons, replacing them with hybrids. This probably makes sense for the very high handicappers, but may actually be counter-productive if you are a pretty good player seeking to improve. For good players, the Gorilla Golf Guru is convinced that it is worth the time and effort to learn how to strike a 3 or 4 iron, moving the ball at various trajectories.

A final thought. If you must keep your old clubs, start the season by getting them re-gripped. This is inexpensive and will help considerably with the proper feel.

Take some time to think about your equipment. Your game will be better as a result.

Now that you have had lessons and have the right equipment, the road to better golf next leads you to the practice facilities, the subject of  Improving your Play Part 3.

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