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How to choose golf driver

Driver is the single most important club in your set, so it shouldn’t come off as a surprise that it is the most expensive too. Because of above two reasons, beginner golfers are often confused by the task of choosing a golf driver for themselves, which is why i’m writing this guide – to help. I want to clear up some basic things that novices often don’t understand, such as : what lofts are and what they determine. I might as well answer that now, and move on to discussion of other, more important things later. Numerical loft value of a golf club basically describes how much accuracy golf club sacrifices for the sake of longer distance. The higher the loft is, the more you can assume that golf club will be somewhat inaccurate, but it will make golf ball fly farther.

Shafts are one of the most important, if not the most important, parts of any golf club, but especially the driver. To explain it in simplest terms, it is the “stick” to which the club head is attached. It’s important because qualities of a shaft makes huge impact on how your swing and by extension, your shot turns out. For example, shaft might be flex or stiff, and that determines in what manner the club will twist in the air when being swung. Golfers have different styles of swinging their clubs, all of which are valid, and should get golf clubs with a shaft that corresponds to that style. People often don’t realize how important shafts are, and ignore it completely, only focusing on reviews and ratings of golf clubs they buy. Even thousand dollar golf clubs won’t do you any good if they don’t come with a shaft that correlates with your needs. People often make mistakes and get clubs with wrong type of shaft because brands can’t agree on single standard for measuring stiffness of a shaft, so their definitions are all over the place. I think the best solution to this is reading customer reviews or one of these guides that help you choose good drivers.

Speaking of good drivers, we should also discuss money. How much do good golf drivers cost? Off the top of my head, solid new drivers are usually priced at upwards of two hundred dollars. Even that is rather small number, as new and really innovative clubs often cost five hundred or more. That is partly related with the issue of materials. Excellent golf clubs demand expensive materials, so the end product turns out to be expensive too. It’s not just about materials though. Research and development teams at Callaway, TaylorMade and other brands spend a lot of time and energy on coming up with these innovative designs, so companies make up for it by charging more for new clubs. Don’t worry too much if you’re on tight budget though, because just after few years, those amazing clubs usually cost much less than they originally did.  Also, there’s always an option to buy used golf clubs. Sure, they are usually not as good as new, but you’d be surprised by how well-kept some of the used clubs are. Considering the fact that they cost half of new clubs and sometimes even less than that, used clubs are great for people who are looking for top notch clubs but don’t have thousands of dollars to pay for them.

Another topic that often confuses beginners are game improvement drivers. Usually i don’t believe in miracles, so i was first skeptical of game improvement clubs, including drivers. After playing with them though, my skepticism started to fade away a little bit. Sure, game improvement drivers don’t live up to the hype they have, but they do improve  your game a little bit when you’re experienced, and significantly when you’re totally new. I still think that taking few golf lessons and playing with normal clubs is the better approach when you’re trying to learn golf, but if your budget allows it, game improvement clubs are worth giving a shot, too.

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Review of golf club sets under 500

Past few years, i’ve had a lot of beginner golfers ask me about golf club sets. Are they any good, or do you get what you pay for? First of all, it has to be acknowledged that golf club sets are indeed great option for a lot of beginners. They usually don’t want to invest thousands of dollars in a game that they haven’t even played yet. Maybe it turns out golf isn’t that much fun for them, then they will have to either sell their clubs at significant loss, or worse, not sell them and have them decay slowly. Golf club sets are perfect solution for avoiding this trap, which is probably why they’re so popular with beginners.

Now let’s get to answering the question i’ve raised in the beginning of this article. I think answer to both questions is yes. Yes, golf club sets are good, assuming you know why you’re getting them, and you also get what you pay for. You see, golf club sets aren’t for people who want the best out of their clubs. If you are very competitive and want your golf clubs to give you edge over your competitors, you probably should consider getting more expensive clubs. On the other hand, if you’re casual golfer who only cares about having good time and gaining golf experience as a beginner, then i think golf club sets are perfect for you. They are just like expensive clubs, just with some minor cutbacks, that you probably won’t even notice if you’re not a professional. So, if your golf-playing career is just getting off the ground, i think club sets like Callaway Strata would be perfect clubs to start.

Most golf club sets cost thousand dollars or less. Of course there are some sets that are on higher end of the spectrum that cost much more, but we won’t be talking about those here. It should also be noted that beginners’ club sets rarely cost more than few hundred dollars and for eight or nine hundred bucks, you can get golf clubs that are good for intermediates and maybe even expert golfers. If you’re a beginner though, your best options are these sets :

Callaway strata ultimate

Most popular, and for average golfers, probably the best golf club set available right now. It is 18 piece, 13 of which are golf clubs, but the rest are headcovers and other accessories, including a stylish bag. Materials and craftsmanship of these clubs are impeccable, so even for those who have some experience, this club set might be a good fit. There are cheaper versions available too, but the cheaper ones come with less clubs and even those clubs aren’t as good as ones in Ultimate set. Overall, if you ask me, i think the cheaper Callaway Strata sets aren’t nearly as good of a bargain as ultimate one. It is manufactured for both – women as well as men, and both versions are equally good in terms of usefulness. In case this wasn’t enough and you want to know more, i would recommend checking out this Callaway Strata buying guide.

Wilson Golf Men’s 2017

Probably the second best option for beginners. If, for some reason, you don’t want Callaway Strata Ultimate set, you might want to check out this set. It is much cheaper than other golf club sets on the market as well. Quality of the clubs isn’t top notch, and inferior to callaway ultimate set, which costs more than twice as much, so it’s obviously going to be better than this one. But overall, golf clubs are just fine for recreational golfers who are looking for most basic, but decent golf clubs available right now.

Senior Men’s Majek Golf

This set is all-hybrid, which means that it will be pretty good for seniors who are concerned with weights of golf clubs they swing. Obviously, they don’t have as much strength in their arms as younger people do, so having lighter clubs that are designed to be easier to swing is going to be a big bonus for seniors. Unfortunately this one doesn’t come with golf bags or any headcovers, but based on overwhelmingly positive reviews, we can assume that golf clubs are alone are worth the investment.

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Is it possible to buy high quality golf club set under thousand dollars?

People say golf is too expensive for anyone other than rich to play, but i have to disagree. I just think that you need proper knowledge and experience to make it work on much smaller budget. When i was a beginner, just like everybody else, i spent more than a thousand dollars on a golf club set that i wouldn’t accept as a gift today. And it’s not just golf experience either, you have to be skilled at saving while shopping. Obvious solution to high expense is buying used products, which usually cost half as much as new ones. But it’s not that simple either – trusted retailers usually don’t sell used golf clubs, so you have to buy them off craigslist on eBay, and quality of the club you’re getting from there, will be questionable, at best. Plus, you can’t try them in person before buying them, which is a big disadvantage, because fitting is one of the most important part of golf club choosing process. If a club doesn’t fit, your golf game will suffer. Even if it is thousand dollar club, it won’t do you any good. So you definitely be careful with buying online.

 Although, despite these flaws, there are few sites that sell high quality used golf clubs, and my favorite one of them is – callawaypreowned.com. It’s official website offered by Callaway brand, which, in case you don’t know anything about golf, is one of the best brands around right now. They are definitely my favorite. Used clubs i got from there have lasted me 3 years so far, and with proper care that i’ve taken of them, i am sure they will perform for another year or more.

 Another good tip for saving on golf clubs is buying last year’s, or slightly older models. It is good idea to go to your local store, try different golf clubs and pick the one that fits you the best. Then go home, search for older models of that club you chose, and buy the best option for the price. Using this method has been pretty handy for me, as i’ve been able to find used beginners’ golf irons for half or third the price of new one. George has explored the topic of buying beginner’s irons further in his tutorial. And these are just as good, they’re just out of golf fashion, because golf manufacturers keep introducing new models every few months. So getting the older model is no big deal, except for rich dudes who like to keep up with new golf club releases. That’s it for today, i hope it was helpful.