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Old 30-05-2012, 14:43   #1
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Golf clubs for beginner

There have been a few older threads but I thought I would start my own.

I am a beginner just taking up golf. I have spent a little time on the driving range and per my previous golfing time I still have a bit of a slice but fairly decent distance. I like hitting with hybrids off the grass (mat) and Tee.

I am looking for a beginners set of clubs that will be fairly forgiving and help accuracy. I will try to go see a pro for assistance, but wondered if anyone here had any thoughts on something like these clubs (note: I am in the US) :

http://www.dickssportinggoods.com/pr...ductId=4235373

http://www.mynegm.com/golf/equipment...-a70s-hybrids/

They seem to get good reviews for beginners. The graphite shafts are supposed to give a little more control with the stiffness these are set to. Seems like a decent set to start with, just need to add a driver and putter and maybe a sand wedge.
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For a beginner, those are some pretty expensive clubs. You'd be better off buying a cheap set (ie. less than $100) and spending the rest of the money on lessons. You don't want to be labelled with 'all the gear and no idea', do you?

It's the misconception that expensive gear makes you play better. If you're thinking of sticking with golf for a long time, then maybe those Adams clubs will be fine, you'll get your moneys worth, but I think you'd be better off learning on a cheaper set then move up to the more expensive kit if a) you want to continue playing and b) you find your rhythm that will make it easier to gauge what clubs are better for you.

Really, Tiger Woods could take a $50 set and par your local course, easily (well, maybe not as easily at the moment the way he's playing). I've been playing with my same set for about 5 years and play off 18. I've considered buying new ones, but really it's the swing and technique that needs altering to become better, not the equipment.

Also, buy steel shafts. Most people use them, so there must be some advantage, you wouldn't want to get used to graphite and then find it hard to change in future. You might need to borrow a set of clubs at some point and most sets are steel etc.
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I have played a little before, so beginner is a little misleading. Mostly recently has just been the driving range though.

I was looking for a set that will last a while, these get great reviews for beginners, especially for increasing accuracy (my biggest issue) which is what made them tempting. They do not seem that expensive to me either

I have played steel and the only issue has been a slight slice on a wood/long iron, but that was much better with a hybrid. I will have to try some I know before buying.

EDIT: A similar set in steel is $100 cheaper: http://www.dickssportinggoods.com/pr...17712.12480527
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I'm just as terrible when I use my £15 driver or my mate's £300 one.
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The Wilson Staff Di9's get universally good reviews and are in your price range.

A mate who is just past the beginner stage has bought a set and he loves them.
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The best advice I can give is go to a golf store where you can try a set of clubs out.

When I picked the game up about 4 years ago I started with a very cheap set before trying something better. I fancied a set of Mizuno's but they didn't suit.

I ended up with a set of Wilson Staff Di7's and they are brilliant. Definitely go for steel shafts (mine are the fat shaft type).

I would also recommend a decent driver and a putter though. It does make a great deal of difference. I have a Ping G10 driver and Odyssey 2-ball putter and they have been a god send. Managed to get my handicap down from 28 to 15, which is not bad considering I've never had a lesson.
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+1 for the Wilson fat shaft, they have great forgiveness from slicing or pulling due to club twisting being less likely.

Also graphite shafts are only of use to those who struggle with swing speed, but even then the difference is negotiable. Certainly not worth the usual £100 on top of steel.

I strongly recommend a circa £200 starter set as it will keep you going for a few years of you do continue playing. I just replaced my £200 Wilson starter set with a £500 Deep Red set after three years from starting.
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Gonna revive this thread... I just need a club or two to practice driving, any ideas? Total novice so don't want to spend too much. Just a club that'll withstand me creating some divots because I'm totally rubbish!
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