Buying your first set of golf clubs

Buying Your First Set Of Golf Clubs

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Golf has many participants of different skill levels. Golf clubs manufacturers create clubs catering to beginners, intermediate and professionals golfers. No matter your skill level, height or style, a club exists for you. When buying your first set of golf clubs, we encourage you to pick up a set of clubs that are right for your current skill level.

Having beginner friendly or forgiving clubs does not mean you cannot compete or are limited to a certain bracket of golf. The forgiveness rating of golf clubs is also personal preference. Many skillful golfers still prefer more forgiving clubs opposed to the sleekest blades available marketed towards the pros. With most club manufacturers recently announcing their latest 2023 club models, it was apparent that all had a focus on all-rounder golf clubs offering a high level of both forgiveness and performance aimed at the midrange golfer – ie. most of us.

Ask for advice from your local pro shop

First and foremost, it is important you go to your local golf shop and get a basic fitting done. Even if you do not want to get into the nitty gritty, at the very least you will have an idea on what length of club you should be getting. If you are a tall golfer, you do not want to be playing with short golf clubs and vice versa. Knowing this information will help you narrow down your options when you go discover what options are available on the market.


The forgiveness level of golf clubs scales from extremely forgiving to forgiving but less so. There is no metric to see this scale visualised however, an easiest way to identify this is by looking at the thickness of the club head. Wider club heads contain more metal and absorption for shockwaves produced upon impact when you hit a golf ball. This wider area allows for a larger theoretical center of the club face which subsequently means you can hit the golf ball imperfectly but still experience great ball flight and distance.

As most clubs are still being created to promote forgiveness, naturally, these clubs remain great option for most golfers. It is also important to note that with the continued advancements in technology, albeit is slow, the performance in forgiving clubs continues to improve. Forgiving clubs remain a top choice amongst most golfers and should be the main focus when buying your first set of golf clubs.

New vs Pre-owned

When the time comes for you to decide on which set of golf clubs you want, the secondhand market is a great starting point. Thousands of golf clubs are produced each year and every golfer can only have so many clubs. No matter the clubs you are thinking about buying, I can almost guarantee the same clubs are available on the secondhand market. You can find clubs of all conditions, ranging from worn to as new, each providing you with more bang for your buck.

Regripping secondhand golf clubs

Still not convinced and prefer the idea of brand new clubs? Consider regripping your golf clubs with new grips. Regripping secondhand clubs is a great way to make them feel new and often times you can get higher quality grips than the ones that come on new clubs and still save money. If regripping your clubs sounds like too much work, our step by step guide on regripping your golf clubs provides you with all the knowledge and materials you need to complete the task.

Utilise clubs designed to assist beginners

As a beginner, you may want to use clubs designed to help you learn. Clubs like ‘chippers’ aim to assist beginner players on learning chipping mechanics instead of using the various wedge options. This is a great way to get a better feel for the game while you learn and increase your confidence.

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