Buying your Very First Golf Clubs: What You Need to Consider

For every golf enthusiast, buying the first set of golf clubs is an exciting prospect.  However, you cannot just go into the store and get the first set of golf clubs you see. You will have to do more than that if you want to get the best deal for your money and your game. There are various things to consider when spending your money on a set of golf clubs.

  • What are your goals? This is a critical question which you should ask yourself and it is necessary that you answer the question truthfully.  Having realistic goals for your golf game will make shopping a lot easier.  If you plan on only playing twice a year, you need not get the most expensive set of basic golf sets. If you are purchasing the golf club set as a gift for your brother-in-law, it is important that you know your brother-in-law’s personality.  Define your goals for playing to avoid wasting time looking at golf clubs which you might not even need at all.
  • How dedicated are you to your game? Before you decide on the amount of money to spend on a set of brand new golf clubs, you need to be honest with yourself how much time and effort you want to spend on your game. This will help you determine what calibre of golf club you will buy. If you are someone who is not willing to pay for golf lessons to bring your game to a higher level, then you need not buy the most expensive set. To show that you really mean business why not book a tee time now.
  • What are the shaft options available today? There are two basic shaft choices for beginners and they are shaft flex and shaft composition. Shaft composition can be graphite or steel. On the other hand, shaft flex is the level of the shaft’s bend during swinging.  Graphite is a much lighter material it can give you better swing speed.  Steel, however, is more durable and is priced more reasonably.
  • Setting your budget for your first set of golf clubs. Golf clubs can cost a lot of money.  The amount of money you are going to spend on your golf club should be tied to your dedication to the game. This is especially true for people who are on a tight budget. The best option for beginners is to buy golf club sets which are inexpensive. In case you do not follow through with golf, you would not have wasted a lot of money. However, if you have a lot of money to spend on golf clubs, you can buy top of the line golf sets.

Golf clubs can make golf a lot easier. The right golf clubs can encourage you to improve your game, whereas the wrong ones can discourage you to pursue golf any farther. This is why it is very important that you choose the correct first set of golf clubs. Do not forget to ask around for golf recommendations and shop around for the best price.

Although this article is to help you in the golf club buying process, you may want to check out my article on what to wear on the golf course.


  1. The thing that drove me crazy with first clubs is there seem to be so many decisions and often not much to go on.

    Probably the one that was the worst was flex. Everyone says how far do you hit a 5 iron. Answer: I don’t know, I never have hit a 5 iron.

    Or, what your clubhead speed. Answer: I don’t know, I will remember to hold it out the window the next time I drive by a Highway Patrol.

    For true beginners, there really isn’t anything that helpful in making that decision, and you get different advise from everyone you ask.

    • Hey Marvin,

      You’re right, people do tend to give you all types of answers, and for the complete beginner, shaft flex etc is sometimes confusing, but it doesn’t need to be. You don’t really need to know your exact swing speed to get the right flex, I recommend looking at how physically able you are, bad back? Choose a soft flex. If you’re in good nick choose a stiffer flex. Or, you can go with a softer flex if you like, it’s a ll a matter of preference and neither is really going to hinder your game. Check out my article on finding the best beginner golf clubs here –

  2. I think flex is important for sure and you should go with slightly stiffer than what you require. They’ll be more forgiving because they won’t kick as much and they won’t rob you of any dramatic distance which is a good trade-off for more consistent distance than a set with excess flex.

  3. Hi Rob
    I have a set of prosimmon Drk-g graphite shafts been trying to play golf for 3months now but I am really struggling hitting the ball with the long irons. If I make a mistake hitting the ball I end up with a very ackee hand for days. Are the clubs the right type for a beginner or should I invest in something better?


  4. Hey Rob,

    I’m getting back into the game after a significant break(10+ years). I’m taking this comeback pretty seriously because I’ve really missed the game & I’m itching to get back out there.

    I’m considering the following two Sets for my comeback:
    – 2015 Callaway Strata Plus Men’s 16-Piece, or
    – 2015 Wilson Pro Fit Men’s Package Set.

    I’ve seen you rate very highly the slightly smaller Strata set for beginners, & the Wilson Ultra for Intermediate players.

    Do you have any insight how my two options stack up against one another?


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