Clubs For Beginners - Choosing The Best Sized Clubs To Play With
September 29th, 2016
When starting out, most golf players tend to play much when using shorter sized clubs. Men and women both seem to have a tough time trying to master shots when using longer irons. The same goes for using fairway woods.
There is a simple reason why this happens. It is about control. The smaller the golf club, the better control you have. Smaller sized golf clubs are easier to control and you are able to have a better sense of where the club is at during the swing, and exactly what it's doing.
More specifically, the sense of control can be attributed to the shorter clubs offering a more tighter and steeper swing arc. Adding a few more inches to the length of the club, as with the long irons, requires a bit more arc sweep and is more difficult to get a feel of the club movement.
Even decent golf players can have a tough time with the long irons. It takes a real artistic ability to master hitting a great shot with a club that has a small head, a long shaft, and a tiny amount of loft. All of these club attributes combined creates an enormous challenge which can take years to fully master on every shot.
Mastering Longer Clubs
As a beginner player, you can continue to golf with short clubs or you can learn to master the longer golf clubs from the start. If you opt for the latter choice, you will probably make more mistakes, but will advance in your golf game much faster.
When learning to hit the ball well with the longer clubs, your swing must not come in too fast and forceful. Moreover, developing a smooth tempo and a graceful swing is important in order to have the best control possible.
With longer clubs, your swing arc should be shallow and a bit longer. Keep your clubhead low to the ground when pulling back and avoid making contact with the ball to aggressively. Instead, the club should come up and over the grass in a smooth sweeping motion.
Final Tip: Another tip when learning to make a decent shot with longer clubs is to move the ball farther up within your stance, more so than you would when playing with a short or middle iron. By positioning the ball 1 or 2 inches back, you allow plenty of room for the longer shaft and the wide swing arc of the club.