We just saw a great weekend of golf as the 79th Masters concluded. For many people the Masters tournament signals the official start of the golf season, although people in southern climates celebrate the spring as the end of their busy winter season. You may be thinking about starting off your 2015 season by taking advantage of the new equipment offerings – but there are so many options, where does one begin?
If you are in the market for a few new clubs or an entire set, you first need to think about set composition. This means thinking about which clubs you plan to put in your bag to get to your 14 club limit. This was the “norm” since 30 years ago, irons were sold in sets of eight - most people used a driver, 3-wood and 5-wood, pitching wedge, sand wedge and putter. Maybe that is what the “composition” of the 14 clubs in your bag look like.
As we talked about last week with the driver fitting, I can’t stress enough the importance of getting fit for your golf clubs (more on this next week). Your local PGA/LPGA Professional or club fitter can help you determine your set composition as you go through a club fitting. Perhaps your set begins with a 6 iron through pitching wedge (5 irons), sand wedge and lob wedge, two or three hybrids, a driver and two fairway woods and a putter. You have the unique ability to determine your set composition based on the clubs you like and use.
Most female golfers struggle with hitting long irons, so I recommend ditching the 3, 4, and 5 irons and replacing them with easier to hit and more forgiving hybrids. Likewise, don’t limit yourself to just one wedge – have a minimum of two or three wedges with different lofts and bounce to help you hit different yardages and shots. Next week we’ll talk in greater depth about club fitting, how you can benefit by playing with custom fit clubs and how easy it is to trade in your old clubs.