How to Buy a Great Golf Club

I am one of those people who firmly believe that having the skill is more important than owning the latest set of clubs, but, even so, I suggest you get a good and reliable golf club if you want to enjoy this great sport to the maximum. Here are some tips that I hope will help you purchase a golf club that will give you a nice edge next time you plan on hitting the golf course.

First of all, I need to tell you that everything depends on how good or bad you are at golfing. I will not sugarcoat the truth. If you are just a beginner, buying the same brand of golf clubs as Tiger Woods will not propel you to stardom the next day. If you are just beginning with this sport, you will do just fine with just a basic set of golf clubs; a driver, two kinds of wood, four irons and a putter are enough for practicing golf as a beginner.


So, determining your skill level plays a major role in what kind of golf clubs you will be purchasing. The more advanced you are, the more clubs you will need since your more refined golfing style will require you to switch more often between different golf clubs.


Next, I will have to ask you: how is your swing speed? Practically, how far do you send your shots? This is very important for selecting the right type of flex for the shaft of your golf clubs. In golfers’ language, shaft flex stands for how easily the shaft bends when you swing. If you like sending your golf balls very far, a stiffer flex is recommended. You can have your swing speed analyzed at any golf range, and this will play a major role in what kind of shaft flex you should choose.

The next aspect I recommend taking into account is shaft length. This is also responsible for landing better shots, and it depends on your swinging style. For instance, if your swing is consistent and smooth (like advanced golfers have), you can go for a longer shaft that will practically give your swing extra power, so that your shot land further away. However, for beginners, I recommend getting a shorter length for their club shaft because they need first to practice their swing in the best conditions possible.


A longer shaft will only cause troubles for you if you are struggling to land decent shots, and your swinging style is imprecise. Just make sure you practice your swing long enough to progress, and you will be able to choose from a larger variety of golf clubs later on.




3 Tips for Finding Inexpensive, Good-Quality Golfing Clothing

Golf is quite a distinct and unique sport, and one thing you will notice is that equipment and clothing tend to be pretty expensive. This is not all; when it comes to golfing, you cannot simply stroll on the golf course wearing whatever you like. While the wrong sweater may just earn you just a few disapproving looks from fellow golfers, wearing the wrong type of shoes may kick you out of the golf course. Golf shoes have an exclusive design with spikes that are made to guarantee stability on slippery slopes. I highly recommend getting the proper type of shoes and clothes for the golf course, to feel comfortable and ready to play.

Here are some useful tips for getting inexpensive golfing clothing that is still good quality. I know that not many people can afford to splurge on practicing a sport, and I am one of them. That is why I am always all eyes and ears for learning about ways of getting my hands on great golfing equipment and clothes. I want to share with you everything that I know right now.


Shop for discounts. Even the best brands that sell golfing equipment and clothes need to go on sale once in a while. I prefer shopping during the discount season because I can get more for the same money, or even save some. I am not particular in regards to brands, but I do prefer the ones that have dedicated lines for golfers since the practitioners of this sport have certain requirements.

When new stuff is not readily available, give ‘used’ a chance. There are virtual online shops where some people sell their used golf equipment and clothes. Make sure that the seller has a good reputation and always see as many photos of the product as possible before making a purchase. Some people sell their old golfing attires simply because they get bored of them, so do not be so surprised to find some great quality items at a very competitive price. It is imperative that there are no critical flaws to worry about when buying used, so do your research before actually reaching for your wallet.


The last piece of advice I want to offer you is to shop online a lot. Even when the big stores selling golfing apparel do not have sales, there are many online shops that can offer you surprisingly good discounts. These discounts do not depend only on sales seasons, and you can find something worth spending money on, without breaking the bank. As long as you find the clothing item you are after, and it has a decent price tag, I suggest going for it.




How I Clean My Golf Clubs

After an entire day spent on the golf course, you will most probably be sweaty, tired and not exactly in the mood for cleaning your golf clubs. I have been there many times, so I learned a few things that I want to tell you about. The first rule of thumb is to get to cleaning your clubs as soon as you are back home, even postponing your shower, because, once everything is clean and back into the bag, you can relax and enjoy your evening.


Get a large bucket and fill it with warm water and a bit of detergent. Make sure that the water is not hot, or it may start melting the glue keeping the club heads attached to the shaft, and you will not like playing with unstable club heads. It is also important to get a large bucket so that you can immerse as many golf clubs as possible in the water. Leave them like this for about 5 to 10 minutes, to allow the detergent and the warm water to loosen all the grime caked into the club heads.

Even with enough time for soaking, you will notice that some grime will still tend to stubbornly stick to the club heads. The most recommended thing to do is to take an old toothbrush and start scrubbing. It may look like a tedious process, but if you start cleaning your clubs as soon as you reach home, the dirt and grime will not have enough time to solidify and become hard to deal with. Make sure to avoid using a wire brush, because this will inevitably damage the club head design.


Protect the ferrules as much as possible during the cleaning process. Also, make sure that the shafts do not get immersed in the water. Use a damp cloth to wipe them clean, and focus on getting all the dirt out of the club heads and all the grooves on the face of each club head. If you happen to stumble on more stubborn and already caked in mud inside the grooves, take a toothpick and proceed to loosen up these areas. Your primary purpose is to get your club heads clean and ready to be used again.


Rinse the club heads with plenty of cold water, so you can remove even the last particles that may remain stuck there. Use a dry towel to remove all traces of moisture; make sure to use a soft one, to avoid any scratches. All the clubs must be thoroughly dried before placing them back in the bag, or, otherwise, they will rust and become unusable, which, in turn, will affect your golfing activities.


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How I Got into Golfing

I love golf, and it is my favorite sport because it allows me to socialize and spend a lot of time with my friends, enjoying some physical activity in the process. However, just like any other guy who took up golfing at some point, it was not always like this.


It was my best friend, Mike, who got me into golfing. Frankly, before he taught me into liking golf, I thought his passion to be kind of meaningless. Of course, as you can easily imagine, I was much younger at that time, and I did not care as much about staying in shape as I do now.


The interesting thing was that I had no idea that there are so many golf courses in Wyoming. There are quite a lot, actually, and right now, if my numbers are right, there are about 70 spread all over the state. Anyways, as I was saying, Mike convinced me one day to go along and hit the golf course with him. The weather was perfect for golfing, my friend lets me know, and that was when I first held a golf club in my hand.


Mike was continuously giving me advice, which got a little on my nerves since I thought: “How hard can it be to hit a ball with a stick?” So I stretched and swung, and … I missed. I was actually at the golf course that day with a group of friends, and, needless to say, they didn’t spare me at all. I was mortified to discover that once I hit the ball, it went sideways, somewhere very far from the trajectory I was envisioning for it.


So, my natural stubbornness came into play, but also I had to start listening to Mike’s well-intended advice. When I landed the first hit, and I sent the ball across the field, I felt like an absolute winner. As you can easily imagine, I was no Tiger Woods, but it still felt good. From that day onward, I began being the one trying to drag my friends to the golf course as often as I could. To his day, I am thankful I decided to join my friends that day, and I discovered the pleasure of playing golf.

Here is a little something I learned that might help you, as well. Before I decided to purchase my first set of golf clubs, I preferred renting from the ranges and try different combinations. When I got to the point that I decided that I needed my clubs, I was already accustomed with the equipment, and finding what I needed was not particularly challenging.


I hope my experience will inspire you to take up golfing, and, if you ever visit Wyoming, know that there are plenty of golf courses you can try.