It is usually pretty hard to tell when you stop being a complete beginner and become intermediate golfer. Overall, the distinction only exists in our minds and a lot depends on our own perception of our skills, and confidence that comes from knowing that you’re good golfer. But let’s save that for another blog post. For now, i want to talk about choosing golf clubs as an averagely experienced, intermediate golfer. Golf clubs at this level gain high level of importance. As a beginner, it didn’t really matter which golf clubs you used – lack of sufficient skillset kept you from achieving your best on the golf course anyway. Once you’ve accumulated one or two years experience of playing golf, golf clubs start to become very important.
Being intermediate golfers, i will assume that readers know a thing or two about golf. I won’t be explaining what loft is or anything like that. I will take more direct approach and try to answer practical questions that might arise when you’re shopping for golf clubs.
As a beginner, cheap golf clubs might have been perfectly fine, but for intermediate golfers, they are just not sufficient. I know because when i was playing with them, at some point, i started to notice that these cheap golf clubs just didn’t cut it for me. As an intermediate golfer, you should get club set that will keep up with you and won’t become obsolete once you grow as a golfer. Not all golf club sets are bad, of course. I only dislike the cheap ones. Even among affordable club sets, you can find some that will be pretty good for an intermediate golfer. One of those is Callaway Strata Ultimate set. At current price, i don’t think there is any other pre-packaged set of clubs that can even be compared to this one in terms of value for the money. As a rule of thumb though, i recommend to look at club sets that cost at least seven to eight hundred dollars. I think Adams and TaylorMade have some amazing club sets in that price range. I don’t remember the exact names, but quick search on Amazon or GlobalGolf should give you plenty of options to choose from. If you don’t have that amount of money, getting used golf clubs is always an option. An option that is dangerous and requires a lot of attention to get right, but still valid option nonetheless. What i mean to say is, a lot of used golf club listings are actually scams, and you should be either extremely careful or have someone experienced at buying used clubs guide you through the process.
It probably didn’t escape your attention that in this post, i am only talking about buying golf club sets. Not individual golf clubs on their own. That’s intentional and is derived from my perception that sets (for example, these golf clubs for casual golfers) are the best options for beginners as well as intermediates. They don’t know enough to perfectly choose golf clubs individually anyway, and by buying entire sets, they can at least save money. But if you are intermediate and have strong feeling that you can choose better clubs yourself, then i would recommend doing so. Choosing clubs one by one gives you greater control over your club set and by extension, your performance on the course. When trying to buy best golf clubs for yourself, another route you can take is the route of buying irons as a set and other clubs separately one by one. This might be good golden medium for most people, because it gives you some freedom to customize your own set, without taking too much time or making too much room for mistakes.
Still, if you do decide to buy every type of club except for irons by yourself, driver should get the most of your attention and money. I firmly believe that driver is single most important club in any set, be it for beginners or senior golfers.