If you’re new to the game of golf, you’re probably a little confused and overwhelmed by all the different equipment you can buy. Even just choosing your first set of irons can be an intimidating task.
To help you out, here’s our guide to choosing golf irons for beginners.
Choosing golf irons
The first thing to be aware of is that all the major golf club manufacturers make a range of different types of irons. Each of these is aimed at a different skill level of player, from beginner to pro.
Doing this isn’t just a marketing gimmick by these companies. They invest huge amounts of money in researching and developing these clubs. That’s
because it’s in their best interests for you to get the most from their clubs.
After all, if you don’t, you’re likely to go to a different manufacturer next time you’re in the market for new clubs.
So if you’re a beginner, choose a set of irons aimed at beginners. You’re sure to do better with them than with a shiny new set of the most expensive clubs aimed at professionals. You can always upgrade your clubs as you get better.
What to look for when choosing irons
The first thing to look for is game improvement technology. This means the clubs have been designed to be more forgiving to beginners, making it easier to get your shots airborne and hit them further. They also have a bigger club face which in turn means there’s more area on the face with which to make contact with the ball.
Secondly, you should look for a set of clubs which includes hybrid. They are much more forgiving and easier to hit than long irons and are great rescue clubs for fairway bunkers and from out of the rough.
Next on the list of things to consider when choosing irons is what the shaft is made from. Here you have two choices: steel shafts or graphite shafts.
Steel shafts are naturally stiffer and give you more control and are preferred by pros. Graphite shafts on the other hand are easier to swing due
to being more flexible, allowing you to generate more club head speed. You’ll likely find you’ll get extra distance from graphite-shaft irons as opposed to their steel counterparts.
Due to being easier to use, we recommend graphite shafts to beginners. As a plus point, graphite shaft clubs tend to be cheaper than steel ones.
Finally, you should also consider the amount of flex in the clubs. All club makers will have recommendations as to what flex you should go for based on your swing speed.
As a beginner, you likely won’t know your swing speed, but you can still work out what flex is best using your tee shot carry. The further you naturally hit the ball, the stiffer the flex you should choose.