Be Honest With Yourself
Don’t fool yourself into thinking you’re going to become a single-digit handicap in short order, and you need the best clubs on the market to reach your goal. You don’t have to run out and spend $1,500 for a set of clubs with the latest innovations. But, if you want it and can afford it, go ahead.
Technically-speaking, investment cast, perimeter weighted clubs are the way to go. They will protect you against your worst swings. Ask any salesperson to direct you to those clubs. Actually, it’s hard to find anything else these days. The preponderance of clubs on the market are investment cast, perimeter weighted. OK. Now you know investment cast and perimeter weighting. Don’t get too technical beyond that because most of the rest you don’t need to know right now. As your game improves and you become more involved, you’ll learn the nuances in good time.
Steel Or Graphite Shafts?
In the early stages I don’t believe the ability to golf will be enhanced or diminished by the shaft you choose, at least not were your game is now. Price-wise, graphite is generally more expensive and like most things which are costlier there is a certain stigma attached to them, but there are a lot of very inexpensive graphite shafts on the market today that cost little more than steel.
The advantage of graphite is that it is lighter and easier to swing and, in some instances, enables the golfer to get the ball airborne easier. Getting the ball in the air can be of critical importance to beginners ,because hitting ground balls is terribly frustrating. Frustration is probably the number one reason people give up golf. As a rule of thumb, I would recommend graphite for women beginners.
New or Used?
The Internet, top retail shops and mail-order houses offer some terrific bargains and reductions on new clubs from previous model years. Look in your local newspaper in the classified section.. There are some great bargains from the people who just have to have this years model.
If you know where to look, you can get an excellent demo or used set in the $200-$400 range for eight irons. Department store brands can run as low as $199 for eight irons/three woods.
What if you absolutely cannot afford more than the department store brands and don’t know where to find a good used set? Buy what you can afford. As a beginning set, it’ll work just fine and if you decide you want to become more serious get new clubs that fit your game. In the long run the cost of the clubs will only be a fraction of the cost to play regularly.
What Kind Of Ball?
Most women use a ball with an 80 compression. What this means is the ball will go further with less club head velocity. If you hit the ball particularly long you may want to try a 90 compression. It may improve your distance.
Despite anything else you hear the distance of the ball is determined by the weight and density of the club head in conjunction with the speed of the club head at impact. It is simply physics!