How to start at Golf

New golfers should find decent, mid-price range clubs but even those can be a pain in the arse when they don’t happen to have a matching set of inserts. I had one set of replacement inserts and bought five new golf clubs. Here’s what I learned from testing.

This guide is aimed at guys who like golf but have an existing set of clubs which are in better condition than the ones they will need to start with. Of course, any new golf club can take years to break in. With that in mind, what you are looking for is a good set of clubs which perform on the greens and feel good on the ball. Nothing wrong with re-tuning your driver and putting but it will take a while.

Test-Driving Balls

Here’s my recommendation. Get a ball and get off the back-yard if possible, you can even use one of these golf simulators to practice. Test drive everything for a few hours. Just a little bit. Before you know it you will know how the club feels. Then you’ll be able to do something about it.

Even if you test a few clubs and find that you have a great drive, if you feel it on the ball the club will not perform well and you should change it. Then you’ll have an idea as to what the problem might be.

Next, rotate your club to see if the clubs are where you are supposed to put them. If they are, you have a good setup. If you can’t do that, you’ll need to clean the shafts, grind them, or find someone with a golf sanding machine to do it. The important thing is to do it before you hit the ball.

The previous section about the “good” club is important to remember here. When the shaft is fine, the shafts need to be aligned perfectly. If you don’t know how to do this, google it.

The good club club points are on the left or right side of the grip. When you have your points aligned, put the club in the right-hand side of your hand. The ball should be slightly forward.

Note: The further you rotate the club back and forth, the more you will need to make adjustments as it adjusts to the difference in the distance between your hands.

If the clubs are aligned and you can put the ball in the left-hand corner you’re good to go. But you will get rid of that “lost step” you have in some of your shots. This is the off-center. It is not a bad thing, but it’s something you want to get rid of.

If you can get the ball in the right-hand corner, this means you have your shafts aligned perfectly. If not, you may need to find someone to do it. It’s going to be expensive.

At this point you may be thinking “so what? I’ll change the shafts later.” Don’t forget that the shafts are only as good as the set of inserts you put into them. Your sponsor or a reputable professional could put them in but you need to test drive them. It will be a nice improvement and you will need to keep them for now.

If you can hit a ball that is close to your test shots you’ve found that your shafts are in the right place and this setup is good. There is one last thing I want to mention. When you are playing with a new set of clubs, try to

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