You've decided to take up the great game of golf. You know it's great for socializing, getting outside, and even getting some exercise — not to mention the competition. But you may be wondering what equipment you really need to play golf.
Rent or Purchase Your Equipment?
While many golf courses and sporting shops offer golf club rentals, it's best to have your own equipment and get it custom fitted to you. Having custom fitted golf clubs are important to most golfers as they improve their games by as many as five strokes per round and hit longer and more accurate shots. Not only will having custom fitted golf clubs improve your game, but there's something to be said for having equipment that feels familiar to you every time you pick it up. Rental equipment, no matter how good it is, isn't necessarily sized for you. Mistwood Performance Center uses certified filters who use the latest technology to custom fit your clubs to improve your club head speed, spin rate, launch angle, and to optimize the velocity of the ball.
The first thing to keep in mind when playing golf is to protect your hands from swings. Your hands will eventually blister after several swings without proper golf gloves. Golf gloves will not only protect your hands but will also help you keep a firm grip on the club, even when you're sweating. You'll also want to get a pair of golf shoes. Golf shoes generally provide enough traction and grip so that you keep a good form when you swing.
You'll need a golf bag that will carry your golf clubs. Since you're starting out, your golf bag doesn't have to be complicated, but it does have to do the job. Figure that your golf bag has to carry 14 golf clubs, balls, raingear for yourself, and enough water and snacks for when you're out on the course. This requires a fairly sturdy bag.
You'll need tees to put your golf ball on. Tees look like a wooden or plastic nail and are often brightly colored. You don't have to worry about your golf balls. At Mistwood we furnish your balls as part of your rate, so you never have to worry about losing one. But if you decide you want to use your own golf balls, you can purchase some very expensive golf balls if you wish. However, you may be losing them if you're a beginner, so start with inexpensive golf balls if you can.
The Basic Clubs You'll Need
There are several clubs you'll need including the putter, the pitching wedge, the sand wedge, the driver, the three, five, seven, and nine irons, and the three wood. These are the minimum that most golfers need to play the game.