Every year, thousands of people make the decision to give someone special a golf club as a gift. If you don’t know a lot about golf, giving golf clubs can be difficult. There’s a lot to choose from, to say the least. Luckily, our PGA Professionals and Club Experts are here to help.
The answers to these 5 questions greatly increase your chances of getting the perfect club(s), making the process less stressful.
What to Ask When Giving Golf Clubs
1. Do they play other sports?
The answer to this question will help you determine the athletic ability of the beginning golfer on your list. If they’re into other sports, chances are they will catch on to golf more quickly. In this case, you can consider less forgiving clubs than the super game-improvement category, which is aimed at those that need the most forgiveness from their clubs. You can generally spot super game-improvement clubs by their large appearance.
2. How tall and strong are they?
Knowing the height and strength of the golfer help you get the right length and shaft flex in the clubs. Height isn’t as important with drivers, fairway woods, or hybrids. It refers more to irons, wedges, and putters. When a club is too long or short for a golfer, they have a harder time making contact in the sweet spot. More often than not, though, the standard length for irons works fine. If you’re not sure, get a hold of us and we’ll do our best to help.
A golfer’s strength helps determine the right shaft flex. A strong golfer swings fast and needs a stronger shaft to get the most performance out of the club. Usually, stiff or extra stiff shafts are best. Regular, senior, and ladies-flex shafts are better for slower swing speeds. The shaft will transfer the correct amount of energy to the golf ball to maximize performance.
3. Are they looking to get serious or just play a couple times a year?
A golfer looking to get serious with their game will appreciate a club (or clubs) they can grow into. The club will last them longer, still fitting them as their game improves.
Buying equipment for a player that is only going to play a few times a year is easier. It’s not as important to get clubs they could outgrow skill-wise since they aren’t looking to improve, only to get out and have some fun.
4. How much are you looking to spend?
Setting a budget is a crucial step when deciding what to get the golfer on your list. If you’re trying to save some money, consider buying used clubs. They get a high-quality club and your wallet stays fat. Win-win.
5. Are you looking to get a complete set or just a few clubs?
Another option to consider is buying a complete set or just a few clubs. Complete sets come with everything a golfer needs to play (except for accessories, like golf balls, tees, or a glove). Whether they are just starting out or only play a couple times a year, complete sets are a great option.
When sticking to a tighter budget, you can also buy just a few clubs. Generally, you’d want to get a mix of long irons (4, 5 iron), mid-iron (6, 7, 0r 8 iron), or some wedges. The number of clubs depends on your budget. Contact us if you need help getting choosing what clubs to choose.
Getting the answers to these questions make giving golf clubs easier. Talking to friends or family, peeking in their golf bag, or strategically asking them these questions without them realizing what you are after are all great ways to find the answers you need.
Having the answers to these questions will help to greatly narrow the choices and ensure success in getting a club they will love for years to come. If you get stuck, we’re here and more than happy to help. For other common questions when giving golf clubs as a gift, check out this article.