What are the best golf clubs for beginners to get started with?
In response to a point raised on Twitter just the other day, we’ve written this blog as a guide to point new golfers in the right direction when it comes to choosing clubs. We’ve talked a lot about getting a custom fit and although this topic does sail very close to it, it’s not where we’re headed today.
The most common route beginners take to a new sport or hobby is to ‘start off cheap to see if they’ll like it’- this is a great idea if they are correctly educated in what clubs are aimed at beginners; however in the case of golf, if you start off by dusting down your Grandads clubs that haven’t seen the light of day for 30 years, then you can pretty much guarantee that they will not be suitable for a novice!
Blades/ Cavity backs/ game improvement clubs???
Let’s have a short history lesson-
The toughest style of iron to strike or find the ‘sweet spot’ on is called a blade. The name comes from when they were forged from thin blocks of carbon steel then shaped before being plated with chrome. These were very hard to hit and if you didn’t strike them properly you’d get a vibration right through the club.
Club manufacturers soon discovered that if more weight was put in the head, the club became much more forgiving and allowed you to get more loft on the ball. This process was taken further and more weight was put in the bottom and edges of the head to really get the most forgiveness from bad shots, and not placed where it wasn’t needed, hence the ‘cavity back’.
You can see the difference between these early TaylorMade blades and more recent WilsonStaff cavity backs. The head of the blade is a lot smaller, whereas the head of the CB is chunkier with the weight in the right places to make for a more forgiving club.
So why do people still use blades?
You will only really see blades in the golf bags of the pros these days and even they have moved on a lot over time. The main difference between these and cavity/muscle backs is the amount of weight in the head and also the weight dispersion. There is a smaller ‘sweet spot’ or really, less margin for error with a blade, but as the pros have a much more consistent strike than mere amateurs or beginners, they find the middle of the face a lot more often and benefit from the extra feel and control over the ball this gives them.
However, the divide between the two styles of club has decreased over the years and you will struggle to see the difference in modern clubs. Yes, the best golf clubs for beginners will usually have more weight in the bottom, but as technology moves on, the manufacturers are finding other ways to make the club more forgiving for those with a less consistent strike.
So the next time you hear someone wanting to take up golf, point them in the direction of this blog and away from that dusty old set!
What clubs did you start out playing with? Maybe you started playing when blades were the only option? Let us know by commenting below your thoughts on the irons available today and how much difference they make; or comment on our Facebook page or via twitter.