Golf Tutorial for Beginners: Club Selection

Picking the right club is something that all golfers struggle with, from beginners all the way up to professionals. It is especially hard, however, when you are just getting started on the course. You don’t know how far to expect your clubs to fly just yet, and you probably don’t make good enough contact on a consistent basis to get the same distance from them shot after shot. You need to have confidence when you pick a club and get ready to hit your shot – but it is hard to feel confident when you really don’t know how far the ball is going to fly.

The Lesser of Two Evils

Even if you aren’t exactly sure how far you can hit each of your clubs, you probably have a general idea. Starting from that point, you should be able to narrow down your club selection to a couple of options for a given shot. For example, if you have 150 yards left to the hole, that might be right in-between a 6 iron and 7 iron for your swing. So which one do you pick?

Take a look at the area around the green to help you make your selection. Are you trying to hit this shot over a water hazard in front of the green? Pick the 6 iron to give yourself the extra distance to hopefully clear the water. Is there a bunker behind the green, and nothing but fairway short? Pick the 7 iron – if it doesn’t quite reach the target, at least you will still be on the grass and should have a relatively easy shot remaining.

Learning with Experience

You should get better at club selecti

on simply by playing more golf and gaining experience. If you want to speed up the process, you can go an extra step by recording how far you hit each shot during your round, and saving that information for later use. Just take a notebook with you in your golf bag and jot down the carry distance of each shot throughout the round. If you can do this for just a few rounds, you will suddenly have a lot of information from which you can get a good estimate for each of your club’s yardages. This process might be a little bit of a hassle during your round, but it will be worth your effort when you look at the results and have a better gauge for your distances and club selections.