Buying Your First Set of Clubs

Buying Your First Set of Clubs

When you first start playing golf your clubs are probably a mish-mash of hand me downs from whoever taught to you to play.  At some point you will want to get a complete set of your own clubs so you can get better at the game.  Buying your first set of clubs is a milestone of sorts and no matter how long you play the game you will remember your first set of clubs.  Before you go shopping you should know what goes into a complete set and what things you should look for.

A Complete Set of Clubs

Buying a complete set of clubs should consist of anywhere from 14-16 clubs in total, although a beginners set may have a few less.  Here is a list of clubs that should be in a complete set.

  • A putter
  • A driver
  • Irons (anywhere up to 6 different irons)
  • Woods (up to three different clubs)
  • Wedges (at least 2, one for sand and 1 for pitching)

Now let’s take a look at what each does and when you will use them.


Irons are used as you go through the course and need to take shorter shots.  Irons come in two different types: the forged blade and the cavity back blade, as a beginner you should start with the cavity back blade.  Opt for graphite shafts, it helps a beginner with their accuracy and as your game improves you might want to transition to a stiffer shaft.


Woods are a better choice when you need to make some longer shots.  Select woods that come with bigger heads it will help keep your shots straight and accurate on the course.


Every set of clubs absolutely needs a putter, they are vital on the green and you will use them on approach shots too.  You can start your set with one but as you get better at the game you may end up with a couple of them.


As a beginner you will use your wedges a lot, particularly the sand wedge.  Wedges are ideal for getting out of the sand and shots where a putter isn’t enough and wood is too much.


Lastly we come to drivers, they are used when you begin the game or the next hole.  They are used to “drive” the ball as far as you can on the course.  Most pros only have the one driver in their bag.

Golf is a game where you will spend most of the time competing against yourself even when you are playing against others.  Good equipment is crucial to improving your game and getting to the next level.