There are a lot of golfers who have a garage full of semi-used equipment. Some of these are self-professed equipment junkies whilst others prefer to hide their addiction. The big question is whether or not the act of purchasing new clubs really helps your game?
I suspect that every golfer appreciates that in golf club manufacturing technology makes advances that do make it easier to hit the ball sweeter or more easily. The bigger sweet spot on modern day clubs is a prime example of this. But does this mean you will really get greater distance, more backspin, stop your natural slice or end up with a lower handicap?
I have observed many a golfer who buys a new set of clubs and raves about how fabulous they are whilst at the same time failing to display a related improvement in their play. You will probably have noticed this phenomena too.
There is clearly a psychological effect at play when one swings a new golf club. If you think it is going to help your game, it probably will do so, in the short term at least. But in the long term, after your “new club enthusiasm” has worn off, will those clubs really help your game?
Inevitably, it is the manner in which you swing the club that matters. If you remain confident you will probably swing the club well. But your confidence is anchored in the effectiveness of your ability to swing the club. The clubs alone are but one part of the golfing equation. The bigger part of the picture lies in your knowledge of the golf swing and your ability to produce the necessary actions. And the biggest part of the picture lies in what happens between your ears.
Many golfers choose clubs based upon which clubs another person (professional or otherwise) says are the “bees knees” of clubs. They quickly run out and buy those clubs expecting, or perhaps merely hoping, that their game is going to miraculously improve.
Surely it is wiser to take a little more time and a more logical approach to choosing ones clubs? For me, I do appreciate that technology moves forward in leaps and bounds and I don’t want to get left totally behind. But I don’t want to change my clubs unnecessarily either.
Because I know how mental golf is as a game the most important thing when I am looking at clubs is that I like the look of them as they sit behind the ball. If they “fit my eye” that’s a big part of the battle! I don’t mean whether they are pink or blue! I just mean do I feel that it looks like I can hit the ball well with it? Then they have to feel good in my hands; not after a few swings or after a few rounds. I want them to feel good immediately.
Yes, I will take advice (from an appropriately qualified professional) upon shaft, cavity back, wide base or blade, angles and so on. And then I will try whatever club they suggest. My first question to myself is “Do I like the look of it?” The second is “Does it feel comfortable?” and the next thing is to see how natural my swing feels with this new club.
How you progress with new clubs will depend more upon what you do with them then the clubs themselves. The fact they have a bigger sweet spot or are easier to hit does not necessarily make you a better golfer. But if you feel more confident with those clubs in your hands you will in all likelihood make better swings. Confidence in golf is always King!
Roseanna Leaton, golf addict and specialist in golf hypnosis mp3s and author of the GolferWithin golf mind training system.
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