What Makes a Great Golf Club?

To be great, a golf club needs to fit the player and be made of high-quality materials. Women generally need different clubs than men, and golfers of different levels have different needs in a club. For example, beginning golfers benefit from a driver with a larger clubhead because larger clubheads are more forgiving in off-center shots, while drivers with smaller clubheads appeal to more advanced golfers.

All golf clubs have a grip, shaft, hosel, and club head. The grip is based on the player's hand size. The shaft is made of either metal or graphite, and the shaft comes in different flexes. Graphite shafts are lighter than steel shafts and can be swung more quickly. The hosel connects the shaft to the clubhead and controls the lie angle of the club. Some clubs are made with adjustable hosels, giving the user the advantage of being able to fine-tune a club based on his swing characteristics and different course conditions. The clubhead is the part of the club that hits the ball, and manufacturers make them specific to different levels of experience.

Before purchasing a new set of clubs, a golfer needs a fitting to ensure the clubs are the best choice for him. Some manufacturers have factory-trained fitters.