Here are some of the questions that we have been asked recently.
Q. Does really expensive equipment make a difference?
Yes and no. If you are playing at the pro level, you need every edge that you can get and that’s what really expensive equipment provides. For the average amateur golfer buying expensive equipment will not have a big affect on your game. The best clubs in the world won’t correct your slice. You should invest in the best equipment you can comfortably afford. Golf is all about physics and a lot of engineering goes into even moderately priced clubs.
Q. Does the compression rating on a ball have an effect on my shots?
Yes. You should chose a ball with a compression rating that is compatible with the speed of your swing. Balls with a compression rating of 80 are for golfers with a slower swing. They give great distance are you may lose accuracy. Golfers with an average swing will get more accuracy with a ball with a compression rating of 90. Those golfers with a really fast swing may want to try a compression rating of 100. You may lose some distance, but this is the most accurate ball if you have enough speed in your swing.
Q. How can I keep up my game in the winter?
There is training equipment available that you can use indoors during the winter months. You could invest in a putting mat to practice you short game. These are available in a good range of prices and can be easily stored when not in use. For your long game, consider a hinged club. The club has a hinge in its shaft. When you swing, if your swing isn’t perfect, the hinge will release. There are other types of training equipment, some of which might be available for use at your local country club.
Q. There are a lot of different golf bags, how should I chose one?
The classic golf bag is the staff bag. It has places for all the equipment you use on the course. If you are going to be carrying the bag, you will want to check its weight and size to see if its a comfortable fit. Cart bags are smaller but bulkier than staff bags and are designed to be carried in golf carts. Carrier are the smallest and lights of the bags, but they have less room. Which bag you chose depends on how you play the game, and what you are comfortable with using.
Q. Does golf count as exercise?
Absolutely, golf counts as exercise. If you walk and carry your clubs instead of using a cart, one hour of golf will burn about 300 calories. If you use a cart, that drops to about 270. Golf provides a good cardiovascular workout and people who play have less trouble with hypertension and enjoy other health benefits, not to mention they are less likely to be overweight.
Q. How can I find good deals on golf equipment?
If you know what you are looking for, the best place to find discounts and bargains is online. Shopping online for golf equipment can be done at retailers or at auction sites. The auction sites have new and used equipment. You’ll be able to find anything you want and find out about equipment you didn’t even know about. All this with no salesman standing over your shoulder trying to pressure you into buying something.
Q. Is there anyway to get a bargain on golf equipment locally?
You can check your local sports stores for sales, or you can go online to Craig’s List. Craig’s List is an online bulletin board for items and services that are offered for sale. If you are searching make sure that you are specific. If you say nine iron, your are apt to get listings for weight equipment. Say golf club nine iron to get the right listings. All the listings are local to your area,unlike auctions sites that can be located on the other side of the world.
Q. Are the new metal woods better than the old fashioned ones that are made from wood?
Well, part of this may be a matter of personal preference, however the engineering that goes into the new metal woods is great. Most people are opting for these instead of the older clubs. You should do some research and maybe try one and decide for yourself.
Q. Are expensive golf balls better?
Not necessarily. There are some very good inexpensive golf balls on the market. Consumer Reports has rated golf balls and you might be surprised at the results. Check out Consumer Reports golf ball ratings.
Q. The pro shop has golf sunglasses. Do I need these?
Anyone who spends much time in the sun should wear sunglasses with UVA and UVB protection for their eyes. You don’t need to buy expensive golf sunglasses, but they should be a wrap around style and have a high rating for UVA and UVB protection.