For those who are just starting out and wondering what equipment to take to get started properly without going crazy, here is a list of ingredients to take to get started in good conditions.
There are all kinds of clubs, so how do you know which equipment to choose to start with?
Here’s my opinion: people who start an activity have the highest progression curve. As a result, equipment needs will evolve very quickly and stagnate.
In other words, it is better to take a very simple half-series at the start and gradually build up a precise idea of the type of golfer you are (slow or fast swing, need for distance or control, desire for a very light or heavier club).
A very simple first tip is simply to go to leboncoin.fr to find a half series of second-hand cars that will be perfect for your first needs.
On the other hand, from my point of view, here are the mandatory clubs to have when you start:
– Putter (To put the ball in the hole)
– Sandwedge (To get out of sand bunkers or make a lobed approach)
– Pitch Wedge (For approaches < 100m)
– Iron 9
– Iron 7
– 5 iron or hybrid
– Wood 1, 2 or 3
This may seem very short compared to complete series, but it will largely cover 99% of the first needs.
I also advise to start with a regular flex (the torsional rigidity of the club) and graphite flex (lighter on average and less vibration in case of bad blows, which often happens at the beginning).
When your great game is more regular (the beginning has the steepest learning curve), you can then change your clubs according to your golfer profile.
Absolutely essential equipment to play, choosing the right bag can literally change the way you enjoy golf.
There are 3 types of bags.
The cart bag is the largest of the bags and must be placed, as its name suggests, on a cart, because it does not stand alone.
This is the bag most regular golfers have.
The great advantage of this type of bag is that you can put all the equipment you want: balls, tee, score cards, all clubs, towel, brush, umbrella, documents, pockets for clothes. In short, everything!!
The disadvantage is that it is forbidden to take them, and more particularly the trolley that goes with them, during the winter period varying from late October to early March. Carts are prohibited for the simple reason that the cart wheels form lines on the route due to more frequent rainfall during the winter. This can obviously vary between each golf course and the region in which you are located.
The mandatory nature of the cart can also be detrimental to the size of your car’s trunk as well. Indeed, a cart bag will be of no use to you if you cannot transport it.
The tripod bag is a compromise between portability and storage capacity. Some tripod bags can also be placed on trolleys.
This is the bag I typically take for a while now because it allows me to play most clubs and can also be taken during the winter (I admit that I am used to carrying a bag with me now, it also strengthens my back).
I like this kind of bag for its compromise and the possibility of putting it permanently in the car. The fact that you have your bag all the time then strongly encourages you to come to golf even more often, and indirectly, to help you improve your game.
Pen or practice bag
The pen bag is the ideal bag for a practice session or to make a small 9 holes at the end of the evening.
This bag is very lightweight but only allows you to carry a few clubs with you.
Be careful, some of these bags are made without tripods, so you must be careful on this point.
Personally, I bought a used one to start, in order to save a little money for other items.
In general, it is initially very difficult to appreciate the differences between the balls when you start. That’s why I also recommend that you find an ad on the corner to pay about 100 balls in the 25 to 30 euros (with a brand and a number, mandatory for competitions).
I recommend plastic tees at the beginning because they do not break, on the contrary, wooden tees. The difference in appreciation between plastic and wood tee is minimal for me.
On the other hand, what is highly practical in the shape of tee is when it looks like this one:
This kind of tee allows you to have the right height directly to put the ball to hit a shot with an iron.
The same style exists for woods and drivers.
In order to have a tee for the practice area, this is the kind of tee you can have:
Gloves allow you to have a grip on your club without having to hold it too firmly. When you start golf, you often tend to squeeze the club tightly for fear of letting go.
As a result, glove wear is strongly felt. That’s why I recommend that you take gloves on the net like golfbidder and other sites.
A tip is to have gloves for the practice and one or two pairs of gloves for the course.
One is almost disposable, so don’t put a high price on it. The other pair of gloves should for a practical sense with a magnetic ball marker on the back of the hand
N.B.: the ball marker is used to mark the position of the ball on the green and to remove the ball so that another person can shoot it without being bothered by yours.
This will save you from continually looking for a piece or other to score the ball when you are on the green.