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What are hybrid golf clubs? are they useful?

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Golfers, and especially beginners, are often confused about hybrids. They aren’t clear about what these clubs do and what they are used for. At first glance, they seem like mixture of features from woods and irons, that are inferior to both these kinds of clubs. There’s some truth in that misconception, but in general, it doesn’t hold up to reality. Hybrids are, in my opinion, one of the best innovations in golf clubs. They are versatile and easier to hit, thus allowing beginner golfers more freedom of action than they ever had before. Because of that, hybrids have been becoming increasingly popular every year, and now, i think most golfers have at least one hybrid club in their bag. They usually call that one club a rescue club, because hybrids have rare ability to rescue golfer from tough situations and spots.

To properly describe hybrids and what they do, we must first examine key characteristics of irons and woods. The latter, are longer golf clubs with larger heads, and their primary use is to make the ball travel a long distance while sacrificing a little bit of accuracy. Irons, on the other hand, are smaller clubs with small heads, but very accurate. What hybrids try to achieve is, taking best features of both of these clubs and combining them into one. For example, irons are notoriously hard to hit, but hybrids are not. Meanwhile, hybrids have more accuracy than woods. They are definitely not as accurate as irons, but considering irons’ difficulty of use, hybrids come out definitely the most superior golf club of the three. At least, that’s how i see it.

Hybrid golf clubs were first created about twenty years ago, by TaylorMade. First versions, as of everything, weren’t the best, but they raised enough interest from the public to motivate TaylorMade into further improving them. Years passed, and other club manufacturers joined the bandwagon, improving hybrids’ design and performance along the way. Now, every beginner knows how capable these clubs are, and carries at least few hybrids in his/her golf bag at all times. In just twenty years, hybrids have become inseparable part of most golfers’ golf bags, and i think that’s so remarkable.

I want to further emphasize other advantages of hybrid, other than being easier to hit. Hybrids are also very good for shooting your ball out of roughs. Roughs are certain terrains on the golf course that are intended to make it hard for golfer to hit the ball. As i’ve mentioned before, because of this feature that hybrids have, they are also called rescue golf clubs.

Beginner golfers love the hybrids, but that doesn’t mean that they’re the only ones frequently using them. Many of my golfer friends, who have years of experience, carry at least one hybrid with them, because of multitude of reasons we’ve covered above. Even professional golfers, playing at the tournaments, are starting to use them now. So that should really give you the idea of how useful these clubs are. 


Best types of clubs for beginners

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There are many things about golf that beginners find confusing, but most common of them all are different types of golf clubs. At first sight, it is unclear how are they different and when is the best time to use each one of them. I learned to use my golf clubs properly by playing golf and reflecting on the mistakes i made. Also, it doesn’t hurt to have a friend who is experienced in the ways of golf. If you don’t have such a friend, not everything is lost. You can go to golf instructor and take lessons. You definitely won’t get far without actually playing golf a lot though. In my experience, i’ve found that taking lessons plus practicing the game every day is the best method for learning golf. Enough about that though, let’s get back to discussing different types of golf clubs.

First off, we have woods. These are long clubs with large club heads, which are used to make the ball fly long distances. The longest wood is usually called a driver. It is the golf club you use to make your first shot. Driver’s design is entirely focused on making long shots, while sacrificing a bit of accuracy. There are many types of woods, which differ in how much of accuracy they sacrifice for long distance. There has been lots of improvement in design of woods, but as a general rule of thumb, the more accurate a wood is, the shorter distance covered by it will be.

Irons, on the other hand, are smaller and have smaller clubheads than woods do. Heads are usually filled with material entirely, but some golf club manufacturers do make irons with hollow heads. Irons are very accurate, but the average distance of a golf ball hit by them is much shorter than the woods. Another key characteristic by which i would define irons, is that they are very hard to hit. It takes a lot of practice to learn how to swing iron properly, and even then, bungled shots are common. That’s why a lot of people, especially the beginners, prefer to use hybrids over irons.

TaylorMade made first hybrid in 2002 by incorporating key features of both – woods and irons – into one club. The result was better than expected. Not only hybrids were, and still are much easier to hit than irons, they are also incredibly versatile and useful. Professional golfers often use hybrids to get out of the roughs, which is why they are also called utility clubs, and you can learn more about them here. Because of their usefulness, hybrids have become inseparable part of every golf club bag. Because of them being so easy to hit, in my opinion, hybrids are also the type of club that is best for beginners.

Putters, are golf clubs that are used to shoot golf balls very precisely into the hole, but they aren’t designed for making long distance shots. Because of that, putters are pretty straightforward to figure out. They are also rather inexpensive.

Speaking of expenses, buying each type of club separately also requires good knowledge of their key characteristics. If you’re unsure whether you are familiar enough with these concepts to choose your own golf clubs, i would recommend going for entire club set. Not only are they simpler to buy, some club sets are also very good in quality. Others are affordable but still good. I think the best thing about club sets is that, they don’t require incredible time investment that you’d inevitably have to make if you were to buy clubs one by one.


Why do young people not like golf anymore

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It’s no secret that golf is not as popular as it used to be. Especially among younger people. Ever since the depression in the nineties, golf’s popularity has been declining, it didn’t even stop after the economic downturn ended. One might argue that golf is on the decline due to the competition – there are so many other cheaper ways to entertain yourself in 2018. Netflix, video games, improved TV – i think all of these players are in direct competition with golf, and they seem to be winning. Also, the fact that golf equipment keeps getting expensive while inflation-adjusted income is on the decline, doesn’t help the matters, either.

How did we get here?

While i must admit i’m no expert, and haven’t done professional research to support my opinions, i have some ideas that might explain golf’s apparent decline in popularity. I think it has something to do with greedines of golf equipment manufacturers and brands. Back in the seventies, when i first started playing golf as a kid, clubs weren’t released this frequently, so you didn’t have to cough up thousands of dollars every year just to stay competitive. Meanwhile, in recent years, brands realized that rich people were willing to pay more frequently to have newest and hottest golf clubs, so they started designing and releasing new golf clubs much more often. That leaves average-income golfers in sharp disadvantage, as golf clubs are almost as important to your results as expertise. But there is a way out – there are plenty of golf clubs that aren’t expensive but will improve your game as much as top notch clubs. There’s good guide with tips and tricks i used to find those clubs. 

Golf also wasn’t of particular millenials, people who represent biggest demographic in the USA. This shouldn’t come as surprise, because 21st century has brought us ability to entertain ourselves whenever we want, wherever we want. While some people still prefer outdoors activities like golf, others preferred indoors entertainment if given the choice. Gaming industry was built on those people, so was Netflix and myriad of other innovations that changed entertainment industry forever. In 21st century, expectations of customers have never been higher, and with it’s high prices and time consuming process, golf just can’t compare to other forms of entertainment as well as it used to. That didn’t affect businessmen, who still found playing golf to be effective way to make deals and network.

I’ve also heard my grandson complain that golf’s rules are too complicated. And that probably has something to do with convenience of entertainment i mentioned above. Some young people just can’t be bothered to learn how to play golf. And if you don’t know how to play – of course you won’t enjoy it.


Choosing golf clubs as a woman

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Over the years, golf courses have been becoming more and more women friendly. Number of women who golf has risen too, so it’s probably safe to say that the commitment by courses to make themselves women friendly paid off.

Golfers, regardless of their gender, are only allowed to have 14 clubs on the course. This number has been settled on so that people would be allowed to have clubs for any particular distance they wanted. So it’s our responsibility to wisely choose the golf clubs to carry, because they’ll be crucial to achieving the results we want. In today’s post, i’ll be talking about choosing golf clubs for women – how to do it, what are some of my tips and what mistakes you should avoid.

 Sheer number of women who wanted to play golf has inspired golf equipment manufacturers to start making quality golf clubs for women. These clubs were only slightly different from men’s clubs, but some small changes had to be made. Among other things, women’s arms are usually not as strong as men’s,  so designs had to be tweaked to account for these differences.

It’s hard to single out any golf club, or club set, because everyone’s situation is different. Some are beginners, while others are experts, and others aren’t even women but men looking for golf clubs to buy for their wives or mothers. All i can do is teach you how to land on good women’s golf clubs. If there’s anything else you don’t understand, this tutorial will be further help.

First of all, pay attention to your height and choose clubs accordingly. If you fail to do so, and clubs turn out to be too large or short for your arms, you’ll have to have them customized and fitted so that they work for you.

There’s also issue of choosing club sets vs buying individual clubs one by one. In my opinion, if you’re a beginner, it’s always better to buy whole set of clubs, for two reasons. First is that – it will be much cheaper, so it will allow you to stretch your budget further. Club sets sometimes come with club bags, too, so that’s another opportunity to cut costs. Second of all, when you’re just getting started, you don’t need fancy clubs to learn how to play. You can, and should get started with something simple, like affordable women’s club sets offered by Callaway, and improve your golf skills with those. Once you’ve gotten better, you can always upgrade.

If you’re more of an expert, then buying individual clubs is probably wiser choice. But if you were an expert, you probably wouldn’t be taking advice from my blog post.


How to improve your golf skills

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Learning to play golf at amateur level isn’t hard. All you need is basic golf club set to get you started. Once you have that, you should learn basic rules of the game and head straight to the course and start playing. Eventually, you’ll get better, but more importantly, you’ll have fun playing on the weekends. But some competitive people want more than that. So if you’re one of them, and want to get as good at golf as you possibly can, this blog post is for you. Today, we’ll be discussing how to reach your maximum potential as a golfer.

 One obvious way to do this, is taking golf lessons. But there are two drawbacks to this approach – first of all, golf lessons are expensive, and second of all, it takes a lot of time. Some people think that golf lessons are pointless, especially after taking one or two classes. There’s evidence that for most people, golf lessons are pretty much ineffective after first or second class. That’s when you learn the basics, and once you do, your learning curve pretty much plateaus, because the rest of the skills aren’t acquired by following teachers, but by doing the thing itself. That’s why, some people, including myself, think that lessons are pointless. Time can be spent much more effectively by observing your friends play the game. And they won’t charge you on per-hour basis, either. If you really want to attend a golf lesson,  just take them once or twice. More than that, and you’ll be wasting your money.

 Other way to improve your golf skills, is to spend time playing the game itself. I’ve read somewhere that it takes thousands of hours of doing something to become really good at that thing, and i couldn’t agree more. I apply the same approach to improving my golf performance – the only lessons i’ve used to improve my game are the trials and failures i went through. And looking back, i wouldn’t change a thing.

 So to sum it all up, if you’re a beginner, my recommendation would be to get decent club set. I’m a women, so can only speak of golf clubs for ladies, and i recommend kalea club set by TaylorMade. GolfClubsGuru wrote excellent review on kalea club set. It’s not the cheapest option on the market, but if you have budget for it, the quality is worth the money. If you don’t, Callaway sells some good women’s club sets  with their Strata line. Plus, buying used is always an option. And once you have those clubs, just learn basics from internet, your friends, or maybe even go to a golf lesson, but once you master the basics, it’s better to play on your own and get better that way.