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The Golf Equipment Controversy

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When someone asks you ‘What kind of clubs are you using?’, do you swell up with pride and announce your acquisition of a $3,000. set of Ping Eye 2′s? Or do you mumble under your breath the name of a starter brand and change the subject quickly?

Actually, does it really matter? Because it shouldn’t. And here’s why.

First of all, I’m not knocking top-of-the-line golf club manufacturers. Ping, Mizuno, and others of that caliber are fine makers of quality golf equipment. A bit too pricey for me but, undeniably good creators of quality golf gear.

I’ve run the gamut from starter sets like NorthWestern (when I was just learning the game) to Ping Eye II’s (which I was graciously allowed to use by a friend’s father while visiting out of town).

What really counts is the way the clubs feel in your hands and when you’re swinging. Believe it or not, I had better success with the starter set which cost me under a hundred bucks.

My current set of clubs were purchased in November as a Christmas gift by my wife Tammy. Of course, I went with her to the retailer to try out the different brands and see what felt best in my hands and which ones I could hit the ball to my satisfaction with.

The Golf Equipment Controversy

I ended up settling on a mid-line set of Cougar’s with medium graphite shafts for roughly $650. CAD. There were about a dozen others I tried out but the Cougar’s responded best to my swing style and grip.

I liked the weight of the clubheads, the feel of the medium graphite shafts, the feel of the ball releasing from the shot, and most of all, they were in my target price range.

I’ve since added the ‘Perfect Club’ (which replaces my 3 and 4 irons) and 3 extra wedges for the ’4×3′ short game method as described by short game guru Dave Pelz.

There were other options at the time. I could have been measured for fit and had a custom set made for around the same price. But I’m an impatient sort and couldn’t find fault with my off-the-rack Cougar’s.

Should you consider buying that $350. Ultra Distance Super Duper Driver you’ve been hearing about?Well, if it makes you feel good, sure! Go ahead! Sometimes you can get a positive mental boost from knowing you’ve just dropped a bundle on a club that will do all that you want and then some.

But think about this for a moment. Most average golfer’s (and I’m one of them) drive into the fairway an average of 33% of the time during a round. That’s right folks, 12 out of 18 tee shots end up in the rough or worse for us average player’s.

And my point is? That super-duper driver you bought will magnify your mistakes even more or, worse yet, give you enough power to send it sailing out of bounds.

So until you can consistently drive the fairways at least 65-75% of the time, that driver won’t be the answer to playing better golf. And you will have wasted some serious coin finding that out.

So before you get brainwashed by the PR guys and TV ads into buying the most expensive set of clubs in hopes of improving your game, choose a reasonable price range, try out different sets within that range, and go with what best suits your skills and feel for the clubs.