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How to Choose Best Golf Club for Beginners Men?

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Beginners should start with "loaners or garage sale" clubs. Take lessons on basics, practice, learn principles of golf etiquette and start on short courses like a Par Three or Executive Nine Hole Courses.

Work on putting, chipping and short distance shots are best for entry level players at any age.

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As @Club Rat said keep it cheap to start with even if that means a half set. Online auction sites are a good place to look as you can get older models really cheap if you spen a little time looking. Also go for forgivness in a club such as big cavities and dont be seduced by the shiny shiny blades :-P

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No matter what brand, make sure it is not a "muscle back" but a cavity back club.  Cavity back clubs are suppose to be easier to hit with.

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As the other folks have said, seriously, don't go out and buy a new set unless you have money to throw around. Cavity back is certainly the way to go as a beginner. It's not a beginner design by any stretch, but it is widely accepted as the preferred starting point for a beginner. Just because someone plays "blades" doesn't mean squat to me, and most people.

I would certainly shop used. Even 5 year old clubs still hold up just fine. Newer clubs aren't going to net you much difference, if any at all.

I bought a set of R9's about a year ago on the cheaps from an old retiree in a town next door. They're something like 5 years old but were in great condition. They work great and I'm certain I won't gain anything from owning a $1,000 set of irons. 

Driver may be an exception.

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I agree about borrowing or grabbing a CHEAP bag of random clubs at a garage sale to start with but when you're ready to invest a little dough into your own set, there are really three ways to do it...

1 - Get a cheap beginner set from Golfsmith or Dick's (or other online source). Advantages are you get to see/swing them first, some assistance with selection, a good matched set to start learning the game with even if they are not fitted. I recently spent $169 on a set of Lynx Tigress clubs from Golfsmith for my wife...same set is currently listed on their site for $299. They are actually quite well made/designed and will likely be all she ever needs for her game. Dick's also had a Top Flite set in the same price range...she liked the color of the Lynx set better. ;)

2 - Roll the dice with an online "Clone" company like Giga, Diamond Tour, Pine Meadow, Hireko Golf, etc...You don't get to swing them first but you can use their online fitting systems to customize size/shaft/grip options a little more than just the standard options in a box. I used to have a Pine Meadow driver that I could hit ever bit as far as my brother-in-laws latest greatest. This is a good article about clone clubs http://planet-golf.com/what-are-clone-golf-clubs/

3 - Used brand name stuff, one man's trash is literally my treasure. Try EBay, Club Finders (or other like websites) and buy a used set of matched irons of proper size/flex (used Ping Eye 2 iron sets go for $90-125 all day) and then piece together your other clubs individually. Again, you won't get to swing them first and you could get burned on a deal along the way...but if you take your time and shop smart, you can assemble a nice bag without breaking the bank this way too.

I'm lucky here in Dallas to have a PGA store, a Golfsmith, a dozen Dick's Sports, and also Club Finders Golf (used golf specialist) all within 20 minutes of my house so when I started building a new bag I decided to take the #3 route...but I am considering finishing it off with a couple of new clone wedges rather than going with older/used wedges.

Good luck whatever you decide.

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Hi Nikita,

As a woman you are looking for beginners info for men? You want to surprise someone? If so don't buy the set, give him a voucher for shopping at Golfsmith.

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