What is the best makeup for most golfers?

Are you holding the perfect set for your game?

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Welcome to another edition of the Fully Equipped Mailbag, curated by Cleveland/Srixon Golf, an interactive series from GOLF.com in which we answer challenging gear questions.

After not playing golf for many years, I am ready to play again and will be buying a whole new set of clubs soon. What is the ideal makeup for most golfers these days? – Rich Inn, Ohio

One of the greatest things about playing golf is the choice we have to limit pretty much however we want to within 14 clubs. There are no rules about how many drivers, lumber, irons, or pegs you can carry, and you can change your makeup as you like (as long as it’s not in the middle of a ride).

However, the answer to your question is a bit more complicated. The truth is that no single setting is perfect for everyone. But, if we had to give an example of what a modern set looks like these days, it would probably look something like this:

Depending on how long it’s been since you last played (hello again, by the way!), the line between Top Players and Beginner groups may become blurred. For example, there was a time when better players wouldn’t dare hold a hybrid and regular players would stay away from hard-to-hit pegs. Newfound techniques have neutralized both ends of the bag, hybrids are more playable than ever, and hitting the lobed pegs is much easier.

To find out what you need in your setup, do an honest assessment of your strengths and weaknesses on the long and short ends of the bag. Odds are the middle of the set (the iron) will stay pretty much the same. But the rest of your group is more flexible, and depending on your needs, these are the clubs you should focus on in time to make adjustments.

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longer clubs

For most of us, finding the perfect mix of long clubs isn’t complicated. The most important thing to do is make sure there aren’t any overlaps in how they perform – it’s not enough to go in 4-degree increments in the loft alone. Case in point – you could have a 19 degree 5 wood that yields roughly the same distance as a 17 degree 2-hybrid. Lofts alone can be misleading in the woodland versus hybrids arena, which makes analyzing the launch screen your best bet for spacing your spaces from club to club. And by the way, if you don’t have your own clubs to compare, most club facilities have dozens of clubs to try in each category.

shorter clubs

If you are satisfied with the longer clubs, try to focus on the correct number of pegs for your game. And unlike taller clubs that can sometimes overlap, spacing the pegs by the loft is a good idea. The best place to start is to look at the top of your wedge (most are in the 43° to 48° range) and work your way up to a loft with each successive wedge about 4°. Some players like to buy duplicate wedges with different recoil angles to accommodate different courses or course conditions, swapping one for the other as needed. Also, many wedges are bendable. That is, if you have evenly spaced wedges but still want more or less distance and/or a path with one or the other, a wedge fitter might be able to fine-tune your wedges and adjust the loft by a few degrees.

I did it

We’ve seen some of the best players in the world play in major tournaments with more than one driver in the bag – one hitting low stings and the other hitting high grenades. There is no rule that prevents you from carrying any racket you want, and this includes racket rackets. However, carrying two rackets is not something we recommend because the temptation to switch rackets mid-round can make it more difficult to judge your situation. This is especially true if you’re holding a blade and hammer – it’s very hard to maintain speed when you’re constantly switching flat sticks.

Whatever your makeup, don’t be influenced by anyone else. Choose your group based on your needs, wants, and desires, and make sure that each club serves a unique purpose. And be open to change if necessary. You could play a golf course on your next vacation where you might need an extra wedge and you can get a less hybrid one, or the other way around. This means it’s a good idea to find 16-18 clubs that you can swap in and out of a 14-club pool depending on when and/or where you play.

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