Golf is a pastime and sport that people enjoy the world over. It has been estimated that there are between 2.5 and 3 million golf players in the USA alone. It’s also possible to discover literally thousands of golf courses scattered across a range of different nations.
Perhaps you have just taken up this sport and have become hooked. You may be wondering what equipment and clothing you should be buying. Whilst some people will want to begin with cheaper products, others will want to look like a pro from the start. If that’s you, this article will provide you with some indispensable hints and tips.
It’s important to buy versions that suit your personal style as well as ones that look good. You can choose from three essential shapes: mallet putters, heel-toe weighted putters and classic blade putters.
Your choice needs to take into consideration both your height and arm hang. For this reason, check out the standard, belly and long putters. Rory Mcllroy uses the following driver: a TaylorMade SIM (10.5 degrees) with Mitsubishi Kuro Kage S TINI 70X shaft. He also uses TaylorMade products for his fairway wood, wedges and irons.
Before you make your choice it’s worth going online and visiting specialist websites. According to PuttersClub.com golfers with an open-square-closed stroke should select a toe weighted putter. For straight back and straight through strokes a face balanced putter is more suitable. It makes life easier when professional sites display images, product details, prices and ratings. It’s also helpful when the pros and cons are discussed.
As with all golfing equipment you get what you pay for. Whilst you may opt for more affordable balls, there’s no harm in finding out what the professionals use. The TaylorMade TP5 is used by such heroes as Rory Mcllroy, Dustin Johnson and Jon Rahm. Amongst others, the Titleist Pro V1 is used by Patrick Reed, Webb Simpson, Tommy Fleetwood and Justin Thomas.
If you have a big budget you could also check out the Titleist Pro V1x used by such professionals as Patrick Cantlay and Brooks Koepka.
This is the secret if you want to ‘dress to impress!’ Why not feature famous golf club logos on your golf bag or shirt, hat or head cover? Alternatively wear a sweater from Cypress Point. People who enjoy watching Tiger Woods notice that he uses Taylormade equipment, whilst wearing Nike branded clothing (which is arguably top of the tree for golfing apparel).
The golden eagle logo has been immortalized by Lyle and Scott, and it features on a range of different menswear. People from the realms of entertainment, music and sport all proudly display their products. You may also wish to research quality raiment featuring the Callaway Clothing and Galvin Green logos. The latter produce great all-weather products, designed for rainy or sunny days.
It’s important to be aware that fashion trends come and go. Last year’s outfit may have looked good but may seem outdated now. Things like visors had their day but don’t add value to a golfer’s image at the moment.
If you wear things like ankle socks or a sweater with a collared shirt you are pretty safe that they will be ‘evergreen.’ The same thing applies to back golf slacks, sunglasses and a white golf glove. It’s also true for athletic golf spikes, slim-fit shirts and classic golf hats. Even if you can’t afford designer labels, you will still look smart and current.
It was mentioned at the start that a person’s choice of putter needs to suit their particular style. It’s important to use clothes and equipment that will enhance your playing, rather than simply being the choice of professionals. The last thing you want is to do is look like a pro but become a source of amusement if you’re struggling with your new sport.
Competent golfers look for shoes that have plenty of traction, while this may be less important to you if you’re just starting out. Even if your socks don’t look celebrity standard the main thing is they expel moisture during the summer and keep your feet warm in winter.
If you are wise over your choice of garments and golfing clobber it should serve you well for many years. It should help you become the best golfer that you can be, and who knows? You may end up setting the trend with your own fashion choices! Along the way you can also impress bystanders with your style and well-managed use of brand names.
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