There has been a lot of technology placed into golf equipment over the years. If you have ever gone shopping for golf equipment you probably noticed there are many options to choose from, making your shopping experience a bit confusing. Next time you are out shopping for a driver, hybrid, putter, or sleeve balls keep these few pointers in mind. Decide on Your Golf Goals Deciding on your goals before you go shopping will make your shopping experience much easier. If you are only thinking about playing golf once or twice a year there is no need to spend a lot of money or energy. On the other hand, if you are thinking about playing on a regular basis you need to take your time and view your options of equipment. Consider Your Levels of Interest and Dedication Taking into consideration how much you will be practicing and taking lessons will determine how much you will need to spend. Remember to be honest with yourself and choose realistic goals. Understanding Shaft Options: Steel or Graphite Graphite is a lighter shaft that can help generate swing speed, and a steel shaft is more durable and cheaper. Women and seniors use more of the graphite shafts with a softer flex. Younger and stronger men use regular or stiff shafts. Clubfitting It is highly recommended that you work with a professional clubfitter. If you are much shorter or taller than the standard sized clubs you will benefit from getting fitted. In addition, if your first set of clubs is going to be a new one, you might also want to consider a clubfitting. Purchasing a Driver When buying a driver, shorter is better than longer and closed is better than neutral. Many of today’s drivers are sold with shafts 45 inches or longer. The longer the club, the harder it is to hit squarely. Buying hybrids The secret to buying hybrids is to match them exactly to the irons they are replacing. Change your long irons with easier to hit hybrids that go the same distance, but not longer or shorter. Look For the Three Ls Determine the loft, length, and lie angle as you putt around. At impact, the sole must be parallel to the ground and the loft must be correct. A putter with the wrong length and lie angle will cause pushes and pulls. Too little or too much loft will cause the ball to bounce and roll off-line. The Ball You want select a ball with a low spin off, a driver, and a high spin off a wedge. Extra distance off the tee is more important than a bit more spin around the greens. Buy New or Buy Used If you are unsure of whether or not you will be dedicated to learning golf for a long period of time you should consider buying used equipment. This way you spend less money and they can be easily replaced. Establish Your Budget and Compare Prices Keep in mind that golf clubs can be very expensive. If you think that you will not be dedicated then paying less as a beginner will benefit you. On the other hand, if you have plenty of money to spend, and want top-of-the-line equipment, go for it!