Category: Picnic & Outdoors

How to get started in golf without spending too much – from woman’s perspective

People often complain how expensive of a sport golf is, and for most players, golf clubs make up the vast majority of expenses. But it’s only relative – golf can be cheap than a lot of other sports and hobbies. You have an option to opt for affordable golf clubs and accessories, which are very affordable even for middle class people. Especially if you’re beginner – you don’t have to spend a lot, and having too many fancy golf clubs might even hurt your game, because you won’t know how to use them. So even if you’re filthy rich and can afford to spare thousands of dollars for your golf set, I’d recommend starting with two hundred dollar Callaway golf set, and improving your golf set from there. There are a lot of full golf club sets that go for between one to two hundred bucks, which is perfectly normal for most Americans. If even that’s too expensive for you, you can always choose to buy used clubs in good condition. Flaw of buying used golf clubs is that sellers usually aren’t honest about condition and try to pass their mediocre-looking clubs as like new. But Callaway’s official used club store and Amazon are both quite trustworthy. If you have some spare time, also consider going on garage sales, so you can inspect the product firsthand and not by looking at pictures. You’d be surprised how often people get great bargain clubs on garage sales. Also don’t be fooled by the whole marketing lies about exclusivity of womens and mens golf clubs. Both are quite similar, it’s just that golf clubs for women are made short because ladies tend to be shorter than men. But if you’re tall, I’d say above 5’10, don’t dismiss men’s golf club sets either. Here are great suggestions for both – tall and short women.

You should also ask yourself – how serious are you about playing golf? Do you see it as competitive sport that you might want to pursue for the rest of your life, or just a distraction for couple of weekends a year? If it’s the latter, spending a lot of money on golf clubs is unjustified.

But even if it’s the former, you should definitely start out low profile and improve your clubs once your skills improve as well. Cheap club sets are perfectly good for practicing and casual golf, which is all you need when you’re starting out. But if you decide to pursue playing golf, clubs won’t be the biggest expenses. Miscellaneous accessories that you have to buy and membership fees combined are a lot more than decent golf clubs, so look out for those. But in the beginning, you can go lean by single entrance fees and borrowing stuff from your golfer friends if you have any.

I guess that’s it, I hope my tutorial helped.

How does your golfing performance change as you age?

I am aging golfer, and have friends who belong to same demographic, and since I work out a lot, my golf performance has been steady so far, but in the past 1-2 years, I’ve noticed a slight decline in my performance. And it got me really curious – for one, to predict how worse I’m going to get, but also I was curious to find out what the underlying reasons are. Since my friends expressed interest as well, we decided to sit down and do a little research to find out what the future holds for us.

First of all, I wanted to find out reasons for the decline. Aging by itself is correlation but not causation. I found out that your swing speed and hit speeds start to decrease because of reduced muscle power in my hands. Some skills such as coordination and stance improve as you gain more experience, but in the end, diminishing hand power still outweighs advantages of handy traits that you get by experience. So in the long run, no matter what you do, you can’t fight aging process, but simply have to accept it. Now let’s get back to topic of how aging affects your performance and when.

At first, I noticed decline in my driving distances for past 5 years. So I requested the numbers from my friends as well to have a better perspective on data. The pattern seemed to suggest that driving distance started to decline from age forty, and got way worse after golfers turned fifty. In my case, I didn’t notice any changes until I was fifty, so I guess working out really helped to slow down my decline.
We should also consider change in quality of my golf club set over the years. When I was in my twenties, when I had just started playing golf, I didn’t want to invest in fancy golf club set, so I got affordable club set to start out. So my results might have been affected by mediocre golf clubs. In my thirties, I actually spared some money to get myself high end golf clubs and it affected my results. I’ve also noticed that my peers peaked in their thirties as well.
In their forties, people who tried to live healthy and walk on golf course instead of driving a cart, weren’t affected very much. It might also be result of having good golf clubs made for seniors, but data isn’t big enough to be entirely sure.
So my takeaways from this little experiment was that working out and being active is the best way to slow down aging process. If you’re good at choosing golf clubs for yourself, spending a little more on seniors golf clubs might also help. But after some point, spending more on golf clubs is pointless and is not going to make you better golfer.