Are new golf clubs helping golfers in getting better?

As much as golf club manufacturers would love to have us believe that their clubs are making golfers better, data and research show quite the opposite. While it is true that professionals scores have significantly improved since the introduction of new clubs, the same can not be said for casual golfers. Numbers show that average golfers’ scores are not actually increasing. Seniors, women and other smaller categories are no exception. The only ones who seem to be benefiting, both practically and materially, from these new clubs, seem to be the professionals. This naturally raises a question, if all of this is true, then why do we even need these new clubs? Maybe releasing new clubs is just the way golf manufacturers try to stay relevant and it doesn’t have positive impact on golfers at all. These are all very plausible scenarios.

In my personal opinion, new golf clubs aren’t waste of resources. They do actually help people, and it’s the people who go about using them in wrong way that results in disappointing outcomes. People pay more attention to the cost and luxurious look of the new clubs than their actual merits. They also don’t take their time in choosing golf clubs properly and end up with ill-fitting clubs that perform nothing like the golfer expects them to. In actuality, properly fitted regular golf club will help you way more than super expensive, but ill-fitting golf club ever could. This effect is further exacerbated in the case of drivers. That type of club is especially difficult to hit properly, even more so if you have ill-fitting driver.

21st century saw many innovations in how golf clubs are made. Invention of hybrids, rescue clubs and mini drivers are particularly noteworthy to me. I have played golf before invention of rescue clubs and after, and i can definitely promise you that my favorite club in my bag is a rescue club. They are very useful in very different aspects of the game, which is why i’m eternally grateful to TaylorMade researchers who invented them. It must also be underlined that choosing good rescue club is no easy task. If you think you need some help with that, reading this GCG article on choosing rescue clubs should be enough.

If you ask me, the best way for any golfer to improve is by taking golf lessons. The second best way is to just get something, go out on the course, and play their hearts out. Golf lessons is superior because experience alone can’t teach you the techniques you need to know to play golf properly. For example, you need to know how to properly swing a golf club, and trial alone can’t teach you that. On the other hand, you shouldn’t extend your training too much. After few golf lessons, i’ve found that it’s best to just go out and play on the course. As a wise man once said, you are what you do. That’s why the only way to truly improve your golf game is to play it a lot. First few months will probably be filled with failures and constant mistakes, but it will pass.

That is not to say that new technology in golf is entirely useless in its task of helping golfers get better results. Many experts agree that newer golf clubs do improve our performance, but only by a little bit. Their effect on overall results is embellished by marketing campaigns they put out as well as statements from professionals that we all love. That’s why their effectiveness is overrated and people have false perceptions when it comes to golf clubs improving their game. Despite all that, it must be noted that with proper fitting and good research, new golf drivers can help your game by a long shot. You just have to identify weak points in your golf game and try to look for golf clubs that offset those weaknesses. To sum it all up, we can say with confidence that technology is pushing the limits of what it can do to improve the overall performance of golfers, beginners, intermediates and experts alike. We have to help it by knowing which golf clubs we need and why.

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