How to buy the right clubs for you
It may be the question I get most: What are the right clubs for me? I usually respond if you don't go to a professional clubfitter (check out our list of the country's best clubfitters, you're wasting your money and time. Sadly, most people don't get fit, so what should you do? Instead of simply choosing the best color, there are some simple general rules to consider when buying clubs, so here goes: Most golfers err by having shafts that are too long or too stiff. A lack of wedges (you need a minimum of three, including pitching wedge, but four is likely better because a fair portion of your shots are insider 100 yards). Your 3-wood is probably too low in loft and, in fact, you probably should have a 4-wood instead as it is easier to get airborne. And if you are having trouble getting the ball in the air with your irons, look at ones with big honkin' soles.
(For our complete rating of the best clubs on the market, go to our Hot List section).
For those who do understand the concept of clubfitting, realize fitting doesn't end with the driver. Irons, wedges, putters and even your golf ball need to be fit to get the most out of your game. Now stop asking me.
—E. Michael Johnson, Senior Equipment Editor, Golf World