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4 suggestions for seniors choosing new clubs - #2 will help your game!

4 suggestions for seniors choosing new clubs – #2 will help your game!

4 suggestions for seniors choosing new clubs – #2 will help your game!

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

As we get older, our distance decreases because our swing speed decreases. Less swing speed means more shaft flex is needed.

With more flex, call it ‘Senior Flex,’ the clubface moves faster throughout the swing, which results in more distance.

Seniors also should carry Hybrids in their bags. They are easier to hit than low irons and generally add more distance and consistency. They also help golfers to get out of trouble spots, like mulch, etc.

What about the Driver? Other than recommending you purchase one with more loft, I will give you an answer to all further questions by saying . . . . Get a Club Fitting with an experienced fitter. Everyone is of a different size and skill level, and your clubs need to be personally fitted to your individual swing.

Here is what Senior Golfers should look for when thinking of buying new equipment.

4 suggestions for seniors choosing new clubs - #2 will help your game!

Choose a Driver with plenty of loft and a softer shaft.

Driver – Loft.

Choose a Driver with at least 11 to 12 degrees of loft.  As club head speed decreases, it is harder to get the ball in the air.

Shaft.

Depending on clubhead speed, either Senior flex or even a Ladies flex.  Don’t let your ego get in the way of hitting the ball a little further. 

Length.

Get a driver an inch longer – this will also add some clubhead speed, and you won’t lose much accuracy.

 

4 suggestions for seniors choosing new clubs - #2 will help your game!

Replace your long irons with hybrids

2. Hybrids.

Hybrids have replaced long irons, and even PGA Tour players now have at least one hybrid in the bag.  For seniors, replace your 3,4 and 5 irons with hybrids. They will help not only on the fairway but because the shaft is slightly longer, you will generate more clubhead speed and get the ball out of the rough easier.

3. Irons.

Get graphite shafts in your irons.  The weight saved by using graphite allows for an overall lighter club, which will be easier to hit for seniors.

 

4 suggestions for seniors choosing new clubs - #2 will help your game!

Have 4 wedges in your bag for a more versatile short game.

4. Wedges.

Get 4 wedges.  A lob wedge (or 60 degree), a sand wedge (or 56 degree), a gap wedge (or 52 degree), and a pitching wedge.  These are your scoring clubs.  Take a few lessons with a good teaching professional who can show you how to lower your scores by efficiently using these clubs around the green.

With so many putters to choose from, take your time and make sure you choose the right one!

4 suggestions for seniors choosing new clubs – #2 will help your game!

5. Putter. 

When looking for a new putter, golfers make the biggest mistake going into a store, picking up a putter, and saying, “I like the feel of this one”  You are not going to “feel” anything in a store.  Take four or five putters to the putting green and spend at least 10 to 15 minutes with each putter.  Long putts, short putts.  Try and get a feel for how the ball comes off the putter face.  Does it feel “hard” or “soft”? Which of those feels do you prefer?  Visually, how does the putter look to you?  This is your scoring club, don’t rush into buying the first putter you see or heard about on a TV commercial.

Source: Mel Sole

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