the 17th century, Mary, Queen of Scots, had this bit registered
in the St. Andrews official city log: she buried her husband in
the morning, then, "besported herself at golfe with a young
knave." Women have taken up Mary's mashie niblick and today,
except for a few isolated enclaves, are welcome to play anywhere
in the world. Golf club makers have obviously begun to see there's
a growing market for women's clubs, and we can probably begin
seeing an increase in advertising to boost the female market.
Women's golf club design and manufacturing substantially
trails the same factors for men. For quite some time, manufacturers
have felt there wasn't enough money to be made to really zero
in on producing clubs designed just for women. Some companies
are beginning to see the light and women can one day expect to
walk in a golf shop and find clubs that are just as carefully
designed for men.
Most women need golf clubs that are built shorter
than for men – "built shorter," not cut down to
fit. Many women golfers don't generate great club-head speed,
with the exception being members of the LPGA tour and well advanced
amateurs. Women with swing speeds around 60 mph should consider
acquiring a driver with a special titanium face. They aren't always
easy to find but are worth the effort.
Women with slower swing speeds need to use fairway
woods that have higher lofts. Other designs meant to help elevate
a golf shot include having an offset hosel or using a club with
a more flexible shaft. Another suggested requisite for slower
swings is not to have any iron in your bag that plays longer than
a six or seven iron. Only stronger players should include five
irons and four irons as part of their arsenal. Think about using
clubs that have a well rounded sole in order to help prevent chunking
the club into the ground and leaving your shot well short of the
target. Don't choose large headed clubs; instead, select irons
with deep back cavities and perimeter weighting.
clubs can be an excellent substitute for longer irons. Any number
of golf club sets now contain hybrids that go up to seven irons,
or can even replace all the irons except for pitching and sand
wedges. Let your fairway woods determine the selection of hybrids.
The Callaway Big Bertha Heavenwood is one of our favorites. The
longest hybrid should be hit within 10 or 15 yards of your highest
number fairway wood.
Pay attention to your short game by acquiring
wedges that fit your swing. The pitching wedge, sand wedge and
lob wedge can contribute nicely to your scoring ability. Choose
a putter that feels like it was made for your hands. Probably
more so than any other club in the bag, you should develop a relationship
with the putter that is built on trust and consistency. You've
got your bag filled now – go play.