Choosing the right set of golf clubs is a critical step in both your enjoyment of the game and your potential for improvement of your skills. When you buy your first new set of clubs, you should have a very good understanding of your own skill level and style of play, and therefore know what you want from your golf clubs.
Be true to yourself
Your skill level and style of play will affect the choice of any golf equipment, not just the clubs, and will serve you well to acquire a set that is suited to your current ability. A good bet is to have fellow golfers help you in choosing the equipment, who know your ability, and have no problems with being straight with you.
Cheap or expensive, known or unknown
Do not go out and buy the most expensive equipment just because it's a named brand and everyone else has it. Make sure what you buy is what will help you and your game. As always, get advice from those who are looking out for your interests, not their pocket. If you have a budget of what you are willing to spend on new clubs, stick to it. Don't be adversely influenced by others just because they are willing to blow good money on fancy brands, when the monetary value of a club does not signify that it will benefit you anymore than a less expensive version.
Knowledge is key
As with anything a person wishes to take up and excel at, the acquisition of knowledge of that subject is of the utmost importance. The more you understand about the sport of golf, the equipment you use, and what is required by you in order to play tot he best of your ability, the better prepared you will be to deal with any questions or problems that will no doubt arise. Besides your golfing partners and others at the clubs you attend, there is also a plethora of knowledge to be gleaned from many sources on the Internet (forums, special interest groups, articles and blogs). There are many golfing periodicals you can purchase from newsagents or over the Internet. Get out there and consume all the knowledge you can.
In-depth details of the tools at hand
With what has been previously said and strictly adhered to by you the reader, the next step for you to take will be to gain an understanding of what the clubs are and how their construction will affect your style of play. That information is for another article, but if you are impatient, then you'll find many such guides already on the net, just search away and enjoy.
Buy clubs that will suit you, not the vendors bank balance. Know your own ability and understand how the equipment will best benefit your game. Gather knowledge from the many sources of information, especially from fellow golfers.
Charles Edwards is a keen golfer and sportsman and provider of information on many aspects of the sport.