Used Golf Clubs - Check Your Used Golf Clubs Whip And Twist

By Martin Haworth

Used Golf Clubs - What might look the used club bargain deal of the month to you, as it stares out appealingly to you from the golf shop display, might not be all it seems.

One pitfall for buyers of used clubs, especially if they are a bit inexperienced, is to be seduced by looks rather than the technical aspects of the clubs. So, it is always important to understand whether they will be suitable for you and your capabilities and style of play.

Because what looks a bargain, may not always be as it seems. It is worth checking for more.

Used Golf Clubs - What's The Twist Like?

The 'twist' in a set of used clubs is a measure of how good you will have to be to get the best out of them. How can that be, the clubs are dictating to me that I have to be of a certain standard before I can use them then? Yes, that's right!

The whip is where there is movement between the grip of the club and the head. By holding the grip in one hand and the head in the other, you can see just how much twist there is in the club. Generally the twist in one club in a set is similar. When you buy a set of used clubs, it's important to check this 'twist' effect out.

The more the twist between the head of the club and the shaft (of which you are holding the grip), the greater the possibility there is to hit the ball out of line as the head hits the ball. If there is less twist, then you are more likely to have a better chance to hit the ball straight.

Used Golf Clubs - How Much Whip?

There is yet another thing you need to check on when buying a set of used clubs. Some clubs have a built in problem that makes them quite challenging to use.

If you take hold of the grip of the club and waggle it quickly and sharply backwards and forwards, you will be able to see just how much the club head moves differently from the grip end. If there is a lot of 'whip', then you can imagine how difficult it can be to control.

Sometimes you might be very interested in a set of used clubs, with large heads at the end of the shaft. With these clubs with the heavy head, you might think that will be a benefit. The problem is that these clubs can be more difficult to control and can be quite unforgiving if you are slightly off line.

It's worth paying attention to this possible variation in the used clubs you might be thinking of buying, because, whatever the bargain, if you are not ready yet in terms of your capability, you might find you play even worse than you did with your older, much more controllable clubs.