One the things that I overlooked when I first took up golf years ago as a kid was club selection. I had a set of hand me down clubs that were a hodge podge of different sets. This included a Driver that was the length that I should be using and a series of irons that were an inch to two inches too short. I duffed with these clubs for many years but never felt like I was improving.
This spring I decided to get a new set of clubs. I went to the local golf shop near me and got measured and fitted. Fortunately I am a standard size so I had a large selection of clubs immediately available to me. The proshop I went to really wanted to sell me a set of used Callaway X24′s for around $300. This seemed a bit much to me considering I also needed woods, a putter, and a bag. They had a compelte set of Tight Lies from Adams for $400 which seemed like a logical buy because it was everything for $100 more.
The set plays much better than my old set. Golf technology is something I am still learning but I believe it is safe to assume that the difference between a set of Northwoods from the early 1990′s is inferior to a set of Tight Lies from 2012. The most important thing is that the club set fit my sizing. It is better to buy clubs to fit your game and not fit your game to your clubs. Fitting my game to my clubs proved to only make it more difficult to try to improve. Basically the clubs work for you, you do not work for your clubs.
The gripping on the Tight Lies are standard and strong. I get a good grip, even in the rain. The bag quality is not the best. It does have the double strap which is nice when you are either walking the course. The dividers on the inside are starting to tear which makes it difficult to put clubs back in to my bag now.
Important Point To Take Away (IPTTA)
Get fitted for your clubs, it is usually a free service at the larger stores or worth the $25 or so fee at a golf shop. This prevents poor habits from forming in the beginning. The clubs work for you, you do not work for the clubs.