The answer is a definite yes if you know what to look for.

One size does not fit all in the game of golf. Buying golf clubs at a yard sale or from a neighbor is not the way to start this game.

Many golfers come to my lesson tee with improper equipment.

So often I hear golfers say that they don’t want to buy golf equipment until they get better at the game.

The problem is that they will not improve significantly if they are playing with clubs that don’t fit their height, hands, strength and flexibility.

You need to buy local and not on the internet. Many of the clubs sold online are counterfeit and not made by the company on the club.

Also, buying from a local professional or golf shop will enable you to get fitted correctly and pros will stick by their sale.

Here are some things you need to look for when purchasing golf clubs:

  • Grip size is important. Too small grips can cause hooks, and too big a grip can cause a slice.
  • Shaft flex. This is the ability of the shaft to bend. If too flexible, it will cause the ball to fly too high and left. If too stiff, the ball will fly low and tend to go to the right (for right-handed golfer).
  • Set make-up. For most amateurs, I recommend a set with a driver, 3 or 5 wood, 2 to 3 hybrids, a 5 to 9 iron, and 2 to 3 wedges. (Not exceeding the legal limit of 14).
  • Driver. Many new drivers are adjustable with different lofts. Most beginners need a driver with at least a 12- to 14-degree loft.
  • Putter. This is the most important club in your bag. There are many styles, so test several putters at a golf shop and ask if they will let you check one out on a real putting green.

Most golf shops have a hitting cage and can put you through a club fitting.

In an ideal world, an outdoor fitting where you can observe ball flight is the way to go.

Many golf courses have “demo days” where you can test clubs on the driving range.

Dr. Jean Harris is an LPGA Master Professional and teaches at Brown Golf Management courses. jean.golfdoctor; www.golfdoctor