The Academy is the biggest category in our Guides and Advice section. Here you'll find all our general advice, whether quick swing tips or practice drills you can do at home. It's also where you'll find our popular "How to adjust" tutorials to ensure your driver is set up right for you. And finally, there is loads of general buying advice - from which balls or grips you should use to more technical knowledge on the bounce and grind of wedges. There's always something new at the Golfbidder Academy.

If you're new to golf and looking forward to getting out for your first game but don't know what actual golf clubs you'll need to start, this page is especially for you. In the guide below we're going to put any thoughts about not having the right or enough clubs to bed, and show you that golf can be played and enjoyed with just a few clubs in your bag.

A regulation course with a par of 72 allows for half of those shots to be putts. Yet for some unknown reason, we don't give putting the attention it deserves - spending hours on the driving range and then five minutes on the putting green.

As golfers, we are constantly bombarded with technology and design to find a few yards, but you never hear serious talk about grips. And when you think about it, the grip is the only point of connection between the player and the golf club.

Does the shape of the putter head make a difference? It must do with so many different options available. But how does it interact with your stroke, and which one is right for you?

The most common use for a set of alignment sticks is to help with alignment. Drop an alignment rod just in front of your toes, and one just outside the ball, making sure they're parallel, just like train tracks.

If you are spending your hard-earned cash on a dozen premium golf balls, you want some assurances that you are getting your monies worth - as you'd get a lot more balls if you went down the budget option.

The idea of a golf ball is to get you from the tee peg to the bottom of the cup. But like cars, which all get you from A to B, some are more expensive than others.

Your Callaway Rogue driver is engineered for maximum power. A triaxial carbon crown and thin face braced by Jailbreak Technology are completed by a drawn back titanium sole which houses precise weighting. Despite all of this, there's loads of adjustability thanks to Callaway's ingenious Optifit hosel.

The M2 driver is built for speed and distance. The weighting in the head has been optimised by the engineers at TaylorMade to deliver optimum performance. However, there's plenty of adjustability in the hosel to raise and lower the loft, give the driver a draw or fade bias, and change the amount of spin the driver puts on the golf ball.

The TaylorMade M4 comes packed with technology for speed, distance, and accuracy. Twist Face technology with curvature low in the heel and high in the toe to straighten off-centre hits and the Hammerhead slot lets the thin face brace and flex at impact for distance.

The M3 driver takes adjustability to a whole new level. As well as groundbreaking technology in terms of Twist Face and a Hammerhead slot for distance, with just a simple wrench, you can raise and lower the loft, give the driver a draw or fade bias, and change things like the trajectory and spin the driver puts on the golf ball.

The TaylorMade M1 2017 built on the success of the original model - and when it comes to adjustability, either M1 is the cream of the crop. Hosel adjustability along with moveable weights allow you to raise and lower the loft, give the driver a draw or fade bias, and change things like the trajectory and spin the driver puts on the golf ball.