The Complete Guide to Buying the Best Golf Clubs in 2018

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Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned pro, getting the right golf club for you is the key to keeping your game up and excelling at golf. Of course, what the perfect golf club for you will be depends on a lot of factors – your age, your gender, your skill level, your build and so on.

Today, I go over that and much more to make a comprehensive guide that anyone can use to buy the best golf club they can get.

So, let’s get right into it!

How to Choose a Golf Club?

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When purchasing a golf club, there are plenty of different factors you need to take into account. However, what you need to look for will be different depending on what you want out of your club and, more importantly, how experienced you are.

For example, if you are a beginner you need a golf club which will help you get better and learn the game without holding you back or making you feel like you’re not able to do anything.

This means that the best clubs for beginners need to be as forgiving as possible and have large ‘sweet spots’ for hitting the ball. Clubs with a large clubface are great in this regard. Another helpful thing is a wide sole, which will allow you to launch the ball much higher if you’re just starting out.

A standard beginner set could consist of a 3-wood, 4-hybrid, 9-iron, a wedge and a putter, nothing too complicated.

On the other hand, if you’re an intermediate golfer, you should go for something completely different. Something that will help you improve further and make the game more challenging for you instead of keeping you in your comfort zone.

The clubs that will fulfill this purpose the best are those that still give you a little room for error but don’t tolerate huge mistakes. Oversized drivers with a loft of 10 to 12 degrees are good, and you could go for irons instead of hybrids. You should also start widening your array of clubs and being using more different wedges, like a lob wedge or a gap wedge.

If you’re an advanced golfer, though, your set will look quite different. You probably already know what fits you the best and have a good idea of your abilities and limitations. The best thing you can do is to get a set of custom clubs, but that can be quite expensive, and the average player probably won’t be able to afford it.

You should have a full set of player irons since they make manipulating the ball quite easier due to their weight balance. Get a driver with a smaller loft, something along the range of 8 to 10 degrees.

The largest change you should make is with the woods and long irons. You want 3-wood and 2-hybrid which are well tuned to your needs and help you perform well. For improving your short game you should probably get a good wedge, but it’s up to you to choose the right one by the feel of it. You should probably know how to do that, by now. If you do, I tip my golf hat to you.

Now, this is all advice for men – for women, there’s a different set of requirements that a golf club needs to fulfill. Women’s clubs should usually be a bit more flexible and have a larger sweet spot than most clubs. Otherwise, all the other advice here applies equally.

There are also plenty of things you should consider when buying golf clubs, regardless of your skill level or your needs.

The durability of the clubs is greatly important since golf clubs can be expensive and you want them to last for a while.

The length and weight of the shaft are also important, and it should be suited to your height and skill level.

The materials a golf club is made of can greatly impact its performance – steel is tougher but heavier than graphite, for example, and that can impact your swing.

You should also consider the type of club you’re buying, and that’s what I’ll talk about right now.

The Types of Golf Clubs

Playing golf

There five main types of golf clubs – woods (which includes drivers), irons, hybrids, wedges, and putters. This is not just a matter of the materials these clubs are made out of, though that is important. Each type of club is used for a different purpose and here’s a quick rundown of their uses.

1. Woods

Vintage Golf Clubs

Wood clubs are typically made of wood – or at least that’s what you’d expect. They got the name because their heads were made out of hardwood, traditionally persimmon or maple wood. However, these days that’s rarely the case, and most clubs classified as ‘woods’ are made out of metal – titanium and carbon fiber are popular choices.

Despite the change in material, though, their purpose and build remain mostly the same as it was in the past. These are the clubs that have the largest and deepest heads and the longest shafts, making them the best for long shots since they can be swung quite fast. This is due to them not weighing a lot – the heads, though large, are also hollow.

Woods are numbered, like other club types and fall into two categories according to the number. A 1-wood is typically called a driver and has the lowest loft. High-numbered woods with the highest lofts are usually known as fairway woods. As the name implies, they are made for long fairway shots from off the turf.

Though woods might seem like the ideal clubs for beginners that is not exactly the case – in fact, they might be the hardest to master. This is due to the low loft of the woods, especially the driver, which leaves little room for error. Their extreme length also makes them more difficult to control.

2. Irons

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Irons, like woods, are named that way because of the material originally used for the construction of their heads. Of course, they too use different materials these days, though they remain metal and most still use iron or steel.

Their purpose has remained mostly unchanged as well. Irons are the ‘workhorse’ clubs of your set, the clubs you’ll use the most since they can fit a wide variety of situations. Generally, they are used when you are 200 yards or less from the green. The closer you get, the higher the iron that you need to use – a standard set starts with 3-iron and goes up to 9-iron. Irons that have a larger loft than 9-irons are usually called wedges or pitching wedges, but I’ll get to that in a minute.

This is because their clubheads tend to be thin the whole way through, while the clubfaces have grooves on them to give a spin to the ball. Depending on whether the back of the head is full or hollow they can be muscleback or cavity back irons, the former of which are much more difficult to use. Cavity backs are sometimes referred to as “game improvement irons,” and they are useful for beginners.

3. Hybrids

Golf ball

Hybrids are quite a new addition to the golfing arsenal, but they have gotten quite popular due to being good for beginners and recreational golfers alike, but professional golfers also use them. They borrow some design ideas from irons and woods alike, but they do have their own flair as well.

The main reason these clubs have become popular is the fact that they offer a lot of room for mistakes and reduce the number of mishits you make, offering you more control than low-numbered irons. They have larger heads and larger sweet spots than irons while also being easier to use than most woods – it’s almost like getting the best of both worlds.

In fact, in recent times, a lot of golfers have started replacing up to half of their long irons with hybrids, though most replace only 1-,2-, 3- and 4-irons. They fulfill roughly the same purpose as those while being much more forgiving and easier to use.

Of course, these clubs are not made only for beginners – pros use them as well, especially older pros and female pros. They can offer plenty of benefits to anyone that picks them up.

4. Wedges

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Wedges are the clubs with the highest loft in your golfing arsenal. They are also irons, but due to the way they’re designed they have became their own type over time. These clubs are designed to help with short approach shots, pitch shots, chip shots and playing in the sand. Shots made with these clubs cause the ball to have a sharp ascent and descent.

The two most prominent wedges around are the pitching wedge and the sand wedge. The first one has a low loft – for a wedge – and is commonly included in a set of irons. You can make far shots with them, and they are included in most sets of irons. The sand wedge, on the other hand, is designed for making shots out of bunkers. Some iron sets will include sand wedges.

Recently, two other wedges have become common. The gap wedge is a hybrid between the pitching wedge and the sand wedge – it has more loft than the former and less than the latter. The lob wedge, on the other hand, has a huge loft and is designed for making high shots that have a steep angle of descent and ascent. It is useful for getting balls over obstacles.

In short, the wedges are designed with high lofts and short shafts and are used for accurate low-distance shots. This is why they’re also called “scoring clubs.” 

5. Putters

Golf ball and Golf Club

Putters are highly specialized clubs, more than any other type and are made in many different sizes and shapes. What unites all these different designs is right there in the name – all of these clubs are used for putting. They are designed to start rolling the ball slowly and smoothly with almost no backspin or skidding and skipping. Most of them have an extremely low loft.

There are also some conventions when it comes to the length of putters. You’ll often find a putter or a set of putter referred to as “conventional” – they are somewhere between 32 and 36 inches in length. This is the most popular and beneficial length for beginners who are still struggling with using putters correctly. However, putters can even be up to 40 or 50 inches in length.

There’s a lot of variety when it comes to the head size and shape, but there are some standards there as well. Those with a traditional narrow and shallow blade head have been the most popular type, but there are others.

Heel-toe putters have the same shape as blade putters but have extra weight and other design tricks that increase their forgiveness.

Mallet putters have huge heads that offer maximum forgiveness, and they can come in many unconventional shapes. 


Best Golf Clubs for Beginners

Why Specifically For Beginners?

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If you’re a beginner, you should look for a golf club that will let you easily get into the game. Many people have quite golf simply due to starting off with the wrong clubs and being frustrated that they aren’t hitting the ball. Reading a golf guide for beginners can help with that.

For people who are just starting out, clubs that are easy to swing and offer maximum forgiveness are the way to go, since they will allow you to enjoy the game even when you’re still learning it. Then, you can gradually move up to clubs that are more difficult to use and offer less forgiveness but give you more control over your shots.

Beginners should also use a limited amount of clubs until they get used to playing and slowly expand their arsenal. Because of this, you should probably only buy a few clubs if you’re starting out, instead of a complete set. This way you don’t spend a lot of money on clubs, you won’t use for a long time or at all, in case you decide golf is not right for you.

So, in this section, I’ll give some recommendations on what I think are the best golf clubs for beginners. It will include my detailed opinions on the merits and faults of each club as well as some tips on how to properly use them if you’re just getting into golf.

#1 Callaway Men’s Strata

Callaway Men’s Strata

This set comes with most of the essentials that you will need as a beginner and includes nine clubs in total and comes with two headcovers and a stand bag. The clubs in the set include a 460cc driver that has a large sweet spot; 3-wood; 5-hybrid; 6-iron through pitching wedge and a mallet putter.

For beginners, this is more than enough, and most of the clubs in this set are quite good for people who are just starting out due to their enlarged sweet spots, especially the 3-wood and 5-hybrid. The clubs themselves are quite well-made and exceptionally durable so making mistakes is not a problem, they won’t break easily.

The golf bag this set comes with is also high-quality, and you will probably continue using it even when you stop using this set and move on to other clubs.

There are a few notable omissions in this set though - the lack of a 4-hybrid and no sand wedge. Still, it’s quite good overall.

PROS

  • 1
    This set includes some essential clubs for beginners which are quite forgiving
  • 2
    The set comes with a great bag
  • 3
    You will find that these clubs are quite durable so you can make a lot of mistakes

CONS

  • 1
    It does not include some staples, like a 4-hybrid or a sand wedge
  • 2
    The putter is not as good or as durable as the other clubs
  • 3
    You might get some blisters if you don’t use gloves since the grips are rough

#2 Wilson Men's 2015 Ultra

Wilson Men's 2015 Ultra

This is quite a well-priced set that comes with most clubs a beginner might need. It includes a 3-wood, 5-PW irons, 4-hybrid and one putter, making it a decent set for people who are just starting out. There is a notable lack of a sand wedge in the set, though, so you might have to buy that separately if you think you need it.

The putter is probably one of the standouts since it’s much easier to use than most putters and quite forgiving, making it ideal for beginners. The other clubs are also more forgiving than is usual and are great if you are just getting into golf.

However, it’s not all good, and the worst part about this set is the lack of durability, especially when it comes to the driver. Plenty of customers have complained about it breaking quite quickly.

Another issue with this set is the fact that some clubs have a steel shaft, so they might be more difficult to use for beginners with low swing speeds.

PROS

  • 1
    This set comes at a great affordable price, and you get a lot for your money
  • 2
    The putter in this set is made to be incredibly forgiving
  • 3
    The putter in this set is made to be incredibly forgiving

CONS

  • 1
    There is no sand wedge included in this set
  • 2
    You won’t find these clubs to be quite as durable as most others
  • 3
    Some of the clubs have steel shafts which are not good for beginners

#3 Confidence GOLF Men’s POWER Hybrid Club Set

Confidence GOLF Men’s POWER Hybrid Club Set

This is a set that includes a 3-wood, 6-9 irons, a pitching wedge, a 460 cc driver made out of titanium and a bag for storage. It also comes at an incredibly low price, meaning that you get your money’s worth when you buy this set.

One of the best features of this set are its irons which are designed with beginners in mind. They have clubfaces which are far larger than is typical for most irons, increasing their sweet spot and making them more forgiving for novice golfers. The 3-wood is, in fact, a hybrid and it has a high loft making it easier to launch the ball. It also easily replaces the hard-to-use low-numbered irons.

This is a set that includes a 3-wood, 6-9 irons, a pitching wedge, a 460 cc driver made out of titanium and a bag for storage. It also comes at an incredibly low price, meaning that you get your money’s worth when you buy this set.

One of the best features of this set are its irons which are designed with beginners in mind. They have clubfaces which are far larger than is typical for most irons, increasing their sweet spot and making them more forgiving for novice golfers. The 3-wood is, in fact, a hybrid and it has a high loft making it easier to launch the ball. It also easily replaces the hard-to-use low-numbered irons.

PROS

  • 1
    This is an incredibly affordable set, one of the cheapest out there
  • 2
    You will find the irons in this set to be far more forgiving than is usual
  • 3
    The bag that’s included is of great quality

CONS

  • 1
    The bag that’s included is of great quality
  • 2
    Some of the clubs use steel shafts which might make things difficult for beginners
  • 3
    Some of the clubs use steel shafts which might make things difficult for beginners

#4 Wilson Golf Men's 2017 Ultra

Wilson Golf Men's 2017 Ultra

This set includes a fairway wood, a hybrid, a driver, 6-9 irons, a putter and a pitching wedge, along with a decent bag to carry them all. For the low price it comes at, this is good value, and you get more than with most other sets.

The clubs here are also designed with beginners in mind, especially the heel/toe putter which is quite forgiving. Novice golfers will probably find it easier to use than most other putters they have put their hands on. The driver is also great for beginners with a large loft that helps you launch the ball without problems.

However, this set lacks some usual things, like another wood, a sand wedge, a 5-iron and so on. You will probably need those sooner or later.

Another issue with it is the flimsiness of the clubs so you shouldn’t abuse them too much.

PROS

  • 1
    The heel/toe putter in this set is easy to use for beginners and quite forgiving
  • 2
    The price is quite low and affordable for most people
  • 3
    You will find the driver easy to use if you’re a beginner

CONS

  • 1
    If you are a bit taller, these clubs might be too short for you
  • 2
    The set lacks a 5-iron and a sand wedge which you need to buy separately
  • 3
    Some of the clubs in the set are quite flimsy, especially the hybrid

#5 Precise M5 Men's Complete Golf Clubs Package Set

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In this set, you get quite a bit of stuff. It includes a 460cc titanium driver, a fairway wood, a hybrid, 5-9 irons with a pitching wedge and a putter. You also get three head covers and a nice bag that can be slung over your shoulder. That’s quite a lot, but for a price this high, that’s to be expected.

It’s not an outrageous price, but it might be too much for some people – you can get sets with almost the same contents for half the price. This set doesn’t even include a sand wedge on top of that.

However, these clubs are great for beginners since most of them feature oversized heads and high lofts, greatly improving your game and allowing novices to get started without frustration. They are also quite durable so making mistakes is okay. The steel shafts might make things a bit difficult, but they won’t hinder you too much.

PROS

  • 1
    Most of the clubs in this set have oversized head, making them easy to use
  • 2
    Another great feature is the high loft on most of the clubs
  • 3
    These are incredibly durable clubs that can take a lot of punishment

CONS

  • 1
    There’s no sand wedge included in this set
  • 2
    There’s no sand wedge included in this set
  • 3
    You might find the price to be a bit too high for you

Best Golf Clubs for Seniors

Why Specifically For Seniors?

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With age, your golf prowess will start to decline – that’s just an inevitable fact that none of us can avoid. If it happened to Tiger Woods, it will happen to you as well. In time, playing golf can even become strenuous and painful, which can be quite saddening. I’ve known a lot of people who enjoyed golf more than anything but can’t enjoy it anymore due to their age.

However, there are ways to still enjoy golf, even if you’re getting on in years. But, that requires changing your approach and the way you play golf, which also includes using different clubs than the ones you used when you were younger.

The best golf clubs for seniors have one thing in common with beginner clubs – they are more forgiving than usual and have larger “sweet spots” for hitting the ball. This allows older people to hit the ball without needing to put much strength into the swing. But, there are ways in which they differ as well.

Senior clubs will typically have a larger loft than regular clubs, to make launching the ball easier without exerting a lot of effort. There’s one more important factor to the best clubs for seniors, though.

The flexibility of the shaft is extremely high and classified as “senior.” This is what allows people who aren’t flexible, such as senior golfers, to swing the club easier.

In this section, I will present you with some of the best clubs for seniors along with my detailed opinions on them.

#1 TaylorMade 2017 M2

TaylorMade 2017 M2

You can get this set in one of three variants, depending on the clubs you want to get. The variations are as follows:

- 3 to 4 hybrids, 5 to 9 irons, and a pitching wedge

- 4 to 5 hybrids, 6 to 9 irons, a sand wedge and a pitching wedge

- 4 to 5 hybrids, 6 to 9 irons, an approach wedge and a pitching wedge

Sadly, there’s no possibility of getting any other combinations so if you want, for example, a 3-hybrid and 5-hybrid – you’ll have to look elsewhere.

Still, these are good, durable clubs, they are quality-made, and you can tell when you pick them up. They are also quite well suited for seniors, especially the irons.

Sadly, these clubs cost quite a lot so they will be out of reach for most players.

PROS

  • 1
    There are three different variations of this set you can get, depending on your needs
  • 2
    The irons in this set are great and contain a speed pocket which helps a lot, combined with their high loft
  • 3
    It’s a set of decently durable clubs that will last for a long time.

CONS

  • 1
    This is an exceptionally expensive set of clubs, and for most people, it won’t be worth the price
  • 2
    The set doesn’t contain a driver of any sort, and you can only get certain combinations of clubs
  • 3
    Sadly, the hybrids aren’t as good as the rest of the set

#2 Wilson Men's 2015 Profile XLS

Wilson Men's 2015 Profile XLS

This is a set that offers great value for your cash and comes with almost everything you might need. It includes irons from 5 to 9 with a sand wedge and pitching wedge, a fairway wood, a hybrid, a driver and a putter. It all comes in a decent bag that can be easily carried around even by older golfers.

The price is right as well – not overpriced for what you get but not exceptionally cheap either.

The clubs are made to be great game improvers, with a high loft on almost all of them and incredibly flexible graphite shafts on everything except the putter. Overall, they’re almost ideal for senior players.

However, they are not available in slightly stiffer varieties. They are also somewhat flimsy so they can be dented, especially the woods which are also stiffer than the rest.

PROS

  • 1
    It includes almost every club you might need and comes at a fair price
  • 2
    The loft on all the clubs is quite high, so they improve your game significantly
  • 3
    Everything except the putter uses graphite shafts, ideal for older golfers

CONS

  • 1
    It’s only available in senior flex or uniflex, so if that doesn’t fit you, tough luck
  • 2
    The woods in this set are not quite as good as the rest of it
  • 3
    There are some issues concerning the durability of the clubs; they can get dented

#3 Adams New Idea Hybrid Irons Set

Adams New Idea Hybrid Irons Set

This is quite a great hybrid set for seniors which will greatly improve the game of older golfers, as well as their enjoyment. All of the clubs have quite large heads and sweet spots, making them incredibly forgiving.

The wraparound slot design on the irons also helps with generating more ball speed at the cost of almost no effort whatsoever.

The set only includes 3 to 5 hybrids and 6 to 9 irons, with a pitcher wedge. It lacks any driver or other woods. In addition to that, it also has no extras of any sort, like a bag or head covers to increase the value.

Another issue is the price – recently, this set has been quite expensive, and it might not be worth it to you.

PROS

  • 1
    The ‘wraparound slot’ design extremely increases ball speeds
  • 2
    The sweet spot of these clubs is quite large, and you won’t have problems hitting the ball
  • 3
    Has a good selection of hybrids, giving this set a lot of versatility

CONS

  • 1
    Has a good selection of hybrids, giving this set a lot of versatility
  • 2
    The cost of this set is quite high for what it offers, due to availability issues
  • 3
    It is bereft of any extras, like a bag or head covers

#4 Callaway Strata Tour

Callaway Strata Tour

This set comes with everything a senior golfer might need and even a little bit extra. It has a driver, 3-wood, 5-wood, 4-hybrid, 5-hybrid, 6-9 irons, pitching wedge, sand wedge, and a putter. A good bag with five head covers is also included in the deal. Overall, this is quite great, and you will be able to have a club for everything you may need. The inclusion of a decent sand wedge is also something that’s not often seen but is appreciated.

However, that does mean that the cost of this set is quite steep and you might not be able to afford it easily. But it is worth it, not just for the number of clubs, but also for their durability and the great driver that’s designed to be as forgiving as possible.

The set is overall less forgiving than some similar sets, though, especially because of the steel shafts.

PROS

  • 1
    The standout piece of this set is the ultra-light titanium driver designed for maximum forgiveness
  • 2
    The sand wedge is included which is not standard but is helpful
  • 3
    The sand wedge is included which is not standard but is helpful

CONS

  • 1
    It’s a bit less forgiving than other similar sets of clubs
  • 2
    The price of this set is quite high and not just anyone can afford it
  • 3
    They are a bit short for most people

#5 Pinemeadow Golf Men's Pre Progressive Hybrid Set

Pinemeadow Golf Men's Pre Progressive Hybrid Set

Here we have a rather simple set of hybrid irons which include irons 3 through 9 and a pitcher wedge. They are easier to use than regular irons, due to being hybrids and they do seem to be designed with maximum forgiveness in mind, or at least the longer irons do.

The shorter irons do have smaller clubheads and are less forgiving than you would expect, but they do offer a better launch angle than most short irons.

Another good thing about this set are the incredibly flexible and light graphite shafts. However, that is offset by heavy clubheads which might pose a problem for some senior players.

Overall, these are decent clubs though you don’t get a lot for a price that is quite high.

PROS

  • 1
    This set is designed with maximum forgiveness in mind, and the clubs have large sweet spots for hitting the ball
  • 2
    Highly flexible graphite shafts are tailor-made for senior golfers
  • 3
    Headcovers are included for all the clubs in the set

CONS

  • 1
    The shorter irons have small heads, and they might be difficult to use for some seniors
  • 2
    Another problem is that these clubs are quite heavy for a set of senior clubs
  • 3
    The price is a bit steep considering the limited amount of clubs in this set

Best Golf Clubs for Women

Why Specifically For Women?

A Woman Is Teaching A Girl To Play Golf

Women are, on average, physically weaker than men and shorter, though they are more flexible. This means that they also require different clubs which are suited for their particular body type, as is the case with any golfer.

I have heard a lot of stories of people who tried to get their significant other to play golf with them and failed to get them into the sport. The reason for that was usually the clubs themselves – they simply weren’t well-suited for a person of the opposite gender.

In the past, this created a nasty catch-22 situation. Golf clubs for women weren’t getting made because there weren’t a lot of female golfers – but the reason there weren’t a lot of female golfers was because golf clubs made specifically for women were practically non-existent. In recent years this has been remedied, and golf has become far more popular with women than it ever was.

Today, women’s clubs are made with the average female physique in mind. What does this entail? Well, for starters, the shafts are shorter on average since women aren’t as tall as men on average. The difference in length is usually not more than an inch or so, but it makes a big difference.

Other differences include larger lofts, lower weight, and more flexible shafts, allowing women, who are less strong on average, to make satisfying shots. The grips on female clubs are also smaller, due to women having smaller hands.

In this section, I will go over some of the best clubs for women out there today. 

#1 Callaway Women's Strata

Callaway Women's Strata

Overall, this is a decent set for a decent price that you can’t complain about too much. It comes with a driver, 5-wood, 5-hybrid, 7-iron, 9-iron a sand wedge and a mallet putter. You’ll notice some notable omissions – most of the irons are missing, and there’s no pitching wedge included.

Luckily, the 5-hybrid can replace the long irons, and it is far easier for female players to use the hybrid rather than the irons themselves. However, there’s nothing to replace the pitching wedge which you will probably have to buy separately.

Most of the clubs here are quite good, and the driver, as well as the 5-wood and 5-hybrid, are especially forgiving, with large clubheads and sweet spots.

For shorter female players, this set is quite good, but taller gals should steer clear of it, it will not fit you. It’s also a set for novice players, so experts should avoid it.

PROS

  • 1
    It has great, forgiving drivers that feature large clubheads and sweet spots
  • 2
    The length is ideal for shorter female golfers
  • 3
    Instead of longer irons the set contains a 5-hybrid which is easier to use for female players

CONS

  • 1
    This is not a set that’s well suited for taller female golfers due to the short clubs
  • 2
    It’s designed as a set for novice female players so experts won’t get much out of it
  • 3
    It contains only the shortest of irons and doesn’t contain a pitching wedge

#2 Palm Springs Golf VISA LADY

Palm Springs Golf VISA LADY

This is a set from a lesser known company, but they’re making good strides with sets like these, which offer high quality at a reasonable price point.

In this set, you get an oversized 460cc driver with a huge sweet spot, an enlarged fairway wood, a 3-hybrid and a 4-hybrid, as well as a set of 5 to 9 irons, complete with a pitching wedge. In addition to that, a putter is also included as well as a stand bag, head covers, a towel ring and rain cover. It’s quite a large package.

The clubs themselves are quite good and forgiving, and the irons, in particular, have a great weight balance that’s perfect for female golfers.

The largest problem here is that these clubs aren’t extremely durable – the woods are especially flimsy. If you’re expecting them to last a long time, you’re mistaken.

PROS

  • 1
    Both the woods and the hybrids have high lofts for easily launching the ball
  • 2
    Both the woods and the hybrids have high lofts for easily launching the ball
  • 3
    The irons are easy to use and quite forgiving due to good weight balance

CONS

  • 1
    The durability leaves something to be desired; these clubs scratch and dent easily
  • 2
    The grips are bit rougher so you should be using gloves with these

#3 Confidence Golf LADY POWER

Confidence Golf LADY POWER

For novice female golfers, this is one of the best sets around. It has everything you might need and contains an oversized driver as well as a great hybrid with a 24-degree loft. It also has 6 to 9 irons and a pitching wedge included as well as a putter. There is no sand wedge though, which is a large omission but the price for the rest is quite incredible

The putter is also great, it’s not quite a mallet putter, but it’s close, and it’s a hybrid. It’s one of the easiest putters to use out there. In fact, most of the clubs are easy to use due to their low weight and good balance.

The only reason not to get this set is if you’re already an expert. For novices, this is a great deal though.

PROS

  • 1
    The oversized driver is great and allows you to launch the ball easily
  • 2
    The mallet-like hybrid putter is surprisingly easy to use
  • 3
    Most of the clubs have high lofts and are lightweight, making them easy to use
  • 4
    The price is incredible for a set like this, especially considering the extras

CONS

  • 1
    The sand wedge is not included in this particular set, and it’s something all female golfers should have
  • 2
    Good for beginners but it leaves something to be desired if you’re an expert already

#4 WILSON ULTRA Women’s Complete Golf Club Set

WILSON ULTRA Women’s Complete Golf Club Set

This is quite a great set of clubs that contains a driver, a fairway wood, a 4-hybrid and a set of 6 to 9 irons with a pitching wedge. The set also includes a mallet putter, a bag and head covers for most of the clubs.

For novices, this is a decent starter set and includes almost everything you might need to enjoy the game of golf. The 4-hybrid is great as a replacement for the long irons which are more difficult to use. The weight balance of the irons is good, and they’re easy to swing. Most of the clubs have oversized heads and hitting the ball is quite simple.

However, there are some issues with this set. The largest omission is the lack of a sand wedge which should be in sets like these. A smaller issue is that the bag it comes with is not that useful and is difficult to carry.

It’s a decent set but has some faults.

PROS

  • 1
    The 4-hybrid in this set is a great replacement for the long irons
  • 2
    The irons are light due to hollow heads and have a great weight balance
  • 3
    Due to the large heads, these clubs are quite forgiving

CONS

  • 1
    This set doesn’t contain a sand wedge which is a huge omission
  • 2
    The bag this set comes with is difficult to carry and not that useful
  • 3
    Since the irons don’t have graphite shafts, they are a bit more difficult to use

#5 Believe Ladies Complete Golf Set

Believe Ladies Complete Golf Set

What you get in this set is the following – an oversized 460cc driver, 6 to 9 irons with a pitching wedge and a sand wedge, 4 and 5 hybrid irons with large soles, a 3-wood made for maximum launch distance and a mallet putter. So, for the most part, it’s a full package.

Most of the clubs in this set are fitted with graphite shafts which are quite flexible and help a lot of with your swing. The driver is especially great and incredibly forgiving.

The durability of these clubs is also quite great, and they will last for a long time. Even the extras, especially the bag, are quite good.

The only major sore point here is the putter which is a bit difficult to use. The grips are also a bit rough, but that’s not such a big deal. You also shouldn’t get these if you’re a shorter female player.

PROS

  • 1
    All of the clubs have flexible graphite shafts and are easy to swing
  • 2
    You can’t complain about the durability of these clubs – they’re quite sturdy
  • 3
    You get a lot of extras in this set the best of which is a great carrying bag

CONS

  • 1
    The putter is not that great and may be difficult to use
  • 2
    The size of these clubs is not fit for shorter female players
  • 3
    You will have to wear gloves since the grips on these clubs are quite rough

What is the Best Golf Club Brand?

Couple Playing Golf

There are plenty of different brands of golf clubs out there and if you’re just starting out your golf journey most of them might look quite similar or even indistinguishable. However, that is not the case, and there are significant differences between the brands available on the market right now.

Let me make one thing clear, though – you don’t need incredibly, top-of-the-line golf clubs if you’re just starting out – it’s fine to go for something more basic. But, once you start getting into the game a bit more, the question of ‘which brand should I buy’ starts coming up more and more until you can’t ignore it.

So, I’ll go over some of the largest brands on the market right now and tell you which one I think is the best out of all of them. Of course, this is just my preference, keep that in mind.

TaylorMade has been one of the most popular brands of the previous decade but has fallen slightly out of favor in recent times. Still, they remain one of the best brands when it comes to woods, and they produce some of the best woods out there, due to manufacturing techniques that allow their clubs to be highly customizable. However, while their woods are great, their other offerings are not as good as some of the products made by other brands.

Nike is one of the best-known golf club brands to the average person, thanks to their deal with Tiger Woods. There aren’t any standouts when it comes to Nike golf clubs, but they offer good quality overall, and the clubs are well-balanced. They are quite expensive though.

Titleist is another incredibly popular and well-known brand that has endured for a long time, though they are better known for making golf balls. Besides that, they also make some of the best clubs around, and almost all of their offerings are of good quality. The only category where they fall behind is putters – they’re weird, frankly, and I don’t care much for them.

Callaway has been a strong name in the golf game for a while now, and they’re best known for producing high-quality irons and introducing some revolutionary design choices during the early nineties. In recent years they have maintained their quality but their designs are not as unique or revolutionary as they used to be. Their irons are still some of the best out there, durable and easy to use.

Adams is one of the best brands for beginners since they make some great, ultra-forgiving fairway woods. Most of their golf clubs are made for game-improvement, helping the golfers generate top club speeds while still consistently hitting the ball. They even have clubs that allow for the adjustment of the head loft. Experts might find their clubs to be a bit lacking, though.

Ping has been making some great putters for years, and they have also made a few great lines of unique wedges that will help improve your game significantly. Their irons are also nothing to scoff at as well. Sadly, their woods are not as good as those of other brands, and that’s the largest downside to buying sets of Ping clubs.

Odyssey is one of the best brands when it comes to putters. They have a lot of different, unique designs and you are most likely to find the right putter for you if you’re looking through a catalog of Odyssey products. However, they offer little else besides those great putters of theirs.

Cobra clubs are known to be decent overall and relatively inexpensive. They are also quite customizable, especially when it comes to their esthetics – rarely do companies offer clubs in almost any color or with custom markings. I do find them to be a bit flimsy though, but that might be due to the way I play.

Mizuno is a company known for their well-crafted irons which are beautiful and easy to use at the same time. Some have even considered their low-numbered irons to be more user-friendly than the hybrids they are usually replaced with. With that said, they don’t offer much aside from that.

Well, which one is the best in the end?

For me, that would be Titleist. They just offer a lot of quality stuff, and I like most of their output, especially their hybrids which are probably the best ones I ever used. As I said, I don’t like their putters but they are still well-made, and some people prefer them over Odyssey or other brands renowned for their putters. Due to this, I honestly would choose Titleist over other brands.

Of course, you might have a different preference, and that’s all good, and I know most people prefer to mix-and-match rather than buy full sets of clubs from just one brand.


Recommendations for Best Budget Golf Clubs

Golfer carrying clubs

RANK

PRODUCT NAME

PRODUCT IMAGE

EDITOR SCORE

#1

Wilson Harmonized Golf Wedge
91%
/100

#2

Quolf Golf Two-Way Putter
87%
/100

#3

Adams New Idea Hybrid
86%
/100

#1 Wilson Harmonized Golf Wedge

Wilson Harmonized Golf Wedge

This is a nice wedge that comes at an incredibly affordable price – it won’t set you back more than 30 dollars. They come with steel shafts, and they are available in 50, 52, 56, 60 and 64 lofts, covering the usual range of wedges. You can also get them in both left-handed and right-handed variants.

These clubs are great for beginners, and they perform quite well in the field, being amazingly versatile for wedges. If you want to get some wedges to fill out your club set, these are a great option.

They are a tad on the small and heavier side, so if that’s a problem for you – don’t buy them. Otherwise, they are quite good for the price.

PROS

  • 1
    This is a great club for the price with wonderful performance
  • 2
    It’s quite a versatile club that will be good in a wide variety of situations
  • 3
    It’s quite a versatile club that will be good in a wide variety of situations

CONS

  • 1
    The club is a bit on the heavier side so it might not suit some players
  • 2
    The club is a bit on the heavier side so it might not suit some players
  • 3
    The shaft is not as durable as it is in some other clubs

#2 Quolf Golf Two-Way Putter

Quolf Golf Two-Way Putter

This is a versatile putter that can be used by both lefties and righties without an issue. It’s also quite a flexible club that is easier to use than most putters. Because of this, and the low price, it is almost ideal for beginners who are just starting to practice their putting. It’s also quite good for casual golfers that don’t want to spend a lot of cash.

However, it does have some issues. It’s quite flimsy, and there have been reports of the shaft bending even during transport. It probably won’t last for a long time if you use it a lot.

Another issue is that the shaft is quite short so that might bother you if you’re a taller person. It’s also a bit on the heavier side.

PROS

  • 1
    This putter can be used by both lefties and right-handed people with equal ease
  • 2
    Due to its hybrid nature, this putter is flexible and easy to use
  • 3
    It’s a great club for casuals and beginners

CONS

  • 1
    It’s a bit too heavy which might bother some people
  • 2
    The construction is a bit too flimsy, and it might not last for a long time
  • 3
    Clearly not made for taller golfers, the shaft is a bit too short

#3 Adams New Idea Hybrid

Adams New Idea Hybrid

Here we have a selection of versatile hybrids from Adams that come in a few different varieties, none more expensive than 70 dollars.

You can get these hybrids in stiff and regular flex, either left-handed or right-handed and with lofts of 19, 21, 22 and 25 degrees. That’s a decent selection though you’re out of luck if you want something a bit more flexible, these clubs are rather rigid.

Still, they are versatile and easy to use, quite forgiving for beginners and launching the ball with them is easy.

The largest issue is that they’re rather flimsy and can get scratched or bent easily, so you shouldn’t abuse them too much. The grip is also a bit hard on the hands, so wear gloves when playing with them.

PROS

  • 1
    This is a versatile hybrid club that can be bought with differing degrees of loft
  • 2
    It is quite easy to use and extremely forgiving, so it’s great for beginners
  • 3
    You will probably improve your launch distance if you use this hybrid

CONS

  • 1
    Sadly, it is quite a rigid club, so if you need something flexible this isn’t it
  • 2
    It’s quite a flimsy club that can get scratched easily
  • 3
    The grip is a bit rough so you should use gloves

Recommendations for Best Golf Club Sets

Golf Players With Golf Clubs

RANK

PRODUCT NAME

PRODUCT IMAGE

EDITOR SCORE

#1

Prosimmon Golf X9
86%
/100

#2

Pinemeadow PRE
84%
/100

#3

Confidence GOLF Men’s POWER
82%
/100

#1 Prosimmon Golf X9

Prosimmon Golf X9

This is a set designed for beginners, but it might be good even for intermediate players. If you’re an expert though, you can easily pass it by.

It includes a lot of clubs that are great for beginners and comes with 5 to 9 irons, a pitcher wedge, a driver, a 3-wood, 4 and 5 hybrids and a mallet putter. It’s all packed into an exceptional golfing bag that’s difficult to overlook.

The hybrids are especially great, quite versatile and good for improving your game. They’re easy to use, even for beginners and those are the clubs they’ll be using the most.

The largest problem with the set is the durability – most of it is quite flimsy and won’t last. There’s also no sand wedge or other woods in the set, which is a significant omission.

Overall, it’s a great starter set, but you probably shouldn’t get it if you’re a veteran of the game.

PROS

  • 1
    This set comes with some great hybrids
  • 2
    It includes a lot of good extras among which is an exceptional bag
  • 3
    The clubs are great for beginners

CONS

  • 1
    If you’re an experienced golfer, this is not the right set for you
  • 2
    The set does not include a sand wedge or many woods
  • 3
    It’s quite a flimsy set of clubs so it won’t last

#2 Pinemeadow PRE

Pinemeadow PRE

This set contains a lot of different clubs – it has irons 4 through 9 with a pitching wedge, it has a mallet putter, 10.5-degree driver, 15-degree fairway wood and a 21-degree 3-hybrid.

One of the things that stands out about this set are the irons which are included. There’s a wide variety of them, and they’re all quite sturdy and easy to use. The hybrid that’s included is also great – it is extremely versatile, and you can swing it easily. It’s a great game-improvement club for sure.

The bag that comes with this set is also of great quality, and it is easy to carry around.

Of course, the set does have its downsides, and the price is the first one – it’s quite high, considering what’s missing. Most of the woods are missing, and there’s no sand wedge here. In addition to that, the putter included is strange and difficult to use for most people.

PROS

  • 1
    You get a huge variety of good irons in this set
  • 2
    The bag this set comes with is good and quite useful
  • 3
    The hybrid that’s included is quite versatile and easy to swing

CONS

  • 1
    The putter in this set is quite strange and difficult to use
  • 2
    The putter in this set is quite strange and difficult to use
  • 3
    It comes at quite a steep price, though you get a lot for it

#3 Confidence GOLF Men’s POWER

Confidence GOLF Men’s POWER

This is a smaller, hybrid set that’s aimed at improving your game. It contains a lot of versatile clubs, especially the irons which are included – 6 to 9 with a pitcher wedge as well. They are well-balanced and have large clubfaces, so they are fairly forgiving.

The hybrid wood included is also quite good and has a large loft of 24 degrees, replacing longer irons with ease. Though having a 5-iron would still be nice.

The driver in this set is decent as well, and quite durable which is not something you would expect from a set this cheap.

And it is quite a cheap set – but you get what you pay for, and the rest of the clubs are quite flimsy as a result. Repairing them is difficult too, due to the obscure manufacturer, at least in the US.

The grips are also quite thin, so your hands might get some blisters unless you wear gloves when playing.

PROS

  • 1
    This set comes at an incredibly affordable price point
  • 2
    Despite the low price, the driver in this set is quite durable
  • 3
    The irons in this set are particularly easy to use due to large clubfaces and are quite versatile

CONS

  • 1
    Repairing these clubs is difficult due to their construction and the lesser known manufacturer
  • 2
    The grips on the clubs are a bit too thin for my liking
  • 3
    Most of the other clubs in the set are a bit flimsy

Frequently Asked Questions

Q – Should I buy new or used golf clubs?

A – For the most part, I’d say you should go for new golf clubs whenever your budget allows for it since it will give you the best experience you can have.

Sure, there are some good used golf clubs out there, and you could luck out and get ones that are almost as good as new! However, that is rare, and most of the time you will just get clubs which will fall apart soon, requiring you to buy a new set.

Another problem with buying used clubs is that the specifications might be wrong and you won’t know that until you buy them and get them in the mail.

Due to all of this, I recommend buying new clubs, especially for beginners since getting bad clubs can ruin your enjoyment and your chances of getting good at the game.

Q – Should I buy a complete set or individual clubs?

A – Well, the answer here is a bit more complicated than a simple ‘yes’ or ‘no,’ though I would lean more on the side of ‘no’ in this case.

If you’re just starting out, the answer is almost always a flat ‘no,’ since you probably won’t need a full set and it would just confuse you and hinder you. You will only need a few clubs as a beginner, and they will be enough until you get a bit better. Still, buying a small set might be fine.

Even if you are more experienced, I would still say it’s better to mix-and-match rather than buy a complete set. Most brands don’t excel in making clubs or every type, so getting the best products from each one is the way to go in most cases. Buying a full set at once is probably best when you’re getting a custom fit set of clubs.

Q – When should you re-shaft golf clubs?

A – Well, there are many different reasons for changing the shaft of a club. The most obvious one is – when it breaks. If the shaft breaks, you can either get a new club or re-shaft the existing one. You can also opt for a re-shafting if the shaft of your club is worn out and it started performing differently as a result.

However, there are other reasons to do this. For example, when you like the head of a golf club but the shaft doesn’t fit you in some way – it’s too short, too long, too flexible, too stuff, etc. In that case, re-shafting is a viable option to get the club you want. It’s not the right option for all clubs, though.

Q – What's the difference between an AW and SW golf club?

A – The core difference between an Approach Wedge (AW) and a Sand Wedge (SW) is the loft of the head. Sand wedges usually have a loft of somewhere between 56 and 58 degrees, while the approach wedge sits in-between that and the pitching wedge at 50 to 54 degrees.

The difference in loft might seem minute, but in practice it’s huge, and these two wedges have significantly different uses.

The sand wedge, as the name implies, is made for making shots on rough terrain, primarily sand. It is designed so that it doesn’t dig into the sand. This is especially helpful for players who tend to have a steeper angle of attack – also called ‘diggers’ for that exact reason.

The approach wedge serves a similar purpose but is used for making shots of a higher distance than you would be able to make with a sand wedge. That’s the main difference.