The Best Golf Clubs for Beginners
A few weeks ago I was asked by a friend about what golf clubs would be best for beginners. Another experienced golfer friend of mine and I had invited one of our friends to come to the driving range with us.
We each took turns giving some golf advice to our novice friend and he actually started to make solid contact with the ball and was starting to get excited to get into the sport.
So inevitably, after asking if he’d like to go out on the course with us, he asked me what clubs he should buy. “What are the best golf clubs for beginners like me?”, he asked.
Here’s what I told him and what I’m telling all beginning golfers out there: the clubs don’t really matter so much when you’re just starting out. You need to focus on your swing and getting your golf swing mechanics in order.
With that said, you shouldn’t just forget about the clubs altogether. So what we did is asked our panel of experts to research and review some of the best golf clubs available for beginners.
Golf is a pretty expensive sport, between the price of most clubs, golf balls, golf bags, rangefinders, greens fees, etc. That doesn’t mean that you have to spend thousands when you’re just beginning though. So in consideration of value for your money, we chose the best golf clubs for beginners below.
This bag is a fairly complete set of Callaway Strata clubs priced for the beginner, and designed with the beginning golfer in mind. The price isn’t too bad, and the set comes with everything you need, including a driver and 3 wood, as well as 5 irons, including a pitching wedge. The mallet-style putter gives good accuracy, and the set includes a hybrid for those longer iron shots, offering forgiveness for longer shots where a long iron is hard to keep on the fairway, or when you need precise control for a solid lay-up shot.
Distance is about average, while spin is reduced for better control, and the woods have enlarged sweet spots to make them very forgiving. The Strata golf set is an amazing value for the price right now.
This set from Wilson comes with driver, 3 wood, and 4 hybrid, irons from 5 to pitching wedge, and putter. For a low price, you have enough to get you out on the course confidently, while practicing your swing and perfecting the art of keeping your head down. These are quality clubs with a long iron included for long fairway shots.
The biggest complaint against these clubs comes not from how they play, but the manufacturers choice of color. The faded-looking yellow doesn’t compliment the tastes of most people, but the bag is functional and the set provides a good combination of performance and price for the beginning golfer.
A best value bag from Callaway, with many of the same clubs and qualities of the Strata set mentioned earlier. For only a little extra money, you get a full set of 16 clubs, including an extra hybrid to have a selection on the fairway, depending on how far you need to send the ball. The set also includes a sand wedge, which most beginner bags leave out and force you to source on your own.
For the price, this is a set that’s tough to beat. Definitely the best-value on this list. This set comes with everything to need to perform on the course until improving to the point where you can justify spending more money on a high dollar set.
Starting with the low center of gravity putter, and all the way through 3 irons and a pitching wedge, to the 24 degree hybrid, and the big dog, this set contains the bare essentials for a new golfer on a budget.
It reminds me a lot of my first set of clubs, which I always said played better than I did at the time. When it comes to golf, a new player with a ten-thousand dollar set of custom clubs is going play just as well as they would with a cheap set.
Learning technique and tempo is the goal, and these clubs will keep more money in your pocket for green fees, instead of tied up in shiny golf clubs that you can’t use effectively, or even at all because you spent all of your money on fancy clubs.
Ping makes quality clubs for everyone, including this set for younger golfers wanting to get started. Depending on the target age of the golfer, each set comes with a different number of clubs to keep your little golfing buddy ready to play against you on the course.
This is the perfect set for kids, so if Jr. wants to follow you to your scramble, he can play too. Just don’t be surprised if his ball control is better than your own.
The putter is pretty standard looking, and the set comes with a variety of clubs including at least one wood, and iron, and a hybrid. Sets for older age ranges cost a little more, and include more clubs.