What are the Best Golf Clubs for Beginners in 2018?
Let's face it:
Golf is not the most welcoming or beginner-friendly sport.
It requires a lot of fine-tuning and experimenting with various golf equipment such as clubs, golf balls and more.
However, the transition into the sport can be simplified with simple language and clear recommendations for the few clubs that give you the best probability to enjoy the journey.
We compare and review the five best golf club options for beginners on the market right now and how to choose among them.
Let's dive in.
Our Roundup Selection
Editors Choice: Callaway Men's Strata Complete Golf Club Set
Callaway Strata is a complete set, coming for both right and left-handers. Note that the club set for right-handers is a bit more expensive. The driver is perfect for of the tee shots, having an oversized face, perfect for beginners.
The fairway wood also offers more forgiveness. It is designed to achieve long distance shots, which it does reach, thanks to the aerodynamic design. The set also includes hybrids, which are often a beginner-friendy alternative to difficult-to-handle irons.
Irons are stainless steel, ranging from six to nine inches. We did love the Strata putter, due to its simple design, robustness and comfortable grip. The set comes with the standing bag, quality designed and made.
Overal, this is a high-quality set.
The cost is more than fair because the clubs will, without a doubt, serve you over an extended period. Clubs are lightweight, perfect for beginners, with focus on adding distance to your game.
The driver could have been a bit heavier and stronger. Also, the putter should have been a bit longer (shaft), so that it would fit taller people. But other than these small issues, this set contains the best golf clubs for beginners, at least on our list.
- truly value for money
- set contains versatile clubs
- highly quality design, very durable
- lightweight and forgiving
- excellent carrying bag
- the putter should have been longer
- the driver could have been a bit stronger
Best Value: Wilson Golf Men's Complete Set
Wilson’s golf clubs set comes for right or left-handers, designed to improve the golfing experience and add distance to your game. The set’s most potent “weapon” is the 460 cc titanium driver.
This driver features hot face and utilizes very low center of gravity. As such, it is used to hit the golf ball off the tee.
You also receive the comfortable, lightweight irons, made specifically for beginners.
They are very forgiving and comfortable to use. You also receive an alignment putter, which is lightweight and ergonomically designed, having Paddle Grip, one that will enhance the speed and add distance to your game.
You also receive the standing bag, neatly designed and spacious, allowing you to transfer and carry all your clubs in one place. The driver you receive is fairway wood, and the irons range from 6 to 9 inches. Note that you’ll also receive head covers for each of these clubs.
The disadvantage of this set is the that the clubs aren’t that durable. On the other hand, it is quite inexpensive, which is always a good thing for people who want to try the golf.
- complete set, clubs designed to add distance
- inexpensive compared to others on the list
- lightweight and self-standing carrying bag
- excellent paddle grip mallet and 460 cc titanium driver
- not the most durable clubs
- the driver could have been a bit longer
Best Value: Wilson Ultra Women's Golf Set
Wilson Ultra Women’s Golf Set is available for right and left-handers, with the option to select gray/mint or citron/plum color variations.
The set includes driver made of steel and graphite, fairway wood (also graphite and steel), hybrid shaft, irons (6-9 inches) and a steel mallet.
All the clubs come with covers, in a quality carrying bag. This is an amazing, cost-effective ladies set. The driver is quality made, featuring oversized face, and is as such fit for beginners. Irons are solid and durable, coming in 6 7 8 and 9 inches. The putter is very simple, fit for beginners.
While the clubs are versatile and beginner friendly, the carrying bag isn’t that great. It looks great but isn’t very practical, and you’ll have problems with carrying it across the golf course.
As other beginner clubs, these clubs are designed to add distance to your game and are very successful at it.
The clubs are durable, lightweight and very comfortable to use.
They come in standard size and will fit most players. The only complaints we have are related to the bag, not the clubs. The bag however is poorly designed, awkward to carry and lacks supportive legs.
- value for money
- full set, lightweight, and durable clubs
- clubs are comfortable to use, emphasizing distance
- we commend the simplicity and comfort of the mallet putter
- the bag lacks supportive lags
- the bag is difficult and awkward to carry
Best Seller: Confidence Mens Golf Set
Confidence Power golf set features 6-9 inches long irons with steel shaft, composite wood (also with steel shaft), fitted putter (also with steel shaft), and a fantastic carrying bag with standing legs. This set is the most inexpensive product on our list.
This set is a popular option for beginner golfers, due to its price and simple design. The driver is solid, featuring 24-degree wood. It is perfect for beginners, and certainly a great alternative to long irons, which beginners often find very hard to use.
The irons are fit for all mid-range shots. The irons are very forgiving and lightweight, solid option for beginners who seek comfort and range. Irons are steel shafted and come in standard beginner sizes (6, 7, 8 and 9 inches). Putter also features steel shaft, lightweight and classic design.
The bad news is that the set is only made for right-handers, which is quite a shame. The clubs aren’t the most durable ones, which is understandable when you consider the costs. Also, the grip is somewhat too thin, in the sense that it might be slightly uncomfortable for people with big hands.
With all that said, this is a valuable option for true golf beginners, inexpensive and lightweight.
- the most inexpensive product on the list
- quality carrying bag
- fit for true golf beginners (those who never played it)
- irons feature oversized face, offering more forgiveness
- the mallet is lightweight and comfortable to use
- not the most durable set
- made for right-handed people only
Worthy Competitor: Precise M5 Ladies Complete Golf Set
Precise M5 Ladies Complete Golf Set is highly compatible. Set is available for left and right-handed people, with the option to select +1 size, which is excellent news for taller people.
The set includes extra durable titanium driver, wood club (fairway), hybrid club, irons (5 different sizes), forgiving putter and a standing bag. We unmistakably love the 460 cc driver, which is highly durable but also very light.
The irons and wood are stainless steel made, also light. Shafts are all graphite, compatible with all clubs. The carrying bag is spacious and comes with headcovers. The bag is also very comfortable to use (you can carry it on your back).
The good news is that the clubs come in 3 different sizes, allowing you to pick the clubs that are fit for your proportions (5.3 or below, 5.3 to 5.8 and 5.8 or more). The downside of these clubs is that they are the most expensive on our list.
Also, the putter should feature a more simple design, one that would fit beginners. This doesn’t mean that the beginners will have a hard time using it.
Other than these two small issues, the set is excellent for women who are interested in golf.
- shafts are all graphite, light and durable
- the set is complete, with the option to order three different sizes
- forgiving and stainless steel irons
- 460 cc driver emphasizes distance
- the most expensive product on the list
- the putter should have featured a simpler design
In this segment, we will address some of the critical issues regarding the beginner golf clubs. Apart from explaining the reasons behind our picks, we will also state which features golf clubs for beginners should have (and why they should have them).
On Beginner Golf Clubs
The products we reviewed are complete golf sets for beginners, each containing these clubs:
- Drivers: drivers are used for long range, off the tee shots. They are an integral part of every golfer's equipment.
- Woods/Irons: woods and irons are used for making mid and low range shots. The products we reviewed deliver various irons (6-9 inches long). Different iron sizes are used to make different types of shots.
- Putters: putters are by far the most used type of golf clubs. It is also the club that is easiest to master (read and watch more about putting here). They are known for having a flat and large face, making it very easy to hit the ball.
- There are also the wedges and hybrids, but they are less important to beginners.
Why Set, Why Not One Golf Club?
Technically, you can play the golf with only one club.
No rules are saying that you have to play with X amount of different clubs. However, different types golf clubs exist for various reasons.
As soon as you begin playing golf, you will notice that making a successful a 100 yard shot with a putter is physically impossible. Or, you will see that you can make a precise, short-range shot on the green is hard to achieve with a driver.
Technically speaking, you could play with irons or woods only, but the results would probably discourage you.
More importantly, golf sets, such as those presented on our list, are explicitly made for beginners. Every golf set we showed here is fit for beginners, meaning those who never played golf or have minimal experience playing it.
Furthermore, the sets are quite inexpensive, because you do receive a complete set. If you were to buy all the clubs individually, it would cost you a lot more than buying a simple, beginner's set.
In short, purchasing a complete set will save you money in the long run (you won't have to rent or look for individual clubs), and more importantly, it will give you the full golfer's experience.
Related: If you are looking especially for starting clubs for female players, see our selection of the best golf clubs for women.
On Technical Issues
Here is a list of some of some of the things you should know about regarding the beginner golf clubs.
There is not a lot to be said about this. In short, all golf clubs, whether they are driver, iron or others, feature hitting face, a part that is in contact with ball upon impact.
Make sure that you order the one that fits you. Also, note that the Confidence Mens Golf Set comes for right-handed people only.
Over Sized Face
Most drivers on our list feature an oversized face.
Though the oversized face does limit the player's maneuverability and control, they help beginners hit the ball.
Though it seems easy when you watch it on TV or when you watch other people do it, hitting the ball isn't the easiest thing in the world.
Thus the manufacturers develop drivers explicitly for beginners, the ones that feature oversized face, for it helps the beginners hit the ball.
Why do beginner golf clubs emphasize distance?
Beginners struggle not only with hitting the ball, but also with sending that ball far and high.
Drivers for beginners are often lightweight and help the players hit the ball at the optimal angle to achieve maximum distance (also known as loft; read this article).
Golf shafts are either graphite or steel.
Generally speaking, graphite shafts are more expensive than the steel shafts. They are lighter than the steel shafts, and the overall material is more complex and of higher quality. Steel shafts, on the other hand, are heavier, durable and less expensive.
They are more durable than the graphite shafts, but the difference in durability isn't substantial. In essence, graphite shaft is lighter and allow players to achieve higher swing speed, which in turn affects the distance they achieve.
So, it would be best that the driver and wood clubs utilize graphite shafts to maximize swing speed (read more about their difference here).
Though there is a lot more to be said about the golf clubs for beginners, our value sections should give a solid understanding of the subject.
Also, we would like to say a few more words about the winner of our list, which is the Callaway Men’s Strata Complete Golf Club Set. All the clubs that come with this set are fit for beginners, are quality made, forgiving and durable.
The driver features and the three wood clubs feature graphite shafts, which will undoubtedly help add distance to your game. Though we didn’t discuss it, the set also features useful and versatile hybrid club, acting as a perfect replacement for iron.
The set includes a total of 12 pieces of equipment and comes with a portable and light carrying bag. All in all, it is the best all-around set on the list, not the most expensive nor cheapest, durable and versatile, with multiple clubs and neatly designed bag.
If you are new to golf, we suggest going with this set. Then again, if you disagree with our statement, follow your gut and obtain the clubs that will fit you and your game.
Be patient when you seek for golf clubs, and when you play the game because it will pay for itself in the long run.