What are the Best Golf Clubs for Women in 2017?
If you thought that women's golf clubs were just regular clubs done in various shades of pink, think again! These golf clubs are designed with the requirements of the average female golfer in mind. Let's take a look at some of the best womens golf clubs in 2017 and also examine why you may need one of these (or not) as a female golfer. Our shortlist of top clubs for women golfers include:
What are Women's Golf ClubsIn the past, manufacturers didn't have exclusive clubs for women, mainly because there were very few female golfers. But all that changed with the rising number of women taking up the sport in the last few decades. Initially, the so-called "women's clubs" were nothing more than men's clubs rebadged with a splash of pink or pastel colors thrown into the design! But thankfully, that has changed in recent years, and clubs are intended for female golfers keeping in mind their physique and physical capabilities. Women's golf clubs are based on the same technology as men's clubs, but are different in the following aspects: Shaft Length: Since women are shorter than men on average, the shaft length of all women's clubs are reduced at least by an inch. For example, if a standard 5-iron is 37.75 inches long, the female variant is kept at 36.75inches. The shafts for women are designed bearing in mind an average height of 5'6"- 5'7", while for men the height is maintained at around 5'9" -5'10". In some instances, even regular clubs are designed with shorter shafts, like the Nike CPR golf clubs, and they might be suitable for both men and women of similar height. Shaft Flex: Women golfers tend to have slower swing speeds in golf, pretty much the same way serve speeds are lower in ladies tennis when compared to their male counterparts. To offset this, the shafts of women's golf clubs are designed to have higher amounts of flex. This is done by replacing steel/metals with the more flexible graphite. And since beginner golfers require maximum flex for assistance in swing speeds, the best women's golf clubs for beginners will tend to have oodles of suppleness in shaft flex. Club Weight: To make it easier for female golfers to wield their clubs, they are designed to be lighter than regular golf clubs. In the case of irons, the clubheads are made heavier, but the overall weight of the club is still kept on the lower side with shorter and softer shafts to ensure maximum control on shots. The Cobra S9 Women's Irons, with their lightweight graphite shafts, comes to mind. Loft Angle: Higher lofts on a club will ensure that shots will climb higher into the air. Women's drivers and woods are given higher loft angles to help lady golfers get the ball high into the air from the tee or the fairway. Grips: Shorter and thinner grips are the logical choice here because women tend to have smaller hands than men. The grips on ladies clubs are also very easily distinguishable thanks to the softer, pastel colors used. YouTube is an excellent online resource for information regarding all things golf. Here is a short informative video on the features to look for in women's golf clubs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DBgTQ1GFfUY
Misconceptions About Gender and Golf ClubsThere are no hard and fast rules regarding the use of clubs based on their categorization. Just because you are a woman doesn't mean that you have to use women's clubs, and the same applies to men as well. Many men use women's grade or senior grade clubs purely because those clubs suit them. The important thing is to choose a club that suits your physique, fitness levels, swing style and overall play style. Many female golfers on the Pro circuit use regular golf clubs. Michelle Wie, in particular, comes to mind.
Who Should Use Women's ClubsLet's invoke the example of Michelle Wie here. At 6 foot, she is taller than the average woman golfer and would obviously benefit from having a longer club. Besides that, since she is an incredibly gifted golfer blessed with high swing speed, she can prosper with a stiff flex instead of the softer ladies flex. The general rule of thumb here is: the taller you are (more than 5'6"), the less suitable women's clubs will be for you. If you fall squarely into the category of the average woman golfer (short, with slower swing speeds), women's club should suit you just fine.
Further Clarification Regarding Shaft FlexGolf club manufacturers have an established naming convention for flex levels used in golf clubs. These include Extra Stiff (X), Stiff (S), Regular (R), Senior (A), and finally Ladies (L) which is the softest grade. Simply having an L grade shaft doesn't make a club a woman's golf club. And conversely, just because you need a woman's club (with a short shaft and smaller grip) doesn't mean that the L grade shaft is the ideal choice for you. Some ladies might need a regular club with L grade shafts, while others need a shorter, woman's clubs with regular or even stiffer grade shafts. For this precise reason, it is imperative to get your clubs fitted out by a professional club fitter.
As a beginner, you don't need a complete set of all 14 clubs. We feel that the best thing to do is to buy a reasonably competent set of clubs that can get you through initial practice sessions.
You can always add the missing clubs as you advance in your training. With that in mind, this Callaway women's set, with a forgiving driver, 5-wood, a 5-hybrid, and a couple of short irons, a sand wedge, and a putter covers all the basics. You also get a bag, and a trio of headcovers for the driver, wood, and hybrid.
And should you feel the need for a full set, they also have that on offer.
What we like
- Forgiving drivers and woods with large clubheads.
- Ideal shaft length for shorter women golfers under 5’6″.
- Comes with an easier to hit 5-hybrid instead of a long iron.
- The bag has a lot of pockets and is of excellent quality.
What we dislike
- This is a starter set, so it’s not a good choice for more experienced mid-handicap players.
- Not suitable for taller women.
This is a full-fledged set of clubs for ladies looking to play full rounds on a course. Instead of a token starter set, you have a driver, a fairway wood, a 4-hybrid, a complete set of mid and short irons, a PW and a putter.
You also get a cart bag complete with strap for easy carrying. Though they have given the hard to hit long irons a miss, Wilson has kept the distance options alive with graphite shafted driver and fairway wood.
With the steel shafted irons, this full set might be ideal if you are looking to upgrade from a starter set.
What we like
- A full set, with all the clubs you might need, except the specialized wedges.
- Wilson provides a 4-hybrid instead of a long iron.
- The driver and 3-wood provide swing speed assistance with graphite shafts.
- The steel shafted irons with cavity backs are perfect for improving your stroke play from the fairway onto the greens.
What we dislike
- The bag has some minor design flaws, making it inconvenient to carry around the course.
- The lack of graphite shafts on irons may make this set unsuitable for players who struggle to get distance on fairway shots.
For complete beginners looking to get into golf in this day and age, game sets with hybrids come highly recommended by experts due to the relaxed nature of these clubs.
This set from Confidence Golf is aimed at beginners but comes entirely steel shafted. The 460cc driver has adequate forgiveness, while the 4-hybrid brings some extra distance game with easier strokeplay than long irons.
The set of cavity back irons is 6-PW with Steel shafts for added feedback and control. The hybrid semi-mallet style putter and a stand bag with auto pop legs complete the package.
What we like
- This is one of the most affordable sets for beginners.
- The higher lofted driver and hybrid over extra forgiveness and ball flight.
- The clubs are lightweight despite being steel shafted.
- The stand bag is great with very convenient legs.
What we dislike
- There are no graphite shafts, so this set may not be suitable for ladies who have trouble with their swing speeds.
- The clubheads have faux insert design attachments that may fall off eventually.
- The clubs are only suitable for high handicappers.
This is one of the more complete sets in our list, with everything from driver to wood, a hybrid, full set of irons and a putter.
The large 460cc is par for the package, and comes with graphite shafts, as does the matching 3-wood. The 24-degree hybrid with its generous loft and forgiveness will probably be the most used club in this set. The irons come steel shafted, 6-SW, which is nice in case you find yourself trapped in sand.
The package includes a very convenient stand bag, head covers and rain cover.
What we like
- The driver, wood and irons come with Ladies flex, which is great for beginners.
- This is a complete set, you don’t have to make any further purchases unless you feel the need for upgrades on individual clubs like the driver and putter.
- The shafts are ideal for shorter women under 5’5″.
- The deluxe stand bag will work with a golf cart as well.
What we dislike
- The irons come with steel shafts which might not be suitable for all beginner golfers.
For those lady golfers looking to graduate from a starter set, this set of clubs from Tour Edge looks like a promising option.
You get the option for either a 7 piece of full 10-piece set. The set includes a 460cc high lofted driver, a couple of low lofted fairway woods 3-5, high lofted 6 and 7-hybrids, and a set of short irons and pitching wedge, rounded off with an accurate mallet style putter.
The deluxe bag is quite roomy with a lot of pockets, though it misses out on a stand.
What we like
- The perimeter weighted driver is ideal for ladies looking to get maximum distance off the tee.
- The fairway woods have been equipped with stainless steel shafts, in Ladies flex, and provide excellent altitude and distance on the fairway.
- The mid-iron hybrids are an interesting choice, capable of boosting confidence on your mid game.
- The entire set is ideal for mid-handicap ladies looking for a set that improves their strokeplay and confidence without too much assistance.
What we dislike
- The steel shafted clubs may be unsuitable for women with lower swing speeds.
- The inclusion of woods instead of hybrids suggest that this set is aimed at more experienced players, and not beginners.
In our review of best women’s golf clubs, we have largely focused on complete women’s sets that aspire to be the most forgiving womens golf clubs in the market.
With a nice mix of graphite shafted long distance driver and wood, a hybrid and full set of steel shafted irons, the Wilson Ultra Ladies Set looks like a clear winner in our estimation.
The club set is exceedingly forgiving, and provides a great mix of clubs that can take care of almost every conceivable lie on the course. And the whole package is available at a very reasonable price point, making it a great choice for a beginner.