What are the Best Golf Clubs for Women in 2018?
Let’s face it:
Finding the right Golf equipment for women can be challenging,for some it’s even harder than finding the right shoes.
But if you thought that women’s golf clubs were just regular clubs done in various shades of pink, think again!
They are designed with the average female golfer in mind.
Let’s look at some of the best women’s golf clubs on the market right now and how to choose the right ones as a female golfer.
Our shortlist of top golf clubs for women golfers include:
Our Roundup Selection
Editor's Choice for the Best Golf Club Set for Women: Callaway Women's Strata Complete Golf Club Set
As a beginner, you don’t need a complete set of all 14 clubs.
The best thing to do is to buy a quality set of clubs that can get you through initial practice sessions and the first years of playing.
You can always add the missing clubs as you advance in your training. With that in mind, this Callaway women’s set contains:
- a forgiving driver, with low cg (center of gravity)
- a 5-wood,
- a 5-hybrid,
- multiple short irons,
- a sand wedge,
- a putter,
- a bag, and a trio of headcovers for the driver, wood, and hybrid.
The driver offers a forgiving face and a large club head. This way you more easily hit the golf ball straight on for longer shots, even when you just start practicing the sport.
The build quality of the set is very high.
Callaway is one of the leading golf club brands worldwide and the company uses advanced manufacturing technology to create this piece of equipment and you can tell.
Should you feel the need for a full set, they also have that on offer.
- Forgiving drivers and woods with large clubheads should allow you to hit long drives.
- 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 many pockets and provides excellent build quality.
- This is a starter set, so it’s not a good choice for more experienced mid-handicap players.
- Not ideal for taller women over 5’6″.
Best Value: Wilson Ultra Ladies Complete Golf Club Set
This is a full-fledged set of clubs for ladies looking to play full rounds on a course on a consistent basis.
Instead of a token starter set, it includes:
- a driver,
- a fairway wood,
- a 4-hybrid,
- a complete set of mid and short irons,
- a pitching wedge and
- a putter.
- You also get a cart bag complete with strap for easy carrying.
Though they have left out the hard to hit long irons, Wilson provides you distance with the 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.
- 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 support with graphite shafts.
- The steel shafted irons with cavity backs are perfect for improving your stroke play from the fairway onto the greens.
- 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.
Best Seller: Confidence Golf Lady Power Hybrid Club Set
For complete beginners looking to get into golf now, we recommend game sets with hybrids due to the easy playability of these clubs.
This set from Confidence Golf is for beginners but comes steel shafted. It contains:
- a driver,
- a 4-hybrid,
- set of cavity back irons is 6-PW with Steel shafts,
- semi-mallet style putter
- stand bag with auto pop legs
The 460cc driver has adequate forgiveness, while the 4-hybrid brings some extra distance game.
The hybrid semi-mallet style putter and a stand bag with auto pop legs complete the package.
- 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 excellent with very convenient legs.
- 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 at some point.
- The clubs are only suitable for high handicappers.
Worthy Competitor: New Deluxe Petite Ladies Complete Golf Package Set
This is one of the complete sets in our list, containing:
- a driver,
- a fairway wood,
- a hybrid,
- a full set of irons,
- 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 be the most used club in this set.
The irons come steel shafted, 6-SW, which is nice if you find yourself trapped in sand.
The package includes a very convenient stand bag, head covers and rain cover.
- 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.
- The irons come with steel shafts which might not be suitable for all beginner golfers.
Worthy Competitor: Tour Edge Complete Golf Club Set for Women
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 seven piece of full 16-piece set. The set includes a
- 460cc high lofted driver,
- multiple low lofted fairway woods (3-5),
- high lofted 6 and 7-hybrids,
- a set of short irons
- a pitching wedge,
- an accurate mallet style putter,
- a golf bag.
The deluxe bag is roomy with many pockets, though it misses out on a stand.
- The perimeter weighted driver is ideal for ladies looking to get most distance off the tee.
- The fairway woods have 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 help.
- The steel shafted clubs may be unsuitable for women with lower swing speeds.
- Including woods instead of hybrids suggest this set is aimed at more experienced players and not beginners.
Why do we need Women’s Clubs in the sport?
In the past, manufacturers didn’t offer exclusive clubs for women. The primary reason was that there were very few female golfers.
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. Today’s women’s clubs are designed for female golfers, remembering their physique and physical capabilities.
What are Women’s Golf Clubs?
Women’s golf clubs are based on the same technology as men’s clubs, but differ in these aspects:
Shaft Length: Since women are shorter than men on average, the shaft length of all women’s clubs is shorter by at least 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 for an average height of 5’6″- 5’7″, while for men the height is maintained at around 5’9″ -5’10”.
Sometimes, 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: Female golfers usually achieve slower swing speeds, due to less upper body strength.
To offset this, steel/metals shafts are changed for the more flexible graphite.
As a result, the shafts of women’s golf clubs have higher amounts of flex.
Club Weight: To make it easier for female golfers to control their clubs, they are often lighter than regular golf clubs.
With irons, the clubheads are made heavier, while the overall weight of the club is still kept on the lower side with shorter shafts. This ensures maximum control.
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, maximizing distance.
Grips: The grips are shorter and thinner, as women tend to have smaller hands than men.
The grips on ladies clubs are often distinct thanks to the softer, pastel colors used.
If you want to dive deeper into each feature, youtube is a great way to start. Here is a short informative video on the features to look for in women’s golf clubs:
Misconceptions About Gender and Golf Clubs
No hard and fast rules exist to determine which golf club someone can use (except for overall size for tournament clubs).
Just because you are a woman doesn’t mean you have to use women’s clubs, or vice versa.
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. A great example of this is Michelle Wie.
At 6 foot, she is taller than the average woman golfer and would benefit from having a longer club.
Besides that, since she is a gifted golfer blessed with high swing speed, she can prosper with a stiff flex instead of the softer ladies flex.
Who Should Use Women’s Clubs
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 into the category of the average woman golfer (shorter than 5’6″, with slower swing speeds), then women’s clubs most likely benefit you.
Further Clarification Regarding Shaft Flex
Golf 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
- Ladies (L) which is the softest grade.
Simply having an L grade shaft doesn’t make a club a woman’s golf club.
Likewise, 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 helpful to either try out multiple clubs to see which work best for you or to get your clubs fitted by a professional club fitter.
In our review of best women’s golf clubs, we have mostly focused on complete women’s sets that aim to be the most forgiving women’s golf clubs on 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 is our top recommendation for most female players.
The club set is forgiving and provides a great mix of clubs that can take care of almost every conceivable lie on the course.
The whole package is available at a very reasonable price point, making it a great choice for a beginner.
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