Best Golf Clubs For Beginners in 2019 – Tested & Reviewed

Best Golf Clubs For Beginners

Today we are taking a look at the best golf set for beginners. We will also look at the best golf clubs for beginner ladies, and, most importantly, the best sets for you.

As an avid golfer myself, I’m always interested in finding the best equipment I can get for the best price. That’s what we’ve done here today. A list of ten club sets that will be good for golfers just getting started in this great game of ours.

In addition to highlighting a bunch of awesome deals, we also will be taking a look at some buying considerations that will hopefully help make your decision very simple.

So, with all of that in mind, read on to find the Best Golf Clubs For Beginners!

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Best Golf Clubs For Beginners – Reviews

1. Callaway Men’s Strata Complete Golf Set (12 Piece)

  • A comprehensive set of twelve clubs
  • A putter that comes from a world-famous manufacturer
  • High-quality driver that will be a good fit for beginners
  • The inclusion of a hybrid that will help with long iron shots
  • A good, sturdy bag for carrying your clubs

The Good

We love the brand recognition factor. Callaway makes good clubs that you can count on—especially in the department of drivers and putters.
We loved the price—it’s an affordable set that gives you a quality configuration for a price that most will be able to afford.

Not So Good

Unfortunately, this set features only five irons, as opposed to the nine that a standard set will include.





Overview

If you are looking for quality golf clubs, you could do a whole lot worse than to shop from Callaway. One of my favorite things about this set is that it comes with an Odyssey putter. If you are new to golf, that may not mean so much to you, but it’s actually a pretty big deal. Callaway makes some of the best putters in the game, under the name Odyssey. As a result, these putters are some of the most well-known in the game.

To put this in perspective for you, the putter Happy Gilmore uses is an Odyssey (though to be fair, none of their clubs actually look like hockey sticks).

Granted, every player looks for something a little bit different out of their putters, but regardless, it’s still nice to see a quality brand included in this set.

I was also impressed with the inclusion of a five hybrid in the bag. Hybrids are clubs that are designed to take the place of harder to hit long irons. You’ll see lots of three or even four hybrids, but the five hybrids are a little bit less common. The inclusion of one here will be a big benefit to players who are just starting out.

The set also comes with a good sturdy bag that will make it safe and easy to transport your clubs, all for an affordable price that you just can’t beat in the world of golf.

The big con is that this is an incomplete set. It’s missing a three and four iron/hybrid, as well as high lofted wedges (sand wedge, lob wedge, etc.). Unfortunately, this means that you will need to buy additional clubs to make this set work.

It’s not ideal, but for the price and overall quality, it’s an issue many will be able to forgive.

2. Callaway Men’s Strata Ultimate Complete Golf Set

  • A comprehensive 18-piece set that gives you everything you need
  • The inclusion of an awesome putter that most people will like
  • A set configuration that is optimized for beginner golfers
  • Flexible shafts that will help to maximize the distance factor of your clubs
  • An affordable price tag

The Good

We really like how comprehensive this package was. You get a complete set of high-quality clubs that will give you everything you could possibly need to head straight to the first tee.

Not So Good

We didn’t love the way that the hybrids performed, serving more like fairway woods than irons.



Overview

The Callaway Strata Ultimate is virtually identical to the last set that we looked at. In fact, it is the same package, but with the inclusion of a few extra clubs that will give you everything you need to play an entire round of golf.

The extra clubs include a four hybrid, and a sand wedge, giving you a total of twelve clubs in the bag. This is actually two clubs less than the fourteen clubs that are permitted by the rules of golf, so you can add additional sticks if you are interested.

Everything else is the same. You get the putter that I loved from the last set and overall, a full configuration of high performing clubs. The shafts are all flexible enough to help you hit the ball long and far even with slower swing speeds.

Meanwhile, the four and five hybrids are made to be as easy to hit as possible—which is true. However, I did have a small problem with how the hybrids perform. I found that the amount of distance they produce is more in line with that of a fairway wood than it is an iron.

Usually, hitting the ball a long way is not a bad thing, but in this case, it creates an unnatural gap in your bag, making it harder to decide which club to use for longer shots.

3. Wilson Men’s Ultra Complete Golf Set

  • Features an affordable price that is hard to beat
  • The set is made for beginners and includes an easy to hit 4 hybrid
  • The bag is also made to be lightweight and comfortable
  • The driver is as easy to hit as possible

The Good

We loved how affordable this easy to hit, beginner friendly set is. If you are shopping on a budget, you’ll find lots to love about this set.

Not So Good

We did not love how many clubs this set excludes. To make good use of the Ultra Complete you will need to buy lots of additional equipment.

Overview

Wilson has been making affordable golf equipment for decades. They used to make lots of stuff at the pro level as well, but these days most of their attention goes into producing good golf clubs for beginners.

The Ultra is an example of these efforts. The clubs themselves are all made to be easy to hit. On the irons, you have oversized faces with large sweets spots and flexible shafts that will be able to produce consistent distance and ball flight from your shots.

The driver is also going to be really simple and straightforward for new players. An oversized 460cc head and a big sweet spot ensure that you will be able to get lots of yardage off the tea.

And of course, you also get hybrids instead of long irons, a feature that I always like to see in sets made for beginners.

The big issue here is a common one when it comes to beginner sets: not enough clubs. In this case, you get just nine—five short of what conventional wisdom indicates you should be using.

Without those five clubs, there are lots of shots you just won’t be able to hit on the golf course. Granted, the very reasonable price tag featured on this set might make that issue more palatable, giving you room in your budget to buy the additional clubs separately. Still, it’s always a lot simpler to get everything you need right out of the box.

4. Pinemeadow PRE Men’s 16-Piece Complete Golf Set

  • An affordable price on a comprehensive set
  • A good utter designed for beginner golfers
  • A bag that is made to be as comfortable to carry as possible.
  • An easy to hit a driver that will suit newer swings

The Good

We really liked how much you get for your money. The affordable price tag buys you a nearly complete set of clubs, putting you in the position to play a full round without encountering frustrating gaps.

Not So Good

Unfortunately, the technology at work in these Pinemeadow clubs is not as sophisticated as that of other, name-brand developers.


Overview

If you want to spend a little bit but get a lot, the Pinemeadow is definitely the way to go here. Though not a name brand manufacturer, they have put together a good reliable set of clubs that will allow you to hit any shot from tee to green.

I was particularly drawn to the putter which features a large mallet sized head that is designed to help amateurs line up their putts and produce a steady, easily replicated stroke time after time.

I was also glad to see the inclusion of at least one hybrid. Rather than saddling you with a traditional three iron, you get an easy to hit rescue club that will suit people that don’t have much experience.

It was, however, pretty clear that the tech at work in these clubs isn’t quite as sophisticated as that of bigger manufacturers. You feel it mostly in the mishits. Bigger manufacturers have really nailed clubface technology, to the point where it barely matters where you strike the ball on beginner clubs.

Such is not the case with this set. If you’re not striping it consistently, you will notice a very erratic shot pattern. It’s still a good package for beginner golfers on a budget, but you may struggle a little bit more than you would with other clubs. ON the plus side, it gives you the incentive to stripe it right in the middle of the clubface!

5. Callaway Women’s Strata Ultimate Complete Golf Set

  • Shafts specifically designed for women golfers
  • High-end Callaway technology that dwarves that of off-brand models
  • A great putter that will be good for beginner players
  • Hybrids that eliminate hard to hit long irons

The Good

We really liked the easy to hit long iron configuration, as well as the overall quality of the technology that is at work in the woods.

Not So Good

We weren’t so crazy about the consistency of the hybrids.



Overview

Now it’s the ladies turn to enjoy some quality equipment. If you read my other Strata reviews, you pretty much know what you are getting here. If not, let’s refresh on the features.

The Strata complete set features two hybrids that are taking the place of the four and five irons. These clubs will make the set much easier to use for beginner golfers.

You then get the standard six, seven, eight, nine iron, as well as a pitching and sand wedge. The set also comes with a driver, three wood, and quality putter.

Basically, it features everything you could want from a set, including the technology you just don’t find from the off-brand sets. Titanium heads on the woods that produce lots of distance, and high-end shafts that produce the perfect weight/flex balance that most women golfers will benefit from.

Finally, the bag was lightweight and ergonomic, made to be easy to carry even during long eighteen-hole rounds. All great stuff for buyers who are looking for a quality set of clubs to get started in the world of golf.

The only downside is the same complaint I noticed on the men’s Stata set. The hybrids produce distances more similar to a high fairway wood than a long iron. This certainly isn’t a deal-breaking con, but it does make distance control a little bit challenging.

The set is also a little bit pricey, which is something budget buyers will want to be mindful of.

6. Confidence Golf Power V3 Mens Golf Clubs Set & Stand Bag

  • An extremely affordable set of clubs for buyers that need a good deal
  • A comfortable, easy to haul bag
  • Large sweet spots on every club in the entire bag
  • The inclusion of a hybrid

The Good

I really liked how affordable and forgiving this set is. It’s perfect for buyers that are on the fence about whether or not golf will turn into a serious hobby or not.

Not So Good

Unfortunately, this is a bare bone set, that doesn’t include any long irons or fairway woods at all.


Overview

I should put it right out on front street that this isn’t a name brand manufacturer. I don’t usually love that in the world of golf clubs but the price does incentivize buyers to overlook the obscurity of the company in order to get a good deal.

For what it’s worth, the clubs perform quite well given their price. Oversized club faces and a deep cavity back design ensure that you will get the best results possible even out of a not so good swing.

It was also nice to see that they opted for a five hybrid instead of the usual five iron. This inclusion will make the set very manageable for people who are truly taking their first wings.
Unfortunately, you don’t get much in the way of long irons. No three, or four irons to help you out when you are a long ways away from the hole. As a result, playing a full round at a traditional par 72 course will be virtually impossible with this set.

You can fill the bag out by purchasing additional hybrids, fairway woods, etc, but for the most part, it will do best at the driving range, or at a pitch and putt par three courses. Just be aware of the fact that this is a set that won’t serve most players well for longer than their first season.

Also, bear in mind that you aren’t getting critical wedges with this set either. It does come with a pitching wedge, but you can’t do very much with that club around the green, and especially not in a sand bunker.

7. Wilson Men’s Ultra Complete Package Golf Set, Standard (Prior-Generation)

  • A full set of clubs that give you (almost) everything you could possibly need
  • A very comfortable bag that will be easy to use even when you’re walking
  • A solid hybrid putter that provides players the best of both worlds.
  • Hybrids that eliminate the need to worry about hard to hit long irons

The Good

We really liked the beginner-friendly configuration featuring hybrids, a solid putter for beginners, and an overall comprehensive package that gives you nearly everything you could need to play a successful round of golf.

Not So Good

The shaft and grip components of these clubs are on the cheaper side. The grips will likely need to be replaced at the close of the season (many serious players do this no matter what anyway), and the shafts simply might not be quite as consistent as many appreciate.

Overview

The Wilson set we have here is much like the last that we looked at, with every small detail optimized for beginner players. This is witnessed mostly in the clubfaces. The irons are oversized with a big emphasis on their sizable sweet spot.

The driver and woods are similarly crafted, a 460cc head on the big dog helping beginners get precious yards off their tee shots.

I also really loved the putter. It’s in the hybrid style, here meaning that it combines the look of a traditional putter with the weighting and stability of a mallet. In this sense, you get the best of both worlds—a forgiving design as well as an aesthetic that will be pleasing to the eye.
Of course, there is also the regular sort of hybrids replacing the long irons.

The only thing that made me feel a little bit iffy about the clubs was the grips and shafts. Granted, these are component s of the club that beginners don’t usually worry so much about but they are on the cheaper side in this case.

The grips are just uncomfortable, and cheap, feeling as though they might peel or crack in a short time. The shafts, meanwhile, demonstrate an inconsistent flex point, which will mostly impact your trajectory. You’ll see some shots unexpectedly balloon up, which may prevent you from finding the green.

8. Precise M3 Men’s Complete Golf Clubs Package Set

  • An affordable price that keeps it competitive with our budget picks
  • A comfortable lightweight bag that is easy to carry
  • Oversized sweet spots that make the clubs as user-friendly as possible
  • A hybrid design on the putter that makes it easy to align putts

The Good

I was most partial to the affordable price tag on all and all very decent set of clubs.

Not So Good

Unfortunately, the set leaves out several important clubs which will make it very hard to use on the course.

Overview

Second to last, we look at the Precise set. The basic bones of the set here are pretty good. I’m seeing most of the important staples of a beginner golf set. The oversized club faces are what really makes the clubs work well for beginner players.

It’s your standard entry-level design theme-large sweet spots a deep cavity, and a generous offset—all factors that help you get the ball up in the air.

The one problem I have with the design theme is that it looks more like a beginner set from fifteen years ago than one from today. That’s not to say that the technical construction is outdated—more the configuration.

The concept is more focused on sweet spots than on other innovations that have cropped up in the last years. There is one hybrid, but also two long irons to contend with.

There also aren’t any wedges which meant that you will need to make several additional purchases to get the most out of this set.

9. Wilson Men’s Profile XD Complete Golf Set with Bag

  • Everything you need is included in the set including a sand wedge
  • Great putter for players of every skill level
  • Comfortable bag for players that like to walk
  • Generous sweet spots throughout the bag

The Good

I really loved how comprehensive this set is. It even features a sand wedge, so you don’t technically need to buy anything extra at all.

Not So Good

This set is a little bit pricier than some of the other options on our list.


Overview

We end things on a truly high note. The Wilson Profile XD complete is a total package option that includes everything from the driver all the way down to the sand wedge.

The golf clubs feature oversized faces and large sweet spots that will make them easy for beginners to use. It also comes with a hybrid subbing out for the four iron, a fairway wood, and a great putter that makes good use of a truly classic design.

It’s in the fashion of the standard blade style, which has been perhaps the most cherished design concept in circulation since the nineties.

The clubs even feature an emphasis on aerodynamics, a factor that you don’t often see in beginner sets. The sleek design at work all throughout the bag is made to increase swing speeds, giving you a little bit more distance with each swing.

Buyers on a budget will want to be mindful of the fact that this is costlier than many of the other options on our list today. Granted, you also get a little bit more than many of the other sets featured. Still, the general sticker price might be intimidating for some buyers.

What To Look For When Buying A golf clubs

Now, here are some buying considerations that should help make this purchase a little bit easier.

Pay Attention to What They Are Giving You

Choose golf club for Beginners

Pretty much all sets say they are complete, but it just isn’t true. A complete golf bag requires fourteen clubs. Anything less than that is not complete.

A common amateur mistake is to assume that since you’re a beginner and you hardly know what to do with one club, let alone fourteen, smaller sets are actually ideal.

Not so. Overwhelming as the immense amount of equipment golf requires may be, the truth of the matter is that swinging one club isn’t all that much different than swinging another. But, unless you have a full set, your bag won’t be good for much more than just hitting balls at the range.

Your average (in)complete set might feature all the irons, a pitching wedge, a driver, a wood, and a putter. Twelve clubs in total, plus the bag.

Not a bad start, but this configuration leaves out some critical equipment. Namely, a sand wedge, and possibly some additional fairway woods.

It’s impossible to say exactly what clubs you are missing out on when you buy a partial set because everyone puts their bag together a little bit differently.

However, one thing that is true? When you get an incomplete bag, you will find yourself with lots of half swings or three-quarter shots to contend with on the course. Feel shots that even the pros try to avoid whenever possible.

Bottom line? The more clubs that you have at your disposal, the better off you will be.
On the flip side, this isn’t all to say that incomplete sets are bad. As a matter of fact, for some buyers, they will serve as an opportunity for you to pick out a couple of additional clubs on your own.

Just know that if you buy a twelve-club set, your job isn’t quite done yet.

Name Brand Does Actually Matter

Off-brand clubs are not all bad, but you roll the dice when you go this route. Unfortunately, in the pre-packaged set niche, off-brand is more common than it is anywhere else in the world of golf.

The reason it matters is pretty simple bigger companies have way more money to spend on technology and development. To put this in perspective, the company Ping now has computers that test and design their clubs.

Now, AI equipment hasn’t quite penetrated into the budget/prepackaged set niche yet, but you see where I’m coming from here. You don’t get that level of technology from off-brand companies, putting you at a significant disadvantage to the people who do have it.

Granted, even the worst club made today is probably significantly better than the best club that was being made thirty years ago. We’re in something of a renaissance when it comes to golf club technology.

However, you do put yourself in a slightly better position when you buy from a company like Callaway—people who’ve spent decades making awesome equipment for players of every skill level.

You Need to Pay Extra Close Attention to the Specifications

One of the downsides to buying out of a box is that you don’t’ bet to experience the equipment the same way you do when you buy ala carte.

Traditionally golf shops allow you to test out their irons, drivers, etc. on a simulator, or, in certain cases, the range or course.

Not so in the case of pre-boxed sets. Since the clubs are already nicely packaged, you usually don’t get to test them out until after you’ve already purchased them. As a result, you need to pay particularly close attention to the advertised specifications. Are these clubs made for women? Seniors? Children? Beginners?

What about the shafts? Steel or graphite? Flexible or stiff?

Without testing a club out, you’re going into the process blind. However, there are some general rules of thumb you can use to help make an informed decision. Players with fast swing speeds benefit from clubs that are stiffer, and usually a little bit heavier.

For them, clubs with an S-flex and steel shafts will be beneficial (with the exception of woods, which always use graphite).

Slower swing speeds will benefit from lighter clubs and more flexible shafts.

It can be difficult to gauge which category you fall into but there are resources that can be of use. If you have a teaching professional, ask them. Chances are that most beginners will benefit from flexible shafts, but until you ask, you never know.

If you don’t have a pro, you can still evaluate your swing speed by going to a golf store. If they have a launch monitor they will be able to evaluate their swing speeds and recommend a shaft flex.

You Might Want to Buy Your Putter Separately

The relationship between player and putter is intimate and finicky. It’s not so much that any single putter is better than another. Market quality putters all have their own unique set of pros and cons. It’s not a one size fits all affair that boxed sets make it out to be.

Putters are, in fact, all a matter of feel. Do you like the way the putter looks at address? The way the ball sounds and feels coming off the face? If not, you’re inviting unnecessary issues into your game right off the bat.

Though the set that you buy will probably feature a putter, it may be to your benefit to trading it in for something you picked out by hand.

You can find good putters for under $100, and it will be helpful to head to the greens with a piece of equipment that you are confident in.

Price
Assembling a golf bag from scratch with all new equipment can cost roughly $3000. Significantly more than that if you are buying top shelf stuff.

The big selling point of the complete set is that they will often cost one-tenth of that amount of money. Even with that said, there will be some variation in cost.

As you may have found from our product list above, the price can vary by a matter of several hundred dollars. On the one hand, more money usually buys you more clubs and the always important brand name recognition.

On the other hand, it also can be a big investment for new players who aren’t quite sure what their relationship with the game of golf will be in several years.

If you’re still on the fence about the game of golf, it’s not a terrible idea to buy a cheaper set and then upgrade in a year or so when you are thoroughly hooked on the game.

You can even trade your old clubs in so that you have more money for your next purchase.

FAQ

Do golf sets come with balls, gloves, tees, etc?

The things included with golf sets will vary from product to product. That said, as a general rule of thumb, most sets are strictly limited to the clubs and the bag.

Can women use men’s clubs or vice versa?


In certain cases, men can use women’s clubs or vice versa. The designation of “men’s” or “women’s” refer to the weight of the club and flexibility of the shafts.

How long will I be able to use my beginner golf set?

How long you can use your beginner set will depend on the progress of your game. It could be a matter of months or even years. The better you get and the faster you swing, the sooner you will need to upgrade.

Conclusion

At the end of the day, the best golf set for beginners is all in the eye of the beholder. For example, if you want the very best product you can get for your money, you may favor the Callaway Strata Ultimate Complete Set.

With the Strata, you get a reasonable price on a full set of clubs from a manufacturer that makes some of the best equipment in the game.

On the other hand, if you are trying to save a little bit of money on your purchase, there are also other options to keep in mind. For example, the Confidence Golf Power V3 is a great way to get good clubs for an affordable price.

Of course, with the guide provided above, you should have no trouble at all finding clubs that get you started the right way.

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