Best Cheap Golf Clubs – Best Budget Golf Clubs – Complete Guide

Best Cheap Golf Clubs – Best Budget Golf Clubs – Complete Guide

Cobra Bio Cell Golf Driver

The original Bio Cell was launched in 2014 and at the time it was a significant upgrade and priced accordingly.  It came with MyFly adjustable loft settings, SmartPad sole, and an E9 clubface, which are now standard on the current range of drivers.  The Bio Cell may have been pushed off the top spot for advanced-level drivers, but in terms of value for performance we think it’s still the best there is with superb accuracy, forgiveness and feedback.  Our one note of caution about this club is that you may need some help to get it set up correctly.

Cobra Men's Bio Cell Golf Driver, Left Hand, Graphite, Regular, Red
  • MyFly8 Technology provides Eight adjustable loft settings to maximize distance and manage trajectory for different weather and ground conditions
  • SmartPad Technology delivers a square face at address regardless of loft setting
  • Forged E9 BiO Cell Face provides a Larger Effective Sweet Zone delivering Longer & Straigher drives on off-center hits
  • Neutral/Draw Bias Weighting allows the golfer to easily square the face at impact which delivers longer and straighter drives
  • Available lofts thru MyFly8 adjustability: 9.0/9.5/9.5D/10.5/10.5D/11.5/11.5D/12.0

Adam Tight Lies 2013 Fairway Wood

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Adam Tight Lies 2013 Fairway Wood

We’ve opted for the 2013 version of this club as offering the best value for money and you still have a decent chance of finding it available for purchase.  If you don’t then look for one of the later models, just keep your eyes open for ones which are from a previous season.  This club is a great choice for slow swingers, faster swingers, however, should really look elsewhere.  It excels in tricky situations and can get you some impressive distance over difficult lies, but oddly enough it’s rather less impressive from better lies.  Having said that, it’s still very forgiving and gives high-quality feedback.

TaylorMade RocketBallz Stage 2 Rescue

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TaylorMade RocketBallz Stage 2 Rescue

Hybrid clubs are often known as rescue clubs and when you give this club a swing, you’ll soon work out why.  No matter what the lie, this hybrid is there for you, it can even get you out of a bunker.  Hit it well and you could easily mistake it for a proper fairway wood.  Hit it badly and you’ll still get some decent distance behind it, although this isn’t always a good thing, since mishits will travel further than the otherwise would have.  Also this club has a definite draw bias.  Overall, however, this hybrid is excellent value and a great choice for improvers.

TaylorMade Men's Rocketballz Stage 2 Rescue, Left Hand, Graphite, Regular, 4
  • Faster and longer than original rocketballz rescues
  • Ultra-high strength tailor-made rocket steel supplied by carpenter creates a thinner and faster-flexing face
  • Improved speed pocket design flexes faster to promote faster ball speed and more distance

Callaway XR Individual Irons

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Callaway XR Individual Irons

Some people regard these irons as a bit of a mishit from Callaway because the large, cavity-back design didn’t exactly win the hearts and minds of the golfing community at large.  It also has to be said that feedback is not these clubs’ strong point.  The reason for this, however, is because these are probably the most forgiving irons around.  If you need a “point-and-swing” iron with great distance and an affordable price tag, then we’d strongly recommend you at least give these a swing.

Wilson Harmonized Golf Wedge

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Wilson Harmonized Golf Wedge

So far, we’ve been talking about upgrading clubs you already have, but if you start with a set of clubs, the chances are it will include one, maybe two wedges and perhaps you will decide you want to expand your options before you start switching up your clubs.  If that sounds like you then we’d point you towards the Wilson Harmonized Golf Wedges.

These clubs are slightly on the heavy side and the grips are a bit smaller than average, but there always have to be some trade offs with budget clubs, that’s why they’re budget clubs.  All in all, however, they are perfectly decent beginner-to-intermediate clubs at a very reasonable price and as such are a great way to expand your initial set.

Wilson Men's WGD615600 Harmonized Wedge, Silver, Medium
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Wilson Men's WGD615600 Harmonized Wedge, Silver, Medium
  • Right hand men's wedge with weight distribution in the rear of the head for maximum ball flight and distance
  • High-polish finish and anti-glare black chrome for an easy set up
  • All-weather grip for the best hold and feel in any weather
  • High quality clubhead, 56 degree loft
  • Contents: 1x Wilson Staff Harmonized Right Hand Men's Wedge, Loft: 56°, Silver, Length: 35.5, Weight: 1 kg, WGD615600
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All You Could Ever Wish To Know About Best Cheap Golf Clubs – Best Budget Golf Clubs

Let’s get real about golf clubs.  Probably everyone knows the saying “a bad worker blames their tools”, but the reality is that better clubs give better performance and, in short, can help your game.  Hence, if you find yourself struggling while others are making their way through the handicaps, there is a distinct possibility that part of the reason for this difference is because they have better clubs than you do.  That means if you can afford to buy better clubs, you probably should, but if you can’t budget clubs are a whole lot better than nothing.

In fact, not only are budget clubs better than nothing, they’re a whole lot better than they used to be.  It may seem a strange comparison, but golf clubs are like computers in the sense that the industry has been continually working to make them better and better with the result that today’s entry level models would have been the stuff that dreams were made off only a few decades ago.  Remember, wooden drivers were the standard even for the professionals up until the mid 1980s, now even entry-level drivers for beginners are made of metal and a vast improvement.

There’s more good news, even if you can’t afford the clubs of your dreams, you can probably afford a whole lot better than you think if you buy wisely.  With that in mind, here are ? tips for people buying new golf clubs.

Best Cheap Golf Clubs - Best Budget Golf Clubs

Always buy new until you know your way around a club

You can get some great bargains on the second-hand market, but the rule of buying second hand is “buyer beware” and that means you need to know your way around a club to understand what it is you need to check.  For the record, we believe the vast majority of sellers on the second-hand market are completely honest, but you’ll be the one who loses your money if you are taken in by a rogue seller.  It’s also worth pointing out that sellers themselves may not understand that their clubs are not as good as they thought they were.

What we’re essentially saying here is that the person selling their golf clubs may have bought them in good faith and genuinely believe that they are what they say they are and that they are in the condition they were told they were in, but they themselves may have been taken in by a rogue seller.  Once you know what you’re doing, then you can look for bargains on the second-hand market, if you have time on your side and can strike when the iron is hot, you can certainly save yourself some money here, just remember the risks involved.


Only buy clubs from a reputable source

You may associate counterfeiting with designer goods like clothes and jewelry, but actually, counterfeiting happens whenever there’s a profit to be made from it and sadly there are a lot of counterfeit golf clubs on the market.  Basically, stick with vendor names you know and trust.  We’d like to say “if something seems too good to be true, the chances are it probably is” and that can be a way to pick up counterfeits, but counterfeits can be priced in the same way as the genuine article, presumably for exactly that reason, so stick with trustworthy vendors.

Learn to love last season

As we mentioned earlier, golf clubs are getting better and better every year – but not by much.  Probably the only major recent (in the history of the game) change was the introduction of the metal woods, which were absorbed into the mainstream over the 1980s.  For the rest, it’s been slight improvements every year, which certainly add up over time.  If you look at a club from 10 or perhaps even 5 years ago, you’ll see a difference, but from year to year the differences are much more subtle.

What that means in practice is that if you are a low handicapper, scratch golfer or pro and you know that any edge you can get could be the difference between winning and losing, then clearly you’ll have an advantage if you can afford to upgrade regularly and you’ll probably be playing so much that you’ll wear out your clubs fairly quickly in any case.  For beginners and intermediates however, upgrading to a “previous-season” club, is a perfectly viable option – and a whole lot more budget friendly.

The “golf club new year” is October, which is to say in October 2018, you’ll start to see the 2019 versions of clubs and as soon as these are released, the prices of the “old” clubs, the 2018 clubs, will probably drop dramatically.  In fact, they will probably start dropping around about September (if not a bit before) as vendors try to push “old” stock off their shelves to make space for the new clubs.


Start with a set and upgrade incrementally

If you are a beginner, a set is usually the only sensible way to go as it’s typically by far the most cost-effective way to get all the clubs you need.  Once you have your set, then you can look to upgrade each club one at a time.  What we’d suggest is that you put a little money aside each month so you build up a “club fund” which will allow you to move when you spot a bargain, be it new or second hand.  Think about whether you can be a bit flexible with the order in which you upgrade your clubs, or if you realize need to prioritize a certain club.  To be honest, if you’re planning on buying a “last-season” club, you’ll probably have plenty of choice, but if you’re looking on the second-hand market then you will basically just have to see what appears.

With all that set, here are our recommendations for the best budget sets for beginners and the best individual clubs for those on a budget.

Golf sets


Callaway Men’s Strata Complete Golf Club Set with Bag (12-Piece)

This set comprises: a driver, a 3 wood, a 5 hybrid, 6,7, 8 and 9 irons, a pitching wedge and a putter, plus two head covers and a stand bag)

Callaway Women’s Strata Complete Golf Set (11-Piece)

This set comprises: a driver, a 5 wood, a 5 hybrid, 7 and 9 irons, a sand wedge and a putter, plus three head covers and a stand bag)

We know some people may raise their eyebrows at the limited number of clubs in these sets, particularly the women’s set, but our view is that both these sets have enough clubs to get you going and you can pick up extra clubs as and when you need them.  Alternatively, you can opt for one of the more comprehensive Strata sets, which, obviously, cost more, but are still excellent value.

Value is the reason we’ve recommended these sets.  We know the clubs aren’t perfect, frankly at this sort of price you can’t expect them to be.  Experienced players will probably find the woods and putter a little light, but even they will probably acknowledge that it’s a minor issue and that the quality of these clubs is quite astonishing for the price you pay.

We’ve even heard of intermediate and better players using these sets as their “back-up clubs” for keeping in holiday homes or with relatives they visit regularly, to save themselves the hassle of carrying their main set with them, especially if they are travelling by air.



Confidence Junior Golf Club Set with Stand Bag

(3 wood, 7 and 9 irons, putter & longneck head cover plus junior stand bag)

The Callaway XJ Hot Junior Kids Golf Club Set offers the same great value for money as the Strata option for adults, but it’s also priced similarly to the adult version and in our view that’s rather too much for most people to spend on a set of clubs for the average child.  There are two reasons for this.  First of all, childhood is all about learning and developing and that means children will often try out different activities for a bit before settling on the one(s) they really love and secondly, children grow and their equipment has to be updated to suit their size.

If you find you have a budding Tiger Woods or Cristie Kerr on your hands and you have the budget, then we’d certainly recommend at least taking a look at the Callaway set, but for everybody else, the Confidence Junior Golf Club Set with Stand Bag is probably a far more sensible option.  The quality is perfect decent for young beginners (in fact the bag is very good) and it’s very reasonably priced.

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