Best Golf Club Sets For The Money
Best Golf Club Sets For The Money For Adult Beginners – Callaway Strata
The Callaway Strata sets are available for both men and women and come in various sizes (as in number of clubs included). At current time they are, quite simply the best-value set on the market for adult beginners. That’s not to say they’re perfect, they are a bit on the lighter side, which influences how they handle and limits their robustness, however please note that we said “a bit”, meaning to a small extent. Overall these are still excellent clubs from a reputable brand which have a far higher level of quality to them than you’d expect from the price.
NB: We’re not going to go into golf clubs for children in great detail, however we’ll mention that in our opinion for children the best starting set is actually the Confidence Junior Golf Club Set with Stand Bag which can then be traded up to the Callaway XJ Hot Junior Kids Golf Club Set as, when and if their growth or their game justifies it.
In simple terms, the Confidence Junior Golf Club Set with Stand Bag is a perfectly decent set of clubs at a much more affordable price, which, we suspect, will be far easier for the average parent to swallow given that they are probably well aware of the fact that anything bought for children is only going to have a limited useful life because a child will either lose interest in it or grow out of it very quickly.
If it’s the latter and you’re confident that your child is going to take golf seriously, at least for the foreseeable future, then, at that point, the Callaway XJ Hot Junior Kids Golf Club Set should go onto your radar. It’s priced at a similar level to the adult clubs because it offers a similar level of quality.
- Driver & 3 Wood: Woods have a forgiving sweet spot and a graphite shaft for exceptional distance (2 clubs & 2 headcovers)
- Hybrid (5H): Designed for versatility and forgiveness on shots where you would usually hit a difficult long iron (1 club)
- Irons/Wedges (6-PW): Perimeter weighting and progressive sole width technology for improved control (5 clubs)
- Putter: Mallet with T-Style alignment to help give you incredible accuracy
- Stand Bag: The lightweight, durable stand bag comes with five convenient pockets, an additional cooler pocket, a rain hood and a backpack strap system
- 12 Pieces: 9 Clubs, 2 Headcovers, 1 Bag
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The best-value drivers – TaylorMade AeroBurner or the Cobra Bio Cell Golf Driver
The TaylorMade AeroBurner is a club you’re almost guaranteed to find in stock at any golf shop. It’s classed as a driver but it can do double-duty as a fairway wood and it’s competent at both jobs. Note, however, we said competent rather than great, this isn’t the club to get it you want to hit those long-distance shots off the tee. On the other hand, it is a whole lot easier to swing than a standard driver and if consistency is your issue then this club could be a lot of help.
The Cobra Bio Cell Golf Driver by contrast is a club you may have to look around a bit to find since it was originally released in 2014, although we’re happy to recommend any of its successors, which might be easier to track down. If you opt for this club, you may find you need a bit of help to get it set up, but once that’s done, we think you’ll be very impressed.
The best-value fairway woods – Cobra Fly Z Fairway Woods and Adam Tight Lies 2013 Fairway Wood
The Cobra Fly Z Fairway Woods is a bit like the TaylorMade AeroBurner in that they’re classed as woods but can do double duty as drivers. This club is definitely more for improvers than beginners as it clearly favours feedback over forgiveness, but it’s not completely heartless either, it won’t punish you for small mishits and it will perform well in just about every condition although not everyone is going to be thrilled with the relatively low trajectory.
The Adam Tight Lies 2013 Fairway Wood is an excellent club for slow swingers and offers both feedback and forgiveness. You still have a good chance of finding it in shops, if not, then look for its successors.
The best-value hybrids – Wilson Staff D200 Hybrid and TaylorMade RocketBallz Stage 2 Rescue
It was only a matter of time before the name Wilson popped up on our list and it seems rather fitting that it’s in connection with the club which has “rescued” many a beginner to intermediate golfer from the need to get to grips with the long irons. What we particularly like about the D200 is that it feels more like an iron than a wood. It’s not the best for distance, but it’s great for accuracy and forgiveness and it even has adjustable loft (9, 10.5 and 13 degrees). In fact if there was an award for the single, best-value club around, this would probably be the winner.
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The TaylorMade RocketBallz Stage 2 Rescue
While the Wilson Staff D200 handles much more like an iron, the TaylorMade RocketBallz Stage 2 could be mistaken for a fairway wood, in fact at a pinch we could even see it being used as a driver, because you can get some serious length with this club even on mishits and bad lies. At this sort of price, however, you’d expect a club to have a few flaws and in this case it’s very noticeable draw bias, all-in-all, however, this is an excellent club.
- 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
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Callaway X Series Irons
Some people say the X416s, some people say the XRs, we say the X416 are probably easier to find but it’s usually not too hard to find the XRs and they’re well worth trying. Either set will provide a good balance of feedback versus forgiveness and both can give you some decent distance, it’s just a matter of taste (and/or availability in your local area).
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Wilson Harmonized Golf Wedges
For some strange reason, wedges often seem to be a bit of an afterthought in golf sets. Usually you get one and it’s often a pitching wedge, sometimes it’s a sand wedge, occasionally you’ll find a set without a wedge at all. In all of these cases, as your game progresses, you’ll discover why golfers use wedges and there’s a good chance you’re going to want extra options, so we’d suggest you look at Wilson Harmonized Golf Wedges. As is usually the case with Wilson, nobody’s going to claim that these are the best clubs of their type on the market, they’re a bit heavy and the grips could be bigger, but these are fairly minor gripes, the major point is that overall these clubs do a very respectable job and at the price, they’re almost must-haves.
If you’re a serious, competitive golfer, then you’re probably going to want to look for the absolute best clubs money can buy, but if you’re that good, then hopefully you’ll get at least some level of sponsorship and some prize money because you’re soon going to find out just how expensive the best golf clubs can be. For everybody else, however, buying clubs which, aren’t quite the best there is, but are still very good, can be a great way to enjoy the benefits of golf without blowing a hole in your finances.
- Wilson Staff Men's Harmonized Black Chrome Golf Wedge, Right Hand, 60.0-Degree
Bleeding edge clubs can bleed your budget dry
The game of golf has been around for centuries and for most of that time it has been played with equipment which couldn’t match even the most basic, entry-level clubs around today. Over recent decades, however, golf, like most sports, has become increasingly influenced by technology with club manufacturers joining forces with aerospace companies and looking into space technologies to create the best clubs possible with the technology available today. There is a lot of research and development goes into creating these super-advanced clubs and, of course, this needs to be paid for – just preferably not by you.
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Understand that the term “new clubs” means different things in different stores
These days, you can buy golf clubs in a surprising amount of places. Larger supermarkets may stock them, general sports stores certainly will. The clubs you can get in these places will certainly be new but they’re not likely to be anything impressive. What you want are new golf clubs which were created to be sold anything between one and four or five seasons previously. If you have a bit more budget you might even consider golf clubs with “this season” designations, either shortly before or shortly after the new clubs come out for this year.
Basically, the unofficial golfing new year is around October, which is when manufacturers release their clubs for the year ahead. This typically leads to clubs from “previous years” including the actual calendar year, being marked down as they become, effectively “last season” (or even older). These are the ones you want to go for.back to menu ↑
Older models of golf clubs are good enough for most players
Make no mistake about it, even at beginner level, having a decent set of clubs can really help your game. Once you start heading towards the medium handicap/intermediate stage, then the clubs you use can play a significant role in how quickly you make progress. At the same time, however, realistically, as an intermediate player you are simply not going to have the skills needed to make the most of the premium clubs out there, so ones which are “cutting edge” rather than “bleeding edge” will do just fine.
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New golf clubs are a safer purchase than used ones
Here is the key point to remember about used golf clubs, even experienced players can find it hard to impossible to tell how much life a club has left in it until they’ve played with it at least a few times. Of course, there can be visible signs of wear on a golf club, which you can pick up with a bit of experience and observation, in particular look for worn grooves, but a lot of the issues with older golf clubs will only become obvious once you’ve used them on the course (or at least the driving range). Drivers, for example, lose their distance over time, so that golf club you buy to help you get your game off to a good start, may actually wind up doing the exact opposite.
Sometimes you’ll find golf clubs and vendors with a “used club” service, so you get some level of reassurance, or you may be able to get some clubs from someone you know so you know exactly how much use they’ve had, but if you’re buying from a stranger on the private market, then let the buyer beware!
This goes at least double for online sales where you’ll have to rely on the vendor’s photographs and description. Even though online marketplaces such as eBay may have dispute-resolution schemes, getting your money back through them may not be as straightforward as it sounds. Also, remember, you’ll have to take what you can get when you can get it and if something really is a bargain, then you’re unlikely to be the only person in the hunt for it! Be particularly careful with online auctions where it can be very easy to get carried away by “auction fever”.
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Regardless of where you buy, learn your way around golf brands
A good golf shop will guide you towards what is best for you, that’s the mark of a good golf shop. Even so, you might find it useful to research brands so you can follow conversations (and articles) about golfing equipment. If you’re planning to strike out on your own (or even just thinking about it) then it is an extremely good idea to get to know the key brands in golf so you can recognize equipment by the top manufacturers. This isn’t “brand snobbery” it’s a reflection of reality and there’s a reason why people talk about “brands you can trust”.
If a new brand comes along which really does make great equipment, then the golfing press will soon cover it, otherwise you’re probably safest to assume that if you haven’t heard of it, you’re not missing out on anything. Another reason to be familiar with the named brands is because there are, sadly, a lot of counterfeit golf clubs out there so the more you are familiar with genuine brands and their logos, the easier it will be for you to spot fakes (although we’d still suggest that only going to reputable suppliers was the absolute best method for avoiding fakes).