So you’ve decided to take up golf. Well, congratulations! Golf is one of the best sports in the world and a great way to stay fit and socialize.
However, it can be quite overwhelming when you look to buy your first set of golf clubs and see the huge range of choices. It can also be quite overwhelming when you see the prices of some of the golf clubs as well.
That is why I’ve put together this list to help you pick out the best beginner set for you. All the golf sets in this review will come at an affordable price and are also made to help golfers who are just starting so your golfing experience is as enjoyable as possible. Also, each golf set will come with all the clubs you need to get going so you can head straight out onto the golf course.
Price: $1100 | Clubs: 10
TaylorMade has always been one of the best golf brands with players such as Justin Rose and Dustin Johnson using them on the pro tour. And whilst many of their premium club sets can be expensive, the TaylorMade RBZ Speedlite is their budget-friendly option that is still built with high quality.
The 11-piece club set comes with a driver, 3 fairway wood, 4 rescue hybrid, 6-9 iron, PW, SW, putter and the bag.
The TaylorMade RBZ Speedlite set comes with a lightweight titanium driver that generates good ball speed and is very forgiving making it easier to use if you’re a beginner. The wood and hybrid also offer a lot of forgiveness compared to other club sets so you can spend more time on the fairway!
The iron set is made up of a 6-9 iron set with the choice of either steel or graphite shafts. The graphite shafts are around $100-$200 more expensive however they will provide more distance and control. But whether you choose steel or graphite you can still expect a lot of distance and forgiveness.
My favorite part of this club set is the putter which is a mallet-style putter with their TaylorMade Pure Roll technology. Most beginner club sets will come with a blade-style putter which is much less forgiving and harder to control.
The only downside I have is the bag which does not come with a stand however if you like to use a trolley/buggy when you’re on the golf course then this won’t be an issue for you.
Price: $400 | Clubs: 9
If you’re looking for a cheap option that is still a great quality set then I’d recommend the Callaway Men’s Strata Complete Golf Set.
At first, I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw that Callaway (one of the best golf brands in the world) has produced a golf set at such an affordable price.
This golf set comes with a driver, 3 fairway wood, 5 hybrid, 6-9 iron, PW, putter and cart bag.
The titanium driver is lightweight and has a large sweet spot making it much more forgiving and helping you to hit it further off the tee. The driver also comes with a headcover so you can keep it in good condition all year round.
The irons are made from stainless steel and have a nice and thick top line making it easier to get good contact with the golf ball.
The bag also comes with a stand which is a premium for a club set at this price and one that golfers, who like to walk around the course, will enjoy very much.
The downside to this club set is the putter which has no milling on the face meaning the ball will slide off and you’ll lose control. Also, this club set does not come with a headcover for the putter so it’ll get easily damaged in the bag. I’d recommend looking at upgrading the putter as soon as possible.
However, for a club set at this price you can’t expect much better.
Price: $430 | Clubs: 10
At the low price of $430, it doesn’t get much better than the Wilson Prostaff SGI Golf Set.
This set comes with 10 clubs: driver, fairway wood, hybrid, 6-9 iron, PW, SW and putter. You also get three headcovers for the driver, fairway wood and hybrid.
I found the irons to be very comfortable to use with a thick top line and large sweet spot. They are also very forgiving so even when I didn’t get good contact on the ball, I was still able to get good distance.
I was also very impressed with how good the putter is for such an affordable club set with nice milling on the face.
However, I found that the driver felt a bit dead off the face and wasn’t as forgiving as the irons. I also felt that the driver was too short for me (I’m 5’11”) but this will vary from person to person. On the other hand, I did enjoy using the fairway wood on the tee over the driver and was impressed by the distance I could get.
The bag doesn’t come with a stand but at this price, I don’t find it a deal breaker.
Price: $800 | Clubs: 12
The Cobra Fly XL Set is a great alternative beginner golf club set if you want something with a few more good-quality clubs.
In the set, you get a driver, 3 wood, 5 wood, 4 hybrid, 5 hybrid, 6-9 iron, PW, SW and a putter. Yes, 12 clubs! You also do have the option between a graphite and steel set however the graphite set will be more expensive.
The driver comes with a titanium face which is very forgiving. This means that even when you don’t find that sweet spot the ball will still fly pretty straight and get a good distance. The fairway woods are also pretty forgiving and have a flat profile making them easy to use off the fairway. For a beginner set, you won’t find a much better option.
The one thing that stands out the most in this club set is that you get not just one but two hybrids! This gives you more options out on the course which is nothing to complain about.
The irons are also built to be very forgiving which is perfect if you’re just starting out or don’t play golf that regularly.
In this set, you also get a blade-style putter. Personally, I prefer a mallet-style putter however some people do prefer a blade-style so if that’s you, then this is the golf set you should get.
Price: $470 | Clubs: 10
Another option for a very affordable but good-quality club set is the Wilson Platinum Package Set.
In this club set, you get a driver, 5 wood, 5 hybrid, 6-9 iron, PW, SW, and a putter.
The driver is large yet lightweight and, like many of the beginner clubs, is very forgiving. The lightness allows you to accelerate fast through the golf ball so you can get a good distance. The forgiveness also means you don’t have to worry about hitting the sweet spot every time and will make your friends worry when you start out driving them easily.
The 5 wood has a large face which is easy to make contact with the ball and is good to accompany your driver for those long par 5s. The 5 hybrid has a bit more loft than the 5 wood and is easier to make contact with the ball and is overall a fun club to use.
The irons come with a thick top line and large sweet spot making them good clubs to use whether you’re a beginner or pro golfer.
The only downside is the putter which does not come with any milling meaning the ball will slide off the face. But you can’t expect all the clubs to be premium quality at under $500.
Price: $740 | Clubs: 10
The Callaway Edge Golf Set is known as the mystery set made by Callaway as they were originally only sold in Costco however they are now sold on Amazon.
In this golf set, you get a driver, 3 wood, 5 hybrid, 6-9 iron, PW, SW and a putter. The driver, 3 wood, 5 hybrid and putter all come with headcovers and the putter also comes gripped with a super stroke grip which if you didn’t know is one of the best grips on the market.
The driver is made from titanium with a graphite shaft which is lightweight so you can pick up some speed on the swing. The driver head is also oversized making it easier to make good contact with the ball which is perfect for a beginner.
The 3 wood has a low center of gravity which, in simple terms, means it’ll be easier to hit the golf ball. The hybrid also provides lots of forgiveness so you can get out of the rough with ease.
The irons are also pretty forgiving so you should have no trouble getting good contact with the ball and getting it up in the air.
My favorite part of this whole set is the putter which is an Odyssey White Hot Pro Putter. This is one of the best putters on the market which is why it is such a surprise to see in an affordable set like this. You’ll find this putter to be super stable and help you sink those hard putts on the green.
This set does not come with a bag however you can pick up a good quality one for under $100.
Price: $250 | Clubs: 10
The Precise M5 Men’s Complete Set is a great budget-friendly option for anyone looking for their first set of clubs.
In the set, you get a driver, 3 wood, hybrid, 5-9 iron, PW and a putter. 3 headcovers also come included for the driver, 3 wood and hybrid.
The driver comes with a graphite shaft that will produce a lot of flex so you can generate more power and increase your ball speed. It is also oversized so you have more room to make good contact with the ball. The 3 wood and hybrid also provide good forgiveness and are easy to use making them a good choice for a beginner.
Most beginner club sets nowadays don’t have a 5 iron however this set does which I am a big fan of as I love my 5 iron. They are made from stainless steel and offer a good amount of control and forgiveness.
The mallet-style putter is well balanced and helps you keep control of the ball and comes with a good milling on the face.
Also, at the moment Amazon is doing a deal with this set for only $250 so get in there quick before it disappears as I don’t think you’ll find a better deal than this for a golf club set.
A driver is the club used to get the most distance and you’ll usually use this club when you tee off on a par 4 or 5. It is also the longest club in your bag and will have the largest head of any club.
All golf sets will include a driver and it is a club that a golfer at any level will use.
Fairway woods and hybrids are clubs that you would typically use on your 2nd or 3rd shot on par 4s and 5s. Typically, hybrids are easier to use than fairway woods as they have a shorter shaft length however you will get more distance with fairway woods.
Most club sets will include a fairway wood and a hybrid with someone including more than one of each. This is all down to preference whether you want a club set with more fairway woods or more hybrids.
Some players may even choose to use their fairway wood off the tee instead of a driver if they feel they are more accurate with the fairway wood.
The irons are what you’ll use for all those mid-range shots towards the green and are easier to use than your woods. The numbers go all the way from a 3-iron to 9-iron however most sets will typically only include 6-iron to 9-iron. This is because the higher numbered irons can be replaced by the fairway woods and hybrids.
The number on your iron indicates the loft of the golf club. The higher the number, the greater the loft. A 3-iron will have a 21-degree loft and a 9-iron will have a 43-degree loft. The greater the loft the less distance the ball will travel. Most people find that the higher numbered irons are easier to hit than the lower numbered irons.
On some of the shorter par 3s, you may choose to use an iron off the tee.
In most club sets you will get a pitching wedge (normally labelled PW) and in some, you will also get a sand wedge (normally labelled SW). These are also irons and are designed for those short approach shots such as chips or getting out of a bunker.
A pitching wedge will have a 47-degree loft and a sand wedge will have a 56-degree loft. You can get even more extreme loft wedges such as 60-degree wedges however they are not necessary for beginners.
The putters are what you use once you are onto the green and are used for those short rolling shots into the hole.
Most club sets will include either a blade-style putter or a mallet-style putter. Mallet-style putters are typically what most beginners prefer as they provide more control and stability. However, it is all down to preference.
When it comes to price you have to think about how much you’re looking to play. If you’re only looking to play once every few months then there’s no point in you investing a lot of money into a nice set of golf clubs. However, if you’re looking to play once or twice a week then you will want to invest some extra money into something that’ll last and not limit your game.
I’d recommend spending anyway from $400-$1000 on your first set of golf clubs. If you’re looking to play often then it’d be a good idea to spend some extra money on something better from the start.
Hopefully, you now have a better understanding of what to look for in the best golf clubs for beginners and have now found the golf club set for you!
Now it’s time to get out there and get practicing on the golf course!
If you want to keep your golf clubs looking new then check out my article on how to clean golf clubs.