It’s an important step to choose the best golf clubs for beginners. Because they have to be designed a certain way!
Believe me, you’ll have plenty of time for using the latest, most advanced golf gear. And when you do, that is when you have really honed your golfing skills, techniques, and experience, the same brands that are now offering slow-swing-speed-friendly golf clubs will present to you Tour-grade alternatives as well.
But for now, let me guide you through the process of purchasing just the golf club set your ‘starter’ style of play deserves.
Golf Club Sets Highly Recommended for Beginners
1. Callaway Golf Men’s Strata Complete Set
My driver, wood, irons, wedges, and also golf balls are ALL Callaway. Naturally, it’s because the brand has earned a prominent place in the golf industry. And that has been made possible through Callaway manufacturing both Tour-level and beginner-level equipment for golfers. For the latter, I know of no other set as affordable, forgiving, and even high-performing as Callaway Strata.
This 12-piece set includes a driver, 3-wood, 5-hybrid, 6-iron, 7-iron, 8-iron, 9-iron, pitching wedge, and a mallet putter. All of which are crafted to hit solid, successful shots even if your strike is off-center. And if you want more than just 12 pieces, then maybe go for Callaway Strata 16-piece or 18-piece sets (although these two options are higher priced).
The oversized 460cc head of the golf driver is known to bomb off the tee even with a not-so-perfect swing speed or off-center hit. The low profile of the fairway wood is also very useful in terms of its compensatory power (even this one’s aerodynamic clubhead shaping is forgiving, so your shots can fly high and long).
With one hybrid (5-hybrid), you don’t have to rely on long irons for hitting all varieties of shots more confidently. Just so you know, the large sole of the hybrid adds a more fairway-wood-like feel and appearance.
As for the irons, these are cavity-back for easier control. The perimeter weighting is such that it gets the golf ball to reach your target with all the accuracy and power you desire.
And then finally you have the pitching wedge, which can be used instead of the 9-iron for navigating the greens with more fruition.
Oh and the mallet putter you instantly know is built for precision with its accuracy-boosting alignment. A full swing with this putter and it still survives – now that’s the mark of a good putter and golf brand indeed.
- Very large, very forgiving sweet spot on the woods
- Perimeter-weighted irons/wedges valued for accuracy
- Mallet putter improves long-putt stability
- High-quality, lightweight stand bag with lots of pockets
- Slightly heavy putter
- Grips may feel a tad rough/firm
- No sand wedge included
2. Precise M5 Men’s Complete Golf Clubs
If you’re only just learning to play golf, Precise M5 is another very practical choice. Plus, its +1” size certainly proves that standard golf clubs are not very well suited for players 6-feet or taller since you have to literally always hunch over when using them. Each and every club here is built to improve your strokes and, ultimately, your final score.
The golf club set includes an oversized 460cc titanium driver with a large sweet spot and fixed hosel. The former means your off-center shots still get to travel long and straight. As for the fixed hosel, the lack of adjustability here definitely makes things less complicated. Plus, a fixed hosel implies additional stability.
Moving on to the other woods, one is a 3-wood and then there’s also a 21-degree hybrid. The fairway wood gets you through tight fairways while the hybrid produces the easy, high lift needed for the golf ball to land softly.
Moving on to the cavity-back irons, the set includes 5-9 irons along with a pitching wedge. Cavity-back equals game improvement irons. The wide sole improves turf interaction and then the clubhead keeping low on chip/pitch shots gives you outstanding distance control and instant forward roll.
Just like the Callaway Strata set above, Precise M5 also has a mallet putter. This means the same pros and cons concerning the putter – too bulky and large but a wide clubface for generating a solid roll. Better performance and stability on longer putts for sure!
- +1 inch longer for taller golfers
- 460cc driver best for slow swingers/beginners
- Cavity-back irons hit the ball higher, straighter, longer
- Very durable, very spacious stand bag
- Mallet putter, hence a bit too heavy/bulky
- Sadly, no sand wedge
3. Wilson Men’s and Teen Complete Golf Set
Now let’s allow Wilson to make its case. This complete golf set consists of a driver, 3-wood, 5-hybrid, 6-9 irons, pitching wedge, and putter. Along with a lightweight golf carry bag that is designed with adjustable, comfortable shoulder straps and a rugged top handle.
This bag also has an automatic stand in case you want to set it down safely without damaging your golf clubs or the bag.
The oversized clubhead size, 460cc, means a large enough sweet spot to take your drives longer and straighter, even when mis-hit. Then comes the aerodynamic design that also boosts clubhead speed and distance.
Straighter and longer shots are actually a very natural part of the experience of using these Wilson beginner-friendly golf clubs. Even the cavity-back irons, with their deep, undercut frame, are proof of that.
As for greenside performance, more importantly for greenside control, the scoring clubs included in the set get the job done just about in the best possible manner. And I believe it’s all because of the low weighting of these golf clubs.
With low weighting, that means when the weight of the club has been reduced, you can use this low weighting itself to swing faster without having to actually “swing faster.”
The entire set is incredibly forgiving, which is precisely what makes it such a suitable option for both golfers getting back to playing and golfers just starting to play. The irons and woods are the best for distance, although the hybrid might take a while to get used to, and finally, the wedge has the perfect loft for gaining control over accuracy and consistency.
- Larger clubheads suitable for less skilled golfers
- Steeper loft angles add more forgiveness on mis-hits
- Precision-engineered cavity-back irons for straighter shots
- Lightweight carry bag with self-activating stand
- No sand wedge
- Putter shaft too long
- Not a very long-lasting golf bag
4. Callaway Strata Women’s Golf Packaged Set
The female version of the Callaway Strata reviewed at the beginning of this section – Callaway Strata Women’s Golf Packaged Set. It consists of 11 pieces – there’s the driver, 5-wood, 5-hybrid, 7-9 irons, sand wedge, and putter. But you certainly can get the 16-piece set also if you like to play with more hybrids and woods in your bag.
Obviously, headcovers and a stand bag are included. The whole set is crafted for maximizing performance from the tee to the green!
The forged driver is lightweight even with an oversized 460cc clubhead. All because of the titanium material construction of course! So this particular golf club is easy to hit plus it takes the golf ball FAR.
Even the fairway wood and hybrid are easier to hit. The former has aerodynamic clubhead shaping, so high-flying shots can go long too. And as for the hybrid, you can easily use this one instead of long irons, no matter what type of shot or lie you’re playing.
Forgiveness is a huge part of the stainless steel irons as well, despite the slightly heavier weight of these clubs. You can look forward to the same kind of flawless performance even from the mallet putter, although this too is slightly heavier. Nonetheless, the putter is built with good proportions, so it’s not at all difficult to swing for beginners.
- Lightweight graphite shafts suitable for slow swingers
- Easy-to-hit woods with large clubheads
- Shot control maximized with stainless steel irons
- Lightweight, sturdy stand bag with many compartments
- Putter weight is slightly heavy
- Irons are not the easiest to hit
5. Cobra Golf 2019 Men’s XL Speed Complete Golf Set
If what’s happening is that you’re transitioning from beginner to intermediate, then too these Cobra XL Speed golf clubs are just the right level of forgiving for you. The complete set is game-changing in a lot of ways. For example, the oversized titanium driver features back/heel weighting to achieve your target distance even when you strike off-center.
And you know what, since the brand is Cobra, you also don’t have to be suspicious or unsure about the feel and quality of these starter, easy-to-hit golf clubs.
You know quality is the very essence of this product when even the golf bag that’s included, which is a premium cart bag by the way, is practically designed (14-way top, 7 zippered compartments, valuables pocket, large-sized insulated pocket, and more).
Moving on to the fairway woods, even these feature back/heel weighting to make your shots soar higher and longer, no matter the lie. And with two hybrids at your disposal, also back/heel weighted, you get to improve greenside stopping power.
Now it would be a huge disappointment if the irons did not have a cavity-back design. But that is clearly not the case with Cobra XL Speed irons. This cavity-back construction with perimeter weighting ensures that off-center shots also go longer and straighter.
Lastly, you get both pitching wedge and sand wedge. With PW, producing enough distance and spin becomes possible, along with exercising greater short game control. And SW is obviously the most reliable golf club when it comes to getting out of sand bunkers. It’s got that perfect loft and bounce to make your way out of difficult sand traps.
- Very forgiving clubs with back/heel weighting
- Cavity-back irons with wider bottom also excuse mis-hits
- Attention-grabbing ‘metallic’ sound
- Pitching and sand wedges keep short game accurate
- No club number on hybrid, labeled only by degree
- Headcovers included do not fit properly
6. Wilson Golf Ladies Profile SGI Complete Set
Until you can start breaking 100 on the golf course regularly, Wilson Ladies Profile SGI is just what you need. In my opinion, these golf clubs are equipped with technology that golfing pros used at one point. Even the quality has a very competitive edge. And why wouldn’t it when the brand is none other than Wilson!
Now let me tell you what you get – a high-lofted, oversized driver, fairway wood, hybrid, perimeter weighted 6-9 irons, easy-launch sand wedge, and pitching wedge of course. And super game improvement technology is a part of every golf club, so female beginner golfers can enhance their performance even with their slower swing speed.
The perimeter weighted, cavity-back composition of the irons pledge accuracy whereas the aggressive design overall focuses more on control and distance. In terms of distance, the high lofts with enhanced sweet spots are so perfectly slow-swing-speed-matched that worrying about long, high ball flight is not a concern for you, a beginner, at all.
- High-loft driver promotes a faster swing speed
- Cavity-back irons with low CG boost shot accuracy
- Improve greenside control with Easy Launch sand wedge
- Anti-slip rubberized grips and lightweight cart bag
- The bag has no stand
7. Precise M3 Men’s Complete Golf Clubs Package Set
Precise M5 has been reviewed as the best golf club set for tall golfers while this one, the M3 set, is a fitting choice for petite players. That means if M5 was +1”, M3 is -1”. Precise M3 is also a complete set of beginner-friendly golf clubs that have advanced aerodynamics built right into them just to make them a whole lot more forgiving. Straighter shots are a given then!
Right from the driver all the way to the putter – all clubs are the easiest to hit even when you want longer carry distances and a straighter ball flight.
Starting from the woods, the first on the list is the oversized 460cc driver with a higher 10.5-degree loft. And then you have equally forgiving fairway wood and hybrid.
The wood certainly excels at carrying the ball higher because of its wide hitting surface and low profile. And then the hybrid, with its rounded sole and slim profile, glides very, very smoothly over grass for solid ball contact.
And it’s always such a relief, if you’re a beginner, to know that the irons are all cavity-backed. Because with that type of construction, the sweet spot is larger and you also get perimeter weighting. Translation – higher, straighter, longer iron shots. Even the feel of these irons is pleasantly surprising.
Oh and the mallet-style putter may be heavy and all but just when you witness how magically it improves stability on your longer putts, despite the extra weight, this particular problem ceases to be a problem.
- Easy-to-hit golf clubs with good grips
- Max. forgiveness, straighter shots with perimeter weighting
- High lofts and wide hitting surface built for distance
- Petite-sized set with stand bag
- Slightly heavy putter
- Sand wedge isn’t included
- Not the most durable
8. TaylorMade RBZ Speedlite Complete Set
How can any beginner-friendly recommendation be complete without TaylorMade!
So here’s the most suitable golf club set for just about ANY beginner golfer – TaylorMade RBZ Speedlite. Agreed that it costs a HUGE sum of money, but then you should consider buying this particular set only if you have no budget constraints.
The 13-piece golf club set is inclusive of a driver, 3-wood, 5-wood, 4-hybrid, 5-hybrid, 6-9 irons, pitching wedge, sand wedge, and putter. Naturally, the driver features an oversized 460cc titanium clubhead with aerodynamic shaping. But what’s unique in the case of TaylorMade is that they have also added Speed Pocket into the mix.
With Speed Pocket, which combines with the low center of gravity placement, forgiveness receives a boost. And then the woods as well are designed to be highly forgiving on off-center shots.
Once the rescue clubs also earn the title of being the easiest to hit for beginners, you move on to the cavity-back irons with perimeter weighting. These too resist the twisting action on mis-hits. And more twist-resistance equals longer, straighter shots the most effortlessly.
Any traditional golf club set for beginners includes both pitching wedge as well as sand wedge. So, in that sense, TaylorMade RBZ Speedlite is a traditional set that improves your short game consistency, control, and overall performance.
- High-MOI clubhead with Speed Pocket flexibility
- Lightweight design with low CG for higher launch
- Perimeter weighted irons add playability
- Classic-shaped wedge improves greenside control/spin
- Mallet putter with Pure Roll technology
- Lightweight cart bag with 8 pockets
- Slightly off-balance, heavy putter
- Head-heavy bag design, not easy to carry
9. MacGregor Golf DCT3000 Premium Mens Golf Clubs Set
MacGregor, an American classic, golf clubs are a great choice for mid-range players. And these are premium quality clubs that feature some of the latest game improvement technology and advanced materials.
For example, its high MOI, high loft 460cc titanium driver is all about maximizing forgiveness on mis-hits.
Then another very impressive characteristic is found in the fairway wood – a combination of high MOI and shallow clubface. Both of these traits get the golf ball to launch higher and travel straighter, even when you can’t get to the sweet spot in terms of contact.
As for the “rescue” golf clubs, these hybrids (3-hybrid and 4-hybrid) can be played by any kind of beginner the most easily. After all, they do rescue one from using long irons that even better golfers find very challenging to hit.
And I’m sure you’ll appreciate the entire construction of the stainless steel irons too. I mean of course they’re perimeter weighted and cavity-backed for extreme forgiveness and explosive distance. But to achieve the same, even the clubhead size is larger.
The final piece of the puzzle, although making your way through this MacGregor golf club set is not puzzling in any way at all, is the putter. With its high MOI design, the putter as well brings to the table more stability and speed transfer.
- Premium set of golf clubs with cart bag
- Oversized driver clubhead forgives mis-hits each time
- High MOI woods/hybrids – easy to hit
- Cavity-back irons also have a large sweet spot
- Putter also with high MOI for better roll
- Only pitching wedge, no sand wedge
- Slightly heavy weight on golf clubs
Why Use Golf Clubs Made Specifically for Beginners?
Using Tour-grade golf clubs increases your chances of finishing a round of golf successfully – this is not possible! The opposite of that is actually true. More advanced clubs are preferred by professional players because their low handicap, fast swing speed, etc. can really handle those cutting-edge features and specs. So if you choose this kind of gear, your inability to use it to your advantage only paves the way for disappointment.
Then, on the other hand, there are golf clubs specifically designed for beginners, which suggests that they are slow-swing-speed-friendly, high-handicap-friendly, off-center-friendly, and the like. In short, these clubs have one common denominator – more forgiveness.
As a beginner, hitting off-center is a common problem. This means slicing/hooking the ball and losing distance is more prevalent than you think. But the one thing that keeps these common issues under control is a larger sweet spot, thus more forgiveness even if you miss the dead-center of that sweet spot.
Beginner-friendly golf clubs, since they’re easier to hit, boost your confidence on the course despite your below-average swing speed. And then just imagine the joy you would feel watching your shots soar high through the air and take that much-needed long, straight path. This highly rewarding ball flight certainly encourages you to practice more and more.
Golf Club Set vs. Individual Golf Clubs
I always tell all beginner golfers I’ve come to meet during my professional career to purchase complete golf club sets. For the simple reason that beginner sets include a simple set composition that has time and again proven to work with their under-developed or developing playing style.
More importantly, budget is a huge factor of consideration for many beginner golfers. So it’s such a relief to know that beginner golf club sets are affordable to buy in comparison to single clubs.
Also, the clubs included are such that they suit your skill level and playing style even while you’re transitioning from beginner to intermediate. So no need to upgrade to anything else, thus a ton of money is saved!
Choosing Golf Clubs That Are Just the Best for Beginners
What Clubs Does the Set Include
So you can carry 14 clubs to the course. But do beginners really need as many as 14 golf clubs? My opinion – not really. If beginners carry even 9 golf clubs, it’s more than enough. Alright then, let me be more specific…
It’s the longest of the lot with the largest clubhead. The oversized head itself is what helps beginners drive the farthest, even with a slower swing speed.
Fairway Wood / Hybrid
After your golf driver, it’s the wood that is most commonly used for the long game, that is when you’re playing on that fairway. What this particular golf club does is gets the ball onto the fairway with a good amount of accuracy. At least that is what it’s supposed to be doing!
Now, hybrids are slightly shorter than fairway woods with a slightly smaller clubhead. But, essentially speaking, both perform pretty much the same function. For beginners, carrying 1-2 woods/hybrids is highly recommended.
Mid and Short Irons
Golf irons are your go-to clubs for all sorts of shots, so the ball reaches the green. With a standard, beginner-friendly golf club set, you get 6-9 irons. No doubt, these four irons are the easiest to hit because higher-numbered irons get the golf ball airborne more easily. So here you have your mid irons (6-iron and 7-iron) and short irons (8-iron and 9-iron).
The mid irons are perfect for long approach shots (from the rough, from the fairway) from a distance of 150 yards to 200 yards. While short irons are made for short approach shots from a distance of 120 yards to 150 yards. With short irons and short approach shots, your aim should be to lift the golf ball higher.
And then once you get better at hitting your irons, you can always add the longer irons (5-iron, 4-iron, and 3-iron) into your set. But until then, stick to hybrids, also known as “rescue” clubs since they’re so much easier to hit than long irons.
Generally, beginners receive a pitching wedge (PW) in a starter-level golf club set. What you can do with a PW is get the club to reach under the golf ball for lifting it high enough. So your shot stops instantly as it lands on the green and remains closer to the target hole as well.
But most of these standard, beginner-friendly sets do not include a sand wedge. And that doesn’t make much sense to me because you, as a beginner, need a proper sand wedge for getting you out of tricky sand bunkers the most easily.
Putters you use when on the green trying to hit the golf ball into the hole.
Also, a putter that’s extremely forgiving (and by that, I mean the easiest to hit, so the ball rolls along in a straight line) is one that’s best for beginners. And what type of putter is the most forgiving? A high MOI or mallet putter of course.
Clubhead Size / Forgiveness
Now it’s a must that only those golf clubs that are the most forgiving are cut out for beginners. Because a thing like off-center shots, which is quite common among newbies, and a bigger sweet spot go hand in hand. And for the sweet spot to be larger, the clubhead size needs to be bigger. To be more specific, the biggest legal clubhead size limit is 460cc.
So it doesn’t matter anymore even if you don’t hit dead-center, the ball still flies straighter and farther. And once your shots are better controlled and your swing speed faster, feel free to switch to smaller clubheads.
As for forgiveness in irons, the most forgiving ones have a deeper cavity-back design with an expanded sweet spot (obviously), along with a wider sole, perimeter weighting, and slightly higher offset.
Missing your shots is a huge part of the game when you’re only just learning how to play golf. So it’s only common to see not just golf balls flying around but also clubs slipping out of the hand. You also end up hitting the turf pretty hard instead of the golf club making contact with the ball.
So here’s what top brands are doing to increase wear resistance – opting for a multi-material construction. The most durable golf drivers are those that are made using titanium. Likewise, cast irons are also very suitable for beginners because they add more durability AND boost forgiveness.
Shaft Material / Flex
The shaft is what’s responsible for transferring energy through your hands into the golf ball via the clubhead. So this shaft should be strong enough to handle that kind of energy transfer. But then, at the same time, shafts for beginners also shouldn’t weigh a lot since heavier golf clubs are not easy to swing when your swing speed is already low.
So for beginners, it’s graphite that actually works as it’s both lightweight and strong.
As for shaft flex, if you don’t swing hard, then choose Regular flex. In fact, most beginners because of their average swing speed select Regular flex.
If you decide to purchase individual golf clubs, then be prepared to spend not less than a least $2,000. On the other hand, a beginner set of golf clubs is half the price. And sometimes even more inexpensive if you’re buying on a budget. There are many golf club sets that don’t cost more than $300-$500 even. It all depends on how much you’re willing to spend.
To be honest, I don’t advocate for spending more just because you CAN buy expensive or “premium” golf clubs. And that’s because of the simple fact that you’re a beginner, so your chances of actually damaging the clubs during practice are very likely.
About Golf Clubs – FAQs by Beginner Golfers
Should I Buy Used or New Set of Golf Clubs?
First of all, best of luck trying to find used golf clubs by beginners that are in “playable” condition. The term “used” here actually means misused and abused because beginners are sure to make plenty of mistakes when using these clubs.
And another thing – beginner-friendly golf clubs get outdated pretty quickly. Technologies in golf that make the club so highly forgiving are always coming up, and hence rapidly progressing every year.
So it only makes sense to buy a new set of golf clubs for your beginner skills, so you can surely reap the full benefits of the enhanced forgiveness incorporated into those clubs.
What Golf Clubs to Carry As A High Handicapper?
When your golf handicap is high, your set should always include clubs that are the easiest to hit. In simple words, include hybrids and not long irons. Also, go with a hybrid, 3-wood, or 5-wood instead of a driver off the tee, but only when that driver isn’t one of those that are specifically crafted for high handicappers.
Should High Handicappers Get Fitted for Golf Clubs?
Custom golf club fitting – is it for high handicappers? Based on my lifelong golfing experience, I strongly believe that getting fitted benefits ALL kinds of golfers, especially high handicappers.
And why? Because if you have a high handicap, you’re most likely striking the ball inconsistently. And getting properly fitted means using the right golf clubs, which then translates into hitting the sweet spot most times, so your shots (even mis-hits) fly straight and far.
Not just me, if you ask any golfer worth his/her salt, they’ll tell you that only highly forgiving clubs can hit a good amount of distance with a straight ball flight when your swing is only mediocre. This means beginner golfers are right about encouraged to keep practicing only if they use these forgiving golf clubs. Otherwise, there’s just no adrenaline rush!
And many factors go into making these sets “beginner-friendly” – such as lightweight graphite shafts, oversized clubheads, larger sweet spots, perimeter weighting, higher lofts, and more.