Three best golf club sets
Golf is a great sport, in large part because people of any age can play it successfully. It also provides a great way to spend time outdoors with friends and family -- as long as you keep the triple bogies to a minimum.
Golf can also be an expensive sport, however. You have to pay for golf clubs, balls, tees, shoes, gloves, cart rentals, and greens fees. Of those expenses, the golf clubs are the priciest. You'll get many years of use out of your clubs, so investing in the right set is doubly important.
Considerations when choosing golf club sets
Body size and club size: Different golf club sets are available for men, women, and children. Women can play with men's clubs, and vice versa, but it's important to use clubs that match your body size and swing type. Clubs that are too heavy or long can lead to swing errors, diminishing your enjoyment of the game.
Set components: Manufacturers primarily offer golf club sets for beginning-level players. These sets include the basic clubs you need to start playing. Some sets also include inexpensive items like headcovers in the number of pieces, so pay attention to exactly what you're getting for the price.
Golf club features
Types of clubs
Each type of golf club performs a different job, helping you make particular shots on the course. Your golf club set should include at least one of each of these types of clubs, as well as a bag. You'll have to purchase golf balls, tees, glove, and shoes separately.
Woods: A wood has a large, roundish head and is designed for the longest shots on the course. Woods can be difficult for beginners to learn to hit properly.
Irons: An iron has an angled face on the head that allows you to put loft on the ball. It's designed for shorter shots, especially those aimed at the green, where you want the ball to stop quickly after it strikes the ground.
Hybrids: A hybrid club looks a bit like a wood, but it has a smaller head. It combines the best features of irons and woods. Many beginners can hit hybrids successfully immediately.
Putters: A putter has a flat-faced head. You use the putter to precisely roll the ball on the green and into the hole.
Q. Why are some individual clubs so much more expensive than sets?
A. Manufacturers typically sell golf club sets to beginners. This means the inexpensive clubs don't have the same quality or design features of the more expensive clubs. Advanced players can take advantage of the high-quality features of pricier clubs, while beginners normally cannot.
Q. What are the differences between women's and men's golf club sets?
A. The primary difference for male and female players involves the length and weight of the clubs. Women's clubs are smaller and lighter. Playing with the right length of club helps you maintain a good swing technique, which means you'll have more success on the course.
Q. How long does a set of golf clubs last?
A. Individual clubs could break at any time if treated poorly (throwing them or hitting the ground with them). However, with proper care, golf club sets will typically last as long as a decade or more. Most people upgrade to new clubs with additional features before the original set wears out.
Golf club sets we recommend
Best of the best: Callaway Men's Strata Golf Set
Our take: Very nice beginner/intermediate set with plenty of clubs for any shot.
What we like: Two hybrid clubs in the set can really help beginners play better. Reasonable price.
What we dislike: Not a great set for experienced players.
Best bang for your buck: Wilson Women's Ultra Golf Set
Our take: Excellent starter set for female players. Provides a good mixture of clubs for making many different shots.
What we like: Provides all of the basic clubs you need to start playing, including a bag. Very low price.
What we dislike: Doesn't have the durability needed by frequent players.
Choice 3: Pinemeadow PRE Men's Golf Set
Our take: Plenty of clubs for the beginning or intermediate player. Costs a little more than some other sets.
What we like: Lightweight clubs are easy to swing. Includes a full set of irons, unlike some other beginner sets.
What we dislike: Not as durable as we'd like to see.
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