How many golf clubs do I need?
The maximum amount of clubs that golfers are allowed to carry is 14, but that’s a lot for a newcomer to golf to be lugging around. It’s a great idea to aim for a starter golf club set with around 6-10 clubs – this will be plenty to get used to as you practise your way up to the level of Rory McIlroy. When buying golf clubs for beginners, you might come across ‘game improvement’ sets – great for starters as they’re designed to be easy to use.
What makes a good beginner’s golf club?
The best starter golf clubs are designed to be more forgiving, so you can hit the ball with confidence, even on your very first swings. The irons are thicker with bigger heads, so there’s more surface to make contact with the ball. They’re also chunkier, so you can get the ball into the air more easily and you might be able to get it going in roughly the right direction too. It can help if you choose chunkier clubs over compact ones as they make hitting the ball that bit more straightforward. Drivers, woods and hybrids bought together in a set might have matching features such as alignment aids or rubber grips, which makes it easier to get used to playing with them.
What are the different types of clubs for?
Golf courses tend to cover large swathes of land – in fact, many are over 100 acres. You’ll be hitting the ball short and long distances, plus you might come up against different types of terrain. In short, woods or drivers are best for long distances and irons are ideal for mid-range shots. Wedges are often used for shifting the ball out of a bunker – a sand wedge (sounds like a sandwich but it’ll break your teeth) is used for getting the ball back onto the grass. Finally, you’ll want to use a putter when you get tantalisingly close to a hole.
Beginner golf club sets to get you on course
Our pick of the top sets for new starters will help you to build your skills and confidence, from the bunker to the fairway. All that’s left to do is to pick a supportive (and patient) friend to fill the honoured role of being your caddy, and you’re on your way to being the next Jack Nicklaus.
Callaway Rogue Irons
Callaway Rogue Irons are ideal for high-handicappers because the set is long – to help you generate more swing speed – and the clubs tend to be really accurate. They’re easy to hit, thanks to the large head, while the face will give you an extra boost of speed. Plus, these starter golf clubs have a great sound and feel, due to fancy technology like vibration-dampening microspheres. Who knew golf clubs could be so high-tech?
Lynx Power Tune Men’s Golf Set
You’ll get 11 clubs in this starter golf club set, which is plenty to help you improve your game. They’re designed to be super-friendly to beginners, with loads of tech to help with mishits, and alignment aids. The Lynx club set comes with a water-resistant bag if you’re keen enough to be staying on the greens on damp days.
MacGregor Women’s CG2000 Ladies Golf Club Set
Because women naturally tend to be shorter and smaller than men, women’s golf clubs usually take this into account. But they still have the same useful technology as men’s clubs, helping you to get that ball up into the air and, we hope, closer to the hole. The MacGregor CG2000 set of nine beginner golf clubs will take you from the first to the 18th with ease using the driver, fairway wood, hybrid, irons and putter. The MacGregor clubs are easy to hit and really forgiving, making them perfect for beginners or people who are a bit out of practice.
Inesis 100 Beginner Half Set
Big club heads make it easy both to frame and to hit the ball – just what you need as a golfing starter. With wider heads, it doesn’t matter so much if you miss the middle of the clubface. They also have markings on the grips so you know where to place your hands – not that useful for your mate who swears they’re a pro, but definitely helpful for rookies.
TaylorMade RBZ SpeedLite
The TaylorMade set is at the top end of the range of starter golf club sets. This is one of the leading brands in golf clubs and this collection is brilliantly geared towards newbies. You’ll get woods, irons, hybrids, a pitching wedge, sand wedge and putter in this set. It even comes with a professional-looking cart bag – but you can hand that straight to your caddy. This set doesn’t come cheap when bought new – but you could land a Great Find at a good price on used golf clubs at Gumtree.
MacGregor Ladies DCT3000 Golf Package Set
The MacGregor DCT3000 is one of the best golf club sets for beginners or people who want to up their game. The cart bag contains a driver, fairway wood, two hybrids, irons and a putter, all designed to be stable and forgiving. The irons have large heads, so you can get loads of speed launching the ball across the green, while the putter helps you to hole the ball using an alignment aid. With these clubs, you’ll soon be giving Annika Sörenstam a run for her money.
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