These Golf Clubs Will Have You Swinging Like a Pro
Golf has this weird way of exciting and frustrating players at the same time. A round of golf is like an emotional rollercoaster: You’ll have a fair amount of repulsive shots that make you want to chuck your driver into the woods and leave you questioning your very existence, a large number of average shots that are never quite good enough but allow you to maintain some sanity, and just enough brag-worthy shots that make you want to pop your collar, save your scorecard, and come back next week for another ride (or round).
Even if you can’t break 100 on 18 holes, playing a round with your buddies and a couple of frosty beverages is a foolproof recipe for enjoyment. To really get the most out of your time on the course, you’ll need your own set of golf clubs, with a range of irons, wedges, and woods to match your level of experience and style of play.
The Best Golf Club Sets
What to Consider
When searching for the right set of clubs, we recommend you consider the amount and type of clubs, the skill level that the clubs are geared toward, and whether a bag is included.
➥Complete Sets Versus Irons-Only Sets
A complete set has everything you need — driver, woods, irons (and sometimes hybrids), wedges, and a putter. These are a great option for anyone who wants to unbox their clubs and hit the course, but top-of-the-line clubs usually are not sold as a complete set. If you want to build a custom set that better fits your skill level, you’ll likely want to start with a set of irons, then add whatever clubs speak to you most individually.
Golf clubs are made with a specific type of player in mind, relating most to skill level. A low-scoring golfer will want to swing “player’s irons,” which have better feel, control, and pinpoint accuracy, but only if you swing them just right. The margin for error is small with a player’s iron. On the other side of the spectrum, “game-improving” irons have a weight, shape, and size that improves distance with a larger sweet spot, which is ideal for less-skilled players.
Bags are typically only included with a complete set. If you’re starting with irons and building your own club set, you’ll need to buy a bag separately. Golf bags come in two main styles: cart bags and stand bags. A cart bag is exactly what it sounds like: It’s made for riding in the golf cart, and you wouldn't want to carry it for long (unless you're a caddy). A stand bag has two legs that extend when you set it down, so it stays upright on its own. Stand bags are the most common and convenient option because you can use them when walking the course, but they can also be strapped into the cart when you want to ride 18 holes.
We've compiled a guide to this year's best golf clubs to help you get course-ready. We touched on a few complete sets that are ready to play right out of the box with woods, irons, wedges, a putter, and a bag. We're also recommending some iron-only club sets for the golfer who's looking to mix and match for a custom-filled set. As the weather warms up, check out these top-rated golf clubs from some of the game’s most trusted brands.
Improve your chances of scoring well by equipping yourself with a new set of these top-rated golf clubs. Here are the best golf club sets from some of the game’s most trusted brands.