I’m super excited and thankful for everyone that has opened this post and decided to give it a read! Why? Because odds are, you are a beginner and golf could potentially have a large impact on your life in the future, and I’m glad I can be a part of picking your first set of sticks for the course!
Let’s get right to the meat of this topic: finding the best full set of golf clubs for beginners! The only time I would recommend a full set of clubs is for someone who is just starting the game of golf, and is not sure if they are going to play very often in the future. If you are planning on playing many rounds of golf in the future, I would recommend looking at my other posts about picking the best budget driver, fairway woods, hybrids, irons, and wedges (don’t worry, it’s not going to be as expensive as you might think!).
So, if you are not sure that golf is going to be a sport you take very seriously in the future, and instead just want some clubs to hang out with friends and have a good time, a full set of clubs would be your best option to buy!
Below is a list of what beginners and high handicappers should look for in a full set of clubs:
- Inexpensive Clubs: For your first set of clubs, it wouldn’t be logical to buy an expensive set of clubs for many reasons 1) You might find you don’t like golf (gasp!) and therefore the clubs would be a waste 2) You might damage a club on accident due to hitting the ground too hard 3) There is not a huge benefit of using expensive clubs, the differences in technology between these clubs and newer ones is minimal
- Forgiving Clubs: As beginners and high handicappers, it’s hard to consistently hit the center of the clubface. As a result, you need to look for oversized clubs, which offer a wider margin for error (it’s OK to miss the face by a couple inches on these clubs, which isn’t true for some sets).
- All the Clubs That You Need: As a beginner, you need a driver (for tee shots on long par 3s, par 4s and par 5s), a 3 wood (for long shots into a green and sometimes off the tee), a hybrid (for long shots into a green where 3 wood would be too much and irons wouldn’t be enough), irons (for medium length shots into the green), a wedge (for chipping, pitching, bunker shots, and short shots into the green), and a putter.
- Lightweight Carry Bag: The cheapest way to play golf is to walk the course, so make sure you get a lightweight carrying bag, which all of the following 5 have, to save you energy.
Here are the best complete sets that you can buy in 2018. Depending on what you are looking for and how much you are willing to spend, I know that we can find the best complete set of clubs for you!
The Best Overall Set for Beginners: Callaway Strata 12 Piece Complete Set
Callaway Strata is going to be your best bet for an inexpensive, well designed full set of golf clubs. Strata is Callaway’s budget line of golf clubs, and they are actually the set that I learned to play golf with! They lasted me many years, and they were a great set of clubs to learn the game of golf with! The set includes a driver with a headcover, 3 wood with a headcover, 5 hybrid, 6 iron through PW, putter, and bag. At the time, I did not find it a problem that it didn’t come with a sand wedge, as I just used the PW in its place.
If you are willing to shell out some extra money, you might want to consider the Strata Plus Men’s Complete Set (which has an extra hybrid and sandwedge) or the Strata Ultimate Men’s Complete Set (which has an extra 5 wood, hybrid, and sandwedge; this set looks very professional for a full set). The differences between the sets is shown below.
Here is a more detailed list of what is included:
- Driver: This is a 460cc (pretty large for a driver, leading to forgiveness on mishits) driver with a large sweetspot and regular stiff, graphite shaft to help you rip it down the fairway
- 3 Wood: The 3 Wood also has a very forgiving sweet spot and a graphite shaft for exceptional distance and high flying shots
- Hybrid (5H): Designed to help you hit long, yet soft landing shots that you’d normally hit a more difficult long iron
- Irons and Wedge (6-PW): The irons have Perimeter weighting and progressive sole width technology for better control (5 clubs)
- Putter: The putter is a mallet style with an easy T-Style alignment to help give you incredible accuracy while putting
- Stand Bag: The lightweight, durable stand bag comes with five convenient pockets, an additional cooler pocket, a rain hood and a backpack strap system
- 12 Pieces Total: 9 Clubs, 2 Headcovers, 1 Bag
Another reason to go with the Callaway Strata Set is their awesome customer service. Others have reported that if they had a problem with any club, Callaway would instantly send them a new one no questions asked. Callaway has without a doubt rightfully owned the beginner club market for years now, so I couldn’t recommend this set any stronger!
The Lowest Priced Set That I’d Recommend: Wilson’s Men’s 2015 Ultra Complete Set
Wilson’s Men’s 2015 Ultra is another great option for those looking for a full set of clubs. Wilson is a well established brand in sports, and they are working hard to increase their presence in golf. This set includes the following:
- Driver: 10.5 degrees in loft, this driver has an oversized head and is very forgiving on mishits. It has a high MOI, is titanium, and is 460cc. The shaft is graphite and regular flex.
- 3 Wood: 15 degrees in loft, also a regular flex graphite shaft
- 4 Hybrid: This club is used to replace long irons (3 and 4 irons), which can be difficult to get up in the air and stop quickly. Hybrids are easier to hit high and soft, and they are much more forgiving.
- 5-PW: cavity back, perimeter weighted irons and a pitching wedge that you can also use in place of the sand wedge
- Putter: Of these 5 full sets, Wilson is the only one with a blade putter instead of a mallet putter, so take note of this and decide which one you would prefer (Short answer: I would recommend a mallet for beginners)
- Lightweight Bag
Upgrades are also available for this club, as you can see below. If you can pay a little bit more, you can get the Pro Fit Men’s Complete Set (which has an added adjustable driver, 5 hybrid, and sand wedge) or the Profile XLS Men’s Complete Set (which has an added 5 iron and sand wedge).
Set That Includes a Sand Wedge: Wilson Profile HL Complete Set
A slightly less cheap set of golf clubs is the Wilson Profile HL Complete Set. This is a another set that would be great for a beginner trying to learn the game of golf. Although it is a little bit more expensive than Callaway Strata and Wilson Ultra, it contains 2 and 1 more iron respectively, and it also contains a sand wedge (the only set of these 5 that has a SW).
Here is a list of what comes with this set:
- Driver and 3 Wood: Regular flex, graphite shafts
- 4 Hybrid: Much easier to hit than long irons; easier to get up in the air and stop safely on the green; also much more forgiving than long irons
- 5-PW: cavity back, perimeter weighted irons that are very easy to hit and feel solid at impact
- SW: this is the only set of the top 5 that includes a SW, so that is a big plus! Although not 100% necessary, it is great to practice with a club that has “bounce” on it.
- Putter: as I said with the Wilson Ultra set, Wilson has a blade putter in this set. Although not a huge difference, I would recommend a mallet putter to beginners.
- Bag: Lightweight bag, easy to carry
Set with the Best Irons: Pinemeadow PRE 16 Piece Complete Set
Pinemeadow, although a lesser known company, has produced some very high quality and highly rated complete sets of golf clubs, with their best one being the Pinemeadow PRE set. Here is what is included in this set:
- Driver: This is a 10.5 degree driver with a regular flex, graphite shaft. Titanium enhanced, meant for maximum distance and speed. (includes head cover)
- 3 Wood: The 3 wood is 15 degrees (standard loft) also with a regular flex, graphite shaft. It has a low profile head design for better shots from the fairway and rough (includes head cover)
- 3 Hybrid: This club has 21 degrees of loft and is a great replacement for long irons
- 4-PW: This is the only set with a 4 iron in it, which can be a great addition for those that hit is higher than average and are overall decent ball strikers. The irons are steel shafted. Although no SW is included, the PW will suffice for bunker shots, chip shots, etc.
- Putter: This putter is very easy to align, which is great for a beginner. Putting is a huge part of the game, and half of putting is getting the line correct
- Bag: A lightweight dual-strap carry bag with an easy to use kick stand and rain guard for bad weather
Affordable Option: Tour Edge Golf Reaction 3 Complete Set
Tour Edge Golf has some really eye-pleasing full sets of golf clubs, and the reviews are very solid! Golfers love their hybrids and irons especially, which they say have a great feel. The oversized 460cc driver is also a very forgiving, great for beginners who often struggle to git the center of the clubface consistently. Below is a list of what the Tour Edge Golf Reaction 3 set includes:
- Driver: This 460 cc, high MOI (moment of inertia) reduced clubhead twisting and is great for high flying drives down the fairway
- 3 Wood: The 3 wood is also oversized, and it has a relatively low center of gravity, which produces high shots, great for off the deck (not on a tee) shots
- 4 Hybrid: As you have read many times in this post, I can’t recommend a good hybrid enough for a beginner, as it will help your score greatly to stay away from difficult long iron shots
- 4-PW Irons: These are steel shafted, perimeter weighted, cavity back irons that are very forgiving for high handicappers
- Putter: This set has a very unique style mallet putter, which may be distracting to some golfers
- Bag: This is the biggest bag of the 5 listed, which may make it harder to carry for long distances for those that walk while they play