There are some crappy golf clubs out there. You won’t believe the number of off-brands that produce what they actually consider to be “playable” clubs.
Skip them. You don’t want clubs that break within a year. You want clubs that won’t cost you much, that will play at least similarly to expensive clubs, and that will last for many years.
This article is all about the cheapest golf clubs that you can buy without being considered stupid.
You should buy cheap golf clubs if…
- You don’t have much money to allocate to golf. Life can be expensive. You’ve got bills to pay. Food to eat. Activities (other than golf???) to do. Trust me, I understand. I don’t like spending much money on golf either. That’s why I am always on the lookout for the best cheap golf items that I can buy.
- You aren’t that good at golf. Sure you can buy a $400 driver that will slightly outdrive a $40 driver with identical swings. Is the extra $360 worth it though? I doubt it. And yes, people pay for the brands because they love to show off what they can afford. There are still some good, cheap brands out there though. And they produce clubs that are at least half decent, which is enough for most golfers.
- You’r frugal. I save as much money as I can. I won’t lie. I love a deal, and I hate spending money on things that I don’t need.
- You’re cheap. Yes, I am often times considered “cheap”, not just frugal. I typically try to buy the best value items, but I often times lean more towards the cheaper option anyway, because I always like spending less.
You’ll notice that many of the same brands are going to be popping up in the “cheap” articles that I write. That is because you won’t find low budget golf clubs from Titleist or Ping very often.
The really low priced golf clubs will be coming from brands like Wilson, Strata, and PineMeadow. They don’t have huge sponsors, which means that they don’t need to raise their prices like crazy to make up for the multi-million dollar contracts.
Many of these brands have been making clubs for decades. Are the clubs just as good as the premium brands and models? No, but they are close. If you aren’t that good of a golfer anyway, they won’t affect you for a while. You’ll shoot the same anyway, until you really develop a consistent swing and short game.
Alright, let’s get right into the cheap golf clubs!
Cheap Complete Set: Strata Complete Golf Set
The cheapest way to buy golf clubs is to buy a complete set. 100%, always, at all times, forever going to be, never will change. Think about a $200 complete set vs getting a $60 driver, $40 3 wood, $120 irons, $30 wedge, and then a $20 putter. Then add on a $50 golf bag. That’s $320 already, and you obviously could be spending waaaaay more than that if you are not careful.
A complete set will have everything you need. You’ll be ready to play by day one! It will take away a ton of stress and will save you lots of time in the end. If you are looking for cheap clubs to begin with, you won’t be too stringent on quality I’m sure. Cheap complete sets get the job done, and that’s what you want.
The best complete set companies are Wilson and Strata. Strata is my personal favorite complete set brand. They are owned by Callaway, so you know they are making the clubs in a very similar fashion as their more expensive clubs. Their clubs are very durable and, as a whole, the set looks very professional. It looks like it costs way more than $200, that’s for sure!
All of their clubs are decent. No club stands out from the other, from the driver to the putter. Everything will perform just as well as an expensive club if you are new to the game or still not a very good golfer. The clubs won’t matter until you develop your game and become far more consistent. For now, these will do just fine!
Cheapest Golf Driver: PineMeadow PGX Offset Golf Driver
You said you wanted cheap. I’ll bring you cheap.
In all seriousness, Pine Meadow is actually a half decent brand. They really focus on the beginner golf market, which is the perfect group to attract for cheap golf clubs.
This driver has “offset”, which is very rare for a driver to have. Most irons, especially for beginners, have offset to improve the impact position and to square the face. The offset, which causes the clubface to be slightly behind in line with the shaft, encourages a more closed face at impact and the hands to be more forward than a non-offset club.
If anything, an offset driver will only help most beginners. So if you are known to slice the ball, especially on drives, consider getting this offset driver.
Let’s be clear. This driver is pretty cheap. If you are looking for a club that will last a few more years and will probably produce more consistent results, click on the tab at the top of the screen for a better value one. However, if you just want to get a decent driver shipped to your house, not caring too much about quality, then this is the driver for you.
Visually, it’s a pretty good looking club. After you get used to the offset appearance, it has a great all-black look to it, which I find attractive in a driver.
Low Price 3 Wood: TEC Plus Fairway Wood
Need a 3 wood to go with your driver above? Look no further than the Tec Plus Low Profile 3 wood.
It’s exactly what you came here for… cheap. Will cost you $50 or less on Amazon. It’s similar to a three wood that you would find in a complete set that sells for $200ish total.
The paint job isn’t 100% perfect, but it gets the job done. Besides the imperfect paint job, it’s actually a good looking club at address.
Will it be just as good as a $300 three wood? Nope, but you shouldn’t expect it to be.
You came here for a low budget golf club, and you got one!
Inexpensive Golf Irons: Wilson Golf- Staff D200 Irons
These irons are on the border of cheap and just an INCREDIBLE value. You’ll be spending a little more than $200, but they will be well worth it.
Wilson actually makes great irons. They just don’t have a huge budget to spend on marketing and advertising, so you don’t see many top players playing them. As a result, even beginners don’t think Wilson makes good clubs.
However, they have been making great irons sets for many decades, and so they are currently very undervalued as a golf brand.
I debated whether I should list some borderline off-brand set of irons for this article, but I decided on this higher quality Wilson set instead. If you are really looking to cheap out, I would just get a complete set of clubs for under $200 like I listed above.
However, if you are just looking for some irons, these should be at the top of your list when you are trying to save money.
Golf Wedge Under $30: Wilson Harmonized Golf Wedge
Very similar to the irons above, Wilson makes some great wedges at a great price. They are known for great budget golf clubs, and they consistently deliver.
This Harmonized golf wedge is very popular among frugal golfers, and for good reason. It will perform relatively close to any wedge on the market. You might be sacrificing feel and distance control by a little bit, but it won’t make a big difference. You will be the one laughing for how much money you’ll save by buying these!
Most cheap wedges are very thick and blocky. However, this wedge is lower profile and very slick. It will cut through some pretty thick rough, as opposed to getting caught up.
Cheap Putter: Wilson Harmonized Putter
Dang, Wilson killed it in the later part of this article. Their Harmonized set is extremely solid for the amount of money they charge. Considering free shipping as well, you are getting an insane deal.
This putter is pretty easy to aim. You can use the single white line on the top of the putter and match it to the white line on the bottom of the putter to make sure that the toe or heel is not too far in the air. A flat putter on the ground will always lead to more consistent putting.
Putter’s don’t vary as much as you might think. As long as you get the ball rolling in the right direction, the putter that you use won’t matter that much. That’s why I’ve never been a fan of spending much money on putters. You could putt with a brick if you had to!
Bonus! Cheap Golf Balls: Wilson Golf Balls
If you are looking for cheap, brand new golf balls, I’d stick with Wilson Ultra 500 Golf Balls. You can get a dozen balls for under $10, and that’s with free shipping!
To be honest, though, if you really want cheap golf balls, you shouldn’t be buying them new. I’d recommend you get your butt in the woods at your local course and search for hard to reach golf balls. Go for the spots that no one else would go to!