If you are brand new to golf, there are a few things that you will want to take into account before you buy the first set of clubs that you see.
First, you should learn the difference between a complete set of clubs and a set of clubs from different brands/models.
A complete set of clubs is meant for beginners only. Here are some of the benefits of buying a complete sets:
- Convenience: you don’t have to research club brands/models. It’s a one time purchase and you are done. They will be shipped to your place in a few days or you can buy them today for a little more money at your local sporting goods store.
- Everything you need, nothing you don’t: You are never wasting your money on a complete set, because you will use every club in the bag. Better yet, they don’t won’t give you clubs that you will never use, because that would just increase the cost to you in the end.
- Made specifically for newer golfers: because companies know beginners are the ones buying complete sets, they try to make the clubs as forgiving as possible. They design the clubs to be super easy to hit.
Now let’s talk about the difference between complete sets and buying individual clubs:
- Quality: this is the biggest difference. Individual clubs from brands like Titleist, Callaway, Ping, TaylorMade, etc are of much higher quality. Complete sets might have a few clubs that break after 100 rounds. They are simply made with cheaper materials. For example, the club heads might fall right off mid swing after a few years.
- Performance: there is 100% a difference in performance between the two. HOWEVER, as a beginner, you would hardly notice at all. The difference in performance for a beginner would be minuscule at most. It won’t really make a difference until you become a mid to low handicap golfer.
- Price: complete sets are cheap as can be. Individual clubs and a bag could easily cost you over $1000 total if you are not careful. Complete sets, on the other hand, are typically $300 for the higher quality ones.
Alright, enough information for one day. Let’s start talking about the absolute best complete sets a beginner could buy to learn to play golf. I will split this article up, as I always do, into three different sections based on your budget.
I also include two section at the bottom for kids and women, as they will both require specific clubs made differently than those for men.
The Cheapest Complete Set to Learn to Play Golf: Wilson Ultra
Wilson always comes in clutch when it comes to making super discounted complete sets. There are a ton of benefits to buying these clubs to learn to play golf. To begin with, it is the lowest investment I would recommend to anyone who thinks they MIGHT enjoy golf. If you don’t know for sure, it would be dumb to go out and spend $300 on clubs that you might not use at all ever again. And if you find that you DO enjoy the game of golf, you are still left with a pretty decent set made by a very popular golf brand.
This Wilson Ultra Complete set has everything you need to start playing as soon as you get it. All of the clubs are super easy to hit (AKA “forgiving”). That means that you don’t have to hit the center of the club face for your shot to end up in good shape.
The only downside that I can think of it the “meh” design and color. It definitely doesn’t scream out “serious golfer” in any way. However, for you to learn this great game of golf, it will do just fine!
It’s a huge plus that this set includes a hybrid. I can’t stress how great hybrid clubs are for the game of golf. Hitting long irons (like 3,4,5 irons) can be extremely difficult, especially for someone new to the game. If you can learn to hit your hybrid well, you will save yourself a TON of shots each round.
Good luck, and good job on saving money with this set! Take the money you saved and get some lessons with a PGA certified pro.
The Best Value Complete Golf Set for Absolute Beginners: Callaway Strata
I’m always buying only the “best value” items. No question about it. I don’t want cheap stuff, and I don’t want overpriced stuff. Every item in this entire universe has a product that can be considered the “BEST VALUE” of the other items. This Callaway Strata complete set is it for those learning to play golf.
This set is a little higher quality than the Wilson set listed above. It’s still made relatively cheaply compared to its father brand Callaway clubs, though. These clubs will last longer and perform better than most complete sets, no doubt. Strata has been the leader in complete sets for beginners for many years now, and I can see why.
I am a huge fan of the look/design of this complete set. It is very professional looking, especially the golf bag itself. Of all of the complete sets that I talk about in this article, I think that this set looks as if it should cost much more than it actually does (from an appearance point of view).
This set costs a little more than the Wilson Ultra complete set, but I would say it is definitely worth it. The price is significantly less than the set that I discuss next, and the two sets are not far off in overall quality.
The one down side of this set is that it doesn’t include a sand wedge. That just means that you’ll have to use the pitching wedge (PW) to hit your bunker shots and lob shots. For a beginner learning to play golf, though, that’s not a big deal. You can always buy a sand wedge later on if you decide that you truly do want to keep playing golf. Plus, wedges are pretty cheap anyway.
The Best Overall Full Set of Golf Clubs for New Golfers: Callaway Strata Ultimate
If you are learning to play golf, you might want the best complete set that you can get. If that’s the case, you probably aren’t too concerned about the money. You just want the best set that you can buy today.
Well, for you personally, I would recommend the Callaway Strata Ultimate complete set. Compared to the normal Strata complete set, this set includes an extra fairway wood (5W), an extra hybrid (5H), and a sand wedge (SW). As a result, it truly has every club that you could want to learn the game.
I’m also a huge fan of this set’s design. I think the white and black color scheme looks very professional. I also can’t speak more highly of the putter in this set. It looks very similar to putters that sell separately for $100+.
Like the other set, these clubs are incredibly forgiving. The club heads are oversized, and the sweet spots are designed to be as large as possible.
If you want the best complete set that you can buy to learn the game of golf, this is truly the one for you!
Complete Set for Kids to Learn to Play Golf: US Kids Set or Wilson Profile Set
If you are buying a complete set for your kids, don’t pick one of the three complete sets listed above. They will be too big for kids, and it will make them develop bad habits. Trust me, I see it all the time.
There are many complete sets that are built specifically for kids, with shorter lengths and lighter clubs in general. The absolute best complete sets that you can buy for boys and girls is US Kids Golf Complete Sets. They are the cream of the crop for junior golfers.
The clubs are made just like the premium sets made for adults, but at a fraction of the cost. Make sure you get them a set of clubs meant for a kid a few inches taller than they are now. That will allow them to grow into the clubs more, which will allow them to use them longer. As a result, you’ll get more for your money!
If you want a cheaper option from the get-go, I would check out the Wilson Profile Junior set. It has less clubs overall, and they are made with cheaper materials. However, for a kid or junior golfer that might not be playing for a long time, this is definitely the better option.
Best Full Set for Women New to the Game: Callaway Strata Women’s
Complete sets for women are made a little differently than the first three sets that I talked about. Women’s clubs are made with lighter club shafts and slightly lighter club heads, to make sure that you can swing the club fast enough.
The best complete set to learn to play golf with is, yet again, made by Strata. The Strata Women’s Complete Golf Club Set is top notch for beginner women trying to learn the game.
The one downside is that is only includes 2 irons. However, for someone just learning the game, it is 100% plenty of clubs. Thankfully, it does include a hybrid (which you will be using often) and a sand wedge. This will allow you to learn to hit bunker shots and lob shots properly, instead of having to use a PW instead.
Good luck! Thanks for reading, and please let me know if you have any questions below. I would be glad to help you pick the best set for you personally, based on your skill level and budget!