Finding the right golf clubs for girls aged 13-19 can be difficult. Should they be playing girls’ clubs or women’s clubs? Girls’ clubs may seem super small and lightweight, while women’s clubs may seem huge and heavy. This article is hopefully going to make it very clear which golf clubs will be the best fit for your girl teenager or high school golfer.
You probably have a lot of questions. That’s understandable. Let’s take this one step at a time, shall we?
First Step: Buying Girls’ Clubs or Women’s Clubs?
There are tons of complete sets out there. Some are marketed to girls. Some are marketed to women. If you are looking for a set of clubs for a teenager girl, the decision is NOT based on age. It’s based on development. All girls develop differently. Some grow taller and stronger than other girls.
Here is the general rule: unless your teenager or high school golfer under 5 feet tall, ALL female teenagers and high school golfers should be purchasing women’s golf clubs. Here’s 3 reasons why:
- Women’s golf clubs are already very light, and women’s clubs will allow them to grow stronger faster. Golf club manufacturers know that women clubs need to be lighter than men clubs to allow them to create more club head speed. If you are worried about your teenager or high school golfer not being strong enough for a women’s set, keep in mind that they need to continue developing their muscles, so slightly heavier women’s clubs are fine.
- The women’s set will last longer. Girls can outgrow their girls’ set within a month if they have a quick growth spurt. Then, the club set is completely useless. A women’s set, on the other hand, will never be outgrown.
- Even if a women’s golf club set is a little big to begin with, your teenager or high school girl golfer can simply move her hands down on the grip of all clubs. This is called “choking down”. It makes the club shorter and lighter. As your girl grows taller, they can slowly choke down a little less.
However, if your teenager or high school golfer IS under 5 feet tall, I would recommend a larger girl’s set, as they still have a fair amount of time to grow into the clubs.
The Best Girls Golf Club Set for Teenagers & High School Golfers Under 5 Feet Tall: Wilson Profile
If your female teenager or high school golfer is under 5 feet tall, I’d recommend girls golf clubs. Girls golf clubs range drastically, so be sure you are buying a set of clubs for the right height. You don’t want to order a set, only for it to arrive about half the size as expected.
The best girls golf set that I’d recommend would be the Wilson Profile Girls Golf Set. It’s meant for golfers that are 56-63″ (which is 4 foot 8 inches to 5 foot 3 inches). However, if your teenager or high school golfer is above 5 feet, I’d highly recommend a women’s set, so that they don’t quickly outgrow their girls set soon after purchase.
This Wilson Profile set is everything you truly need, nothing you don’t. It doesn’t come with a fairway wood, but the hybrid is a great substitute.
This full set of clubs is attractive, decently made, and super budget-friendly. At the time of this writing, it’s only $130. For a brand name like Wilson, and considering all of the positive reviews, that’s an absolute steal. Many golfers spend more than that on just a putter.
The Wilson Profile girls’ set won’t perform like the top brands in golf (Titleist, Callaway, TaylorMade, etc), but a beginner golfer won’t even notice. This is a great option for beginner girl golfers.
Second Decision: Should I Buy A Complete Set or Individual Clubs?
If your teenager or high school golfer is over 5 feet tall, I’d recommend a women’s set of club. This leads to a new question: should you be buying a complete set of clubs or individually purchased clubs?
Complete Set: The most common way for teenage girls to buy golf clubs is to buy a complete set. Buying a full set of clubs is easy. One purchase and you’ll have everything you need to start playing. Most beginner female golfers that are looking to tryout for their high school golf team have complete sets.
- Pros: Super convenient. You’ll have everything you need. No stress in buying all different clubs. Super affordable.
- Cons: Typically lower quality clubs. No room for customization or creativity.
- Best for: Beginners that are looking to get into the game of golf.
Buying Golf Clubs Individually: Buying golf clubs separately is the second option. Most better female golfers choose this route, as they can pick & choose which clubs that they’d like. Most varsity high school golfers choose to buy individual clubs.
- Pros: High quality clubs that will perform better and last longer. More room for creativity in selecting which clubs to add to your bag.
- Cons: Typically more expensive. Can be overwhelming if you don’t know what you are doing (lots of choices).
- Best for: Intermediate and experiences female golfers that have outgrown their complete set of clubs.
So which one is best for you?
Well, if you are brand new to golf, start with a complete set of clubs. It’s cheaper, more convenient, and won’t perform any worse than the premium golf clubs for brand new golfers.
If you have outgrown your first complete set of clubs, then it’s probably time to transition to individually purchased clubs. For example, you can buy a Callaway driver, a TaylorMade 3 wood, a Titleist hybrid, Ping irons, a Cleveland wedge, and a Odyssey putter. These clubs are higher quality, will perform better for experienced golfers, and they hold their value better.
The Top Complete Sets for Female Teenagers & High Schoolers
If you are new to golf and over 5 feet tall, you’ll choose to go with a complete set for women.
There are lots of options on the market, but I’ll make the choice easy. Ignore ALL off-brand clubs (Aspire, Precise, Founders Club). They break quickly, have poor customer support, and simply won’t perform like a name brand set of golf clubs. Stick with name brand clubs known for making high quality complete sets, like Callaway, Strata (owned by Callaway), Wilson, TaylorMade, & Cobra.
I’ll list two great options. The first one will be for those that have $1,000+ to spend. The second one will be for those that only have $250 to spend. Rest assured that both of these sets are GREAT starter clubs for teenagers and high school girl golfers.
Above is a quick comparison of the three sets that I’m recommending in this article (includes the set for girls under 5 feet tall). Obviously, there is a HUGE price difference between the Strata and the Solaire sets. The Callaway Solaire complete set is higher quality, more durable, has more clubs, and provides a bigger “WOW” factor.
The Strata set is a better value set. It has less clubs, which are also slightly lower quality and less durable. However, for $250, it’s a low cost way to get into the game for female teenagers and high school golfers.
#1 Overall: Callaway Solaire Complete Set
Let me be very clear: this set is only for those that aren’t worried about money. If money is an issue, go to the next section.
The Callaway Solaire complete set is the highest quality complete set on the market for females/ladies. It’s around $1,000, but will last a lifetime and then some. Plus, it will perform better than the Strata set and includes more clubs.
The shafts in the Callaway Solaire clubs are lightweight & graphite, which are ideal for young women like high school golfers.
Most high quality complete sets for women come with a cart bag, which is heavier and clunkier than a carry bag. However, this Callaway Solaire set thankfully comes with a lightweight carry bag. This is great as most female teenagers and high school golfers use a push cart to push their clubs, so it’ll be easier to push this carry bag compared to a heavy cart bag. It will also be easier to transport in general (to a cart, into the car, etc.).
If you are concerned about the price, consider this. If this set lasts your girl teenager 30 years, that would be a cost of around $35/year. If you instead buy a cheap set for $250 that lasts 2.5 years, then that would be a cost of $100/year.
If you are buying for life, stick with this Callaway Solaire set. If you are buying to save money money TODAY, go with the Strata set from the next section of this article.
- Pros: The highest quality set available for women. Has everything you’ll need, including a sand wedge. Has an extra hybrid, an extra iron, and an extra wedge compared to the Strata set.
- Cons: Far pricier than the Strata set.
- Who it’s best for: A female high schooler that is new to golf, but wants to buy a high quality set from the start. Best for those that aren’t concerned about money.
Best Value: Strata 11 Piece Women’s Complete Set
The Callaway Solaire 11-piece set is best for those that aren’t too concerned about money. If you are like me, you like buying the best value items whenever possible. If that’s the case, the Strata 11-Piece set is the obvious choice.
The Strata Women’s Complete set is BY FAR the most popular set of clubs for high schoolers and teenage golfers. They are also typically the highest reviewed clubs. They offer the best value due to their quality vs. price. For just $250, you can be ready to play from day 1.
There are some other complete sets that are close to competing with this Strata Complete set. For example, Wilson makes some great value complete sets. However, they are a little pricier and a little lower in quality overall.
There are some downsides of course. You’ll have less clubs than most complete sets, and sliiiiiightly lower quality clubs. You’ll only have 2 irons, where most complete sets have around 4-5. However, this won’t be a problem for a newer, beginner golfer.
- Pros: $750 cheaper than the Callaway Solaire complete set. Has everything a teenage golfer needs to try out for the high school golf team.
- Cons: Slightly lower quality. Includes only 7 clubs (only 2 irons).
- Who it’s best for: A girl teenager or high school golfer looking to get into the game with the best value golf club set.
Buying Golf Clubs for Experienced Girl Teenagers and High School Golfers
If you are shopping for an experienced female golfer in high school, then you won’t be looking for a complete set of clubs. Experienced golfers have outgrown their beginner complete sets, and have transitioned to higher quality clubs made by the more expensive golf companies (Titleist, TaylorMade, Callaway, Ping, etc).
Remember these money saving tips when buying clubs separately.
- Buy used/pre-owned golf clubs locally. Check out Facebook marketplace and craiglist. Type in “golf clubs” and see what pops up. Look for women’s golf clubs with graphite & ladies flex shafts. Stronger teenagers and female high school golfers can play men’s clubs. We’d recommend getting professionally fit for clubs if you can afford it.
- There is no shame in playing with old golf clubs. Golf clubs from 10+ years ago are cheap and perform nearly as well as the newest golf equipment on the market. Consider used clubs that are 4-5 years old for the best value options. Prices for clubs drop every year as golf manufactures continue to release new products every year.
If money is no issue, PLEASE go get professionally fitted for clubs. It is well worth it.