Women golfers got screwed over. There are not very many options out there for women… especially for short women!
You probably have a lot of questions before you shell out your hard earned money, and I don’t blame you. I’ll try to answer all of them that I can think of. If there is something that I’ve missed, just leave a comment below and I’ll get back to you as quickly as possible.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Can I just use kid’s or juniors golf clubs? Absolutely! If you are short and don’t mind the psychological toll of using clubs meant for younger boys and girls, then go for it. Actually, it’s a great way to save money and you always have a funny joke handy for when you are paired with new golfers. You’ll end up with far less clubs than most adult sets, but it won’t matter if you are a beginner.
Can I just use “men’s” golf clubs? Absolutely not. Men’s golf clubs are longer and heavier than standard women’s clubs, which are already too long for you. Men’s golf clubs typically come with steel shafted irons, too, which are not what you are looking for. Short women will want graphite shafted irons.
Can I just use “standard” women’s golf clubs? Yes, absolutely! It’s always better to have clubs that are a little longer than you need, instead of clubs that are a little too short.
Women’s standard golf clubs are roughly meant for heights 5’4″ to 5’8″ (64 inches to 68 inches). Although standard women’s golf clubs may still be a little big for you, you can simply “choke down” on the golf grips by an inch or two. This will give you more control, make you feel more natural, and ensure that you are maintaining enough distance between your body and your hands at impact. However, if you don’t want to have to choke down on all of your clubs, then you should get one of the sets that I discuss below. The petite sets are meant for heights less than 5’4″ (64 inches).
What if I’m __ inches tall? Unfortunately I can’t cover every single height and the best golf clubs for those heights. That would take forever, and it’s simply not the best way to look at it. One set of golf clubs can be perfect for LOTS of different heights. As a general rule, I’d say that one set of golf clubs can be ideal for a gap of 3 inches in height. I’ll make this article in intervals of 3 inches in height to make it as helpful as possible.
How much should I spend on a set of clubs? That’s completely up to you. I’ll break this article up into best overall and best value options for each height interval.
More expensive clubs are going to perform (slightly) better, last longer, hold their value better, and make you enjoy golf more. Less expensive clubs will perform (slightly) worse, break easily, not have much of any resale value, and might deter you from this great game. If you are a beginner and don’t plan on playing golf but a couple of times a year, then I’d stay near the cheaper side. If you expect to play 10+ times a year, I’d go with a more expensive set that could last you a lifetime. Otherwise, you’ll buy a cheap set and then end up buying a more expensive set down the road. Buy once, cry once, right?
Do brands matter? Absolutely. “Off-brand” clubs are super low quality. They feel bad at impact. They aren’t super forgiving. They are harder to hit. They don’t fly far and high in the air. They break easily. I could go on and on. Name brand clubs simply perform better and last longer.
What brands should I consider? Always stick with the name brands like Callaway, Cleveland, Cobra, Wilson, TaylorMade, Ping, and Titleist. Callaway, Cobra, and Wilson offer the most petite sets for short women golfers, so those are the three sets that I typically recommend.
What brands should I avoid? You should avoid any off-brand clubs like Precise, Palm Springs, Aspire, Ram, Golf Girl, Believe, etc.
Hopefully that covers all of your questions! Now, let’s talk about the best petite golf clubs for shorter women.
For Heights 4’6″ to 5’0″ (54 to 60 inches)
If you are less than 5 feet tall, I’d strongly recommend getting a set of junior golf clubs. You can get either boy’s or girl’s clubs. The design will be drastically different (color scheme, model name, etc), but the clubs will be practically the same.
No offense, but you probably have a very similar swing speed to a young junior golfer. There is nothing to be ashamed of! Hell, you’ll be saving money by getting a junior set, so take that people with normal heights!! Ha!
Here are two great sets to consider, depending on how much you are willing to spend.
Highest Quality: Callaway XJ Junior Golf Set
Callaway makes some of the highest quality complete sets for junior golfers, and they are perfect for shorter women. The Level 3, Seven piece Callaway XJ Junior set is perfect for ladies with heights in between 54 and 60 inches.
It comes in a great looking design that could be used by a shorter woman without any funny comments about it being a junior set.
I taught at a junior golf academy for four years in college. All of the better kid golfers had this set, and I can tell you without a doubt that the clubs simply performed better than offbrand clubs and other branded clubs. Plus, you can’t beat the customer service of a company like Callaway.
This set includes a driver, fairway wood, hybrid, 2 irons, a sand wedge, and a putter.
Better Value: Cleveland CGJ Large Junior Set
The Cleveland CGJ Junior set comes in three different sized based on heights: the “Large” size is perfect for golfers that are 57 to 60 inches tall. They actually write that it will work for 53 to 63 inches in height. I think that’s too wide of a range, so I’m sticking with just the middle ground here.
This set comes with 7 different clubs: a driver, fairway wood, hybrid, 2 irons, a wedge, and a putter (just like the Callaway set above). The lightweight stand bag is perfect for walking or riding!
This Cleveland CGJ Junior set is a great starter set for a shorter woman that doesn’t want to spend much money on a set of clubs. Although there aren’t many clubs included, beginners don’t need a full set to start with. This set has everything you TRULY need and nothing that you don’t.
Coming at just around $220, it’s a great way to get into the game without spending too much money upfront.
For Heights 5’0″ to 5’3″ (60 to 63 inches)
If you fall within 60-63 inches, then you should be looking for clubs marketed as “petite” sets. Junior clubs will be too small, while standard women’s clubs will be too large.
There are not a whole lot of options for petite sets. However, the “highest quality” and “better value” picks are very clear in my eyes. Wilson makes the best value sets for nearly all women, and Cobra makes the highest quality complete sets by a mile. And with both of these companies recently releasing a “petite” sets, the choice was obvious.
Highest Quality: Cobra XL Speed Women’s Petite Set
If you can afford it, the Cobra XL Speed women’s petite set is going to be your best bet. It’s a set that will truly last you a lifetime if well taken care of.
The petite variation is just like the standard XL Speed set, except all of the clubs are 1 inch shorter. That may not sound like a huge difference… trust me.. it is!
Although the Cobra XL Speed set comes in 4 different color options, it appears as though you can only get the “petite” set in black/pink. It’s a good looking set of clubs, regardless.
This set comes with a driver, THREE fairway woods, a hybrid, 6-PW irons, and a sand wedge. I wish they replaced one of the fairway woods with another hybrid, but it’s not a big deal. Having that many fairway woods may come in handy for you as a shorter woman golfer!
Better Value: Wilson Profile SGI Petite Set
Wilson truly makes the best value complete sets for woman, especially short woman. The Wilson Profile SGI Petite set offers great bang for your buck.
The Petite set is one inch shorter for every club, when compared to the standard SGI set.
By the way, SGI means “super game improvement”. That basically tells you that the clubs are meant to be as forgiving as possible. That’s great if you are new to the game and need some extra help getting the ball in the air and flying straight.
I have no idea why, but apparently the petite set doesn’t come with the stand for the bag. Multiple reviews mentioned this. That’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard. Sorry about that. If you normally ride, this won’t be a problem (except when you want to lay your bag down for any reason). If you normally walk, I’d recommend not getting this set for this reason.
For Heights 5’3″ to 5’6″ (63 to 66 inches)
If you are 63 to 66 inches tall, then you are kind of in a middle ground. You aren’t really that short!!
If you are 63-64 inches, then you will fit fine into petite clubs, but you’d also fit into woman’s clubs too more than likely. If you are 65-66 inches, then you fit into standard women’s clubs. Truthfully, I’d recommend going with standard women’s golf clubs if you fall within this range at all. You can always choke down on the clubs if needed. And who knows, maybe you’ll grow into them (just kidding… unless you are still young).
So, here are the best women’s sets for shorter women.
Highest Quality: Cobra F-Max Airspeed Women’s Set
If you fall within 63 to 66 inches, then the Cobra F-Max Airspeed is going to be the highest quality set that you can buy. It is LITERALLY the lightest set of clubs that money can buy. That will result in more club head speed, and therefore more distance on all of your shots.
On top of that, the clubs are super forgiving. It’s truly the best set of beginner women. Long and forgiving. That’s what you should be looking for.
Cobra made the first sub 300 gram driver with their previous model. With this new release, the crossed the 285 gram line. Less weight = more distance.
For shorter woman that may be slightly weaker than average height women, this weight difference will make a huge difference in performance on the course.
Better Value Option: Callaway Strata Women’s 11 Piece Complete Set
Strata is the most sold complete set in the world… by a long shot. Owned by Callaway, Strata is the “better value” option for high quality clubs. Will they perform just as well as the premium Callaway clubs? No, absolutely not, but beginners won’t even notice the difference.
So if you fall within this height range and aren’t sure if golf will be a big hobby for you, then the 11 piece women’s set by Strata is by far the best set for you. You don’t need to spend a lot on golf clubs until you know for SURE that you’ll get lots of use of them.
This set doesn’t have a whole lot of clubs. That’s because you don’t NEED a whole lots of clubs. It’s simply a low cost way for a shorter woman to get into the game of golf.