I don’t like fluff. Let’s just jump right in to talking about the best golf clubs for ladies in 2020.
One thing I’d like to note: new golf clubs released in 2020 are expensive. As a result, we will ALWAYS mention a better value option that will perform nearly the same at a fraction of the price.
Best Women’s Complete Sets for 2020
Complete Set for Beginners: Callaway Women’s Strata Plus 2020
As a beginner, you want it cheap & easy. Spending more than you need to will be a COMPLETE waste if you decide you don’t actually like golf all that much. But sorting through all of the different types of golf clubs you’ll need can be overwhelming.
A complete set is definitely the best move in this case. You’ll be ready to play for Day 1, and it won’t cost you much. Obviously there are MANY different brands and complete sets that you can choose from. We’ll keep it simple for you, though. A complete set made by Strata is your best move. Reliable, great value, and great performance.
The Callaway Women’s Strata Plus is the most popular set on Amazon. Here’s a few reasons why we recommend this set for women in 2020:
- It’s got everything you need – nothing more, nothing less. It comes with a driver, a fairway wood, a hybrid, four irons (6-9 irons), two wedges (pitching wedge & sand wedge), a putter, and a stand bag. The driver, fairway wood, and hybrid all come with club headcovers.
- It’s a good looking set. Yes, it matters. You won’t want to use an ugly set of clubs. There are tons of pink, low quality looking sets for women on the market. This is a very professional looking set, with a great black & blue color combination.
- It’s the best value women’s set not on the market. Spend any cheaper and your set will be much lower quality and have practically no resale value. Strata is the best brand when it comes to complete sets, so you can always sell it later and recoup a good portion of your original cost, as long as you keep your set in good condition. Spend any more and you run the risk of investing too much before you determine how much you truly like to golf.
Better on a Budget: Wilson Ultra Complete Set
If you don’t have $300 to spend, we don’t blame you at all. We are always looking for the best value golf clubs that you can buy. Typically, that means simply looking at the highest rated sets that were released 2-5 years ago. Over the years, the sets slowly drop in price with each new release. Thankfully for you, the clubs don’t get much better each year, so you are really saving money without losing out on performance. You’re saving money simply by not being impatient. By not always wanting the latest and greatest.
If you have $200 to spend, we’d recommend the Wilson Ultra Complete Set.
Right after Strata, Wilson is the next best brand when it comes to buying full sets of golf clubs. You could even debate that they offer a better value than Strata due to the lower price. This Wilson set is ever so slightly lower quality, but hardly noticeable fora beginner golfer. Either way, you can’t go wrong with Wilson or Strata for a complete set if you are new to the sport.
Complete Set for Better Lady Golfers: Cobra F-Max Superlite
If you are a mid to lower handicap golfer, you will find that the beginner sets simply don’t meet your expectations when it comes to distance, feel, and durability. However, you may still prefer a complete set for many different reasons. If that’s the case, we’d recommend the Cobra F-Max Superlite set. Quality wise, it’s about as good as it gets for women’s complete sets.
Unlike the beginner sets that often result in club heads flying off, this is a high end set from the driver all the way to the putter. The set is made for distance, feel, and control. It’s clear that much more time, effort, and money was put into making this set.
Cobra has made huge strides with their complete sets over the years. They are undoubtedly the most popular complete sets for better women golfers. The TaylorMade Kalea is another popular set (even more expensive) for better golfers, but the reviews for the Superlite set are hard to ignore.
Less Expensive: Callaway Women’s Solaire Complete Set
Just like Strata is the best value brand for beginners, its parent company Callaway is the best value brand for better women golfers. It’s “Solaire” line of clubs has been a popular choice for ladies for the past 5 years due to its mix of price and performance.
Just like the Cobra Superlite set, this isn’t a set for beginners. The Callaway Solaire set is meant for mid to low handicap women that want the best performing clubs on the market. Thankfully, it’s a couple of hundred dollars cheaper than the Cobra Superlite set at the time that we are writing this article.
The Callaway Solaire set is currently the most purchased set for better female golfers on Amazon according to their best seller ranking. The only sets that have outsold this one are sets meant for beginners.
Individually Purchased Clubs for Women
If you want more options & variety in your set of clubs, you’ll have to buy clubs individually. Buying individually will allow you to pick the best brands for each club (ex. Cleveland wedges, Odyssey putter, Callaway driver, etc.). It will be a little more expensive in the end, though, but definitely worth it if you’ll get a lot of use out of them.
Driver: Callaway Mavrik Max
If you truly want the hottest driver of 2020, the Mavrik Max Women’s Driver is what you are looking for. While there are three models of the Mavrik, the MAX is meant for maximum launch and forgiveness. It’s got a slightly larger club head & sweet spot, as well as a lower center of gravity to help lift the ball in the air easily.
Before we talk about the club any more, let’s talk about price. The price tag is $500. Ridiculous if you ask us. But that’s the reality of the golf club industry. Prices start out super high, and those that are convinced it will make them hit the ball 20 yards longer will cave in to buy it. Smarter people wait for 2-5 years after a club is released before purchasing it for 1/4 of the price. Or, you can simply buy a used one, which will be just as good at a fraction of the price.
The Mavrik Max does come with a women’s flex shaft, so be sure that’s the shaft you pick out if you do choose to purchase it. It comes with two interchangeable weights to help encourage more forgiviness or a draw-bias. More weight in the back is better for forgiveness, while more weight towards the heel of the club head encourages a draw. You slicers will want to place the weight near the heel, as a result.
Better Value: Cobra F-Max Offset Driver
You’ll want to buy a women’s driver that was released multiple years ago, or you’ll want to buy used. We’d recommend finding a driver in like new (hardly used) condition that was released 2-5 years ago.
A good example of one that we’d recommend would be the Cobra F-Max Offset Driver. It’s actually the original version of the driver that comes with the Cobra F-Max Superlite set. It’s been out for two years now, which has led to small decreases in price both years. Now, it’s a great value driver that would fit any women’s game. The one exception to that would be a golfer that has a tendency to hit hooks.
This is a draw-biased driver due to the offset. The offset, although very small, means that your hands will be slightly more ahead of the ball, compared to a non-offset driver. This allows you another split second to square the club face with the ball. That extra split second could be the difference between a slice and a straight shot.
The Cobra F-Max Offset driver was Cobra’s lightest, most forgiving driver that they had ever made when it was originally released (two years ago).
Fairway Wood: Callaway Mavrik Max 2020
Fairway woods typically follow their drivers. Said another way, popular driver releases are typically followed up with popular fairway woods as well. The Callaway Mavrik line of clubs is no exception.
Unfortunately, the insane prices are not different than with the drivers. Priced at the highest amount that the industry would allow, a brand new Callaway Mavrik fairway wood with a women’s flex shaft will set you back $300. Personally, I try to buy entire sets of good clubs for $200-$300, so it’s not something that I’ll be considering.
But if you have enough money to afford the best of the best, the Callaway Mavrik Max is the best fairway wood of 2020 for women golfers. It’s forgiving, long, and versatile.
More Affordable: Callaway Women’s XR 16 Fairway Wood
The Callaway XR line of golf clubs were released about four years ago, and they were extremely popular, even among golfers that spent tons of money on the clubs. That means it’s prime time to buy them in 2020!
Callaway fairway woods are the most forgiving brand, in our opinion. They typically have very wide, flat soles that allow you to miss the center of the club face without getting punished much. The Callaway XR 16 woods are not magic by any means, but the club will be much more forgiving than a Titleist or TaylorMade fairway wood, which have more sloped soles that force you to hit the center of the club face for a good result.
You’ll learn that controlling your misses is a huge part (if not the biggest part) of golf. If buying a Callaway fairway wood could potentially help that aspect of the game, we’re all for it.
Combo Set (Hybrids & Irons): TaylorMade SIM Max Women’s
Instead of buying both hybrids and iron sets separately, we strongly recommend buying a combo set instead. You’ll save money and time, and you’ll end up with a matching set that doesn’t have any gaps that might occur if you purchased the hybrids and irons separately.
The TaylorMade SIM Max combo set is the best pick so far this year. Compared to the men’s model, the women’s version has slightly lighter club heads and shafts, to allow you to create more swing speed. Make sure you are buying a set with ladies flex graphite shafts, not steel shafts, unless you have been told otherwise by your golf instructor. Also, the length for women’s irons sets is 1 inch shorter than the men’s version.
TaylorMade makes some great irons and hybrids – this combo set specifically is focused on ball speed and forgiveness. Very thick toplines on the clubs show you how much weight is behind the club face. Even off center hits will end up with decent results compared to thinner, more compact club heads. Though a little gimicky, the “speed bridge” has proven to increase ball speed (very marginally), which will add a bit of distance to your shots.
The TaylorMade SIM Max combo set is a little pricey at $1,100 at the time that we are writing this. You can purchase it now… or you can wait three years and pick up a set in good condition for $200. It’s up to you! Your third choice would be to pick up a better value, older set.
Older Model: TaylorMade Ladies RBladez 2.0 Combo Set
TaylorMade’s RocketBladez series is the absolute BEST value clubs on the market right now, from driver all the way down to irons. They were released 5+ years ago, but they were super popular and TONS of these sets were produced. I’ve picked up a multiple like-new RocketBladez hybrid & fairyway woods under $20 a piece online and at thrift stores/garage sales.
I’d wager the TaylorMade RBladez combo set performs 99% as well at the M6 series that we talked about above. All while saving you $500+. Seems like a no brainer to us.
Wedge: Cleveland CBX 2
When shopping for a wedge, be aware that you’ll need to determine whether you’d like steel or graphite shafts. If you are purchasing graphite shaft irons (which you should), we’d recommend picking up a graphite shaft wedge too to maintain consistency. Not a huge deal, but graphite shafts are lighter (allowing you to swing faster) and easier to on your joints at impact.
The Cleveland CBX 2 wedge is the most popular wedge so far this year. It’s the best mix of feel, spin, and forgiveness (the often forgotten aspect when picking a wedge). Far too often, we see women playing very thin, unforgiving wedges. For a club that is used more often than any other (except your putter), you should get one that is forgiving. The Cleveland CBX2 has far more perimeter weighting than most wedges, which adds extra forgiveness when you miss the dead center of the club face.
It’s a bit pricey at around $140 (for the graphite shaft wedge), so we’d recommend picking up an older set if you are strapped for money.
Lower Priced: Cleveland 588 RTX Cavity Back
If you want to save about $80 or so, pick up an older model Cleveland wedge, like the Cleveland Women’s 588 RTX Cavity Back Wedge. It’s simply an older version of the CBX2. Practically the same club, but now it’s $60 brand new.
We recommend sticking with two different wedges. The degrees you’ll need depends on what your highest lofted club is. If your PW is your highest lofted club and is 45*, we recommend something like a 52* & 60* set. That leaves a 7 and 8 degree gap between club.
If you have a gap wedge at 50* as your highest lofted club, we recommend a set of 55* and 60* for a gap of 5 degrees between clubs. Please note that being one degree off will not make much of an impact, so don’t stress too much! Please reach out if you have any questions.
A putter is a putter, regardless of what the big brands want you to think. As a result, we will not be talking about the best putters for women for 2020. You can literally putt with a potato if the potato is shaped correctly. Don’t put with mashed potatoes, though… trust us, we tried.
Get out there and try out a few at your golf club or local sporting goods store. You’re sure to find one that fits your eye and feels right in your hands.
Good luck! Please let us know in the comment section below if you have any questions.