Best Golf Clubs 2024 - We Select Our Favorites

In the market for a driver or new putter? We run through the entire bag listing our top picks right now.

A range of the best drivers, fairway woods, hybrids, irons, wedges and putters in a grid-style layout
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There are hundreds of golf clubs out there on the market right now. From the most technical clubs to the most forgiving, there is plenty to choose from but getting the right sticks for your needs as a golfer can be a particularly tricky decision. So what are the best golf clubs this year? Well, whereas in many sports you use just one implement for every shot, in golf you get to choose your different clubs to get you from tee to green on every hole. Finding those best clubs for your game will take a bit of time and thought as you work out the line-up that will give you your very best chance of shooting lower scores.

At Golf Monthly, we test and review hundreds of clubs every year from manufacturers right across the spectrum to pick out what we believe are the best golf drivers, to the best golf irons, to the best putters. This year, a whole range of cracking new golf clubs has been launched and we thought it would help you in your buying decision if we picked out some of our favorites should you be looking to upgrade. You'll also find links to reviews, videos and other buyer's guides in which we highlight more of the best golf clubs out there.

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Drivers

The driver is one of the hardest clubs in the bag to hit, so getting the right one can instil confidence on the tee that can filter down to the rest of your game. When it comes to drivers, brands have shown no sign of slowing down when it comes to innovation and the technology being built into each club. So perhaps a new big stick might be just what you need to get your season off to a flier.

Manufacturers are placing a big focus on forgiveness in some of the new designs they are producing. Depending on your skill levels, making sure your mis-hits don’t stray too far offline while also limiting the amount of distance you lose from poorly struck shots, can be the difference between a good score and a bad one. Below, we have picked a selection of our favorite drivers but, if you're looking for something a little more specific, check out our list of the most forgiving drivers, the best drivers for beginners and the best drivers for distance.

The sole of the Callaway Paradym Ai Smoke Driver


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Perhaps the most visually stunning driver on this list

Specifications

Lofts: 9°, 10.5°, 12°
Adjustable hosel: Yes
Stock shafts: 3 options (MCA Tensei Blue, Project X Cypher)
Left handed option: Yes, available in all lofts

Reasons to buy

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Great range of CG adjustability
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Love the rounded head shape
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Surprisingly low spin rate

Reasons to avoid

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Very close in performance to the Triple Diamond model

After the resounding success of the original Paradym family from Callaway, we were excited to see the launch of the Paradym Ai Smoke family. Like in 2023, it consists of multiple heads, with the Max, the more ‘standard’ head of the range, sandwiched between the low-spin, tour-influenced Ai Smoke Triple Diamond driver and the spinnier, draw bias Max D driver.

We have included the Max as it will have the most shelf-appeal and be suited to a wider range of golfers, with the Paradym Ai Smoke excelling in multiple aspects. Firstly, it has a new grey colorway that, we think, blends so much better with the grey banner strip and creates a really clean aesthetic. 

Tech-wise, Callaway's tag line with this product is ‘Sweeter From Every Spot’. Essentially, this means a bigger, and therefore more effective, hitting area. This was a concept created by advancing its Ai Smart Face technology, using swing dynamics from thousands of real golfers. This information has then been inputted into its Ai system and has produced a whole new face which Callaway says creates micro deflections across various points of the striking area, essentially producing multiple sweet spots!

In testing, the forgiveness was impressive. We hit an awful lot of balls with the Max so, inevitably, missed the center on occasions but, when we did, we were really pleased with the results. While there was good feedback of strike location, it was in no way unpleasant and the dispersion, even from our most questionable hits, was reassuringly tight.

The Titleist TSR3 Driver

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Delivers excellent ball speeds

Specifications

Lofts: 8°, 9°, 10°, 12°
Adjustable hosel: Yes
Stock shafts: 7 options (HZRDUS RED CB, Tensei AV Blue With Xlink Tech, HZRDUS Black 4G, Tensei 1K Black, Premium Tour AD UB, Premium Tour AD DI, Premium Tour AD IZ)
Left handed option: Yes, available in all lofts

Reasons to buy

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Premium look and feel
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Consistently fast and forgiving
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A tighter dispersion can be created

Reasons to avoid

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Limited gains over prior model
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A fitting is crucial to maximise performance

Like the TSR2 driver, the TSR3 features the classic-shaped head at address, with the main aim of the driver being to make it faster through the air. Titleist have done this by installing a smoother sole, smaller hosel opening and a taller back section. 

Looks-wise, it is certainly slick and almost Tesla-inspired with how the weight track and silver strip form a T-shape on the sole. What's more, the five-position SureFit CG track has been neatened up so the weight sits more flush in the extreme positions. There is also a new Variable Thickness Face (VFT) pattern, which Titleist is calling Speed Ring, is tailored towards slightly better players that strike the ball within a more centred area on the face. 

In testing, the numbers were extremely consistent, with the TSR3 minimising drop offs in speed even from off-centre strikes. However, it's the playability that is the most impressive aspect, as it is the easiest driver to manipulate the flight of. Arguably, it's one of the best drivers for slicers.

The TaylorMade Qi10 Driver on a green background


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Delivers distance in spades

Specifications

Lofts: 9°, 10.5°, 12°
Adjustable hosel: Yes
Stock shafts: 2 options (Fujikura Ventus TR Blue 5 & Mitsubishi Diamana T+ 60)
Left handed option: Yes, available in 9° & 10.5°

Reasons to buy

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New rounded head shape is excellent
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Extremely forgiving at this spin level
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Will appeal to a broad spectrum

Reasons to avoid

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Only loft adjustability - no moveable weights

In 2022, TaylorMade made arguably the biggest impact in the driver scene, introducing users to the 'Carbonwood Age' of golf clubs through its excellent Stealth range of drivers. The year after, they then introduced the Stealth 2 and, for 2024, we see the Qi10, which keeps the 60X Carbon Twist Face and a new supporting structure to promote faster ball speeds and improve the durability of the face.

Visually, the red face of the Stealths have been replaced with a more subtle and less garish navy colour which we couldn’t be happier about. Furthermore, the new ultra rounded shape of the Qi10 is a real delight. Along with the color change, TaylorMade has also introduced a really handy, but unobtrusive, white accent line along the top edge which significantly helps the alignment process.

Sitting in the middle of the Qi10 range in terms of its spin and forgiveness levels, in theory the Qi10 will appeal to the broadest range of players. One thing that is for certain is that the tech story is pretty simple; TaylorMade has aimed to maximise the MOI without compromising ball speed. In testing, the Qi10 hit the mark and the data numbers showed a clear improvement from the Stealth 2.

Photo of the Ping G430 MAX 10K Driver


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One of the best drivers we have ever tested

Specifications

Lofts: 9.0°, 10.5°, 12°
Adjustable hosel: Yes
Stock shafts: Multiple options
Left handed option: Yes, available in all lofts

Reasons to buy

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Exceptional stability and forgiveness
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Very tight dispersion
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Powerful feel and ball speed

Reasons to avoid

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The stretched out footprint may not appeal to all

Ping says the Max 10K is the straightest and highest MOI (moment of inertia) driver it has made to-date, eclipsing the 10,000g-cm2 combined moment of inertia threshold first surpassed by the G400 Max five years ago. 

How, you may ask? Well, it features a significantly bigger footprint, a fixed back weight and a Carbonfly wrap on the crown. The fixed back weight facilitates the high MOI as it drives mass down and away from the face to increase forgiveness and optimize the center of gravity position. This in turn lowers spin and ensures ball speed preservation across the clubface for added distance.

Performance-wise, the G430 Max 10K performed incredibly! The stability and forgiveness of the head in isolation would be a hugely impressive feat, but to cultivate this while keeping the spin so low is genuinely remarkable. In testing, we found the ball speed numbers are comparable to anything on the market and the spin output stands up against any of the best low-spin drivers. The real story, for us, is how that low level of spin combines with potentially the most stable and forgiving driver head we have ever used. 

Photo of the Cobra Darkspeed X driver


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A stunning club that delivers a very satisfying feel

Specifications

Lofts : 9.0°, 10.5°, 12°
Adjustable hosel: Yes
Stock shafts: 5 Options (Project X HZRDUS Red CB, UST LIN-Q M40X Red 5, UST LIN-Q M40X Blue 6, MCA Kai'li Blue 60, and UST LIN-Q M40X White 6)
Left handed option: Yes - 9° (Custom Only) and 10.5°

Reasons to buy

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Stunning aesthetic
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High levels of forgiveness
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Will suit a wide range of players

Reasons to avoid

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Mostly cosmetic improvements over last year's Aerojet

Out of the box, first impressions were excellent with the all matte black profile giving a seriously sophisticated appearance. The headcover is a thing of beauty too, continuing the all black visual and adding a touch of class with some high quality embossed logos.

From a tech point of view, it would be a lie to say that the Darkspeed X is a significant leap forward from the Aerojet driver but, in terms of performance, the Darkspeed X ticked a lot of boxes. Launch and spin sat perfectly in the mid-windows that we look for at around 11 degrees and the 2300rpm mark, and the ball speed was just as impressive as its predecessor, coming in at approximately 173mph. 

Cobra had a really tough task following the Aerojet and, whilst this is more evolution than revolution, we think it has got it spot on. It has taken an already excellent framework and, in our opinion at least, just refined the look into a more sophisticated package.

The stunning Srixon ZX 7 MK II Driver held aloft on the golf course revealing its stealthy black colorway and design


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An excellent driver if you're looking for workability and excellent consistency

Specifications

Lofts: 9.5º, 10.5º
Adjustable hosel : Yes
Stock shafts: 1 (Project X HZRDUS Gen 4)
Left handed option: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Classic shape at address
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Excellent workability
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Impressive forgiveness and consistency

Reasons to avoid

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Visually not as exciting as some of the competitor models

Srixon are well known for producing some of the best metalwoods on the market and this update on the excellent ZX7 Driver  further reinforces that reputation. Akin to many of the best golf drivers, the ZX7 MK II delivers a compact profile which will certainly catch the eye of those looking for better ball flight and control. The head is designed with plenty of adjustability but is less forgiving than the ZX5 MK II, the slightly more forgiving option that has been released as part of Srixon's new range of big sticks. 

We took both drivers out on the course for a test and found that while both have a very smart, understated matte black finish, the ZX7 MK II comes with a much more compact design, compared to the stretched profile on the ZX5. Despite that, both are equally stunning drivers, striking an excellent balance between being compact but not too small. The end result is a sleek and stealthy look, but the performance also lives up to its looks here too. On the course, we found that the ZX7 MK II delivered  some very fast ball speeds too, which helped us add a couple of extra yards to each shot.

The launch angles were also very favourable and we found the club limits a lot of spin on the golf ball which again helped with distance. Even in wet and windy conditions, we felt there was a lot of control on offer here, but also found that the golf ball still traveled far in the undesirable conditions. The feel on offer here is something that may split opinion. Thanks to its titanium crown, it has a higher pitched sound akin to the likes of the TaylorMade Stealth and Callaway Rogue ST. Whether you like the higher-pitched sound from your driver will depend on your tastes as a golfer, but ultimately we enjoyed the feel and felt this club would combine very nicely with a set of Srixon ZX 7 MK II irons

Fairway Woods

The fairway wood has evolved in recent years to be one of the most versatile clubs you can buy. With enhanced materials and technologies, the best fairway woods can help you find distance and consistency from the tee. They are also playable from the short grass and can even be effective from the rough or around the greens.

So we've put together a selection of our favorites metalwoods here, with each offering excellent all-round distance, forgiveness and feel. For more insights on the top models out there right now, you can check out our full list of the best fairway woods or, for something more specific, we've got several guides on the best fairway woods for high handicappers, most forgiving fairway woods and best fairway woods for mid handicappers.

The Ping G430 MAX Fairway Wood on the course showing off its brilliant green and white detailing as well as its black carbon crown.


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Stunning aesthetics and excellent playability

Specifications

Lofts: 15°, 18°, 21°, 24°
Adjustable hosel: Yes
Stock shafts: 8 (Ping Alta, Ping Tour 2.0 Chrome 65, Chrome 75, Ping Tour 2.0 Black 65, Black 75, Mitsubishi Kai'Li White 70, HZRDUS Smoke Red RDX 60, RDX 70)
Left handed option: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Exceptional forgiveness
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Versatile from different lies
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Consistently fast ball speeds

Reasons to avoid

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Not the easiest to flight low into the wind

An upgrade on the impressive G425 fairway wood, the G430 offers new visuals, enhanced feel and several new features that aim to make this a more reliable golf club. Let's talk visuals first and in this upgrade, Ping have implemented a stunning matte Carbonfly Wrap that is built to save 10g of weight and lower the club's center of gravity. That gives this club a stunning, premium finish that is combined with some excellent green and white detailing on its sole. We loved the white and green touches, that certainly make it feel like an entirely new club compared to the G425. 

The carbon finish here also helps to reduce spin and increase ball speeds off the face. That is combined with Ping's new Facewrap technology that is built to help deliver a much more stable connection between the sole of the club and it's crown, as well as allow for more consistent ball speeds, regardless of where you strike the ball on the face. That, from our testing, was a real bonus of this club, meaning we could launch shots high into the air from difficult lies from the fairway and the first cut, when the ball wasn't placed on a tee.

During testing, we found it delivered consistent ball speeds which will be a big selling point for a broad range of players. We think many will also enjoy the forgiveness on offer here, with thinly-struck shots popping up and flying just a few yards shy of your desired distances. Centered strikes equally went far and we were pretty impressed with the distances we were getting both on the range and on the course. Ultimately, this is a very impressive club that combines a fantastic aesthetic with even better performance attributes, to produce what is one of the most forgiving fairway woods on the market.

TaylorMade Qi10 Tour Fairway Wood Review


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High level of customization is available to tune in ball flight

Specifications

Lofts: 15º, 18º
Adjustable hosel: Yes
Stock shafts: 1 (Mitsubishi Tensei AV Limited Blue FW)
Left handed option: Yes, available in all lofts

Reasons to buy

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Looks superb at address and in the bag
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Provides good workability
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Plenty of adjustability on offer

Reasons to avoid

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Produces a louder sound and firmer feel that may not please all

First things first, it's worth noting what separates the TaylorMade Qi10 Tour fairway from the other two models in the Qi10 family. The most obvious difference is that the Tour has a far more compact-looking head with various customization and adjustability features to give the more confident golfer the utmost in control and workability of their golf ball. 

The same weight track we loved in the Stealth 2 Plus remains and the Qi10 Tour fairway wood remains as the only model in the family to have an adjustable loft sleeve, which alters loft and lie angle. Obviously, this will be personal preference with how you set it up, but the weight track does a good job of altering the flight and trajectory. 

Overall though, the Qi10 Tour fairway has been created with the better player in mind, specifically those who have a high swing speed and want to keep spin and launch a touch lower.

Callaway Paradym Ai Smoke Max Fairway Wood Review


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A confidence inspiring golf club with all-round performance

Specifications

Lofts: 15°, 16.5°, 18°, 20°, 21°, 24°, 27°
Adjustable hosel: Yes
Stock shafts: 1 (Mitsubishi Tensei AV Series Blue)
Left handed option: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Produces a high, powerful ball flight
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Extremely forgiving
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Looks superb from every angle

Reasons to avoid

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The more confident player may prefer a deeper face

After a particularly successful 2023 with the launch of the Paradym range, Callaway has now unveiled the Paradym Ai Smoke fairway woods which feature new and improved aesthetics. Starting with the Max, which is the standard head of the available models, it features a white and grey crushed carbon sole that gives the product its ‘Smoke’ name, which is nicely highlighted in a bolt blue to really capture the attention of your playing partners. 

In testing, we found the Ai Smoke Max fairway to be unbelievably forgiving, and this is largely due to the Ai Smart Face implemented within the entire Paradym Ai Smoke family. Data from thousands of golf shots has been taken and entered into Callaway's ‘super computer’ to create a face with multiple sweet spots for incredible consistency of ball flight and spin rates, regardless of strike location. The additional forgiveness within this club makes it extremely easy to play out of various lies and conditions.

The sleek Titleist TSR3 Fairway Wood held aloft on the golf course, showing off its jet-black clubhead


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Five stars out of five

Specifications

Lofts: 13.5°, 15°, 16.5°, 18°
Adjustable hosel: Yes
Stock shafts: 1 (Project HZRDOUS 70)
Left handed option: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Full face grooves enhance alignment
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Faster off the face than prior version
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More adjustability to alter shot shape

Reasons to avoid

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Weight track doesn't sit flush to the sole

It's not often we give five-star reviews out, but when we do, it means we really like the clubs we're reviewing, and that is certainly the case with this fantastic metalwood. Titleist have made significant changes to their TSR3 Fairway Wood, with the ARC (Active Recoil Channel) being removed in this model. In its place, Titleist have reconfigured the way the hosel enters the clubhead and made significant weight savings. What's more, the sole plate has also been made thicker, which makes the centre of gravity much lower and deeper - a key ingredient for fairway wood performance, especially from the deck. That points the face upwards, and in our testing sessions, allowed us to launch the ball higher off the ground particularly on shots off the fairway.

There is also the addition of the new SureFit CG weight track system that now has five positions instead of three, providing more adjustability for golfers seeking greater assistance in managing their ball flight and launch characteristics. It's not just the weighting system that has been improved, with the company introducing full face scorelines that undoubtedly make aligning the club face easier and make it look more inviting to hit behind the ball. Overall, this is one of the best fairway woods around, delivering tour-level performance and excellent adjustability thanks to its moveable weighting system. 

Cobra Darkspeed Max Fairway Wood Review

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A draw-bias option with excellent distance

Specifications

Lofts: 14°, 17°, 20°
Adjustable Hosel: Yes
Stock Shafts: 1 (UST LIN-Q M40X Red 5)
Left Handed Option: Yes - Available in all lofts

Reasons to buy

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Very high levels of forgiveness
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Modern, sleek design
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Perfect for those seeking optimum height and carry

Reasons to avoid

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Some may prefer a gloss crown over the matte carbon look

The Darkspeed range is the latest franchise released by Cobra and within the family sit three fairway woods. The Darkspeed X, which has been designed for the majority of golfers, offers good forgiveness and distance. The Darkspeed LS is the lower launching and spinning option, while the Darkspeed Max has been designed with ultimate forgiveness in mind and to promote a draw-biased shot shape.

Aesthetically, it is incredibly sleek and stylish and we loved the stealthed-out look of the Max fairway wood. It has red accents on the sole of the club that give it a slick but modern look and we also enjoyed the matte carbon crown. However, one point of call is that we would say this makes the head appear a little more compact than it actually is, which is great for a confident player just looking for a little more help, but may not be ideal for those who want to look down on the largest head possible.

In testing, we were particularly impressed with the feel and acoustics of the Darkspeed Max fairway wood. It felt hot and fast off the face and this was backed up with average ball speeds of 155mph. This mid spin and extremely high launch, from both the fairway and rough, is something those struggling with their fairway woods will appreciate from a club that can be difficult to get on with. Overall though, it is an excellent option for those seeking forgiveness and will certainly help those who want more distance or are battling a slice.