Best Golf Headcovers
Your driver is one of the most expensive clubs in your bag and is also one of the most fragile. Being made of much lighter metals than your irons or your putter, it is very easy to put a dent or a scratch in your driver head if you're not taking proper care of them. And if you've ever tried to play with a dented driver, you'll know how much difference that damage can make, preventing you from producing top-quality golf shots.
If you want to protect your pride and joys then one of the best golf accessories to consider purchasing is a good headcover. Indeed not only is the protection invaluable, but there are some genuinely stunning designs knocking around the headcover scene these days, and you can add some real quality and color to the top end of your bag.
Back in the day, you used to buy your woods together and get a trio of cheap knitted socks to look after your woods, but since then we have truly moved on with many brands manufacturing cool and unique designs to give your golf bag a little more personality. Acknowledging this below we have taken a look at some of the best golf headcovers out there.
Best Golf Headcovers
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+ Some amazing designs available
+ All provide adequate protection
- Some may not like novelty designs
Daphne's headcover is one of the best novelty golf headcovers you can get and will liven up your golf bag. They have over 175 options to choose from and have been trading for around 40 years. With each purchase you get a lifetime guarantee and these products are also very durable so you should have these for years to come. Should you go to their website keep an eye out for their hall of fame section, this shows off the men and women who use their headcovers and you will notice a big name in there, Tiger Woods. After his 1997 Masters win Daphne's received an order for 30,000 tiger headcovers, they were also given an extra $30,000 to help distribute the order quickly.
+ Premium feel and cool colors
+ Extremely durable
- Some risque designs may divide opinion
RIPIT is an Australian company that creates some really well-made and stylish headcovers. For example in the model pictured above they partnered with Desired Line Co. to make a fun and stylish headcover range. You have the choice of the four designs with driver and fairway wood options available, giving you plenty of options to pick your favorite from. The headcovers are made using a waterproof and scratch-resistant material, so you can rest assured that your club and headcover will stay in one piece even in bad weather.
They are sturdy and well made but with a lovely soft inner lining to keep the driver snug and well protected inside too. If you are a fan of these then you can find even more on the Desired Line Co. website.
+ A smart looking head cover
+ Great for any golfer's bag
- Only comes in two colorways
No matter what the product is some brands just ooze class and this seems to be the case with Titleist, whether that be clubs, all the way down to the smaller accessories like headcovers. They have a couple of options when it comes to color scheme in their accessories, they do an all-black leather one and the black and white version pictured above.
These headcovers are made with a two-panel construction and are 100% leather. The numbers on the headcovers and the paneling are neat and give it that retro feel, so much so that we think they would look great in any bag, even the best Titleist golf bags you can get too.
+ Protective leather material
- Special editions cost more
If you are after high quality when it comes to golf equipment then TaylorMade is right up there with its designs and production of golf gear. You can see this with their driver headcover, they are some of the most durable headcovers you can get. It is made from semi-perforated synthetic polyurethane leather which helps to keep your clubs well-protected but also dry while playing.
This headcover can also be purchased for fairways woods, hybrids, and your putter too, so you can have very stylish and durable covers all through the bag.
+ A very stylish set of head covers
+ Made of premium waterproof materials
- Only in two colorways
If you are after an excellent accessory that will make sure your driver is kept safe from scratches and dents then look no further. This headcover from Mizuno comes in a lovely two-tone blue and white tour design, with an elastic fit to stretch and fit snuggly to the head of the driver.
This headcover is used by Mizuno Professionals all over the world and is a very easy-to-use headcover. It slips on and off easily and is made from polyurethane and nylon material, which makes this headcover very durable and long-lasting.
+ Synthetic leather is durable
+ Very protective
- Only comes in one colorway
J Lindeberg has brought out a very stylish, modern, and contemporary design headcover, really cementing them as one of the most stylish golf brands out there.
This headcover is made up of a synthetic leather outer layer, with a soft inner lining, this helps to keep your driver well-protected but looking great. The navy and red color scheme works really well and would match well with a bright Ogio golf bag or maybe a Sun Mountain golf bag.
+ Superior quality
+ Features Arnold Palmer logo
- Slightly pricier than other offerings
A US company based out of North Carolina has been trading for around 10 years. Even in this short amount of time, they have already become renowned for creating premium products with some great attention to detail.
In terms of headcovers, they have both leather and knitted ones on offer, and the most popular one is the Arnold Palmer collection. This isn't cheap but as a gift or a collectible it is very much worth it, thanks to the signature Palmer Umbrella design and they also do headcovers for alignment sticks too.
+ Very fun, visual design
+ Excellent protective cover
- Some designs will divide opinion
PRG was created by a mother and son partnership, that came to fruition because they saw a gap in the market for golf accessories. They started off being stocked in the Royal County Down pro shop, where they were focussing on ‘clean high-quality products’.
Now move on to the present day and they are producing over 3.4 million customized items per year. They have plenty of options when it comes to their headcovers, ranging from smart and professional to mascots. The Las Vegas one shown above is a fun design and looks great visually, it is perfect for anyone looking to keep their driver safe while looking unique too.
+ Classic style
+ Provides great protection
- Few colors available
This headcover from Ping has been very well embroidered and looks sleek and classic with the two-tone black and white. They use a polyurethane outer with a velour-padded interior, this helps to make sure it stays durable and ultimately protects your club. Another great aspect of this headcover is that compared to others it is very reasonably priced for something so premium.
If you are a big fan of Ping then the branding on this will appeal to you it is subtle and classic but still shows off that it is Ping. Paired with some of the classic best Ping golf bags this headcover will stand out and look great while keepign your clubs nice and safe.
How we test
Everyone at Golf Monthly are golfers that cover a broad spectrum of abilities and ages. So you can rest assured you are getting opinions throughout golf, to help give you all the information you need for informed decisions.
When we test club covers we take them outdoors this helps to give us a real-world idea of how the headcovers cope in real conditions. We look at the design features, the practicality of it, how easy it is to take on and off, and mainly how durable a headcover is. We will always look to give you the pros and cons of each product and be as insightful as possible. We always make sure to advise that no manufacturer can buy a good review, we will always be honest whether good or bad in reviews and buying guides.
What to consider when buying a new club headcover
There isn't too much technical stuff that goes into a headcover and usually isn't the first thing you think of purchasing or replacing when it comes to golf. But they are really important in terms of the longevity of your clubs, so there are a few factors to think of when trying to buy one.
When it comes to headcovers there are different sizes to think of, this is because from the driver down they get smaller each time. The last thing you want to do is buy a driver one for 3 wood and it just keeps falling off. So make sure you know which clubs you are getting headcovers for and check the description to make sure the headcover is made for your club. It can also be more beneficial financially to buy a set of the same headcover for all your clubs at once, you will have the right sizes and it can save you money too.
With heradcovers they are all about protecting your golf clubs so picking a good sturdy material is really important. Make sure you invest in something durable and with good solid materials that will protect and last a while, clubs are expensive so investing in a decent headcover is important. Leather is probably the best material to go for as it is strong but supple and fits well on clubs, it also is waterproof so you don't have to worry about water getting into your clubs.
Some of the premium club headcovers that feature the best designs don't come cheap. They can be an expensive addition to your bag and you don't want to have to be spending another $100 every other season replacing them. That money could be put towards green fees or a membership, arguably a better investment for most golfers, so for that reason, you should look to purchase a cover that is durable and will last a long time. Our top piece of advice is to look for covers that are waterproof and can withstand the rain.
Style is another key point to remember when purchasing a club headcover. Whether you're a more traditional golfer or if you're looking for something that's going to make you stand out on the course, adding a touch of personalization to your golf bag can seriously help you feel comfortable and confident when you're on the course.
While we're on the subject of style, why not check out some more of our guides on club headcovers, including our guide on the best novelty club headcovers or our guide on the best headcovers for irons.
What is the point of golf headcovers?
Golf headcovers are not just a way for golfers to express their style on the course. They have a purpose of protecting your driver, fairway wood and putter heads from being dented or scratched while you carry your clubs around the course. They can also protect your clubs from the rain and are a great way to help make your clubs last longer.
Do you need headcovers for irons?
Most golfer's only use headcovers on their irons when they are travelling or storing their irons for a long period of time. Typically players don't keep their covers on their irons when playing as they can be a little harder to put on and take off when playing each shot, compared to a driver headcover. They are though a great way to keep your irons free from any dents or scratches.
Do golf clubs come with headcovers when you buy them?
Most drivers and fairway woods tend to come with club headcovers when you buy them. If you buy a set of clubs, you are also more likely to get headcovers coming with them. Although some brands do not provide covers when you buy their clubs so it is always best to check before buying a club whether it comes with a headcover.
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Mark has worked in golf for over 20 years having started off his journalistic life at the Press Association and BBC Sport before moving to Sky Sports where he became their golf editor on skysports.com. He then worked at National Club Golfer and Lady Golfer where he was the deputy editor and he has interviewed many of the leading names in the game, both male and female, ghosted columns for the likes of Robert Rock, Charley Hull and Dame Laura Davies, as well as playing the vast majority of our Top 100 GB&I courses. He loves links golf with a particular love of Royal Dornoch and Kingsbarns. He is now a freelance, also working for the PGA and Robert Rock. Loves tour golf, both men and women and he remains the long-standing owner of an horrific short game. He plays at Moortown with a handicap of 6.
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