Best Novelty Golf Head Covers

The best funny, cool, different head Covers for your driver, fairways, hybrids and putter

Best Novelty Golf Head Covers
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Best Novelty Golf Head Covers

Golf is a very traditionalist sport, often dominated by styling that is quintessential to the foundations of the game. But in recent years, many manufacturers have started to put more modern styling elements on to the types of golf equipment and accessories they are producing. And it's fair to say that over the last 30 years, we have watched golf become a much more colorful game, with players all over the world donning new styles, brighter colors and bolder equipment. So why not add some of that to your golf game? 

In the below list we’ve identified some of the best novelty golf head covers that will help you to stand out from the crowd. Many golfers, like Tiger Woods use novelty head covers to protect their clubs, with the 15-time major champion regularly seen using his 'Frank' head cover on his driver. In fact, novelty head covers are a lot more popular than you might think. They're great as gifts, prizes or to add some color and personality to your bag. While they might not be for everyone, with most golfers opting for a standard club head cover there is a big market out there and we've picked some of our favorites including animal covers, film characters or other covers that are equally as eye-catching to spice up your golf bag.

Additionally, be sure to take a look at our other golf gear guides to fill any gaps you have in your setup, such as the best golf accessories or best golf bags.

Best Novelty Golf Head Covers

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What to consider when purchasing a novelty club head cover

Club head covers might not be the most technical piece of equipment or the first accessory that is on your list of things to buy, but they are a very important thing to have to protect your long-range clubs and for that reason there are several important factors to think about when purchasing your next club head cover. 

1. Size

Head covers come in a variety of different sizes and shapes depending on the clubs you're buying them for. Depending on what clubs you have in your bag that need protection, you will need to think about the type and size of head covers you need. For example, you can purchase a head cover for pretty much every club in your bag from your driver right the way down to your putter. Most golfers tend to buy head covers for their driver, fairway woods, hybrids and putters, but you can get covers for your irons too, if you're concerned about scratching or denting them.

Depending on the club you're buying your cover for, you need to think about the size of the cover. Buying a cover that is too large for a certain club could mean that the cover doesn't fit well on that club, will likely fall off during your round and may even damage the club. Because of this, our top piece of advice when buying a club head cover is to always purchase a cover that is the correct size for your clubs. You may also want to consider buying a set of club head covers, which might save you more money than buying them individually. You may also want to think about how big the head cover really is. Particularly with novelty covers, they can be slightly large and take up a lot of space in your golf bag. 

2. Material

Protection is paramount when thinking about the type of club head over you want to buy. Golf clubs don't come cheap, so investing in a cover that is going to keep your clubs safe from being bashed around on the course is invaluable. That's why its always wise to get a head cover that is made of a sturdy and durable material that will keep your clubs safe. Leather is perhaps one of the best covers as it can also prevent your clubs from getting wet in the rain. Cotton and wool covers may not be as advantageous in wet weather golf but they can also provide great protection to your driver, fairway wood and putter heads. 

3. Durability

Some of the premium club head covers 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. 

4. Style

Style is another key point to remember when purchasing a club head cover. 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. Particularly when it comes to novelty golf club head covers, there are plenty of different and unique designs available, and you can even customize and come up with your own covers too. 

While we're on the subject of style, why not check out some more of our guides on club head covers, including our guide on the best golf club head covers or our guide on the best head covers for irons

FAQs

Are novelty club head covers allowed in golf?

Yes, novelty club head covers are allowed in golf. Many professional players use novelty club head covers including Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods and Sergio Garcia. 

Are novelty club head covers expensive?

Novelty club head covers aren't always expensive. You can get some great covers for excellent prices for as low as $20 in some cases. But if you want to personalise a club head cover, you can end up paying upwards of $70. Depending on what you're looking for, remember to scan the market and and find the cover that is the best price for you. 

Which clubs should have covers?

All your clubs can technically have club head covers, but you should ensure that your driver, hybrids, fairway woods and putters all have a club head cover on them. 

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Sam's What's In The Bag: 

Driver: Cobra LTDxLS (9 degrees) 

Fairway Wood: Ping G430 Max (15 degrees), Nike Covert Tour 2.0 (19 degrees) 

Irons (4-PW): Titleist AP2 

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 54˚, 58˚ 

Putter: Scotty Cameron Phantom X 5.5 

Ball: Srixon Z-Star Diamond

Shoes: G/FORE Gallivanter/Nike Air Zoom Victory Tour 3/Cuater The Ringer
(For off the course he goes for Nike Jordan 1 Low G shoes as well)

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