Best Budget Golf Clubs 2024

Not looking to spend mega bucks on golf equipment? You have plenty of options

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Not everyone wants to spend big on premium golf equipment. Perhaps you're a beginner, just wanting to give the game a go for the first time? Or maybe even you're a single figure player, just looking for an extra cheap club you can whack in the bag from time-to-time? Whatever your reason for looking into the best budget golf clubs, there are plenty of golfers out there searching for equipment that's more wallet friendly. Yes, the best players in the world play the best golf drivers, best putters and best golf irons, but that premium price is, well... premium. 

Of course, if you go down the budget route, you are going to lose some performance benefits - premium products are premium for a reason. However, the best budget golf clubs can still give a large percentage of the golfing population what they need.

Could Tiger Woods win a PGA Tour event with the best budget irons? Probably not, but that's not to say that playing with budget clubs will prevent you from beating your friends at the weekend. And, if you're a beginner, these clubs may just kickstart your love for the game. Here, we review the best budget golf clubs and to research further, be sure to check out the best golf club sets: the entire set, as well as the best golf club sets for beginners

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Package Sets

Wilson Prostaff SGI Package Set resting on the green showing off its red and black club bag

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A reliable club set that delivers excellent forgiveness for beginner players

Specifications

Clubs: Driver, 3-Wood, 5-Hybrid, 6-9-irons, PW, SW, Putter

Reasons to buy

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Irons perform superbly and provide forgiveness
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10 clubs and a bag is plenty for beginners
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Drivers, woods and putter offer easy alignment 

Reasons to avoid

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Whippy shafts in drivers and woods mean it is suited to those with a slow swing
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No putter headcover

An excellent set that will certainly suit any player starting out in their journey, the Wilson Prostaff SGI Golf Package Set crams in an awful lot for your money. In a nutshell, it comes with ten clubs and a bag, a more than ample set up for any newbie to the game. In that you'll get a driver, 3-wood, hybrid, 6-9 iron, a pitching wedge, sand wedge and an SGI putter. That combined does make it one of the best golf club sets for beginners, and we found the control on offer in the lower end of the bag excellent. The irons and the putters were both standout performers and the wedges felt really strong and inviting to hit. 

The ball flies nicely and we found there was an awful lot of forgiveness on off-center strikes. We were a little less impressed with the upper end of the bag, but still thought the clubs were pretty well designed for beginners. The metal woods do look excellent at address, with the clubs sitting nicely on the turf exposing their glossy crowns and alignment aids. Lastly, the bag was very easy to cary thanks to the supportive shoulder straps, and offers a lot of room for all your gear, thanks to its four spacious pockets. 

MacGregor CG3000 Golf Club Set

MacGregor CG3000 package set pictured outdoors with its large driver head and iron sets

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Complete steel set including bag

Specifications

Clubs: Driver, fairway, hybrid, 6-SW, putter

Reasons to buy

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Complete set
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Includes a decent stand/cart bag

Reasons to avoid

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Not the best grips
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No putter cover 

MacGregor may not be regarded as a premium brand in the modern market, but it does have a long and distinguished history in the game. Whilst its package sets aren't going to set you back an arm and a leg, compared to some of the best golf package sets, it doesn't mean they lack innovation. The CG3000 is an entry level set, with the 13° driver, low profile fairway and hybrid designed in such a way that they're easy to hit. Meanwhile, the irons (steel and graphite options are available) feature an undercut cavity to keep the centre of gravity low and deep, so golfers should find them easier to launch.

The irons do have a fairly thick top line, but having played a few rounds with them, we didn't think they're too intrusive. They are forgiving, thouh, and they go the distance. Given you're also getting a mallet style putter and the choice of either a premium stand or cart bag, there's no question that this set offers terrific value for money. What's more, MacGregor offers 1" longer or shorter steel stand options with clubs, therefore making them suitable for taller and shorter golfers.

Strata Men's Golf Package Set

The stunning blue Strata Men's Golf Package Set and its cool club head covers

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Expansive offering for beginner players

Specifications

Clubs: Driver, fairway, 4-hybrid, 5-hybrid, 6-SW, putter

Reasons to buy

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Forgiving irons and driver that offer plenty of distance
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Lightweight and spacious carry bag

Reasons to avoid

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Basic putter lets the set down
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Hybrids are fitted with steel shafts so are not so easy to launch

We were very impressed with the Strata Men's Package Set when we got a chance to test it out on the course. In the set you get 11 clubs, two of which are hybrids, which we didn't feel were quite so easy to launch, compared to some of the best golf hybrid clubs on the market. But that was about our only criticism going. You'll get an impressive amount of equipment here for your money though and we were very impressed by the irons on offer in this set. They come with a thick topline that inspires confidence behind the ball, while their generous offset should suit those who slice their irons often. 

Equally, the 460cc driver was also a winner on testing. You can see a lot of the face on address and the large head makes it an appealing club to look down on. Beeginner players will definitely enjoy whipping the ball into the air with this club. The stand bag that included in the set is lightweight and has plenty of pockets that make it great for storage. It isn't quite waterproof but it is a great option for any beginner player.  

Drivers

Wilson Launch Pad 2022 Driver Review and its shiny clubhead on the green

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A highly forgiving driver option that offers golfers high launch conditions and anti-slice technology

Specifications

Lofts: 10.5 and 13°
Adjustable Hosel: No
Adjustable Weights: No
Stock Shaft: Project X Evenflow Graphite Shaft
Left Handed Option: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Delivers on the promise of draw-bias performance
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 Premium look at a value price point

Reasons to avoid

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Spin can be an issue for faster swingers

Coming in at a price point significantly lower than the ultra-premium models is the Wilson Launch Pad, a driver that is built to help golfers who struggle with a slice square the clubface more easily at impact. And as it relates to that goal, we think Wilson has succeeded in a big way. The Launch Pad 2022 utilizes heel weighting, an offset hosel design, and an upright lie angle to create a draw bias, which as mentioned is effective, but an increase in bulge radius keeps the face from looking overly shut at address.

It's also worth noting the face design Wilson have implemented here. The brand says the average handicap player hits 68 percent of their shots out of the toe half of the face, so in the new Launch Pad,  they've added a new PKR face geometry that makes the striking area 5 percent bigger than the previous Launch Pad. Akin to some of the most forgiving drivers on the market, during our testing sessions we certainly felt there was a lot going for this offering. The flights were high and the draw bias was clear to see, on average our shots finished around 10 to 15 yards left of center. Plus we haven't yet mentioned how light it was, in each of its components (grip, shaft, and head), which combined, makes this one of the best drivers for slow swing speeds on the market.

MacGregor V Foil Driver and headcover showing its black, yellow and red design

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Forgiveness on a budget

Specifications

Lofts: 10.5 and 12°
Adjustable Hosel: No
Adjustable Weight: No
Stock Shaft : MacGregor Lightweight Graphite
Left Handed Option: No

Reasons to buy

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Stretched-out look inspires confidence
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Cutting edge looks from every angle

Reasons to avoid

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Other drivers feel more solid

Sporting a stylish matte black 460cc full titanium head with elegant lines, the V Foil Speed sits perfectly behind the ball, inspiring confidence at address. Testing this club out. on the course we found the ultra-thin face delivers significant ball speeds and distance gains. The expanded sweet spot, bespoke premium lightweight graphite shaft and high MOI design add in the perfect combination of distance, control and forgiveness off the tee. It is proof that limited budgets can get you a good-looking driver and an excellent level of performance. 

It is one of the best drivers for beginners and is finished off with a soft compound MacGregor grip that has been designed to provide the perfect combination of comfort and secure connection to the club, the V Foil Speed driver is packed with performance features perfectly suited to the high handicap golfer. 

Irons

The fast swinging Cobra Air-X Irons and their black and red cavity-backed clubhead pictured on a green background on the golf course

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An easy to swing set of irons that are fantastic with those challenged for swing speed

Specifications

Clubs: 2 sets (4-PW; 5-GW)
Stock shaft: Steel shaft

Reasons to buy

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Feel effortless to swing
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Premium looks

Reasons to avoid

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Not available in One Length

Featured on our guide to the best Cobra golf irons, the lightweight Cobra Air-X clubs are an ideal option for golfers with dwindling strength and cash levels. A lighter clubhead design yields 2 grams in weight-savings, while a 6-gram lighter 41g standard size grip with a lighter and softer rubber compound improves feel, making these irons seem easy to hit, adding to the enjoyment factor on offer. Having tested these on the course, we think the Air-X is one of the best golf irons for senior players looking to get a little more distance on their approach into the green. 

A deep undercut cavity, low profile shape and greater lofts throughout the set help with launch angles and ball flights, while the weight of the head is positioned low and wide to increase stability and forgiveness on off-center hits. That combined made for a very enjoyable testing session, with the club offering a very stable feel off the face. A slight draw was also very welcomed and shots struck low had ample launch, thanks to the irons' deep undercut design. Not only are they easy to hit, but they come in at an excellent price point too, of around $700 for a seven-piece set (5-SW). 

Wilson Dynapower Iron

Wilson Dynapower Iron and its flash cavity backed club head that features a red stripe

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A very fast iron that will benefit those looking for more distance

Specifications

Clubs: 2 (5-PW, 5-SW)
Shafts: KBS Max Ultralite

Reasons to buy

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Incredibly fast off the face
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Easy to draw
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Forgiving from a wide area
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Excellent value for money

Reasons to avoid

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Flat ball flight limits stopping power

The Wilson Dynapower irons are an excellent club if you're looking for a bit more distance and power in your irons. Akin to many of the best distance irons this offering feels faster than most other premium models on the market and comes in at a fantastic price point. Perhaps while it was  not as versatile as some of its competitors, our testing sessions certainly showed it delivered in terms of feel and performance. 

The Dynapower irons are also crammed with technology, as thanks to the use of Artificial Intelligence, Wilson's engineers have been able to optimise the face architecture and reconfigure the Power Holes 3.0 on the sole to make this club faster and more forgiving. On the course, we found the ball flight is penetrating but fairly flat, meaning it might not be the best for slower swingers. Plus it comes with a pretty handy draw bias which we really enjoyed too.

Ram FX77 Iron held aloft to reveal its wide sole and excellent stainless steel clubhead

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An awful lot of performance crammed into a well-priced package

Specifications

Clubs : 4-PW
Stock shaft : 2 (Steel; Graphite)

Reasons to buy

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Pleasing looks
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Lively, stable feel
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Tight dispersion

Reasons to avoid

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Some will need more launch
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Finish isn't overly hard wearing

Having scoured the market for a cheaper set of irons, we've found one of the best value for money club sets around, the Ram FX77 irons. These excellent irons retail for under $400, and for that price, you'l get a very nice looking set of clubs that boast a similar profile to some of the best blade irons. The FX77 comes with a stunning steel finish that boasts the classic Ram logo on the back of the club, something we really loved about these irons.

On testing, we found there was a smidge of offset at address which will appeal to many less-experienced players. Those players will also enjoy the thick topline that comes with a very generous, inspiring look that doesn't come across as being too clunky. We felt this was also a good club for anyone lacking a bit of power in their swing. The heat treated stainless steel faces on this FX77 make it lively and that helps to deliver a lot of stability on off-center strikes too. Ultimately, it is a very forgiving and playable club, despite its compact profile, and in our opinion, will suit slower swingers and any golfer only just getting into the game.

Wedges

The excellent Ram Tour Grind Wedges resting on the green

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One of the highest spinning wedges on the market

Specifications

Lofts : 50º-60º
Grinds : Tour grind (3 bounce angles)
Finishes: 2 (Silver; Black)

Reasons to buy

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Incredible levels of spin
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Pleasing turf interactionEmpty List

Reasons to avoid

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Hard to flight on full shots

The Ram Tour Grind wedge is a seriously impressive chipper that punches well above its weight. Starting with the visuals on show here, and this wedge was comfortably one of the best looking options on this list thanks to its minimalist looks and sleek design. The club comes in two finishes, a shiny steel colorway and a black finish that both look excellent behind the ball. It does have the club's lofts stamped in bold which may not appeal to every golfer but certainly appealed to us. At address, the top line was a little chunky, compared to many of the best golf wedges yet still looked inviting behind the ball. 

One thing we really enjoyed about this wedge was the balance it offered, which was on the heavy side if anything, which is a positive in our view. It really excels around  the greens and we were blown away by the spin we were able to generate from the precision milled grooves. The feel off the face was a little firm but I had such confidence when trying to play a shot that required full control.

As every golfer knows, it can be one of the worst feelings in the world when you chunk a wedge, but the turf interaction on offer here was stunning and we loved the bounce options on offer that made it very easy to open the face of this club. Ultimately, this is one of the best golf wedges for mid handicappers and a club that certainly holds its own against some of the big hitters in the wedge game. 

The excellent MacGregor V Foil Wide Sole Sand Wedge showing off its forgiving club head5 Stars

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Very forgiving on miss-hits

Specifications

Lofts: 66º
Grinds: 1 grind option
Finishes: Stainless steel

Reasons to buy

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Helps to reduce fat and thin chips
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Promotes straighter shots
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Confidence-inducing

Reasons to avoid

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Right hand only

The MacGregor V Foil Wide Sole Sand Wedge is designed for players looking to improve their chipping. It is built to boost your confidence with a wedge in your hands and comes with a wide sole that MacGregor say reduces miss-hits by eradicating the chance of hitting fat and thin shots. Looking at the club's visuals, it boasts a very cool stainless steel finish with some cool inscriptions on the club that make it feel like a traditional yet high tech wedge. 

Behind the ball, we found the thicker sole certainly does instil more confidence in the golfer holding the club. It also looks lofted behind the ball which helps to make you feel like you can get the ball up into the air quickly. We found it very easy to open the club face and get right under the ball, akin to some of the best high bounce wedges on the market. It was also excellent when exiting bunkers and really scored at shots where we would normally opt to play one of the best lob wedges

Putters

Inesis High MOI Putter showing off its very cool milled club face

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A high MOI putter that comes at an excellent value price

Specifications

Head type: Mallet

Reasons to buy

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Clear alignment system
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Sits very well at address
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Forgiving performance

Reasons to avoid

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Face grooves more style than substance

The Inesis High MOI Putter delivers excellent consistency and forgiveness around the greens. It is one of the best putters for beginners looking to improve their confidence on longer putts. It boasts a very cool sci-fi look with the steel body being contrasted against the darker nickel chrome head. That helps to create a good alignment aid, which is enhanced by a long sight line that helped us frame the ball on the green. 

The highlight of this club was how stable it was. It comes with a high MOI thanks to a deep weighting system that pushes the mass of the club back to its corners, helping you to hit upwards and put a decent roll on the golf ball. Testing showed us the feel on the face was a little firm, thanks to the semi-rigid TPU pad face insert, but that helped to ensure we got a smooth and consistent roll on each putt. Ultimately it is one of the more forgiving options on this list that also comes in at a great value price. 

Odyssey White Hot OG Putter

Odyssey White Hot OG Putter showing off its mallet design on a green background

Boasting the iconic Odyssey white face insert, this is an excellent feeling club

Specifications

Head type: Compact mallet

Reasons to buy

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Iconic face insert
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Stroke Lab shaft aids feel

Reasons to avoid

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Retro look might not appeal to all

One of the best Odyssey putters available right now, the White Hot OG is a stunning half-moon mallet putter that boasts a classic design that will certainly catch the eye of any traditional golfers. The club comes with a simplistic look that is contrasted by the red Stroke Lab shaft and it looks stunning. Behind the ball the club sits nicely and looks pretty large despite its compact shape. IT comes witha. clean black sight line and that makes it very easy to align. 

Odyssey have been innovating to add new technology to this club to improve its stability through impact and we found it noticeably matches up to some of the best putters on the market. The White Hot insert on this club, as you'd expect, delivers a firm yet satisfying feel we remembered from the original White Hot putters. And the addition of the 'candy apple red' Stroke Lab shaft helps to improve the balance of the club, making putts seem fluid and like a pendulum. What's really great here is that this is an excellent value for money putter considering the amount of tech Odyssey have crammed in here. 

Wilson Staff Infinite Buckingham Putter

Wilson Staff Infinite Buckingham Putter Review

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A lightweight, high MOI putter that offers excellent stability

Specifications

Head type: High MOI

Reasons to buy

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Counter-balance technology provides for smoother putting strokes
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Comes with an oversize grip
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Great value

Reasons to avoid

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Design and size won't suit everyone

This putter is an addition to the excellent Wilson Staff range of clubs and a very recognizable head shape that has become increasingly popular in mallet putters across the market and one of the most forgiving putters too. As with all the Infinite range, the Buckingham features counterbalance technology which combines a heavier head and grip weights, moving the balance point closer to the hands for a smoother and more controlled putting stroke, which we really enjoyed during our testing sessions

The Buckingham comes with an oversize grip as standard which is great for golfers who use a claw grip, or golfers who find themselves gripping too hard on a thin grip and want a softer feel. It also comes with a double-milled face which we found delivered a very pleasant soft thud at impact. But don't be discouraged if you dislike a soft feel as there's plenty of power here too! At a very competitive retail price with a premium look and feel, the Wilson Staff Infinite Buckingham is a great option at an excellent price. 

How we test golf clubs

Our testing for golf clubs is built upon a comprehensive process combined with the knowledge and expertise of the Golf Monthly test team. Our team usually attend product launches and then when it comes to our actual testing, we first try clubs in a controlled environment. This usually takes place on an indoor simulator at Foresight Sports, with premium balls and the GCQuad launch monitor.

Next up is outdoor testing, which takes place at several different golf clubs. We think it is vitally important to do both and continue to test the clubs so they have been comprehensively put to the test in different conditions. It should also be mentioned that manufacturers cannot pay for a good review and we make our conclusions from the testing and our experiences. This is because we strive to give the best reviews possible so you can get a greater understanding of the clubs themselves.

How to choose golf clubs

Buying any new golf club can be a very difficult purchase. Particularly if you're looking for a value for money set, there are a ton of things to keep in mind, which can make shopping for new golf sticks an overwhelming process. Thankfully, we're here to give you a few tips we've learned over the years that will help you make the most informed buying decision. Check out our top tips below! 

1. Fitting sessions

Something that we like to mention quite often is the importance of going for a club fitting session before you purchase your next set of clubs. Golf clubs don't come cheap so it's wise to ensure that the clubs you're buying are purposefully tailored to your height, swing speed and aspirations as a player. The benefits of getting a custom fitting are laid out in our guide can a custom fitting save my single figure handicap

2. Price

The cost of living crisis is taking a big hit on everyone's wallets, and golfers are starting to have to think a little more savvy about the type of clubs they're buying. It's good to always have an idea of your budget and experience level before you head down to your local shop to pick up a new set of clubs. And when shopping, make sure to look out for the clubs that can offer you the best durability, value and enjoyment. Check out our guides to the best budget golf drivers and best budget irons for more examples.

3. Experience level and golfing aspirations

Manufacturers produce golf clubs for players of a variety of different experience levels and golfers can sometimes get caught into the trap of buying the most expensive gear that actually won't necessarily help them play better. Ultimately, you want to get the club that either matches your experience level, or will help you improve. That's why, no matter what club you're buying, it is worth establishing which club is best for you as for example the best blade irons will not be suitable for beginner golfers and likewise the best golf irons for beginners won't help a single figure handicapper lower their scores. 

4. Gapping

You'll also need to think carefully about what clubs you already have in your bag while taking into account your stock yardages. Most experienced golfers keep a broad range of clubs in their bag that allow them to cover all distances out on the course. To save money and weight in your bag, it's therefore good to take into consideration the range of clubs you're planning on purchasing so you don't end up doubling up by accident. 

For more advice on getting some excellent value golf gear, why not check out our guides to the best value golf balls, best value golf watches and our guide on the best value golf push carts.

FAQs

Do cheap golf clubs make a big difference?

Depending on your experience level and aspirations in the game, cheap golf clubs can make a difference. If you're a singled figure handicapper looking for better performance and distance from your irons then perhaps a cheap set may not be the best way to go. But if you're a higher handicap, social golfer looking to have fun on the course, then a cheaper set of clubs may be perfect for you! 

How much should I spend on golf clubs?

That is a question that depends solely on what you want to spend depending on your experience level and how much you play the game. Golf clubs get more expensive depending on their performance attributes. That means more experienced players will want to spend more on them to get more out of their clubs. If you're a beginner or someone who doesn't play as regularly then there might not be much logic in shelling out on a state of the art set of golf clubs and a more value for money set might be more suitable. 

Should I buy second hand golf clubs?

Absolutely, provided you are happy with the condition they are in and the price you're paying for them. It's always good to ensure you're buying second hand golf gear from trusted retailers who have refurbished those clubs. 

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