Strata Men's Golf Package Set Review

We take the Strata Men's Golf Package Set out on course to find out if it's the best value package set for beginners

Strata Men's Golf Package Set Review
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Golf Monthly Verdict

This is great value and expansive offering for beginner golfers. In testing the driver, hybrids and irons were super forgiving and offer plenty of distance. While the putter isn't as forgiving, we think this is a comprehensive and well-priced package set.

Reasons to buy
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    Forgiving, high launching irons and driver

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    Plenty of distance throughout the entire set

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    Lightweight and spacious carry bag

Reasons to avoid
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    Putter isn't very forgiving

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    Hybrids fitted with steel shafts meaning launch can be difficult

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Set Specifications

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Included in the setDriver, 3 Wood, 4 Hybrid, 5 Hybrid, 6-9 Iron, PW, SW, Putter, Stand Bag and 2 Head covers

Strata Men's Golf Package Set Review

A golf package set is an affordable and effective way those new to the game to quickly get out on course with all the gear. However, finding the right one can be a minefield and knowing which package sets have the right sort of clubs that will last for the right amount of time can be tricky. 

Prices can vary greatly too, with some best golf club sets ranging from $300 to north of $1000. This set from Strata represents the value end of the market and we wanted to see what it offered to golfers coming in to the game. As a left hander, I tested the left handed model, but it is also available in a right hand option too. The 'ultimate set' with 11 golf clubs is the focus of this review, but there is a nine piece set available too if you want even more value.  

Strata Men's Package set view of club organiser

A view of the Strata Men's Golf Package Set

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To start, you get an impressive amount of equipment for your money. Included with the excellent stand bag - more on that later - is a driver, 3-wood, 4-hybrid, 5-hybrid and a set of six iron from 6-SW. You also get a 35" blade putter - much more on that later too - leaving you with 11 clubs in total. It's a very complete set from this perspective offering beginners golfers the right range of clubs to have all bases covered out on course. With there being only 11 clubs, this leaves you options to add clubs to the maximum 14. Perhaps a lob wedge or a gap wedge could be added.

I was also incredibly impressed with the irons. The topline is nice and thick to inspire confidence at address while the generous amount of offset should suit those who tend to slice their irons. They come as standard with a regular flex shaft (there isn't a stiff option available), but this is the perfect set up for beginners.  Overall, the irons reminded us of the Callaway XR irons from a few years ago, and the quality of the grips and shafts are akin to a premium set of cavity back irons. For the price, it's impressive but I became frustrated with how quickly the faces scuffed up. 

The 7-iron of the Strata Men's Package Set at address

The 7-iron of the Strata set at address

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The driver is equally impressive, with the 460cc head and regular flex shaft offering the most forgiveness possible in the hardest club in the bag to hit. You can see a lot of the face at address and, combined with the large head, make it an appealing club to look down on. Beginners will no doubt love this driver and during testing I thought it was one of the best sounding drivers I've hit from a package set. While the regular shaft is on the whippier side of regular, there's no doubt this will suit those beginning their golfing journey.

The driver from address of the Strata men's package set

The driver at address of the Strata package set

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It wasn't quite the perfect package set, though. The putter is less than desirable because there's no milling or insert on the face so, no matter what ball you use, putts have a tendency to slide off the face left or right. It also felt very firm and a little harsh, especially on off-centre hits.

The putter also comes with no headcover, meaning the poor finish quality will easily get damaged as it clatters around the bag. I would personally recommend anyone who gets this package set look at the best cheap putters under £100 and invest a bit of extra cash here. The benefits will be significant on the greens and you'll get a headcover too. 

A final issue - albeit much less significant than the putter - is that the two hybrids in this set are fitted with steel shafts rather than traditional graphite. This is obviously another cost saving measure and, while is doesn't hinder the experience as much as the putter, it's not ideal.

The putter from the strata men's package set

The putter from the strata set

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Both hybrids were decent to hit off the tee, but out of the fairway or rough, the lack of extra flex meant they flew very low and were hard to launch. For a set aimed at beginner golfers, steel shafted hybrids aren't ideal. 

To end on a more positive note, the stand bag is very impressive. It's lightweight, comes with plenty of pockets and has excellent club storage in the top. It's not waterproof, but you wouldn't expect that in a package set at this price. Overall, this is a fun package set that should offer any beginner golfer great value for money and an enjoyable user experience. 

The driver, 3-wood and irons are ideal for the golfer in mind and should last for a number of years comfortably. Without a doubt the putter is frustrating, but that can easily be replaced at not too much cost. Given all of this, it was a no-brainer inclusion in our guide on the best golf club sets for beginners.

Dan Parker
Staff Writer

Dan has been with Golf Monthly team since 2021. He graduated with a Masters degree in International Journalism from the University of Sussex and looks after equipment reviews and buyer's guides, specializing in golf shoe, golf bag and golf cart reviews. Dan has now tested and reviewed over 30 pairs of golf shoes and is an expert in the field. A left-handed golfer, his handicap index is currently 6.5 and he plays at Fulford Heath Golf Club in the West Midlands. 

Dan is currently playing: 

Driver: TaylorMade Stealth 2 

Fairway: TaylorMade Stealth 2 15°, Ping G425 Max 21°

Hybrid: Ping G425 

Irons: Cobra King Tec Utility, Ping i230 (5-PW) 

Wedges: Ping Glide Forged Pro

Putter: TaylorMade Spider Tour X

Ball: TaylorMade TP5x