This is great value and expansive offering for beginner golfers. The irons, driver, 3-wood and carry bag are well made and perform just as a beginner would need. It's a shame the putter felt like an afterthought and the steel shafts in the hybrids are a strange addition. If you can look past these inconveniences however, it's a great value set that is built to last.
Forgiving irons and driver that offer plenty of distance
Lightweight and spacious carry bag
Putter is frustratingly bad
Hybrids are fitted with steel shafts so aren't easy to launch
By Dan Parker
The 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 £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 Golf Package Set Review
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 for under £400
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 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.
Now for some issues with this package set - issues that stopped it from being one of the best out there.
To start with, the putter is less than desirable. There's no milling or insert off the face so, no matter what ball you use, putts have a tendency to slide off the face left or right. Often putters are the place where manufacturers choose to save some money, and it feel like it here which is disappointing.
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.
Explainer: Should I Use Regular Or Steel Shafts?
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.
Dan is a recent graduate based in Solihull. Dan completed a Masters degree in International Journalism at the University of Sussex, where he started his own cricket podcast and website.
Throughout his studies, Dan worked for American Golf branches in West Sussex and Coventry, becoming a custom fit specialist during his two years with the company.
Dan primarily looks after buyer's guides and equipment reviews on the Golf Monthly website, but also can be found on the occasional opinion piece online.
Dan is a left handed golfer, has a handicap index of 10 and is a member at Fulford Heath Golf Club in Worcestershire.
Dan is currently playing: Driver: Cobra King Speedzone Fairway: Cobra King Speedzone Hybrid: TaylorMade Rocketballz 21° Irons: Wilson Staff D7 (5-GW) Wedges: Cleveland RTX 3 52°, 56° Putter: Wilson Staff Infinite Buckingham
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