Choosing A Beginner Golf Set – What I Went With (Eventually)

August 7, 2017

beginners-golfAs readers of this blog will know, I recently took up the game of golf. For the first few weeks I was super motivated and managed to get to the golf driving range about 10 times in the first month. But inevitably work and life has very much got in the way of my desire to play more frequently.

Nonetheless last month I seriously got back into the game and I have now purchased a complete set of beginner golf clubs.

In this post I want to take you through the process I went though in terms of deciding what golf clubs to get.

For those of you who are not familiar with golf, there are 14 golf clubs in a standard set. They start with the Driver and fairway woods and move all the way through a set of golf irons and a putter.

More advanced golfers generally build up their set by buying individual clubs that suit their game, but as a beginner I decided to go for a complete set. This has two main benefits: 1. it is a lot cheaper to get a complete set and is of course more efficient to buy, 2. beginner sets are perfectly designed for those just getting into the game.

callaway-strata-ultimate-18-pieceThe set I went with is the Callaway Strata 18-piece (which includes a cool golf bag and head covers for the driver and fairway woods).

I have now used the set twice on the range and once on the course and I must say it is really good. The driver is amazing. The head is constructed from titanium, which is brilliant for distance and forgiveness, and the head size is huge. The maximum 460cc.

The fairway woods have steel heads and are provided in two variations – a 3-wood and a 5-wood.

One of the best parts about the Callaway Strata golf set is the hybrid woods that come standard with the package. The hybrids replace the difficult-to-hit long irons of the 3-5 irons.

In terms of the irons in the set, they start at the 6 iron and go through to a pitching wedge and a sand wedge. The addition of a sand wedge was one of the key differentiators for me, as many of the beginner sets don’t come with a sand wedge. The irons are also brilliantly designed for beginner and intermediate golfers. When I started golf I really found it difficult to hit the rental irons I was using. The reason was because of the offset on the irons shaft hosel and the weighting system. Better golfers don’t need much offset to hit their irons, but when starting out a good amount of offset is really helpful. The Strata irons from Callaway are perfectly designed for beginner golfers and have a good amount of offset and great weight.

Finally the putter in the Callaway golf set is very good. It has a milled face and great feel. Together with my new beginner golf balls I managed to score my first birdie with this set!

So all in all I’m delighted with my new beginners golf set. I will no doubt keep you posted on how I get on!