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The Best Golf Clubs For Beginners

As a PGA Golf Instructor, I am frequently asked to recommend golf club sets for beginners. The most important factor in finding the best golf club sets for beginners is cost and quality. I see so much money wasted on bad clubs that were cheap, and used clubs that don't fit . On this page I will feature golf clubs I recommend to my beginner golf students. These clubs will fit your beginner golf budget and needs. If you are a woman, please visit the Women's Golf page to find my golf suggestions for you.

I have tested all of the clubs on this page. Beginner golf clubs must meet my criteria of price, quality and playability. These clubs meet or surpass my criteria.  You can feel confident purchasing any of these beginner golf sets. If you are looking for the complete box set, scroll down to beginner golf sets between $200- $500, and the best beginner set under $200. 

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The Best Golf Set For Beginners:            Hireko - Custom Fit Golf Clubs at Discount Prices!

What I recommend as the best starter set of golf clubs is a partial set, with the ability to fill in clubs later. Hireko Golf is a golf club component company that sells their clubs a la cart. This option allows you to order a few clubs now, hit and play with them, determine which clubs you like the best and what clubs you need, then fill in the gaps. Therefore, your starter set of clubs will become your full set of clubs, so the original money you spent wasn't wasted on a cheap set of clubs. 

Hireko also allows you to choose custom club options which is great if you are a tall beginning golfer. You can make changes to the shaft length and flex, club head lie angle, type of shaft and grip. I will be glad to make recommendations for you, just send me an email, I will ask you some questions, and then make recommendations on customization.  

I don't want to get bogged down here discussing the quality of Hireko golf clubs, you can read that information on the Component Golf Clubs page of this site. What I want to discuss is the best starter golf set makeup. Here is the set makeup that I recommend:
  • Driver: 10.5 -12 degrees of loft. If you are a senior male go with the 12 degree driver
  • Fairway Wood: I would go with a 5 wood. It is easier to hit than the 3 wood
  • Hybrid: I would start with a #4 hybrid
  • Irons: Go with a 6, 8, PW, and SW. (PW and SW stand for pitching and sand wedges)
This set gives you the basic clubs you need and allows you to fill in clubs later after you determine what you like. Here are examples.

Example #1: Let's say you really like the hybrid in your set and you want to get more clubs, well then you would get a #3 and #5 hybrid to match your #4 hybrid. Then you get a 7 and 9 iron and you have a full set of clubs. 

Example #2: You really like the irons, but know you need hybrids for the longer irons in the set. So you fill in with a 5, 7, and 9 iron, and get a #3 hybrid, now you have a full set of irons. 

Example #3: You like your fairway wood a little more than the hybrid. Therefore you would get a #3 and #7 wood, and a 7 and 9 iron. Now you have a complete set. 

I would recommend you purchase golf clubs in the Acer models. Your final set will have a great look and you will love the end results. Also don't forget the putter. Click the Acer logo to see all of their golf clubs.   


             Acer XS Driver         Acer XS Hybrid                     Acer XS Iron             Acer XS High Trajectory Iron


                   Acer XB Sand Wedge                         Bionic Putter

Beginner Golf Sets from $200-$500

Adams Golf makes some great complete golf sets that are perfect for beginner men and women golfers. The golf club quality is excellent and the prices are great. The current Adams complete sets are the Speedline and Speedline Plus sets. The Speedline Plus set comes with one more hybrid, the 4h. You can find the Adams Speedline Set for $399 and the Speedline Plus set for $499. I am not sure the one extra club, for most beginners,  is worth the extra $100. If you are a more advanced player, then the extra club is worth the money.

What I like about Adams Golf and these sets, is the price has stayed the same over the past few years. They offer the beginning golf an affordable and quality set of clubs. You can play with this set for years to come. They also come in a left handed set.


Adams Golf Speedline Plus Regular Set                                         Adams Golf Speedline Complete Set, Right Hand, Steel, Uniflex

Adams Golf Speedline Plus Regular Set, Left Hand, Black/Red

Adams golf also makes a set of Speedline irons that are an inch long. This is the perfect beginner set of for the tall man. If you are 6 feet 2 inches or taller, this is a perfect golf set for you.

Adams Men's Speedline Plus Irons 4-GW- w/Steel Shafts +1in.

Beginner Golf Club Sets Under $200

My two favorite beginner golf club sets, for both men and women, under $200, are Confidence golf sets and the Palm Springs Visa Golf Clubs. Each set is complete with woods, hybrid, irons, putter, and bag. They are all you need to get started and several sets are available in left handed. What separates these sets from other beginner golf sets are the shafts. The shafts in the two sets are stiff enough to give you the solid feel at impact. Men should stay away from inexpensive sets with graphite shafted irons. I would recommend the steel shafted irons in these sets. The graphite shafts in the woods and hybrids are good. Click the links below for more information and prices of the individual sets. Visit the Womens Golf page for the selection of ladies clubs.

Men's Beginner Golf Sets:


Palm Springs Golf VISA MENS                                Confidence GOLF Mens POWER Hybrid Club Set & Stand Bag


Confidence Golf ESP LEFTY GRAPHITE & STEEL Hybrid Club Set + Stand Bag

If you are a tall man, 6 feet 3 inches or taller, Palm Springs makes a Visa set that is +1 inch. This would make a great set of beginner clubs for you.

Palm Springs Golf VISA Mens +1" TALL GRAPHITE & STEEL Club Set & Stand Bag

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