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Which Set of Golf Clubs to Buy for a Beginner

Updated on June 17, 2015
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Marian (aka Azure11) has been playing golf for over 20 years and has volunteered as a marshal at quite a number of golf tournaments.

Buying Golf Clubs For a Beginner

Golf is one of the most popular sports in the developed world and it is easy to understand why - it is a very social game and does not require a great level of fitness (for amateurs at least). It is a great way to spend sometime outdoors and have a bit of fun, whatever age you are.

So if you have just taken up golf, or maybe you know someone who has, then you may be looking for a set of beginner's golf clubs to start you off. Below are some ideas and some things you need to think about when buying your first set of clubs and hopefully some pointers to some good value clubs for beginners that will enable you to get out there and play whenever you like.

The main question really is should you buy new or used beginner golf clubs? There are pros and cons for both.

Used Golf Clubs:
If you think about buying a set of used golf clubs then you need to make sure they are still in good condition and not damaged as this could harm your game. You can search your local papers, go to a garage sale or look on the noticeboard of your local golf club to find a second hand set. If you do this then make sure you take someone along with you who knows about golf clubs so that they can advise you on what you are buying.

Alternatively you could look at possibly getting a reconditioned set of clubs from a well known brand such as Callaway. These are known as 'pre-owned' clubs and they will have been checked and classified according to their amount of use and condition so that you know exactly what you are getting.

You could also get a used set of beginner golf clubs from eBay and there are plenty of well-priced ones to choose from, often below $100. This could be a really good start if you just want to give golf a try before buying your own new set. See below for some eBay options.

Me and Tom Watson!
Me and Tom Watson!

Buying New Beginner Golf Clubs:

You could buy a new set of beginner clubs either from a well known brand name or else there are plenty of cheaper sets of clubs made often by Japanese companies that are perfectly usable for beginners. As you progress you will obviously want to upgrade your clubs but if you are starting out and are not sure whether you will take to golf or not then it is a good idea not to buy an expensive set of golf clubs to start with.

With these lesser-known brands you can often get a set of beginner golf clubs for under $100. You can also get a beginner set of golf clubs from one of the major manufacturers for under $200 - these brand new clubs will be perfectly good for a beginner and will obviously not have been used so the grips will not be worn and the clubs themselves will not be damaged with chips, scratches, dents etc as might happen with second hand golf clubs. These sets of golf clubs often come with a bag and include a driver, fairway woods, irons and a putter and will thus give you everything that new need to start playing (apart from some golf balls!).

Check out which types of clubs each beginner golf set comes with as there will be a slight variety in each set depending on the price but they will all have the most commonly used clubs that you will need when you start to play golf.

There are plenty of options for buying a set of golf clubs for a beginner so get yourself a set and then go out and find out how addictive/annoying/frustrating golf can be!

New Beginner Golf Clubs

Top-Flite XL 13-Piece Complete Golf Club Set
Top-Flite XL 13-Piece Complete Golf Club Set

Here is a great starter set of golf clubs that costs under $200. It is made by a well-known brand name, Top Flite and contains all of the clubs that you would need to play a round of golf, from a driver, through the irons, to a putter.

Callaway Golf Solaire 14-Piece Complete Club Set
Callaway Golf Solaire 14-Piece Complete Club Set

If you want to go for something that will last through from beginner to intermediate, then this is a great set of women's clubs from the top name in ladies clubs - Callaway. It contains a complete 14 piece set of clubs as well as a cart bag - all you will need.


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