August 15

What Is A Good Beginner Set of Golf Clubs?

Golf Club Fitting


I’ve heard this one a few times: what is a good beginner set of golf clubs?

The thing is, there’s no real answer to this.  I’m loathe to use the word, as there really is no such thing in golf, but the “standard” set make-up goes something like this:

  • Driver
  • 3 wood
  • 5 wood
  • 3 iron to PW*
  • Sand Wedge
  • Putter

*Some sets will remove the three, four, and maybe the five irons in favor of hybrids.

Many of the “lower-tier” boxed sets come this way.  If this is all you can afford, they’ll work just fine.

I’m gonna put this out here now: if you wanted a set of all drivers, or all 4 irons, that’s perfectly legal.  It’s impractical as hell… but if you can (somehow) make it work, there’s nothing wrong with it.  Crazy, right?

The only Rule is to keep the amount of clubs in your bag at or below 14.

golf clubs

Here we have my set.  It looks like this:

  • Driver
  • 3 wood
  • 20* hybrid
  • 23* hybrid
  • 5 iron-PW
  • GW
  • SW
  • LW
  • Putter

I haven’t carried a five wood in over a decade.  The yardage between my 3 wood and 20* hybrid isn’t too long or too narrow for my liking.  For consistency in my short game, I like to carry a gap wedge (GW), as well.

golf wedge

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It doesn’t stop there.  If you don’t want to carry a driver, don’t.  Easy as that.  Hell, you don’t even have to carry a three wood, either; a four or five wood will also work.

The longest club in your bag should be one that you’re comfortable with- not what someone, somewhere, defined as being “standard”.

Using my set as a baseline, let’s say I’m not comfortable hitting driver right now, but I feel I need more help around the greens.  I could easily drop the driver and pick up a 64* “XW”.

In that configuration, I still have a “driver club” (the 3w), but it can pull double-duty as a club for long second shots from the fairway or rough.  I’ve also added yet another weapon to help me attack the greens.

Honestly, if you’re in the market for a beginner set of golf clubs, the options are limitless.  But it’s OK if you feel a little overwhelmed.  You want to make sure your sticks are going to work for you, not against you.

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This is where Ebay can really be your friend.  You can find all sorts of clubs, at all sorts of prices, that can easily work for you.  In some instances, you can come out ahead, price-wise, compared to buying one of those boxed sets.

Please, Try To Get Fitted For Your Clubs

I also feel obliged to say that you should try your hardest to get fitted for your clubs.  If we’re talking about golfing on a budget, it’s understandable that you might not want to spend the extra money on a fitting.

If that’s the case, try one of the free online fittings, like mine.  No online fitting will be as accurate as going to see a clubfitter in person, but it’ll be close enough to get you out and playing.

Wrapping It Up

To summarize, if you’re trying to figure out what your beginner set of golf clubs should look like, ask yourself a few questions:

  1. Do you need a driver?
  2. Do you need more help around the green, or with longer shots?
  3. Are you comfortable hitting long irons (the 3, 4, or 5)?

What’s your favorite combination of clubs?  If you don’t have one, feel free to ask me in the comments section!

About the author 

Justin Blair

Justin Blair is the founder of Green Lantern Golf. When he isn't bringing his 10+ years of excellent craftsmanship experience to golf club fitting, building, and repair, he's geeking out about Star Wars (he's watched them all about 8,437 times!) and things like the MCU and LOTR, he's drinking mead and craft brews. If you wanna know more, check out my About Page!

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