If you’re a golfing novice, the equipment can be intimidating and difficult to make sense of. A new set of irons is a considerable investment, so you want to get this purchase right in order to gain the most enjoyment from golf.
Most manufacturers feature what’s known as a ‘game improvement’ set within their line-up. Generally speaking, these irons are designed to get the ball up in the air quickly. They also tend to be larger and more forgiving.
Finding the right club for your game is no easy task, but we’ve simplified the process for you. Here’s our selection of the best golf clubs for beginners.
Part of Callaway’s extensive line-up, this set is long, accurate and easy-to-hit. The key technologies focus on the face of the club – 360 Face Cup and VFT – which give golfers more speed across the entire face. Meanwhile, vibration dampening microspheres have been placed behind the face of the club head, which enhances the sound and feel.
Power Holes located around the entire club head minimise contact between the body and face. This helps maximise flex and expand the sweet spot, generating greater ball speeds across the whole face. For beginners struggling to find the centre of the clubface consistently, shots off the heel and toe will be more accurate.
These clubs are very forgiving thanks to a significant relocation of weight. Furthermore, the Custom Tuning Port in the cavity has been removed and tungsten weights have been added in the hosel and toe for extra flexibility. Face hinging and a larger ‘flexing zone’ increases ball speeds for more distance, whilst feel and sound have been improved with a co-molded badge that dampens vibrations.
As tempting as a set of Mizuno blades are, mid to high handicappers should set their sets on this model – a slimmed down version of the Hot Metal. The open heel section spreads perimeter weighting to the rest of the clubhead for added stability, while the Chromoly 4140M material allows the face to be thinner and, therefore, faster.
The TaylorMade M6 irons are designed to produce explosive distance and maximum forgiveness. They achieve this through their new Speed Bridge technology, which connects the top-line with the back bar of the iron to increase rigidity. The Speed Pocket on the sole allows more flexibility and speed generating distance. Meanwhile, Inverted Cone Technology maximizes the sweet spot and promotes straighter shots.
This is Cobra’s longest, fastest and most forgiving iron. Whilst they will appeal to lower handicap players, game improvers with moderate to faster swing speeds will definitely benefit from the technology on offer. The impressive levels of forgiveness are achieved with added mass placed low and back using a belt of steel that wraps around the back of the iron.
The long irons have a low-profile shape to keep the centre of gravity low for a higher launch – something game improvers will really appreciate. Meanwhile, the short irons are more compact with less offset, making them easier to control.
This set will appeal to mid handicappers, as well as those who are new to the game and have always wanted to play Titleist clubs. A hollow construction is used in the long irons, while the remainder of the set features irons with a 360-degree undercut cavity, wide soles and thin faces. High-density tungsten is used in the toe sections to improve forgiveness (4-7 iron).
This set ticks all the boxes. Although the Srixon Z 585 irons will appeal to low handicap golfers, they also offer game-improvement features in a compact, workable head shape. The Tour V.T. Sole aids consistent ball strikes with smooth turf interaction, and the long irons – so often a source of frustration for beginners – feature wider soles for extra forgiveness.
The Predator irons are well worth considering, especially for those on a stricter budget. They are designed to offer a high Moment of Inertia for added forgiveness. Meanwhile, the thick topline should inspire confidence at address. They are also available in four different colour options – black, orange, green and yellow.
Be mindful that a number of game-improvement sets give you the option to swap your long irons for hybrids, which many beginners find easier to hit.
Players of all levels have so much to gain by getting custom fitted. Beginners, especially, can make rapid improvements by getting the right set and golf ball for their own game. For that reason, visit your local professional or fitting expert and avoid buying straight from the shelf.