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Best Golf Clubs For Every Category In 2023

Buying a new set of golf clubs can be both exciting and stressful. There are so many options available and you have to select a driver, fairway woods, irons, wedges, and a putter. There are numerous different brands, models, and styles. Do you want a full set of Titleist golf clubs or would you prefer to mix and match Callaway, Cobra, and TaylorMade?

Embrace this opportunity to test out new golf clubs that you haven’t used in the past. Don’t be in rush, instead take your time before you make a selection. You’ll be using this golf club set for years and you don’t want to have buyer’s remorse. We can help you make informed decisions. Look at this as your buying guide to fill up your golf bag!

We’ve scanned the golf marketplace and developed a list of our favorite golf clubs. Every golfer’s dream set of clubs will be different, but you can’t go wrong with the golf equipment we’ve highlighted below. Don’t worry ladies, we have listed our favorite women’s golf clubs as well.

What are you waiting on? Let’s get started!

Best Golf Clubs Per Category

Best Golf Drivers

You’ll use your golf driver more than any other club in your bag with the exception of your putter. It gets every par 4 & par 5 started and can significantly impact your score (good or bad). It’s the club you should hit the farthest and is arguably the most existing golf club to buy.

As the golf saying goes, “tee it high and let it fly.” All of the drivers we’ve highlighted are available for both right-handed and left-handed players and come with a matching headcover.

Callaway Rogue ST Max Driver

Speed kills and in this case, it kills the golf ball. The Callaway Rogue ST Max driver includes a groundbreaking new Tungsten Speed Cartridge structure that places 26 grams low and deep in the driver’s head.

This provides you with maximum ball speed even on off-center strikes. Callaway has kept their popular Jailbreak Speed Frame from previous offerings. You’ll love crushing this driver down the fairway.

Callaway Rogue ST Max Driver

Pros:
  • Callaway Golf is one of golf’s top brands and is known for making high-quality drivers that perform well for both scratch golfers and high handicappers
  • We love the Jailbreak technology - it has been helping golfers hit better drives for years (it was also available in the Rogue and Mavrik)
  • Options are always nice and the Callaway Rogue ST Max driver gives you several different graphite shafts to choose from - an option for all swing speeds
Cons:
  • New golf drivers tend to be expensive, but the Callaway Rogue ST Max Driver is on the higher end

 

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    Cobra LTDX Driver

    Spin is an interesting topic in the world of golf. You want more spin when hitting your golf wedges, but you want less from your golf driver. Less spin with your driver means more distance and that was the focus when Cobra engineered their LTDx driver. The PWR-COR Technology positions a substantial amount of weight low and forwards for faster ball speed with reduced spin.

    Cobra LTDX Driver

    Pros:
    • We love the Cobra brand - all of their golf equipment performs well and has a “cool vibe” you don’t get with other companies
    • A unique option on the market, you have two different choices on the color of your LTDx driver (matte black/golf fusion or gloss peacoat/red)
    • To play your best golf you need confidence. The LTDx looks great when you address the ball, giving you the swagger to make a great golf swing.
    Cons:
    • Cobra offers solid options for your graphite shaft, but not as many as other drivers on our list
    • A recurring theme on our list of best golf drivers, you’ll need to save up to afford the Cobra LTDx

    TaylorMade Stealth Ladies Golf Driver

    Don’t worry, we aren’t only focused on men’s golf clubs. We know that ladies also love to smoke drives down the middle and the Stealth Ladies driver by TaylorMade is an awesome option. The vast majority of drivers have used titanium for their club face for close to 20 years, but TaylorMade decided to try something different. The Stealth is built with a Carbon face!

    TaylorMade Stealth Ladies Golf Driver

    Pros:
    • The “Carbon face” sounds like a marketing campaign, but we’re sold - the golf ball jumps off this club
    • The Stealth Ladies driver is a visually striking golf club - the metallic finish and red face will make you stand out on the first tee
    • The Inertia Generator on the sole of the club is a unique feature that’ll help you generate more speed
    Cons:
    • On a list of expensive drivers, this product from TaylorMade is near the top - prepare for a case of sticker shock
    • Sad to say that this club can be hard to find in a left-handed model

    PING G425 Max Driver

    You may have noticed that the driver is all about more distance. PING has achieved this goal with a 26-gram movable weight and a T9S+ forged face. Refined crown turbulators reduce aerodynamic drag for increased swing speed and ball velocity.

    PING G425 Max Driver

    Pros:
    • We still wouldn’t call it cheap, but you may find the price tag on the PING G425 more reasonable than other options on our list
    • PING is a high-quality golf brand and you can trust the golf equipment they develop
    • Movable weight, Dragonfly, forged face, and internal ribbing - there’s a lot of technology in this driver that’ll help you play your best
    Cons:
    • Less graphite shaft options than other clubs on our list
    • The G425 has an unusual look at address (due to the turbulators) - this is a personal preference thing - you might love it, you might hate it

    Titleist TSR2 Driver

    Titleist makes the most popular driver on the PGA tour, so it’s probably good enough for your game. The TSR2 is designed for the player that needs forgiveness and wants high launch combined with low spin. It has a new Multi-Plateau VFT face to boost speed across the face. This means that even when you don’t hit it perfectly, it’ll still travel.

    Titleist TSR2 Driver

    Pros:
    • You’ll immediately look like a “player” when you show up on the first tee with a Titleist driver.
    • Do you like options? Titleist offers more shaft options than any other company. It can be overwhelming, but you should be able to find the perfect one for your swing speed.
    • All of the drivers on our list provide you with options to adjust loft and/or lie angle, but Titleist has the most complete system (SureFit Hosel) - you can make it your own
    Cons:
    • This golf club wins the award for the most expensive driver on our list

     

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      Best Fairway Woods

      Before you start shopping for new fairway woods you need to make a couple of decisions. First, how many do you plan to carry? Most golfers will have a 3-wood, but the more interesting strategy involves a 5-wood versus a long iron or a hybrid club.

      Second, do you want your fairway woods to “match” your driver? If you’re interested, our feedback would be to pick your favorite club - don’t worry if it’s a different brand and/or model than your driver.

      TaylorMade Stealth Fairway

      Similar to its older brother (Stealth driver) the Stealth fairway woods are with carbon instead of titanium. All of the Stealth woods come with the Fujikura Ventus Red shaft and you can buy a 3-wood, 5-wood, 7-wood, and/or a 9-wood.

      https://www.taylormadegolf.com/Stealth-Fairway/DW-TA031.html?lang=en_US

      Pros:
      • The Stealth fairway woods are easy to hit - they have a larger profile (sweet spot) than other options on the market
      • It’s a beautiful-looking club - well designed to give you confidence when you stand over the ball
      • It has been built with the TaylorMade “twist face” technology that helps you hit straighter shots even when you miss the center of the club
      Cons:
      • We have no doubt you’ll love this club, but you may not enjoy the price tag - it’ll hit you in the wallet
      • For the price, we’d like a couple more options for the shaft

      Callaway Rogue ST Max Fairway Wood

      The Rogue ST MAX Fairway Wood model will fit a wide of golfers who want speed, forgiveness, and all-around performance. It does have a slight draw-bias so you may want to consider this club if you tend to fight a slice.

      Callaway Rogue ST Max Fairway Wood

      Pros:
      • We love choices and Callaway does not disappoint - you can choose from several different shafts (both stock and custom) and this club is available as a 3-wood, 5-wood, 7-wood, 9-wood, and an 11-wood
      • The Rogue ST Max has the same “jailbreak” technology that we love in Callaway drivers
      • It has been designed to be easy to hit and provide you with consistent distance even if you don’t hit it perfectly
      Cons:
      • The draw bias can be a turn-off for some players - lower handicaps may feel it is more of a game improvement club
      • We hate to say it again, but this club is expensive

      Cobra Ladies LTDX Max Fairway Wood

      When you purchase women’s golf clubs you want to feel like they were designed to perform for you. Cobra was successful in this quest with their LTDX fairway wood. The LTDx MAX fairway combines forgiveness with draw bias. The design features a unique colorway, a lighter shaft, and a smaller grip for better comfort and feel.

      Cobra Ladies LTDX Max Fairway Wood

      Pros:
      • We love how this club looks - black and silver head with light-pink accents
      • Built for forgiveness and reduced spin, this club will help you hit longer and straight shots
      • A lightweight head and shaft will allow you to swing with more speed
      Cons:
      • The draw bias is something to avoid if you hit a natural hook
      • Limited options - no left-handed option available and only made as 3-wood, 5-wood, and 7-wood

       

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        Ping G425 Max Fairway

        In the G425 fairway woods, you’ll find two shared PING innovations known as “Facewrap” and “Spinsistency” combine to deliver more distance and spin predictability for carrying trouble and landing softly on the green.

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        Pros:
        • The steel “Facewrap” will provide you with higher-launching shots that go farther
        • “Spinsistency” is a funny-sounding word, but we like the concept. The face is designed to help when you miss the center of the clubface
        • Adjustability options are helpful - you can change the lie and loft of the G425 fairway woods
        Cons:
        • Only one stock graphite shaft is available - you can select others, but they come with an additional cost

        Cobra Golf Speedzone Fairway

        The Cobra SPEEDZONE fairway features a traditional shape with back weighting and a slightly shallower face for easy launch and high, towering trajectories. You can select from two different color combinations for the head (black/yellow, matte black/white).

        Cobra Golf Speedzone Fairway

        Pros:
        • High-quality fairway woods for a reasonable price - the best price on our list
        • The “speed rails” are similar to the popular “baffler” concept - designed to help you get the ball in the air
        Cons:
        • You won’t have as many options are other clubs on our list - available as a 3-wood, 5-wood, or 7-wood

        Best Hybrid Golf Clubs

        Hybrid golf clubs can be a golfer’s best friend. They’re easier to hit from the rough and have a bigger sweet spot than a long iron. Always keep in mind that you can only carry 14 clubs in your golf bag, so when you add a hybrid you’ll need to remove a fairway wood or an iron.

        Callaway Apex UW

        Callaway engineers took a unique approach when building the Apex UW - the goal was to combine the best features of higher lofted fairway woods with the best features of hybrids. The result was a club that is trusted by PGA tour professionals like Xander Schauffele.

        Callaway Apex UW

        Pros:
        • Designed to work on all surfaces - performs well from the tee, the fairway, and the rough
        • Provides high-velocity ball speed using Callaway’s “jailbreak” technology
        • Looks great at address - promotes confidence
        Cons:
        • Designed for low handicaps and scratch golfers - not a game improvement club
        • Very expensive for the hybrid category - costs the same as a fairway wood and some drivers

        TaylorMade Sim 2 Max Rescue

        Building on the popularity of its predecessor, SIM2 Max Rescue brings PGA tour-validated performance to golfers at every level. Increased forgiveness and launch properties are powered by a redesigned sole with precision weighting.

        TaylorMade Sim 2 Max Rescue

        Pros:
        • We love the options - you can find this hybrid as a 3-hybrid, 4-hybrid, 5-hybrid, 6-hybrid, or 7-hybrid
        • The “Twist Face” technology that’s popular in TaylorMade drivers and fairway woods will help you hit straighter golf shots
        • A club for every golfer - designed to be used by players of all abilities
        Cons:
        • Only available with one shaft and three flexes (senior, regular, stiff)

         

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          Callaway Golf Women’s Rogue Hybrid

          The Callaway Women’s Rogue Max OS Lite family is an easy-to-swing lightweight option that’s available from a 3 hybrid to an 8 hybrid. Perfect for the golfer that wants to avoid hitting too many iron shots.

          Callaway Golf Women’s Rogue Hybrid

          Pros:
          • The ability to use a hybrid down to your 8-iron is unique - an option for game improvement for higher handicap players
          • Includes all of Callaway’s best technology: “jailbreak”, artificial intelligence optimized face, and 24g of tungsten
          • The over-sized shape creates a larger sweet spot
          Cons:
          • Lower handicap players may prefer a small profile
          • Callaway has confidence in its hybrid offerings and the price reflects that confidence - an expensive golf club

          PING G425 Hybrid

          PING didn’t break the mold with their G425 hybrid collection. They leverage the same technology they used to build their fairway woods and created high-performing hybrids.

          PING G425 Hybrid

          Pros:
          • PING innovations Facewrap and Spinsistency combine to deliver greater distance and spin predictability
          • Adjustability is a nice feature - you can tweak the loft and lie of these hybrids
          • PING pricing is reasonable compared to other high-end hybrids on the market
          Cons:
          • Only one stock shaft is available - you will have to pay extra if you want something different

          Mizuno CLK

          With an eight-way adjustable hosel, the CLK hybrid can be precisely set to fill the distance gap between your longest iron and shortest fairway wood. The CLK is designed to work for golfers of all abilities.

          Mizuno CLK

          Pros:
          • Mizuno is a well-known golf brand and has a history of making great-looking, high-quality golf clubs
          • The combination of adjustability and available options (16 degrees, 19 degrees, 22 degrees, 25 degrees) will allow you to create the perfect hybrid to fill any gap in your bag
          Cons:
          • Personal preference - the Mizuno CLK has a very small head - you might love it or you might prefer something a bit larger
          • Premium golf club comes with a premium price

          Best Golf Irons

          The bad news is that your iron set will be the most expensive equipment you buy. The good news is that you’ll get over half of your golf clubs when you make this purchase.

          TaylorMade P790 Irons

          The P790 golf irons by TaylorMade are designed to strike the golf ball with force and power. This popular line of clubs is a favorite for all players but is best suited for golfers that typically break 90.

          TaylorMade P790 Irons

          Pros:
          • These golf irons are long! Most players will gain one full club when they switch to P790s - your 7-iron distance will now be an 8-iron
          • We love the “intelligent sweet spot” - the sweet spot lower is on the face to naturally capture more shots and provide performance where golfers need it most
          • For our money, the best feeling irons on the market
          Cons:
          • Not a game improvement iron set - high handicappers should probably avoid
          • Might be too long - do you need to hit your 7-iron 200 yards?

           

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          Cobra T-Rail Women’s Iron Combo Set

          Are you looking for a new set of irons, but hate hitting iron shots? The Cobra T-Rail hybrid-iron combo set might be exactly what you need.

          Cobra T-Rail Women’s Iron Combo Set

          Pros:
          • Hollow construction in every club creates powerful speed and distance - making it easier to get the ball in the air
          • This game improvement set of irons will improve your ball striking
          • Economically priced - this set of irons will leave you some extra cash to spend on your driver
          Cons:
          • Clubs are bulky - not for you if you prefer a smaller look at address
          • Designed to help high handicappers get better - competitive golfers will prefer a different option on our list

          Callaway Mavrik Irons

          The Callaway Mavrik Irons were developed with Callaway's groundbreaking A.I. technology and machine learning. The long irons are designed for launch and speed. Mid-irons are engineered for speed and spin consistency and the short irons are for precision and pinpoint shot-making.

          Callaway Mavrik Irons

          Pros:
          • Callaway first started offering this set of irons a couple of years ago, which means you can get great clubs for a reduced price
          • Irons are designed for explosive ball speed - hit them solid and they’ll travel a long way
          • We love the Callaway brand - they’ve been making high-quality golf clubs for decades
          Cons:
          • There are newer models on the market - not the irons for you if you want the “latest and greatest”

          Cobra King Tour

          When you shop for golf irons you’ll probably see terms such as forged or cast, but Cobra found a third way to build clubs. The new KING Tour irons are the first irons created using Metal Injection Molding (MIM) Technology, the most precise way to make a precision iron.

          Cobra King Tour Irons

          Pros:
          • The MIM technology is an evolution in building golf irons - it allowed Cobra to try things that other companies can’t offer
          • Beautiful-looking golf clubs that are designed to perform in competition - engineered for players that take their game seriously
          • Tungsten weighting creates stability in the face when you miss the sweet spot
          Cons:
          • A premium set of irons comes with a premium price
          • Designed for PGA tour players and low handicappers - if this doesn’t describe your game, look elsewhere

          Mizuno Pro 223

          The Mizuno Pro 223 conceals a ball speed-enhancing construction within the frame of a compact player’s cavity. In other words, they look like blades but provide you with the forgiveness you would expect in a cavity-back design. Have your cake and eat it, too.

          Mizuno Pro 223

          Pros:
          • Simply put, Mizuno makes the best-looking golf irons in the world
          • Great combination of size (small) and power (long)
          • Soft copper underlay - the Pro 223s are built with a microlayer of copper under the chrome which creates a pure and soft feel
          Cons:
          • The thin design looks great but can be intimidating if you prefer a larger sweet spot
          • The most expensive set of irons on our list

          Best Putters

          You’ve heard it a million times. You drive for show, but you putt for dough. This phrase is used far too often, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t true. No club in your bag will impact your scorecard like your putter. Learn to roll the rock and watch your scores start to drop. Below you’ll find our 4 favorite golf putters.

          Scotty Cameron Newport 2

          Scotty Cameron has been making top-of-the-line putters for years and the Newport 2 is their most famous model. It’s hard to top the putter that Tiger Woods has used to win 15 golf majors. The Newport 2 is a classic putter design done with the highest quality materials.

          Scotty Cameron Newport 2 Putter

          Pros:
          • Simply a pure putter - easy to the lineup and weighted perfectly to allow you to make a consistent stroke
          • Trusted by the best players in the world - if they have faith in Scotty Cameron putters when playing for millions of dollars, you can trust it in your weekend game
          Cons:
          • The only “con” is the price - they can cost as much as a new driver - it’s a huge investment in your short game

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            Odyssey Women’s Stroke Lab 2-Ball

            The Odyssey 2-ball putter is one of the most popular mallet designs in the history of golf. For this putter, it’s combined with the “stroke lab” shaft to create a club that everyone would be proud to place in their golf bag.

            Odyssey Women’s Stroke Lab 2-Ball

            Pros:
            • The “2-ball” alignment is easy to use and will improve your setup immediately
            • The multi-material shaft (Stroke Lab) is graphite at the top and steel at the bottom - this moves more of the weight to the head, giving a you better feel and touch
            • We love the color of the women’s Stroke Lab 2-ball - sort of a purple/blue
            Cons:
            • You may have to adjust to putting with a mallet - the ball comes off the face with more speed

            Odyssey Eleven Putter

            The Odyssey Eleven is the second straight mallet putter made by Odyssey to make our list. This is their newest line of putters - to create them, they combined unconventional thinking, a revolutionary new shape, and an all-new construction process.

            Odyssey Eleven Putter

            Pros:
            • You can count on the Odyssey brand - if you use an Odyssey putter you know you have a great product.
            • This line of putters comes with the “stroke lab” multi-material shaft, but they’ve extended the graphite section for even more feel.
            Cons:
            • The shape of the head is a bit bulky - you may not like the size of this mallet
            • Very expensive - not too far from the “Scotty Cameron” price

            TaylorMade Spider Tour 3

            The TaylorMade Spider mallet putter series has been popular for years. They work great for all players from the PGA tour to high handicappers. The Spider Tour 3 is a putter that you can trust under pressure.

            TaylorMade Spider Tour 3

            Pros:
            • The “Pure Roll” insert increases topspin and improves forward roll for distance control - it’ll help you keep your ball smoothly rolling on the ground
            • TaylorMade has placed some “foam” behind the face to reduce vibrations at impact - this produces a better feel for the golfer.
            • The design of the head helps you keep it square at impact - a square face means you hit your putts online more often.
            Cons:
            • Some players may not like the size of the head - it’s fairly large
            • Learning speed control may take some time - the ball can “jump” off the face

            Best Wedges

            Our final category of golf clubs is wedges. You could call these your “scoring clubs” because they are used when you are inside 100 yards from the hole. Learning to hit your wedges close to the hole will help you make more birdies and save more pars. You will need to decide the brand and model you prefer & how many wedges you want to add to your set.

            Titleist Vokey SM8 Tour Wedge

            Titleist Vokey SM8 wedges feature the most complete lineup of loft, bounce, and grind combinations. Bob Vokey knows that trust is earned, never given. He and his team grind every day to improve the feel and function of the wedges they craft.

            Titleist Vokey SM8 Tour Wedge

            Pros:
            • Titleist Vokey wedges are used on the PGA tour, so you don’t need to worry about their quality
            • Great options - you can pick from loft, bounce, and grind options to determine the perfect set of wedges for you
            • No doubt, these are high-performing wedges
            Cons:
            • This type of premium product comes with a premium price
            • The options can be overwhelming - you may need help to select the correct bounce and grind

            Callaway Women’s Jaws MD5 Wedge

            JAWS MD5 Wedges are crafted by Callaway Chief Designer Roger Cleveland with total performance: premium shapes, striking finishes, outstanding feel, unique versatility, and exceptional spin.

            Callaway Women’s Jaws MD5 Wedge

            Pros:
            • You want your ball to spin when it lands on the green and the Jaws MD5 has teeth - they were built with aggressive grooves to help your ball stop quickly
            • Great shaft - the women’s Jaws MD5 wedge comes with a lightweight graphite shaft
            Cons:
            • Some golfers may prefer a steel shaft in their wedges - which would require a custom request

            Cleveland CBX ZipCore Wedge

            Cleveland’s CBX ZipCore delivers the perfect blend of performance and forgiveness for golfers that are looking to step up their short game. You can select from 8 different lofts and can decide between graphite or a steel shaft.

            Cleveland CBX ZipCore Wedge

            Pros:
            • The “ZipCore” is a lightweight, low-density core that sits at the heart of the club. It reduces vibrations and improves forgiveness
            • Designed with two extra groove lines than a typical wedge - more groove contact across the board means even off-center shots will spin
            • The dynamic sole changes as the wedges have more loft - making it easier to select the correct wedge for your game
            Cons:
            • The head is a bit bulky - some players may be turned off by this look

            Mizuno T22

            In the “Iron category” we talked about Mizuno irons being a premium product and the same can be said for their T22 wedges. PGA tour player Luke Donald is famous for his short game and he feels that these wedges are unrivaled for touch and feel around the green.

            Mizuno T22 Wedge

            Pros:
            • We love the different finish options - you can select from Denim Copper, Satin Chrome, and Raw
            • You can select from 4 different grinds (S, D, C, X) depending on how you want your wedge to perform
            • Designed for great players and trusted by professional golfers around the world
            Cons:
            • You’re getting a “top of the line” golf club, but you’ll pay for it
            • Not game improvement wedges - higher handicaps should consider other options

            Take Your Time - Find The Best Set Of Clubs For Your Game!

            We hope our golf club buying guide has helped! Shopping for a new set of golf clubs can be overwhelming - so many options for both brands and costs. Instead of letting the process stress you out, embrace it. Enjoy the search! You can find the perfect clubs for your game and there’s nothing more exciting than the first time you take them to the golf course.

            Good luck, play well and we hope your new clubs bring you years of birdies and pars.

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