Buying a new set of golf clubs can be a daunting prospect, but if you’re an avid golfer, you know exactly how important having the right clubs can be to your game. And since clubs usually require a fairly significant investment, you definitely want to make sure that you get your money’s worth.
You have to choose a set that fits your skill level, which will determine the type of clubs you want in your bag. If you’re not entirely sure what to look for, shopping can be very frustrating.
If you’re ready to pick up a new set of women’s golf clubs, see our top recommendations. If you’re interested in some tips on choosing a women’s golf club set, our shopping guide has plenty of advice.
If you’re a new golfer, a women’s club set with two hybrid clubs can be a worthwhile option.
Types of golf clubs
When you’re shopping for a women’s golf club set, it’s important to understand the different types of clubs. Here are the clubs that every golf bag set should contain.
Woods are used to make long shots and include the driver and the fairway clubs. Historically, the large heads were made of wood, but that’s no longer the case. Modern woods have metal heads (typically titanium) with a lightweight design that enables you to hit the ball long distances.
The heads of woods are large and usually hollow, and the shafts (usually made of lightweight graphite) are long to aid swing speed. These clubs are classified by numbers that denote the loft or angle of the clubface. The loft determines how high and far you can drive the ball. New players typically do best with 5-, 7-, and 9-woods because they offer distance while being easier to hit than lower-lofted woods.
Irons are used for tee shots on shorter holes, shots from the fairway, or any shot taken approximately 100 to 200 metres from the green. These clubs have smaller heads than woods, and the heads are solid rather than hollow. Like woods, the faces have an angle that helps with the loft.
Wedges are technically a subset of irons and include the pitching wedge, sand wedge, gap wedge, and lob wedge. These clubs have similar heads to irons but provide considerably more loft, so they’re used for short approach shots, chips and pitches around the green, and hitting out of a sand trap. Women’s golf club sets usually include a pitching wedge and sand wedge, though some also include a lob wedge.
Putters offer the greatest variety of sizes and shapes. As the name implies, these clubs are used to putt or knock the ball into the hole. The best putter depends on your personal preference in terms of the head and length, though beginners usually do best with standard-length putters.
Hybrid clubs are something between woods and irons. These are lightweight with a flat face. In a women’s golf set, hybrid clubs are usually included in place of long irons or one of the woods because they offer a higher loft and are easier to swing. Some golfers find that they don’t hit as far as other clubs but can hit more accurately.
For your safety
While it might be convenient, don’t store your golf club set in the trunk of your car long term. The clubs can easily get dented or scratched when they shift around while you drive.
Women’s golf club set features to consider
Most standard women’s golf club sets usually provide 11 to 13 clubs.
Woods: Driver, 3-wood, 5-wood, and possibly a 7-wood
Irons: 4-iron, 5-iron, 6-iron, 7-iron, 8-iron, 9-iron
Wedges: Pitching wedge, sand wedge
Some sets include hybrid clubs. In those sets, the lower irons (3-iron, 4-iron, 5-iron, and sometimes 6-iron) are replaced with one or two hybrid clubs. That’s because the lower irons are usually harder to handle for golfers with a slower swing speed. These golfers will have an easier time with the hybrid clubs, which make it easier to lift the ball off the ground.
Most golf clubs are made of a blend of titanium and steel, or graphite. The material in the shaft determines the weight and feel of the club and should be a major consideration for a newer player buying a new set.
Steel shafts are relatively heavy and help players with faster swings maximise their power. However, players who aren’t confident swinging hard won’t receive the same benefits.
Graphite is a lightweight, flexible form of carbon. Beginners usually have a slower swing speed, so they can benefit from clubs made of graphite. Graphite clubs can help increase the distance and accuracy with which you hit the ball to improve your overall golf game.
Another major consideration when selecting the material of the shafts in your new set should be the flex. Players with harder swings want stiffer shafts for increased control; newer players with slower swing speeds will want shafts designed with more flex to maximise distance despite a lack of power.
The length of your golf clubs has a major impact on your swing. Everyone is different, and you don’t want to be working with a set that isn’t designed for your height. You’ll notice issues with the shorter clubs (like high-numbered irons and wedges) in particular if you have misfit clubs.
Because women are on average shorter than men, women’s golf clubs are typically shorter than those designed for men.
When it comes to golf clubs for women, there are three main lengths: petite length, women’s standard, and men’s standard.
Petite length is suitable for women who are 5’3” or shorter.
Women’s standard is suitable for women who are 5’3” to 5’7”.
Men’s standard is suitable for women who are 5’7” or taller.
The grip is the rubber or leather portion of the golf club that you hold. You can find grips in a range of sizes, including undersize (junior), standard, midsize, and jumbo. Choose a grip size based on the size of your hand – the size of your golf glove is a good indicator. If you wear a large glove, try a midsize grip. For women who wear small or medium gloves, choose a standard grip. But most of all, go with whatever feels most natural and comfortable in your hand.
Choosing a set that includes clubs with the proper loft is key to maximising the distance that you’re able to hit the ball. You’ll want to scrutinise the woods in particular because most irons have standard-set lofts. The best loft depends on your swing speed. On average, women have a swing speed of approximately 105 kilometres per hour, which means that they require clubs with higher loft angles. For the best results, look for a club set with a driver that offers approximately 11° to 13° of loft.
A golf club set typically includes a bag, so you don’t have to purchase it separately. Choose a set with a lightweight bag and comfortable carrying strap that allows you to easily transport it around the course. Most bags have dividers to help keep your clubs organised, as well as outer pockets for other accessories and a rain hood to protect your clubs in the rain.
Always clean and dry your golf clubs before storing them. Having a fresh set for each round will help you on the course, and it looks better.
Women’s golf club set prices
Prices for women’s golf club sets vary based on what material the clubs are made of and how many clubs are included. In most cases, you can expect to pay between $130 and $1,000 for a set.
Budget-friendly: Women’s golf club sets that include fewer than 10 clubs and are made for beginners usually cost between $130 and $300. These are far from the highest quality, but a solid starter set can help you decide if you like the game enough to make a more major investment.
Mid-range: Women’s golf club sets that include more clubs at a higher quality level usually cost between $300 and $500.
Expensive: Women’s golf club sets that include 11 or more clubs and are made for experts who want to get the most out of their game usually cost between $500 and $1,000. It can get even more expensive from there if you’re looking to play competitively or want to have the newest technology in your bag.
A 9-iron, sand wedge, and putter are essential clubs for any women’s golf club set.
Q. What’s the most common mistake that women make when choosing a golf club set?
A. The most common mistake is choosing clubs that are too long, which can affect your posture, and cause you to hit the ball off-centre, thereby diminishing your accuracy, and shortening the distance of your shots. For a woman who’s 165 centimetres tall, clubs that are approximately 110 centimetres long work best. For every 2.5 centimetres above or under 165 centimetres, add or subtract 2.5 centimetres. New golfers can easily get discouraged if they’re playing with the wrong clubs, so choose a set with clubs that are standard women’s length if you’re in doubt.
Q. What type of shaft should I look for when buying a women’s golf club set?
A. After the length of the club, the type of shaft (the portion between the head and grip) may be the most important feature in determining its performance. Shafts are rated in terms of flexibility (extra stiff, stiff, regular, senior, ladies’). Shafts with ladies’ flex are the most flexible and are designed for women with lower swing speeds. If you’re an experienced golfer, you might prefer a regular flex shaft if you’ve been able to develop a faster swing.
Q. How long does a women’s golf club set usually last?
A. It depends on how often you play and/or practice with your clubs and how well you take care of them. However, a good-quality women’s golf club set should last between seven and 10 years. Longevity usually isn’t a primary reason to upgrade clubs, but when you improve to a certain ability level, you’ll want to have a set that matches your skill set.