Slowly but surely, more and more women are getting into golf as stereotypes are challenged and barriers broken down. If you’ve just gotten into golf, you may be looking for your first set of golf clubs.
While men’s and women’s clubs are pretty similar on the surface, each are designed with the gender’s stature in mind. Women’s clubs are generally shorter, more flexible, and more lightweight, to reflect women’s generally smaller stature and slower swing speed.
Like many gender-specific products, women’s golf clubs can differ in their color too, which in 2020, can be slightly stereotypical!
Whether you like gentle pastel tones or prefer something a little more discreet, there’s a wide range of golf clubs specifically designed for women out there, and, as the game becomes more popular among both genders, we can only hope that the market will grow.
When you’re just starting out in golf, it can be pretty difficult to know where to start.
Beginner golf clubs tend to have larger clubfaces, have a shorter shaft - that’s the long bit between the grip and clubhead - and are designed to make it easier to get the ball in the air. They’re also slightly more forgiving when it comes to your swing, which takes some time to get the hang of.
While not as powerful as more advanced or professional clubs, the key with beginner golf clubs is that they should be easier to use, meaning you’re more likely to get more balls onto the green, and, ultimately, more balls in the hole.
So, what do you need to know before you make your purchase?
While you’re allowed to use 14 clubs on the golf course, you actually don’t need this many when you’re just starting out. For your first set, nine clubs should suffice, and even then you’ll probably find yourself using some of them only occasionally.
In the beginning, you’ll want a driver, a fairway wood, mid/short irons, a pitching wedge and sand wedge, and of course a putter.
While golf clubs can cost into the thousands, no one wants to break the bank when you’re trying a sport for the first time. A good price range for a beginner set of clubs is around $150-$350 dollars. Once you start creeping up from here, you're looking more into intermediate territory.
Now, let's have a look at some of the best women's beginner sets on the market…
The Strata Women’s package set by well-known golfing brand Callaway combines distance with forgiveness technologies for women who want to maximize accuracy and precision. The set is packaged in a striking blue and black golf stand bag which has 5 convenient pockets and an easy-to-carry back strap.
Containing a Driver, 5 Wood, 5 Hybrid, 6 to 9 Iron, Pitching Wedge, Sand Wedge, Putter, stand bag, and 3 Headcovers, this set is perfect for beginners and contains everything you need for full-course coverage.
Not only this, but the driver has a 460cc clubhead with a larger sweet spot and a graphite shaft for more distance off the tee, while the fairway wood promotes faster swing speeds and allows you to hit the ball further.
The 6 to 9 irons have perimeter weighting and progressive sole width technology for improved control, while the Mallet putter has built-in alignment to help you achieve incredible accuracy.
Reasonably priced and highly-rated, these clubs are carefully crafted and well-made and will ensure you get off to a great start.
These lightweight clubs are perfect for women, and even come in a petite version for those under 5’3, taking into consideration their smaller height and build. The graphite shafts are 40% lighter than steel shafts and are built specifically to achieve excellent results with slower swing speed and lower strength.
With a sleek purple and white color scheme, this set takes the guesswork out of shopping for a complete set as it contains everything you need complete in a matching stand bag.
In your set, you’ll find a Driver, Fairway Wood, Hybrid, 6-PW Irons and Putter, plus a handy rain cover for keeping your bag dry in the rain.
This 10-piece set from Wilson is sleek and expensive-looking and provides quality without breaking the bank. Complete with a Driver, 5 Wood, 5 Hybrid, 6-Sand wedge, and Putter, this set stands out thanks to the careful craftsmanship you’d expect from Wilson, setting it apart from its competitors.
The high-lofted Driver features a larger sweet spot for added accuracy, while performance technology and lightweight components are combined to deliver impressive distance off the tee.
The Easy-to-hit hybrid with a tip-reinforced graphite shaft is also easy to aim with, and all of the clubs are engineered with maximum control in mind, to lower your center of gravity which improves launch trajectory and allows you to cover greater distance.
Confidence Golf was founded in 1967, and for over 40 years has been producing innovative and high-quality golf equipment aimed at beginners and improving golfers.
This women's hybrid club set does not disappoint and is perfect for beginners thanks to the oversized wood which offers a bigger sweet spot than standard wood, and the easy-to-hit 24-degree hybrid which allows a little extra forgiveness when you’re just starting out in golf.
Easily go the extra mile with a 33” blade putter, and thanks to the added lady-flex steel shafts you can achieve a greater range of movement without compromising on distance or quality.
Thanks to the upgraded 5-divider golf stand bag with auto-pop legs, plenty of external storage, a raincover, and dual-padded carrying strap, this bag is versatile, durable and looks the part, too!
The Precise M5 Women’s Complete Golf Club Set is an ideal starter set for women who want to learn how to play without investing too much money at first.
This beginner’s set includes a Titanium Driver, Fairway Wood, Hybrid, 5-PW Irons, Putter, and vibrant pink dual-strap stand bag, allowing you to perform in style and easily transport your clubs to amateur tournaments.
The oversized club heads are user-friendly and will increase your accuracy so you can get to grips with the course in no time.
What to look for
Ladies' drivers have a minimum 12-degree loft vs. 9 to 11 degrees for men's drivers.
This higher loft helps women get the ball in the air more easily off the tee, and ladies’ drivers are usually lighter than men’s to suit their smaller stature.
Ladies' woods have a higher degree of loft - that’s the measurement of the angle at which the face of the club lies relative to a perfectly vertical face. They’re also lighter than men's woods to make them easier to handle.
In addition, you'll find a bigger range of ladies' woods on the market, going up to a 13-wood. The shafts are also shorter to represent women’s shorter height and stature. This combination ensures that women’s clubs don’t compromise on performance, despite women’s slower swing speeds.
When you’re first starting out, you may not notice too much of a difference between steel shafts or graphite ones, but Ladies' clubs tend to have graphite shafts, which are much lighter than the steel alternatives.
Men's clubs usually come with a choice between graphite or steel, and, while steel is more durable, it is also heavier to handle. Graphite shafts are a little more forgiving and provide added flex, which, in turn, leads to better club head position and increased accuracy.
Women inevitably have smaller hands than men, so the grips on ladies’ clubs need to reflect this and are often smaller in diameter and shorter in length than on men's clubs.
Having the right grip for your gender and size will allow you to have better control over the club and will improve your overall performance.
While a lot of women’s golf sets focus on pretty pastel pinks to ensure you look stylish on the course, it’s important that the main thing you focus on when browsing for a beginners golf club set is that quality is not compromised in any way.
Women’s golf clubs are simply smaller and lighter to reflect our smaller frames and build, but they don’t in any way mean we’re weaker.
A golf set should maximize your natural ability and allow you to reach peak performance. While it’s important not to spend too much on your first set, it’s still essential that you opt for a set that is size-appropriate and good quality.
We hope this article has helped make your decision slightly easier, so you can put your best foot forward - no pun intended!