What Are the Basic Golf Clubs Needed for a Beginner?

It can be very intimidating when you start out in golf, especially when looking at equipment and the extensive range of golf clubs you can buy.

It’s impossible to pick the right set or even the best golf clubs for beginners without a bit of help, so this article will tell you exactly what to look for.


So, What Are the Basic Golf Clubs Needed for a Beginner?

The maximum number of clubs you are allowed to have in your bag is 14. However, as a beginner, likely, you won’t be spending much of your early days at the course because you’ll need to practice before you play your first round.

When you first start to practice, just one club will be sufficient enough for you to learn the basics, and I recommend a 7 iron. A 7-Iron falls in the middle of all your clubs; the length and loft make it easy enough to start with but still challenging enough to give you a test.

If you find yourself enjoying the game, your next purchases will need a Driver, Putter, and a sand wedge. With these four clubs and some lessons, you’ll be able to learn all the skills you need to play golf.

But, if you’re willing to dive straight in and you have the budget, you might consider a complete beginner’s set. These sets can give you all the clubs you need, from a putter through to the driver. Depending on the set, you may get a bag too. Buying a complete set saves you a lot of hassle of purchasing clubs individually, but it comes at a more significant price.

The two sets that stand out to me are the TaylorMade RBZ SpeedLite for its forgiveness technology, but then the Callaway Strata Set for all the clubs you get included vs. the price your pay – a true value for money option for any beginner.


The Basic Clubs You Need When You Head to The Course.

 Hitting balls on the range and playing golf on the course are two different beasts. All you need to do is hit the ball into an open field with some distance markers on the range. But when you get on the course, you’ll notice hazards and tighter targets. This is where strategy, club selection, and executing the intended shot comes into play.

When you head to the course, you will need a complete set, as you will need to play an array of different shots. The complete set will give you all the clubs you need for any of these scenarios, but there are some clubs you may want to leave in the bag until you’re a little better.

Fairway Woods vs. Hybrids

For instance, fairway woods are tough to use. Whereas a better alternative to this is a Hybrid club. Hybrids don’t go as far as a fairway wood, but they are easier to hit, and you will keep the ball straight more time in comparison. So stay away from fairway woods until you have a little more experience.


Irons range from 9 Iron through to a 3 Iron, but the longer the club, the harder it will be to hit and control the ball. For beginners, I’d recommend leaving your 5 Iron, 4 iron, and 3 Iron in the bag for a while as they are also tough to hit. Instead, you would use your Hybrid that I talked about a moment ago.


When it comes to wedges, beginners only need two. They will need a sand wedge and a pitching wedge. The sand wedge is used for chipping around the green as it has a lot of loft, and it’s also used out of the sand as it’s a club that quickly gets the ball in the air. A pitching wedge, on the other hand, will be used for slightly longer shots called pitches.

Putter & Driver

A Putter and Driver are essential when heading to the course, a Driver is used to get off the tee box, and the Putter is used to get the ball in the hole when you are on the green.


Final Thoughts.

So, you only need one club to get started if you plan to stay at the range for a while until you get the hang of the swing. But, when you eventually head out to the course, I would recommend you look at buying a complete golf set like either the TaylorMade RBZ SpeedLite for its forgiveness or the Callaway Strata Set for its great value for money.

Like I mentioned before, a complete golf set does make things easier, but you can purchase everything individually if you want to. If you bought everything separately, you could fine-tune your set to your personal needs and ability.

Written by Mark

I've been advising on golf related topics for for just over ten years now, staying on top of game improvement methods, the latest technologies and news.

July 4, 2021

Golf Clubs

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