Searching for the perfect pair of golf clubs to improve your summer scorecard often requires time, patience, and if you want noticeable results, a sizeable investment. But perhaps most importantly, it requires knowledge.
Knowledge can pertain to finding the best brands, advantages and drawbacks of various models, and in the most basic sense, a breakdown of each club in your bag.
A driver’s purpose is pretty straightforward, right? Its goal is to get the ball as far as possible towards the green. Woods are similarly used to hit the ball long distances, but with traditionally lower distance and higher accuracy. Irons are intended for shots requiring more accuracy while the newest member of the golf family – the hybrid – is a cross between them, combining the forgiving hollow head of one with the extra loft and precision of the other.
If you want the right golf clubs to hit a short shot that lands quickly, or maybe have missed a green and need to chip or pitch the ball only a few yards to the hole, you typically want a wedge.
And the putter? It exists for one reason (particularly obvious if you grew up quoting Happy Gilmore): to put the ball in the hole, and “send him home.”
But selecting the best options for each type of club can feel almost impossible, with countless options to choose from (and each one coming at a premium price). Fortunately, we’ve got you covered with a round-up of the best golf clubs available to improve your game from tee to green.
Best Driver – More Power, More Often
The TaylorMade SIM2 Driver has been reshaped and reconstructed, so you can swing away while still maintaining accuracy. Completely rebuilt from the ground up, this driver offers a new dimension of distance and optimal forgiveness with SIM2. The key? The lightweight and high-strength aluminium it’s crafted from. Precision milled, it takes the critical components of the driver head and unites them into a singular force.
Best Wood – Pure Performance
The Titleist TSi2 Fairway features a deeper, lower CG to maximize distance through speed-optimized MOI design. It produces a consistently higher, faster launch. Credit the wood’s new Active Recoil Channel 4.0. To deliver greater face flexibility and superior ball speeds, it’s been rendered lighter and more refined. The launch of TSi further introduces an additional selection of Tour-proven shafts from Graphite Design.
Best Iron – Designed Unlike Anything
The Wilson Staff D9 represents an iron with higher launch and lower spin, incredible stopping power, and pinpoint accuracy. The result of a generative process that compared hundreds of D9 head shapes and Power Hole layouts is one that favours a pioneering approach to iron design. In fact, the strategically positioned, urethane-filled Power Holes enable maximum face flex for improved speeds and an expanded sweet spot.
Best Hybrid – Engineered to be Exceptional
The Callaway Apex 21 is a high-tech, high-performance hybrid. Its Jailbreak AI Velocity Blades increase vertical stiffness near the sole of the club, creating more speed low on the face where players often mishit their hybrids. Meanwhile, the face itself has also been uniquely designed using advanced AI. The proven ball speed design puts an even greater emphasis on centre and off-centre ball speeds.
Best Wedge – Forged in Hiroshima
The Mizuno T22 Wedge packs more than five decades of Grain Flow Forging processing savvy, straight from Japan. To ensure unrivalled touch and feel, it showcases a slightly more compact profile with an extensively bevelled top edge. This creates the appearance of a thinner edge. What’s more, by flaring or tapering the upper portion of the blade, the T22 creates a higher consistent spin and a more penetrating trajectory.
Best Putter – Now Dramatically Better
The Odyssey 2-Ball Ten suits golfers with strokes with minimal face rotation and arc. For more confidence and consistency, it prioritizes alignment and high MOI. The putter has actually significantly improved on those two key performance features. Outstanding alignment systems are the centrepiece, but as noteworthy is the Tour-proven, multi-material Stroke Lab shaft, as well as the Microhinge Star Insert for improved forward roll.