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Hello!  Recent beginner golfer here.  

As I am looking to invest in my first set of golf clubs, I'm seeking advice on a solid driver and wood to get me out on the course.  I've looked at reviews of the Strata sets, but am a bit concerned with the quality of the driver and 3 wood - some folks have reported the head collapsing or denting even on the first time at the range.  

What are some good-value options to grab for my starter bag?

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Callaway Great Big Bertha Epic (used) is a good safe bet. Very forgiving head with consistent ball speed and a ton of ability to adjust (for fade/draw) as you develop. These are going for ~$150 now on eBay depending on condition and if you can catch a deal.

 

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Would look used. Driver tech has minimal change in the last 5 years (see YouTube for multiple examples). 1-2 years old already hundreds $ off. Ping and Cobra drivers are usually very forgiving. If you can try out at Golf Galaxy or other place that sells second hand clubs, that would be great as well. 
 

I use Ping G400. Very forgiving 

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G400 10.5 

M2 3HL

Titleist 818 3 and 4 hybrid 

Ping G15 5-gap

Vokey SM7 54 degrees 

Vokey SM6 58 degrees 

Bobby Grace Shiloh putter

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Any Cobra from the Bio Cell all the way up to the most recent SpeedZone. I've always found Cobra drivers to be very forgiving and an excellent value. 

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:wilson_staff_small:  D7 R flex 
:callaway-small:  GBB 3W (lofted to 4W)
:callaway-small: V-Series Heavenwood
:cobra-small: Baffler XL 5i-PW
:cleveland-small: CBX 54*
:cleveland-small:  Smart Sole S
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FWIW, I've been playing the Epic for about 3-4 seasons and I thought it was very forgiving until I got fitted for the Speedzone last weekend. What a difference...

 

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:callaway-small: X2 Hot 3 Deep 14.5* w/ Aldila Tour Green 75 S
:taylormade-small: JetSpeed 5W 19* w/ Matrix Velox T 69 S OR :adams-small: Super LS 3H 19* w/ Kuro Kage Black 80 S
:mizuno-small: JPX919 Forged 4-PW w/ Modus3 105 S
:titelist-small: Vokey SM7 50/08F, 54/14F & 58/08M w/ Modus3 115 Wedge
:EVNROLL: ER1 34" w/ SuperStroke Fatso 2.0
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1 hour ago, Kanoito said:

FWIW, I've been playing the Epic for about 3-4 seasons and I thought it was very forgiving until I got fitted for the Speedzone last weekend. What a difference...

 

A few hundo more though 🙂

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I'd buy a used driver. An older Ping or Cobra will do just fine. G30 or Cobra F8. Heck, I have an old Ping K15 that I game every now and then and it is a bomber. 


  • Driver: :ping-small: G410 Plus 9*, Tensei Orange 60X
  • Hybrids::adams-small:  Super XTD 17* Hybrid Fubuki AX:callaway-small:,  Apex 20* Hybrid, AD-DI 85S
  • Irons: :srixon-small: U85 4I AD DI 95S, Z585 5-6, Z785 7-PW, Modus 120s
  • Wedges: :ping-small:: Glide 3.0 52, Modus 120x:taylormade-small:, Hi Toe 56 & 60, Modus 120x
  • Putter: :EVNROLL:  ER3 @ 33"
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Cobra Bio Cell or F7, F8. Just sold a bio cell for 100ishon ebay. Had them, liked them, long.

Ping G or G30 are great values. I use the G400 now but played the G and no noticeable distance fain, a bit more forgiveness. Sold the G for about 100 also.

Epic Flash is super but still expensive. Much better than Epic, more distance and much more forgiving.

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A budget # from OP would probably go a long way toward making more specific recommendations 

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15 hours ago, wesmith4 said:

Hello!  Recent beginner golfer here.  

As I am looking to invest in my first set of golf clubs, I'm seeking advice on a solid driver and wood to get me out on the course.  I've looked at reviews of the Strata sets, but am a bit concerned with the quality of the driver and 3 wood - some folks have reported the head collapsing or denting even on the first time at the range.  

What are some good-value options to grab for my starter bag?

Speaking from personal experiences, the Strata clubs are low cost enough that it's not as painful emotionally when one of them gets beat up during the learning process.  They definately have some very flimsy shafts in the driver and wood.  I haven't had any failures there, but I replaced the 3 wood after only a few whacks because I was afraid that a non tee shot would see the shaft snap.  The wedges in the sets aren't great either.  The sand wedge that came with mine was chunky and I never could get out of the sand with it.  

Callaway Pre Owned has good prices on used equipment from them and other brands.  It's best to look around the internet and see if there's a general consensus about older drivers and woods as far as forgiveness goes.  


Driver: Cobra Speedzone 10.5 Mitsubishi AV Blue S flex

Wood: Cobra Bio Cell 3-4 Grafalloy Pro Launch Blue (low launch original version) S flex

Hybrids: Taylormade GAPR 3 KBS graphite shaft

              Strata 4 and 5 hybrids R flex

Irons: Strata 6-PW R flex

Wedges: Texan Classics 52, 56, 60 R flex

Putter: Odyssey Red Ball mallet

Ball: Srixon Q Star Tour

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15 hours ago, wesmith4 said:

Hello!  Recent beginner golfer here.  

As I am looking to invest in my first set of golf clubs, I'm seeking advice on a solid driver and wood to get me out on the course.  I've looked at reviews of the Strata sets, but am a bit concerned with the quality of the driver and 3 wood - some folks have reported the head collapsing or denting even on the first time at the range.  

What are some good-value options to grab for my starter bag?

Speaking from personal experiences, the Strata clubs are low cost enough that it's not as painful emotionally when one of them gets beat up during the learning process.  They definately have some very flimsy shafts in the driver and wood.  I haven't had any failures there, but I replaced the 3 wood after only a few whacks because I was afraid that a non tee shot would see the shaft snap.  The wedges in the sets aren't great either.  The sand wedge that came with mine was chunky and I never could get out of the sand with it.  

Callaway Pre Owned has good prices on used equipment from them and other brands.  It's best to look around the internet and see if there's a general consensus about older drivers and woods as far as forgiveness goes.  


Driver: Cobra Speedzone 10.5 Mitsubishi AV Blue S flex

Wood: Cobra Bio Cell 3-4 Grafalloy Pro Launch Blue (low launch original version) S flex

Hybrids: Taylormade GAPR 3 KBS graphite shaft

              Strata 4 and 5 hybrids R flex

Irons: Strata 6-PW R flex

Wedges: Texan Classics 52, 56, 60 R flex

Putter: Odyssey Red Ball mallet

Ball: Srixon Q Star Tour

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MGS just posted about the Srixon driver that won the Most Wanted testing being ~$175 like last week or something. Great bang for your buck.


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Driver:  :callaway-small: Epic Flash Sub Zero (8.5* HZRDUS Smoke Shaft)

3-wood:  :adams-small:  Tight Lies 2 (15*) 

5-Wood:  :adams-small: Tight Lies 2 (19*) 

Irons :  :ping-small: i210 5-PW

Wedges:  :cleveland-small:  RTX-4 50* and 54* RTX-3 *58

Putter::1332069271_TommyArmour: Impact No. 3

Ball:  MAXFLI TOUR or a :srixon-small: Z-Star

Currently deciding between :Arccos:  and the :ShotScope:  V3

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If I were in your shoes I would find a PGA SS or equivalent pro-shop / range and look for used Ping clubs. Ask to demo in hitting bay / or range. They might even agree to fit you if you purchase. There are many other quality brands, I just happen to prefer Ping.

Hello!  Recent beginner golfer here.  
As I am looking to invest in my first set of golf clubs, I'm seeking advice on a solid driver and wood to get me out on the course.  I've looked at reviews of the Strata sets, but am a bit concerned with the quality of the driver and 3 wood - some folks have reported the head collapsing or denting even on the first time at the range.  
What are some good-value options to grab for my starter bag?


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I think it goes without saying that ping makes great clubs, but I'm not convinced they are so much better than the offerings from callaway, TM, mizuno, etc that they justify price premium they get on the used market. They are usually double the price of picking up a competitor's offering from the same vintage.

I'd look at some offerings from those companies, all of them make good products that will be just fine to start out with. See what you can get the best deal on either here on the classifieds or another popular forum or from 2nd swing or global golf

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I think it all truly depends on what you'll be doing to determine what makes the most sense.  If you are genuinely interested in golf and will try to play more "regularly", I think piecing together a set is probably best.  Don't go out and buy tour type clubs, buy some that are the most forgiving.  You might be able to piece together some nice second hand clubs through a local golf store and they might even fit you for free. 

I've taken people who've never really played for a fitting before and the pro didn't charge them anything and was super friendly.  He basically pointed them in the right direction for type of used club, shaft, loft and lie with a few pointers to help them along their way.  

 

If by chance your just looking to have something to have and you only intend on playing 2-3 times a year, then getting an all-in-one set might be a better choice.

Good luck!


Mavrik Max 9 degree loft w/ROUGE white X-Stiff 70g

Maverick Max 3W, 5W w/ROUGE white X-Stiff 70g

Mavrik Max 3H, KBS tour prototype 70/80 X-Stiff 80g

Speedblade 4-PW, AW, SW KBS Siff 85g

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Whats your budget? That will play a huge factor is helping you set up your sirft bag of clubs. 

Like some others said I would go used, check out callawaypreowned, globalgolf, rockbottomgolf, 2ndswing.

Personally I would put more money into my putter than any other club. Think about it your using your putter 2,3,4 times a hole and you use your driver on maybe half. Spend the money on a putter and wedges those are your scoring clubs. If this is your first year playing golf you might not even use your driver much until you can control it. I would look at getting 3/4 hybrid and maybe a 5 hybrid. and get a set of used irons something around 2016 they are very cheap and still very good tech wise. I'm playing callaway irons from 2016 and the only reason i'm changing is because I want to go to a musclebacks and had the extra money to spend on irons. 3 woods can be difficult to find something that works for you so try a bunch. You will notice as you play guys tend to keep the 3 wood around the longest without changing because it works. 

Long story short, I would buy a good putter, a good set of wedges then irons then hybrids and then start looking at woods. The driver is the most fun to hit on the driving range but at my home course I only play it on 6-8 holes. And if I'm having a bad round it stays in the bag. 

 


Driver: :callaway-small: Rogue Sub Zero 9* stiff

Wood: :adams-small: Tight Lies TI 3 wood stiff

Hybrid: :callaway-small: XR 3 19 deg stiff

Irons: :mizuno-small:  JPX 900 Tour std loft/lie

Wedges: :cleveland-small: 52,56,60

Putter: :odyssey-small: #7 Red

Ball: :srixon-small: Q-Star

12.9 Handicap

Comox Valley, B.C. 🇨🇦

 

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42 minutes ago, StrawberryShortCake said:

Whats your budget? That will play a huge factor is helping you set up your sirft bag of clubs. 

Like some others said I would go used, check out callawaypreowned, globalgolf, rockbottomgolf, 2ndswing.

Personally I would put more money into my putter than any other club. Think about it your using your putter 2,3,4 times a hole and you use your driver on maybe half. Spend the money on a putter and wedges those are your scoring clubs. If this is your first year playing golf you might not even use your driver much until you can control it. I would look at getting 3/4 hybrid and maybe a 5 hybrid. and get a set of used irons something around 2016 they are very cheap and still very good tech wise. I'm playing callaway irons from 2016 and the only reason i'm changing is because I want to go to a musclebacks and had the extra money to spend on irons. 3 woods can be difficult to find something that works for you so try a bunch. You will notice as you play guys tend to keep the 3 wood around the longest without changing because it works. 

Long story short, I would buy a good putter, a good set of wedges then irons then hybrids and then start looking at woods. The driver is the most fun to hit on the driving range but at my home course I only play it on 6-8 holes. And if I'm having a bad round it stays in the bag. 

 

Man, I hit driver on every hole on my home course except the Par 3s.

To the OP, take a look on Ebay as well. Quickshipgolf and Proclubs always have good deals going on.


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Current MGS Tester for the Fujikura Motore X Shaft

Fujikura and Nippon fan. Connoisseur of grips.

Updated 7/14/2020
Driver:taylormade-small:SIM Max 10.5 - Fujikura Ventus Red 5S Velocore (the real one)
Hybrids:taylormade-small: SIM Max 3H, 4H - Matrix Ozik 85S
Irons:callaway-small:Mavrik Max 5 - AW - Nippon Neo 950GH S
Wedges: :cleveland-small: CBX 2 54, CBX Full Face 58 - Nippon Modus 105 Wedge flex
Putter:  :scotty-small: Squareback 1 - Sense Grips S1 - Stability Shaft

Current Putter Collection:EVNROLL: ER10 Outback,  :bettinardi-small: 2017 Studio Stock 3, :cameron-small: La Costa 1st 500, :scotty-small: Squareback 1 (2008)
 

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1 hour ago, dlow206 said:

Man, I hit driver on every hole on my home course except the Par 3s.

To the OP, take a look on Ebay as well. Quickshipgolf and Proclubs always have good deals going on.

How long is your course? Are you playing driver just because you like smashing it and then have awkward shots in? Or are you playing smart and trying to leave yourself a full shot into the green. I use my 3 wood on tight par 4s and when I want to keep the ball lower under the wind. I find my 3 almost more consistent thank my driver


Driver: :callaway-small: Rogue Sub Zero 9* stiff

Wood: :adams-small: Tight Lies TI 3 wood stiff

Hybrid: :callaway-small: XR 3 19 deg stiff

Irons: :mizuno-small:  JPX 900 Tour std loft/lie

Wedges: :cleveland-small: 52,56,60

Putter: :odyssey-small: #7 Red

Ball: :srixon-small: Q-Star

12.9 Handicap

Comox Valley, B.C. 🇨🇦

 

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7 hours ago, StrawberryShortCake said:

How long is your course? Are you playing driver just because you like smashing it and then have awkward shots in? Or are you playing smart and trying to leave yourself a full shot into the green. I use my 3 wood on tight par 4s and when I want to keep the ball lower under the wind. I find my 3 almost more consistent thank my driver

My course is a little over 6400 yards from the blue tees. Right now, I actually don't have any other off the tee club I am comfortable with. On the shorter par 4s where I need control, I just take a slower, smooth driver swing and it goes where I want it and about 3 wood distance (if i could actually hit a 3 wood correctly). 


Follow my golf journey to break into the 80s

Current MGS Tester for the Fujikura Motore X Shaft

Fujikura and Nippon fan. Connoisseur of grips.

Updated 7/14/2020
Driver:taylormade-small:SIM Max 10.5 - Fujikura Ventus Red 5S Velocore (the real one)
Hybrids:taylormade-small: SIM Max 3H, 4H - Matrix Ozik 85S
Irons:callaway-small:Mavrik Max 5 - AW - Nippon Neo 950GH S
Wedges: :cleveland-small: CBX 2 54, CBX Full Face 58 - Nippon Modus 105 Wedge flex
Putter:  :scotty-small: Squareback 1 - Sense Grips S1 - Stability Shaft

Current Putter Collection:EVNROLL: ER10 Outback,  :bettinardi-small: 2017 Studio Stock 3, :cameron-small: La Costa 1st 500, :scotty-small: Squareback 1 (2008)
 

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3 hours ago, dlow206 said:

My course is a little over 6400 yards from the blue tees. Right now, I actually don't have any other off the tee club I am comfortable with. On the shorter par 4s where I need control, I just take a slower, smooth driver swing and it goes where I want it and about 3 wood distance (if i could actually hit a 3 wood correctly). 

Wish I could hit my driver better, it's the only club in my bag I struggle with. Maybe it's in my head?


Driver: :callaway-small: Rogue Sub Zero 9* stiff

Wood: :adams-small: Tight Lies TI 3 wood stiff

Hybrid: :callaway-small: XR 3 19 deg stiff

Irons: :mizuno-small:  JPX 900 Tour std loft/lie

Wedges: :cleveland-small: 52,56,60

Putter: :odyssey-small: #7 Red

Ball: :srixon-small: Q-Star

12.9 Handicap

Comox Valley, B.C. 🇨🇦

 

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