How to Buy a Golf Club Set for Beginners

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How to Buy a Golf Club Set for Beginners

Spoilt for Choice

There’s a golf club for pretty much every shot that you will approach. This guide takes you through the essentials; these are the clubs that you must have in your bag to get you started.

There are six distinct groups of golf clubs. These come in a range of weights, which alter the distance that the ball will travel:


This is the first club that you will use on the course. It’s designed to make your golf ball fly from the tee to the fairway. On a short hole, it might take it all the way to the green. The range of drivers is huge.


Woods are an alternative to the kind of irons that you use for longer shots (long irons) or short drivers. Some golfers use woods as drivers. They can also be used to play shots out of the rough.


Irons are designed to move your ball from the fairway to the green.


Hybrids are beginning to replace heavier weight irons (1 to 5), which were always quite hard to control. A hybrid’s club head is in between an iron and a wood. The shaft is the same length as an iron. Hitting the ball with a hybrid is now easier when it is lying either on the fairway or in the rough than it was with the heavier old irons.


Wedges are for shots from within 120 metres of the green, where accuracy and height are more important than speed and distance.  The most common is the Pitching Wedge, for your final approach shot; a full shot onto the green. A Sand Wedge helps you out of a bunker or sand trap. It’s more angled variant, the Lob Wedge, gives your shot more height, which helps with pitching and chipping. The fourth type of wedge, the Gap Wedge, is somewhere in between the Pitching Wedge and the Sand Wedge.


This is the final club in your bag; it moves the ball across the green to the hole. Putting is difficult. If you are just starting out, practice your putting more than any other stroke; roughly half of all shots on a golf course are putts on the green. Putting well will make you a winner.

Sets of Golf Clubs for Beginners

The rules of the game of golf limit you to a maximum of 14 golf clubs in your bag at any one time. At the very least, you must have:

  • a couple of woods, or one wood and one driver,
  • a 7 iron,
  • a pitching wedge
  • a putter.
  • You might add a hybrid.

Once you develop your game, you can begin to grow your range of clubs.

Buying Golf Clubs

If you strip away all technical information, golf is the skill of moving an object from point A to point B. You should treat your body as a machine. Your golf club is an extension of the machine; so the club must be matched to the machine.

When you are just starting out, try lots of different clubs. Talk to your friends, talk to professionals, borrow clubs and find out what works for you. 

You will find that the clubs that work best have heads that lie absolutely flat as you address the ball. The technical measurements for golf clubs are not related your height; it’s about the distance between your wrist and the ball.

The main difference between men’s and ladies’ clubs is the length of the shaft. You can easily adjust your grip by moving your hands up or down the grip on the handle so that the club lies at the correct height for your swing. Nevertheless, although most clubs are made in a standard length, which is about right for nearly everyone, different shaft lengths are available.

What to Look Out For as a Beginner

Watch how the ball flies or moves according to your swing with different clubs. The angle of the face of the club, measured in degrees from the vertical plane, is worth noting. Write it down as it is easy to forget which club worked best for you. Broadly, the higher the angle, the higher the ball will fly, causing it travel a shorter distance.

The style of your swing can change the actual angle when your club connects with the ball; everybody’s grip is fractionally different. This means that your grip could have a positive or negative effect on the measurement of the angle in degrees. This helps to explain how one golfer can hit the ball so much further than another using the same club.

You will find all sorts of tables which give an indication of what the loft angle is for each type of club.  You can safely ignore these because there is no consistent rule and manufacturers are free to make clubs of any angle. The angle ultimately affects the distance the ball travels. Your particular swing also affects this distance but as a very rough guide, have a look at the table below.


Men (yards)

Ladies (yards)


200 to 260

150 to 200

3 Wood

180 to 235

125 to 180

5 Wood

170 to 210

105 to 170

2 Iron

170 to 210

105 to 170

2 Hybrid

195 to 205

120 to 195

3 Iron

160 to 200

100 to 160

3 Hybrid

170 to 220

125 to 180

4 Iron

150 to 185

90 to 150

4 Iron

160 to 210

120 to 170

5 Iron

140 to 170

80 to 140

5 Hybrid

150 to 200

115 to 160

6 Iron

130 to 160

70 to 130

6 Hybrid

140 to 190

110 to 150

7 Iron

120 to 150

65 to 120

8 Iron

110 to 140

60 to 110

9 Iron

95 to 130

55 to 95

Pitching wedge

80 to 120

50 to 80

Sand wedge

60 to 100

40 to 60

Lob wedge

50 to 80

35 to 50

Pre-owned or Old Golf Clubs

There is nothing ‘wrong’ with an old golf club. There are plenty of older golfers who have a favourite club that would be considered vintage today. As with all sports, the technology advances all the time. The materials change. This affects:

  • the weight of the club heads,
  • the flexibility of the shaft
  • the wind-resistance of the club as a whole.

Some people just have to have the very latest equipment. This is great news for people who don’t mind buying pre-owned; there’s always plenty of choice on eBay.

The club is an extension of the body and all our bodies are different. Find clubs that you are comfortable using and aim to buy exactly the same one at a price that suits you.

Technical Information

This guide helps you understand what the descriptions and abbreviations used on eBay stand for:




Left hand


Right hand


22O or 22 degrees, the loft angle of the face of the club


Regular or Reg., Firm, Stiff, Extra Stiff


1 to 5 Wood, 1 to 9 Iron, 1 being the heaviest, making the ball travel farthest


Pitching wedge


Sand wedge


5, 6, 7, 8, 9 Irons + Pitching Wedge


3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 + Pitching Wedge


31 inch shaft length – most often given for putters


All-terrain versatility – as good in the rough as on the fairway


A number on its own like this usually refers to weight in grams

Huge range of options

The key brands for beginners to look out for are Nike, Wilson, Mizuno, Benross and Taylor Made. Ping, Titleist, Callaway and Cleveland have great reputations. The point here is that a particular brand will not make your time on the golf course more enjoyable. You have to select clubs that you are comfortable using to do that.

How to Buy a Set of Golf Clubs for Beginners on eBay

Now that you've worked out which golf clubs you want, find them quickly on eBay. While you shop, don't forget balls, tees, shoes, and appropriate clothing  for the course.  To start shopping, go to the Sports and Leisure category. Click theSporting Goods portal  and click Golf .

Categories: The Categories list on the left side of each page will help you narrow down your listings by item type. You'll find links for Accessories ,  Apparel , Bags , Balls, Books , Videos , Golf Club Components, Footwear, Golf Carts, Cars, Schools, Lessons, Experiences, Tee Times, Green Fees,Training Aids, Vintage, and Other Items. As you refine your search you'll be able to narrow down your choice by subcategory.

Product Finder: Use the Golf Clubs Finder to quickly narrow down item listings by type of club, brand, model, condition (new or used), and shaft material.

Keyword search: Search eBay listing titles for specific words. For example, if you want to find new right-handed golf clubs for men, type the keywords "rh men new" (without quotation marks) into the Search box. Click "Search title and description" to expand your results. Visit eBay's Search Tips page for more tips on searching with keywords.

If you can't find exactly what you want, try browsing eBay Stores or tell the eBay Community what you’re looking for by creating a post on Want It Now, or save a search on My eBay and eBay will email you when a matching item becomes available.

Buy Golf Clubs with Confidence

Make sure that you know exactly what you’re buying and understand how eBay and PayPal protect you.

Know your item

Read the details in the item listing carefully.

Remember to add delivery costs to your final price. If you’re buying a high value item, check that the seller will insure it until it is delivered to you.

If you want more information, click the “Ask seller a question” button on the seller’s profile or the “Ask a question” link at the bottom of the item listing page.

Always complete your transaction on eBay (with a bid, Buy it Now or Best Offer) otherwise you will not be covered by eBay Buyer Protection.

Never pay for your eBay item using an instant cash wire transfer service like Western Union or Moneygram. These are not safe ways of paying someone you do not know.

Know your seller

Research your seller so that you feel safe and positive about every transaction.

  • What is the seller’s Feedback rating? 
  • How many transactions have they completed?
  • How many positive responses do they have?
  • What do buyers say in their Feedback? 
  • Are they positive about the seller?

Most top eBay sellers operate like retail shops and have a returns policy.

  • Do they offer a money-back guarantee? 
  • What are their terms and conditions?

Buyer protection

In the very unlikely event that you do not receive your item or it is not as described, eBay Buyer Protection your purchase price plus original delivery cost.

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