The number of women playing golf is growing and many who already play are becoming more involved. Whether playing for years or just taking up the game, the correct equipment can make all the difference by providing the opportunity for better scoring from added distance and greater confidence. Long gone are the days when equipment selection came down to wives hearing their husbands say, “Here honey, play with these,” or of manufacturers sticking a pink shaft in a club designed for men and passing it off as a “ladies model.”
A sometimes overlooked alternative to putting together a bag of clubs, usually of different brands, is purchasing a complete set of woods and irons or so-called boxed set and it has several advantages. In a boxed set the shafts, lofts and performance are integrated from driver through wedge, potentially a major benefit for women who typically have slower swings—around 65 mph versus 90 mph for the average male—and is especially helpful to those just taking up the game.
And there’s another favorable factor. Boxed sets are usually less expensive than buying individual woods and irons.
Women on the course also creates an opportunity for family fun but that means the kids need clubs as well and boxed sets for juniors are a great solution, certainly preferable to hand-me-downs or cutoff clubs. Learning golf is not easy and everyone needs to play with clubs that fit. It is a large part of enjoying the game and building the desire to play more.
Adams Golf stresses the Lady New Idea set is easy to hit from the high launch driver through the irons with the fairway woods, hybrids and irons featuring the sole slot design they pioneered for added distance and forgiveness. The set, priced at $700, has a driver, three fairway woods, two hybrids, two hybrid irons, three irons and a Yes! Putter with a choice of three colors for the bag and head covers.
Callaway Lady Solaire Gems offer a 13-piece set with bag for $900 that includes a thin-faced ultralight weight driver with a 40-gram shaft, three fairway woods, two hybrids and 7-iron through sand wedge game-improvement design irons. There’s even an Odyssey putter as part of the bag and club package.
Cobra Golf’s Fly-Z XL brand is available in 12-club sets for women using the same Fly-Z technology as clubs played by Lexi Thompson and Blair O’Neal on the LPGA Tour. The 15 degree 450cc driver is accompanied by two fairway woods, three hybrids, five irons and a putter. Players have a choice for the matching bag and head covers of white accented with pink or blue. Retail is $999.
Tour Edge Golf is having a lot of success with their Hot Launch driver for men and brings the same design features to the Lady Hot Launch Set priced at $800. The titanium driver using Tour Edge’s VFT technology produces a high trajectory launch for more distance. The set includes two fairway woods, three hybrids, five irons and putter. The cart bag and matching head covers come in a choice of blue and purple.
The Lady Profile XLS 15-piece set from Wilson Staff is customized based on length, shaft and grip size to fit the player’s height. Higher lofted distance gapping, lightweight, ladies flex graphite shafts and soft grips made this a strong set and the $300 price includes a lightweight cart bag with lots of pockets.
Powerbilt introduced the Countess brand for ladies almost 50 years ago and since then the clubs have had a reputation for playability and high quality making the current models a good choice. Though several customization options are offered a typical 10 club Countess set has a 14 degree 460 cc driver, two fairway woods, one hybrid, five cavity-back irons and putter. The price tag of $350 includes a multi-pocketed cart bag and head covers with a choice of four colors.
JUNIOR GOLF EQUIPMENT
If your youngster is an advanced player the US Kids Junior TS60 10-piece set for $490 is a good choice. Made for a juniors from 58 ½ to 61 ½ inches in height the set includes a Release 460 driver, 3-wood, 4-hybrid and seven irons. Each club is made with a special lightweight construction so they are 5 percent lighter than the equivalent adult club. A dual strap stand bag is included.
For youngsters wanting to play the same brand as Tiger Woods, Nike has the Junior VR_S set for $200 and there’s a driver, 4-hybrid, 7- and 9- irons plus sand wedge and putter in a carry bag. Both the driver and hybrid Nike says are built with hi-tech and high launch characteristics to help juniors get the most from their swing.
Wilson’s Profile XLS Teen Golf Package Set is $300 and made especially for teens from 5’3” to 5’9” in height. The stand bag comes with 11 clubs: a 460cc driver, a fairway wood, one hybrid, five game-improvement irons, pitching wedge and sand wedge along with a putter.
HT Max-J Juniors from Tour Edge Golf are first quality and if your child is just starting out and between the ages of 3 and 5 the 2×1 set for the rock bottom price of $90 should be considered. For boys and girls, the design of the fairway wood and iron helps little golfers get the ball in the air easily and make hitting the ball fun. A putter and either pink or red stand bag completes the set.WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?