By Jamie Boudreaux
Last Update May 26, 2021

The Best Golf Clubs on the Market

Taylormade Stealth Driver

What are the best golf clubs? Depends... on so many things.

I point out which type of golfer I believe a club might benefit most: beginner, high handicapper, mid handicapper, low handicapper.

Just remember, every time you see "best" in front of "golf clubs", "irons", "driver", etc., you're about to read someone's opinion. Fact is, all major golf manufacturers are knocking it out of the park in terms of the quality they're putting out. The real differences come down to the handicap(s) a given club is tailored to and personal preference. 

"Best" is subjective. Keep that in mind and test for yourself if possible. We are always updating this page so you can refer back to it for the latest and greatest. 

Best Irons 

Best Irons for Low Handicaps

2022's Editor's Pick
Callaway Rogue ST Pro Irons
5.0

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Pros:
  • Easy launch & Explosive distance
  • Tons of forgiveness
  • Flight & Work the ball easily
  • Incredible price
Cons:
  • None
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The Callaway Rogue ST Pros are our #1 low handicap irons for a few reasons

  1. They look the part - Compact, with a thin topline and sole and minimal offset.  
  2. EXceptionally easy to hit well.
  3. Can play any shot
  4. Great pricing for player irons

I've owned, played, and tested Callaway irons for years. So, it's kinda hard to surprise me. The Rogue ST Pros did just that. 

Make no mistake, the Rogue ST Pros are compact player-looking heads. Yet, they are incredibly easy to hit and play. Any shot you got, they can deliver. 

Customer Reviews:

  • 23 reviews with all 23 giving 5-stars.
  • 100% of buyers would recommend the Rogue ST Pro irons to a friend.

Recommendation: Do yourself a large favor and test these irons if you are in the market. Either at you local golf store or go through Global Golf (like I did) 

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Best Player Cavity Backs
Titleist 620 CB Irons
5.0

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Pros:
  • Exceptional Feel & Performance
  • Classic Elegant Titleist Design
  • Surprisingly long
  • Scoring MO-chines
Cons:
  • Nada
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Titleist 620 CB irons are our #2 low handicap irons for a few reasons

  1. They perform precisely how you would expect premium low handicap irons to perform.  
  2. They feel and play as good as they look...and they look GOOD.

This is the second set of Titleist irons I've ever tested. The first being the T200s from a couple years ago, which I loved. So, I had high expectations for the 620 CBs. They were exceeded. 

Online images don't do justice to how beautiful these irons are. From their minimal, elegant design to their perfectly sized compact head. Titleist knows how to do player irons

I loved them on the range and I loved them on the course. The long irons are a bit much for me, but you can order any iron combo you want. So, no worries. I play hybrids starting with 4-hybrid anyway. 

Customer Reviews: There's not a whole lot out there on the interwebs, but the few I found had nothing but good to say about them.

Recommendation: Try them. I bet you'll want to keep them. I did.

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Excellent Blades
Titleist 620 MB Irons
5.0

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Pros:
  • Great Sound & Feel
  • Surprisingly forgiving
  • Excellent playability
  • Great looking
Cons:
  • Pricey
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WYSIWYG (What you see is what you get) These are premium blades and play like them. They are made for shot-making. Not forgiveness. Not distance. Not easy to launch. If you don't bring it, you're not going to find it.


Having said all that - I was able to get around the course with them fine. Distance and ball flight were good for me when I made good contact. Slight mishits (where I live) weren't punished too harshly and left me on or around the green - just a little short.


There are better options out there for those of us that aren't low single digit handicaps. I require a touch more forgiveness - like with the CBs or Callaway Rouge ST Pros above. 

Customer Reviews: Again, not a whole lot out there. But, what there is is positiveComplaints center around shipping and delays and such. 

Recommendation: You'd be hard-pressed to find better blades. Worth a test at your local golf store or through Global Golf.

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Best Irons for Mid Handicaps

Editor's Pick
Ping G425 Irons
5.0

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Pros:
  • So... so easy to hit
  • High trajectory
  • Great distance & forgiveness
Cons:
  • Nothing - you need to try them
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Ping G425 irons are the best irons for mid handicappers and our #1 Recommendation for a few reasons

  1. Supremely easy to hit and elevate
  2. All the distance you need 
  3. Can hit good shots all day long without needing perfect contact
  4. Awesome feel and sound for a mid handicap iron
  5. You can play any shot you want if you've got the game

I was not expecting the G425s to perform as well as they did. I play soft carbon-steel low handicap irons and I thought the 425s would feel harsh and wooden. No sir. I'm a low handicap ball striker with my irons and these did anything I wanted. 

Center contact feels great and slight mishits feel about the same, with no very little loss of distance. There's a ton of forgiveness built into these irons.

The lofts are already a bit jacked, but Ping offers even stronger lofts if that suits your game.  

Customer Reviews: 97% of buyers would recommend Ping G425 irons with and average rating of 4.8 from 218 reviews. 

Recommendation: You're going to want to at least test these. My money is on you keeping them if you do. 

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Golfer Geeks Approved
TaylorMade Golf Stealth Irons
4.7

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Pros:
  • Long & Forgiving
  • Elevates ball easily
  • Easy to hit
Cons:
  • Looks...not the best
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The Taylormade Stealth irons are our 1st Runner up for best mid handicap irons and could easily be Editor's pick. They're just not quite as good looking as the G425s. Yes, that's a silly thing, but it's the only differentiating factor from my testing. 

I first fell in love with Taylormade irons when I tested the M5s. These are them, but newer and even better... maybe. The M5s were and are awesome game improvement irons. 

Stealth irons feel great in my hands. Look great at address. And, hit the ball a ton. You can hit 'em high. You can flight them down. You can play any shot you want with these irons. 

Taylormade Stealth irons are money and exactly what you want out of game improvement irons. They happen to be better looking than the SIM or SIM2 irons too. 

Customer Reviews: 97% of buyers would recommend Ping G425 irons with and average rating of 4.8 from 218 reviews. 

Recommendation: Need to be on your short list if you're in the market for new mid handicapper irons.

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Ping G410 irons are our 2nd runner up for best irons for mid handicappers for a few reasons.

  1. You get great results without great contact
  2. Playable and forgiving all over the face
  3. Exceptional sound and feel for a mid handicap iron

I tested the G410 irons at the same time as the G425s. The are remarkably similar in every way, except for a few cosmetic differences.

Ball flight between the two were identical to my eyes and feel. Generous sweet spot with beautiful ball flight shot after shot. These irons make you want to keep hitting balls and/or keep playing. Don't sleep on distance, either. They have excellent carry numbers and should hold any green a mid handicapper plays. 

Customer Reviews: 95% of buyers would recommend the G410s and they have an average rating of 4.7 out of 221 reviews.

Recommendation: Give them a try if you're in the market. You won't return them because of performance. I almost guarantee it. 

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The former best irons for mid handicap golfers and intermediate players are the Titleist T200 irons...MUCH to my surprise. What have I been missing?

I always figured Titleist were only for better players. Well, not anymore. 

I, In No Way, expected this result. I have never hit a Titleist iron until the T200s.

I prefer compact club heads so I thought the heads were a little too long. WRONG

Put them behind the ball at address and magic begins to happen.

  • First, they feel great in your hands. The True Temper AMT Black S300 shafts turned out to be Money.
  • Second, they frame the ball beautifully. Gap wedge to 4-iron (the lowest iron in the T200s)
  • Third, the ball LAUNCHES off the face. High and far (Yes, the lofts are "jacked". Only because the have to be)

Customer Reviews: There's not a whole lot out there on the interwebs, but the few I found had nothing but good to say about them.

Recommendation: Get your hands on them and hit 'em. May open your eyes - did mine. 

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Golfer Geeks Approved
Callaway Mavrik Irons
4.7

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Pros:
  • Good Distance ALL over the face
  • Tons of forgiveness
  • High & straight ball flight
  • Great sound & feel
Cons:
  • Looks...not the best
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  • Long & Forgiving
  • Easy to launch & carries forever
  • Shape & Flight your ball easily
  • Loads of forgiveness
  • Not the biggest fan of the looks
  • Getting a little hard to find

The  Callaway Mavrik Irons  are a great option for mid handicap golfers and can be played by lower handicaps too. Like the T200's, the heads are on the big side for players (who prefer compact heads).  They are easy to hit and the ball flies off the face - a lot of the face. Packed with forgiveness too. 



Best Drivers

Taylormade Stealth (Editor's Pick)

Best Driver of 2022
TaylorMade Stealth Driver
5.0

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Pros:
  • Stellar Feel & Sound
  • Tons of Forgiveness & Distance
  • Looks great behind the ball
Cons:
  • Pricey
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The Taylormade Stealth Driver is our #1 Recommendation for mid handicap golfers for a few reasons. (Or any handicap)

  1. The Stealth is forgiving all over the face. I was minimally punished for off-center contact
  2. It feels easy to control and keep playable. 
  3. I consistently carried the ball as for or farther than I have in years. 
  4. I love the muted sound on impact.

I'm not a good driver most days (though I've been working on this... Hard). And I never hit standard length drivers. My driver is cut down to 44.25 inches so I can control it better.  

Still, I was able to hit a ton of good drives with the Stealth. 1) My hard work is paying off. 2) This is a great driver that rewards decent swings. 

I'm not an advocate for forking out this much for a driver. But if you're gonna do it, the Stealth is a worthy investment. 

Customer Reviews94% would recommend to a friend. Average 4.8 rating out of 5 from 511 reviews. 

Recommendation: Getting over sticker-shock will be your biggest hurdle. Give it a test if you're in the market. 

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Cobra LTDx  (Runner Up)

Runner Up
Cobra LTDx Driver
5.0

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Pros:
  • Long & Forgiving
  • Awesome Feel & Sound
  • Keeps you in play for better scoring
Cons:
  • Good, but not great looks
  • Pricey
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The Cobra LTDx driver is our Runner Up best driver for mid handicaps for a couple reasons.

  1. Easy to hit
  2. It's long and forgiving
  3. Best in class feel and sound

The Cobra LTDx was a large surprise for me. I'd never hit a Cobra driver before and didn't know quite what to expect. Now I do. Great feel, great sound, excellent forgiveness and distance.

I'm a mediocre driver - as I've said countless times on this website. My driving became a weapon with the LTDx in my hands. I don't know how else to put it. 

The graphics and looks of the club don't quite match it's elite performance. That's my only gripe. 

Customer Reviews: 27 reviews and 27 5-star reviews at cobragolf.com. (I concur)

Recommendation: The LTDx needs to be on your list of drivers to test if you're in the market. Guaranteed you won't return it because of performance. 

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Callaway Rogue ST Max

Best Looking Driver of 2022
Callaway Rogue ST Max Driver
5.0

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Pros:
  • Long & Forgiving
  • Premium Looks
  • Great Sound & Feel
Cons:
  • Expensive
  • Not a big improvement over Epic Max
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The Callaway Rogue ST Max is an excellent driver and makes our list for a couple reasons

  1. Easy to hit and works hard to keep drives playable
  2. Plenty long
  3. Nice sound and solid feel on impact
  4. Best looking of the 2022 bunch

Callaway has produced killer drivers since the intro of the original Rouge in 2018 or so. The Rogue ST Max has a lot of that DNA, but is more forgiving, easier to hit, and longer. 

I hit a ton of rockets during testing and dispersion was outstanding for me. Not normally my strong-suit. 

You don't need center contact for good results. I consistently hit off-center shots towards the toe and got more than enough distance and a shot at the green. That's all I ask of a driver.

Customer Reviews: 96% of reviewers recommend the Rogue ST Max. 

Recommendation: Put this one on your list to test if you're in the market.

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Taylormade SIM2  

Best Driver of 2021
TaylorMade SIM2 Driver
5.0

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Pros:
  • Long & Forgiving
  • Great Sound & Feel
Cons:
  • Cheaper than last year, but still not cheap
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The Taylormade SIM2 driver made our list of best mid handicap drivers for a couple reasons

  1. It is so, so easy to hit
  2. It's long and forgiving
  3. It feels great and sounds better
  4. You'll start seeing pretty good deals now that the STEALTH is out.

The Taylormade SIM2 is an outstanding driver and performed exceptionally well for me. I hit tons of solid drivers with it and would gladly own this driver if I was in the market.

Taylormade drivers live up to the hype and more. I don't believe you can find a bad one these days. 

Customer Reviews: 99% of reviewers would recommend the SIM2. It's got 342 reviews and an average rating of 4.8 out of 5

Recommendation: Buy this driver in a heart beat if you can get your specs or close to them.

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Ping G425 Max (Most Forgiving Driver of 2022)

Most Forgiving
Ping G425 MAX Driver
4.8

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Pros:
  • Great for mediocre drivers (like me)
  • Long & Forgiving
  • Med-high penetrating ball flight
Cons:
  • Not the best looking driver of 2022
  • Not cheap
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The G425 Max driver is our 3rd place finisher for best mid handicap driver for a couple reasons.

  1. Most forgiving of the bunch by just a hair
  2. Springy face and beaucoup distance
  3. Good feel & sound

Ping's been making great drivers for a while, but I hadn't put my hands on one in years. The G400  & G410 are well-known to be great drivers and I'd heard and read nothing but good things about the G425 Max.

All the great things were validated on the first swing. Long high draw down the middle and it felt great coming off the face. I hit a bunch of good drivers during my round and I could see myself owning the G425 Max, no problem. 

My biggest gripe is the looks are pretty plain for a premium driver and I couldn't get a shaft close to my specs. 

Customer Reviews: 96% of reviewers would recommend the G425 Max. It has 225 reviews and an average rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars

Recommendation: If you need help with your driving (like me), you gotta give the Ping G425 Max driver a try.

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A Golfer Geeks Favorite
Callaway Mavrik Driver
5.0

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  • Awesome Distance & Forgiveness
  • Easily Adjustable for Your Swing
  • Best Sound at Contact Ever
  • Bargains Abound
  • Getting harder to find - So customization options will be limited

The  Callaway Mavrik Driver  was our favorite driver of the last few years and bargains are everywhere because its an older model.


You can dial this thing back into the fairway so easily - or at least playable. It's long. It's forgiving. It looks great. Nothing not to like in this driver.


100% worth a look if you are in the market for a great driver at a bargain price. 


Best Hybrids

Best Hybrid Tested
Ben Hogan VKTR+ Hybrids
5.0

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  • Forgiving & Easy to get Airborne 
  • High Trajectory for Soft Landings
  • Best Looking Hybrid 
  • Absolute Bargain Price
  • Not the largest shaft & grip selection

The  Ben Hogan VKTR+ Hybrid  is exactly what you need a hybrid to be.

  • It looks great behind the ball.
  • The face is hot and forgiving so solid contact is easy.
  • The ball launches easily and carries high and far for soft landings. 

I think it's the best looking hybrid out there. It's playable for any handicap -  which is rare. 

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Best Fairway Woods

Best Player Fairway Wood
Ben Hogan GS53 Fairway Woods
5.0

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  • Accurate & Consistent
  • Launch the ball easily - No ballooning 
  • Workable: Left - Right - Down - Up
  • Compact clubhead
  • Minimal & elegant design
  • Killer Pricing
  • Not the largest shaft & grip selection

The Ben Hogan GS53 Fairway Wood  is a low handicap's dream.

  • "Tour-Inspired" compact clubhead.
  • Classic design.
  • Very playable.

But, I think good ball-striking mid handicaps may want to give it a try using the demo program mentioned below. I don't get punished on slight mishits - No great loss of distance.


The 3-wood and 5-wood are in my bag. They've been great golf clubs for me.


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Best Wedges

Golfer Geeks Approved
Ben Hogan Equalizer II Wedges
5.0

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  • Can play any shot around the green
  • Easy to play partial and full shots from the fairway
  • Excellent stopping power
  • Best looking wedges ever in the world ever.
  • Minimal & elegant design
  • $25 to $100 cheaper than comparable wedges
  • Not the largest shaft & grip selection

The Ben Hogan Equalizer II Wedges  are phenomenal scoring clubs.


They are supremely consistent and I have complete confidence when I step over a shot with them.

  • Half shots  
  • Partial shots  
  • Full shots - and 
  • Any shot around the green is easily handled with an Equalizer 2 wedge.  


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Best Putters

Best Mallet Putter
Ben Hogan BHM01 Putter
5.0

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  • Superb feel & balance
  • Rolls the ball exceptionally well
  • Consistent end-over-end roll
  • Minimal & elegant design
  • Unbeatable Price - About $50 - $200 less than competitors
  • Grip options a little limited

The Ben Hogan BHM01 Putter  is butter soft, gets your ball rolling end over end, and will likely be the best looking putter you'll ever own.


I'd never played a high-end milled putter before so I expected a certain intimidation factor and a metallic click or feel on contact. No sir. It feels great and performs spectacularly.


Looking to step into a high-end precision milled putter but don't want to spend a cool 4 bills? Give the BHM01 a look. 


Still have doubts? Take advantage of  Hogan's demo program to "Try before you Buy". 

Thanks for checking out my opinion on what are, at least some of, the best golf clubs available in 2022. 

This page will grow and change substantially. So, check back often to see what cream has risen to the top... of my list. 

About the author 

Jamie Boudreaux

Okayist golfer I know. On a quest to get down to a 2 and take you along for the ride. 

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