The Best Golf Clubs on the Market in 2022

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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 

Former 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 your 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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Best Pure Blades
Titleist 620 MB Irons
5.0

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Pros:
  • Great Sound & Feel
  • Surprisingly forgiving
  • Excellent playability
  • Great looking
Cons:
  • Price
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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 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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Editor's Pick Game Improvement Irons
Mizuno JPX 923 Hot Metal Irons
5.0

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Pros:
  • Buttery-soft feel
  • Loads of Distance & Forgiveness
  • Absolute Eye Candy
  • Great Price
Cons:
  • None at all
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Mizuno JPX 921 Hot Metal irons are one of our favorite irons for mid-handicappers and the average golfer for a few reasons:

  1. Buttery, marshmellowy, unbelievably soft (yet solid) feel.
  2. Incredibly forgiving and easy to hit. Great contact is not needed for good results.
  3. Exceptional distance.
  4. You can play any shot you want if you’ve got the game.

Mizuno is widely known in golf circles to make the best-feeling irons in the game. So, I expected the 921 Hot Metals to deliver on that.

But, I already play 1025 soft carbon steel irons – so I know what soft feels like…

At least I thought I did. The Chromoly metal Mizuno uses to make the Hot Metals (and Forged & Hot Metal Pro irons) is on a completely different level. 

But, you can’t sleep on performance either. Apparently, this Chromoly stuff isn’t satisfied with being the softest feeling metal in the golf iron biz. It’s also one of the strongest metals.

Chromoly’s exceptional strength allows Mizuno put a thinner face on the JPX 921 Hot Metal irons. 

This means…they can move weight to other places in the clubhead to increase forgivenessspeed, and improve launch

Center contact is bliss and slight mishits – off the toe, heel, or a little chubby don’t lose much distance or accuracy. 

These were a surprise for me. I’m grateful I got to put my hands on them.

Conclusion: Best feeling mid-handicap irons I’ve ever had in my paws. 

Recommendation: Just try them. You’ll thank me.  

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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 our 2nd favorite irons for mid-handicappers 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 an 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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Best Drivers

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. Pick any Stealth version and give it a test if you’re in the market. 

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Editor's Pick
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 its 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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Best Fairway Woods

Best Value
Cobra Radspeed Fairway Wood
5.0

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Pros:
  • Best Sound & Feel
  • Very good off the tee & fairway
  • Easy ball launch & high trajectory
  • Long & Forgiving
Cons:
  • New clubs getting scarce
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The Cobra RadSpeed fairway wood is our #1 Recommendation for a couple reasons.

  • Performs equally well from the tee, fairway, or the rough. The RadSpeed is the most versatile wood of the bunch 

The RadSpeed is a superior performer from marginal lies and is also great off the tee and the fairway.

The RadSpeed fairway woods come in 4 flavors:

  1. RadSpeed Fairway: the high launch and forgiving option
  2. RadSpeed Big Tour Fairway: slightly oversize, mid launch, fastest ball speed, and penetrating flight
  3. RadSpeed Tour Fairway: compact, mid-low launch, most workable. 
  4. RadSpeed Draw Fairway: mid launch, most forgiving and anti-slice

We recommend the RadSpeed Fairway for any handicap golfer. It provides what we look for in fairway woods:

  • Easy launch
  • High trajectory
  • Forgiveness
  • Distance

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Golfer Geeks Approved
TaylorMade STEALTH Fairway Wood
4.8

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Pros:
  • Loads of Distance & Forgiveness
  • Looks great at address
Cons:
  • Not the best sound
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The Taylormade Stealth 5 wood best serves

  • Players wanting “player” looks in a clubhead (especially at address) with a generous sweet spot for tons of distance & forgiveness.

It’s long, forgiving, easy on the eyes and will set you back a nice penny.

I found it to be rocket-hot most anywhere on the face. It wants to keep you playable too.

Just be prepared to empty your wallet.

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Best Wedges

Editor's Pick
Cleveland RTX ZipCore Wedge
5.0

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Pros:
  • Superior spin
  • Superior playability
  • Superior versatility
Cons:
  • Still looking
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Cleveland has been making awesome wedges for at least as long as I’ve been playing golf. The RTX ZipCore adds to the legend.

These wedges are well-balanced and offer superior and consistent performance from a variety of lies and conditions. The new ZipCore, which moves the center of gravity, has been given a lot of credit for this. 

The Ultizip grooves are deep and sharp and provide loads of spin around the green as well as on partial shots. 

Cleveland made sure to add even more value by heat-treating the heads for added durability so you will need to replace less often.

The heads have a more traditional shape, reminding me of the old 588s, but have more modern design elements as well.

They are nearly universally praised by buying customers, which is always a great sign.

Recommendation: The new RTX ZipCore sand wedge is worth your attention if you are in the market. Do yourself a favor and test them out. 

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Golfer Geeks Approved
Titleist Vokey SM8 Wedge
5.0

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Pros:
  • Accommodates any swing type & any playing condition w/ 6 sole grinds
  • Heat treated for added durability
  • Progressive weighting prevents ballooning and increases accuracy
  • Great looking wedges
  • Great out of the rough
Cons:
  • Feel may be too firm for some
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You can also never go wrong with a Titleist wedge. They have been producing great wedges for nearly as long as Cleveland. The Vokey SM line has been a stellar performer for Titleist

The new SM8s bring even more consistency, versatility, and control to your wedge game. 

Progressive center of gravity optimizes launch for full shots from the fairway down to any shot you’ll play around the greens.  The spin milled grooves apply ample spin in all situations and they have a sole grind for every situation and every swing type.

They’ve also heat treated the face to make sure the grooves are more durable and last longer. 

Titleist has thought of and included it all. 

Picking your correct sole grind(1) among the 6 offered is surprisingly easy. Simply identify your swing type (steep, neutral, shallow) and the typical conditions you play in (soft, firm, neutral). Then, choose the grind they recommend. 

Two of the grinds (F & M) are made to perform in all conditions. The other four are more specialized. 

Recommendation: We feel very comfortable recommending the SM8. Try it and you won’t be sending it back.

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I'm an avid golfer, a 9.2 handicap on my way to a 2 (been a 5.6) and frequent tester of golf clubs and equipment since 2015.