A list of 25 of the best golf clubs for unparalleled performance on the green

A list of 25 of the best golf clubs for unparalleled performance on the green

Ciku Njuguna
updated at July 2, 2023 at 3:00 PM

Like a soccer ball gives meaning to a match, irons are critical on the greens. From beginners to pros, the club is the most crucial piece of equipment for a golfer. Explore and get the ultimate snapshot of the top 20 best golf clubs available for amateurs to the most experienced players.

How do you know if golf clubs fit you?
Collin Morikawa watches his shot's flight from the third tee during the first round of the Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands on June 22, 2023, in Cromwell, Connecticut. Photo by Patrick Smith.
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How does one choose a golf club? The allure of sleek and stylish irons in the market can blind a newbie beginning their playing career. This article will summarise the most forgiving golf irons for high-to-low handicappers.

How to choose which golf club to use

There are five types of clubs called fairway woods, irons, hybrids, wedges, and putters. Additionally, various parts of the club, such as the club-head size, shaft length, or loft angle, may differ in design, influencing the golfer's choice. he guide further directs players on the use of each type of club. The driver is primarily used when teeing off or hitting from a good lie in the shorter grass, while the hybrid club can hit 150+ yards of airborne shots.

The best golf clubs set
Cydney Clanton hits a shot from deep rough during the second round of the ShopRite LPGA Classic presented by Acer on the Bay Course at Seaview Hotel and Golf Club on October 02, 2020, in Galloway, New Jersey. Photo by Michael Cohen.
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Golfers typically use the 2- to 9-iron to hit the golf ball toward the green, usually from 120–190 yards away. The low-numbered irons are especially suited for longer shots compared to high-numbered irons. Wedges are used to hit short and high shots close to the green or sand bunkers, while the putter is used to roll the ball into the hole.

The best golf clubs in 2023

We have used publications from Golf Digest, Golf Monthly and others to provide an extensive list of the best golf irons for beginners and intermediate to expert players. Scroll down for a summary of the best golf clubs for men and women.

The top 5 golf drivers of all time

In the 2022/23 PGA tour, the most used drivers on the PGA Tour that produced the season's winners featured top club brands. These included the Titleist, which led with 11 victories, the Callaway and Ping with 10, while TaylorMade produced five wins in the tour. Here are five highly ranked drivers in 2023.

What is the most popular driver used on the PGA Tour?
A close-up of Rory McIlroy's driver and golf ball as he played his tee shot on the eighth hole during practice before the 2023 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 04, 2023, in Augusta, Georgia. Photo by David Cannon.
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1. Ping G400 Driver

Despite being pricey, the Ping has stood the test of time as one of the most forgiving drivers. A review by the Insider reveals that the G400 features new design changes, including a sharp look and friction-reducing tweaks near the face. The G430 MAX, SFT, LST and HL feature highly on the list with thinner and more forgiving faces.

2. Callaway Paradym/ Paradym X driver

On the 2023 Golf Digest Hot List, the Paradym driver family stood out in the gold ranks. The drivers feature thin titanium faces and a carbon-composite body that saves golfers about 20 grams, enhancing forgiveness. In addition to the club's adjustable hosel system, flexibility and lightweight body, the Callaway Paradym is highly suited for elite players.

3. Cobra Aerojet LS / Aerojet / Aerojet MAX driver

The Aerojet is a sleek driver with the most aerodynamic features that guarantee players maximum swing speed and distance. A high handicap golfer (12) made a review of the Aerojet family of drivers, saying,

“Like a teacher grading on a curve, the results can be better than your swing deserves.”
The best golf club sets
The general view of a golf ball and a driver on the tee during day four of the R&A Amateur Championship at Royal Lytham & St. Annes on June 16, 2022, in Lytham St Annes, England. Photo by Matthew Lewis/R&A.
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4. Mizuno ST-Z 230 / ST-X 230 / ST-X 230 PLTNM

With a titanium-alloy face, a carbon composite crown and a sole, the latest Mizuno ST-X sit highly among the best drivers in 2023. Efforts by the Mizuno development team to minimise spin and increase swing speed include the CORTECH Chamber's innovative design consisting of a steel weight embedded in the sole.

5. TaylorMade Stealth 2 / Stealth 2 Plus / Stealth 2 HD

The Stealth 2 is a favourite in the 2022 PGA Tour, with golfers like Collin Morikawa, Dustin Johnson, Tommy Fleetwood, Matthew Wolff, Scottie Scheffler and Rory McIlroy using the club. In the same season, Scottie Scheffler recorded four wins leading to his first Major Masters victory. On the other hand, McIlroy entered the 2023 season as the World's No.1 after recording his best-ever scores with three victories.

The top 5 most forgiving fairway woods of all time

Fairway woods are used off the tee when a golfer is still 175 to 200 yards from the green. The best fairway woods offer long shots and high-ball flights required by golfers. Here are some of the best contenders for the most forgiving wood.

Callaway golf clubs
Si Woo Kim's Callaway irons were pictures at the 7th tee during Round Two of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans at TPC Louisiana on April 21, 2023, in New Orleans, Louisiana. Photo by Jason Allen/ISI Photos.
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1. Callaway Paradym/ Paradym X

The Callaway woods was created and designed with the aid of artificial intelligence. The amount of weight saving used in the Paradym set averages about 22 grams per head on the fairway woods. Most of the weight in the set is concentrated low and forward, ensuring the centre of gravity remains in line with the centre of the face allowing consistent ball speed, spin and distance.

2. Srixon ZX Mk II

The Srixon ZX is fitted with an unseen spring-like effect created by microscopic changes in the thicknesses and curvatures of the crown and leading-edge joints. The lightweight carbon composite crown and the stepped shape of the crown give the club long-flight distance hits with high launch and low spin, giving the ball a lofty and robust trajectory.

3. TaylorMade Stealth 2 / Stealth 2 HD/ Stealth 2 Plus

The Stealth 2 wood shaves off 20 grams thanks to its lightweight carbon-composite wrap-around section on the edges of the crown. Other factors, such as multiple thicknesses, maximise ball speed for on and off-centre hits.

The Callaway golf driver
Adam Wallin plays his tee shot on the 17th hole during Round Two of Qualifying for The Amateur Championship at Hillside Golf Club on June 20, 2023, in Southport, United Kingdom. Photo by Octavio Passos/R&A.
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4. Titleist TSR1 / TSR2 / TSR2+ / TSR3

Considering past performances, the Titleist makes the most appearances on the PGA Tours. However, the brand engineers have gone further to ensure that golfers get to launch higher hits on the latest clubs. The new TSR family featureS an adjustable weighting system and an impressively low centre of gravity.

5. Honma TW757

The TW757’s Fairway 3-wood's latest design improvements assure golfers will get a faster initial ball speed, control, and stability. Its classic shape and ultralight carbon crown blend with the steel cup face to deliver a true 3-wood with low weight distribution and high ball speed gains.

The best hybrid golf clubs in 2023

Top golf equipment brands that feature heavily on hot lists of the season include Callaway Apex, Callaway Paradym, Cobra Aerojet, Cobra King, TaylorMade Stealth 2, Titleist TSR and the Ping G430. The brands also produce some of the best golf club sets for seniors. Scroll down for more popular hybrid golf clubs perfect for the distance trajectory.

 The Ping golf clubs
Tiger Woods clubs were pictured during the final round of the Quail Hollow Championship at Quail Hollow Golf Club on May 3, 2009, in Charlotte, North Carolina. Photo by Richard Heathcote.
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1. Ping G400 Hybrid

According to Insider, the G400 hybrid is a top contender regardless of the cost compared to other hybrids. While delivering extra length, the design helps golfers maintain a proper swing path with a progressive centre of gravity location.

2. PXG 0211 Hybrid

Compared to other clubs that utilise carbon composite and tungsten to minimise weight, the PXG uses a high-strength steel face surrounded by a perimeter-weighted body. However, it still guarantees faster flexing with a high launch with better off-centre hits.

3. Srixon ZX Mk II

The Srixon ZX Mk II features a thinner high-strength steel face compared to past hybrid designs to provide a bit extra ball speed. Its design also includes flexible and rigid zones that alternate from the face, crown and rear of the body. This design is intended to give the golfer's shot more energy making both on and off-centre hits fly for longer distances.

What clubs do Tiger Woods use?
Tiger Wood's iron clubs were pictured during a practice round for The Match: Champions For Charity at Medalist Golf Club on May 23, 2020, in Hobe Sound, Florida. Photo by Mike Ehrmann.
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4. Tour Edge Exotics C723 / E723

Lightweight technologies such as the carbon-composite crown cover employed on the Tour Edge Exotics are intended to make golfers' shots fly longer distances, higher and faster. Additionally, the head's shape and surface area lowers the club's centre of gravity, adding extra stability on off-centre hits.

5. Wilson Dynapower

The Dynapower hybrid club features a steel-alloy face and a thin and lightweight crown. Created with the aid of artificial intelligence, its design exhibits the perfect face thickness that increases ball speed and reduces the difference between on and off-centre strikes.

What are the best golf irons in the game?

The perfect irons for a golfer are highly dependent upon their handicap as well as other factors. These include the different types of irons, including blades, cavity back, forged clubs, players irons, compact distance, hybrid-style and game improvement irons.

The best golf club sets
Yuri Yoshidan hits her tee shot on the 5th hole during the second round of Bridgestone Ladies Open at Chukyo Golf Club Ishino Course on May 19, 2023, in Toyota, Aichi, Japan. Photo by Atsushi Tomura.
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1. Ping i59 player irons

In a Golf Digest review, the Ping i59 club's specifications included a forged 1025-carbon-steel body, laser-cut stainless steel face, and a 30-gram AlumiCore insert. The review also ranked the club among the best irons for low-handicap players.

2. Mizuno JPX923 Forged player distance irons

Thanks to the ultra-thin properties of nickel chromoly 4335, the Mizuno JPX923 can stand up to high-speed impacts on the greens. Additionally, the model's club head is larger than its Mizuno JPX923 Hot Metal Pro counterpart making it one of the best golf clubs for beginners to intermediate-skill players.

3. Titleist T300 game improvement irons

The Titleist T300 is one of the best game improvement clubs ideally suited for a player's on-course performance. Using tungsten on the toe and heel and as a club head stabilizer makes it one of the most forgiving irons of all time on and off-centre hits.

4. Callaway Great Big Bertha super game improvement irons

As one of the best golf clubs for high handicappers, the Callaway Great Big Bertha iron design suits the largest category of golfers. From its shaping to titanium and tungsten material, the model pushes the boundaries of performance, offering a strong, soft and lightweight experience.

5. Cleveland Launcher XL Halo super game improvement irons

The Cleveland Launcher XL Halo is a Gold contender on Golf Digest's 2023 Hot List that features a hybrid-like model with a long blade and hosel and a wider face. The design increases forgiveness and speed with impressive ball launch capabilities true to its name.

What are the most forgiving wedges in the market?

One of the advantages of using a golf wedge is the versatility of hits such as approach, chip, pitch, bunker, and lob shots. Here is a summary of the best golf club wedges for the average and elite golfer.

Men's golf clubs for beginners
Jason Scrivener plays a shot out of the bunker on the 8th hole during Day 3 of the 2022 Australian PGA Championship at the Royal Queensland Golf Club on November 26, 2022, in Brisbane, Australia. Photo by Bradley Kanaris.
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1. Callaway Jaws Raw/Full Toe

The latest Callaway wedge design is marked with aspects such as the most aggressive grooves in the brand's history that improve spin chips and pitching shots. Additionally, the sand and lob wedges utilise tungsten that modifies the position of the centre of gravity, allowing the golfer control and feel.

2. Cleveland CBX ZipCore/Full Face 2

The wedge utilises a low-density material that is aimed at increasing forgiveness vertically and horizontally. Each part of the design, including the face, sole shape and design, increases versatility and forgiveness.

3. Mizuno T22

Features on the T22, such as the flared club head, produce high spin, flight and control on strikes into the green. Additionally, the Mizuno brand has a variety of top-ranking options in wedges for golfers.

4. Ping Glide 4.0

Golfers can expect improved lofts and spins from the Glide. With 17 alternatives ranging from 46 to 60 degrees, Ping can successfully accommodate all types of swing and turf varieties.

5. TaylorMade Milled Grind 3

From elite to average golfers, the Grind 3 guarantees an aggressive spin courtesy of the design's groove-edge sharpness and small raised ribs between the grooves. The brand also offers custom Tiger Woods wedges.

In addition to skill and talent, one could say that golf clubs make a player. The best golf clubs confer an advantage to players elevating any golfer's game despite their skill level.

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Ciku Njuguna
Ciku Njuguna is a journalist with 3 year’s experience in content creation based in Kenya. She currently covers sports personnel as well as team biographies.