I just started golf with a knight tour 525 golf club set that I got at a garage sale. Im really into golf and plan on getting new clubs. The clubs im looking at our the Callaway Strata Set. Are these any good. Should I buy this set or just individual clubs. Thanks
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Clubs are not a magic bullet that will fix a bad swing (not even the best clubs money can buy).
That said, it is easier to hit the ball with less effort and unwanted corrections during the swing with clubs that fit than with clubs that don't fit.
Clubs that fit have little to do with what they cost. Things like the lie angles, shaft lengths, and MOI can be altered to fit better by a fitter that knows what they are doing in most cases.
Club manufacturers are in the business of selling clubs and convincing people that they will play better with their latest designs. They keep lowering the lofts so people will think they are hitting the ball further than with their old clubs. They don't usually mention that the new 7 iron you are hitting is the same loft as your old 5 iron.
If you're a beginning player, your swing probably isn't consistent enough for loft and lie angles to have much significance in game improvement. Also, keep in mind the general rule of golf equipment prices: the more expensive a given item is, the more that item has been designed for the serious (low-handicap) player. $1,000 iron sets are not made for golfers just starting out. Practice and experience will make you a better player right now, not expensive clubs.
An out-of-the-box starter set is all you need right now. If you feel you need to buy new clubs, start with two wedges: most "complete" beginner's sets end at pitching wedge, so you do need sand and lob wedges to complete your bag. In time, you can replace the set with better clubs as you go along: start with the putter, then the driver, then the fairway woods and hybrids, and finally the irons.
I haven't played with a $100 set of clubs and there is a point where the quality becomes crap. It's not hard to find some high quality used clubs in the $400 to $600 range. If they fit they work every bit as well as new ones.
There are also brands that don't spend the sponsor dollars on the Tour players that cost much less but are just as good.
Why dont you shop a second hand site or hit up craigslist.
You can get a decent second hand driver and wood for 50 bucks each at some sites. I paid roughly 30 bucks a piece for a cobra driver s9-1f which isnt bad and a matching 3 wood.
if you dont mind mixing and matching brands, itll be easy to put something together
get these irons from ebay. i dont know what others think about them but i think they are playable for the price 3-sw macgregor battlesticks (89 bucks new) you could probably find them cheaper used.
say you pay:
3 wood: 50
battlesticks 3-sw: 89
youre looking at 189.00 minus shipping and a putter and a bag for a near complete beginner set - cheaper if you get those irons used - its roughly around the same price as those stratas 13 set and not the 18 which is closer to 300 i think..
However your driver and wood will be better. having personally played with those battlesticks myself, i like em - pretty dependable. you could also modify and get 3/4 hybrids etc... i guess it really depends on how you want to build your set and how you play.
oh and i havent played stratas so i dont know. i know id be replacing that putter asap for sure
If you want something nice, and have just a little bit more money, you can Google the name of the company you like followed by "pre-owned golf clubs" and you will find sites that have very good clubs at good prices.
My son bought some high end clubs from one of those sites this year and I couldn't tell they were even used.