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Best Golf Balls for Mid Handicappers in 2021

Looking for a ball to take you to the next level? Extra feel around the greens? More distance off the tee?

You're in the right place. But if you have a HIGH SWING SPEED, check out this guide HERE

I've played with a lot of different golf balls because I love trying them all. Different colors, different materials, different number of layers - I don't care. I love it. There are so many options and actually, most of them will suit you if you're in search of the best golf ball for a mid handicapper. It just depends on what you're looking for as explained below.

Best Golf Balls for Mid Handicappers

  1. Titleist Tour Soft (best of the best all-round golf ball)
  2. Srixon Soft Feel (best for slower swingers)
  3. Wilson Duo Professional (urethane budget ball)
  4. Srixon Q-Star (best for green side spin)
  5. Callaway SuperSoft (best for super soft feel)
  6. Bridgestone E6  (best for hitting it straighter)
  7. Taylormade Project (a)  (best value Tour quality ball)
  8. Snell MTB Black (best Pro V1 substitute ball on a budget)
  9. Vice Pro Soft (for lower mid handicappers with low swing speed)

When should I buy some more sophisticated balls?

You can buy balls whenever and whatever skill level you like, but I would suggest that if you are losing more than two balls per round, you should stick to the cheaper or second-hand ones for the following reason:

When you count how much money you are losing every time you nail one in the water, out of bounds or the bushes, it starts to hurt...badly.

On top of that, standing on the tee and feeling tension because you don't want to lose one of the new balls you've purchased will affect your game negatively in an immeasurable way.

If you feel happy to buy these balls and feel confident you may lose only one or two and the idea of losing them won't make you tail spin out of control emotionally, you should definitely invest in yourself.

The new Tour Soft ball promises a soft feel, longer shots and better spin. Now that is the promise of every ball, but this one does perform in this category of balls very well.

Are they any better than a Srixon Soft Feel?

They've put a big core in this ball and it's the biggest one they've ever made. Coupled with a thin outer cover, the ball does indeed have a great soft feel. The spin is definitely going to kick the butt of your old rocks you played with before. 

The distance gain is also measurable but, when comparing to the Srixon Soft Feels below, is the price difference worth it? In isolation, this ball is the best in the mid range category. But when you compare the minuscule difference between these and the Srixon Soft Feels, you can't help but wonder if they are worth the extra change.

As a brand, Titleist is always going to be reliable for great performance.

  • Very durable in my experience lasted 24 holes straight before I lost it
  • High ball flight to stop on the green
  • Large core and thin outer layer means soft feel, long drives and more spin
  • Low spin off driver face for straighter longer shots
  • Best for swings 100 mph and less
  • Price may not be worth the extra dosh when comparing to Srixon Soft Feels

The stalwart for mid handicappers with swings below 90 mph

It's a two-piece construction in it's 11th version but Srixon have reduced the compression to 60. That's more moderate than the ultra low trend at the moment and great for us. The implication is that the distance from the tee with more moderate compression is more impressive than with the compressions below 50 at our average swing speeds.

Srixon have also reduced the thickness of the cover and increased the softness. This added softness is the biggest contributing factor to spin around the greens and the Soft Feel delivers with one of the better two-piece balls for holding greens. It's not going to be zipping back, let's not over-exaggerate, but they'll be streaks ahead of the HARD lake balls you've been hitting.

I played a lot of rounds with the Soft Feel - I think what made it so special to me is that it was the first ball I tried. And it got my mind out of thinking about losing $4 balls and into thinking about smacking $1.50 balls smoothly.

  • Very durable in my experience lasted 24 holes straight before I lost it
  • High ball flight to stop on the green
  • Soft feel Fusablend cover
  • Low spin off driver face for straighter longer shots
  • None, at this price point

The Callaway SuperSoft has an ultra-low 35 compression core. What does that mean? Well, it's believed to produce low spin on the drives and a very soft feel on the shorter shots. 

Callaway's improved version of the SuperSoft is a two-piece ball with a very soft Trionomer cover for that extra soft feel and spin when chipping and putting. Off the tee, the ball will carry long distances with longer roll-out for the majority of swing speeds.

My experience with the ball

But does it work? I played this ball for one round and I can confirm the feeling is incredibly soft off the face of the wedge and putter. The ball feels a little marshmallowy off the face of my insert putter but trying it with a steel putter, I noticed a firmer feeling which I preferred. The ball spun quite nicely around the greens too.

The durability was excellent only succumbing to a scuff from a shot I landed on a cart path. Easily one of the most popular golf balls out there for mid handicappers and we can see why. 

  • Very soft feel from the Trionomer cover
  • Low compression for longer drives and spinnier chips
  • Well-priced indeed
  • Feels marshmallowy soft on the older putters with inserts

Woah. I'd be doing you a major disservice if I didn't suggest the Srixon Q-Star as one of the best golf balls for mid handicappers. If you're into premium-level three-piece balls, you won't find much better value than Srixon Q-Star Tour though, at this price range.

Tour-level performance at an awesome price

The cover is urethane which means a little less durable but with that you get near Tour-level spin green side and on approaches. If you're a solid mid handicapper who is shooting in the 80s majority of the time, this ball could give you the edge to finally break 80.

The low 75 compression core takes care of the spin on the longer shots by reducing it to produce long straight drives especially at moderate swing speeds. 

Quite simply, forget spending crazy money for premium golf balls. The Q-Star Tour is mayor of Value Town.

  • Urethane cover for Tour-like feel and spin
  • Extreme value pricing
  • Long decal with arrow for alignment on the side of the ball
  • Soft compression core for lower driver spin
  • A bit of run on the chips but I like bump and run so not a big deal

Bridgestone E6

Most prescribed golf ball at Bridgestone golf ball fittings

I've selected this ball for you if you're looking for that extra distance boost while maintaining a soft feeling on the ball. The E6 promises straight distance with this 3 piece offering and it does just that.

9 to 20 handicappers 

Bridgestone have created a ball to reduce spin on drives and long irons where a lot of golfers don't get maximum efficiency with most golf balls. You'll notice a longer penetrating ball on your longer shots with little movement left or right. Hitting the E6 feels relatively soft when comparing to a pure distance ball so no more feeling of hitting little rocks at impact.

The ball has an ionomer cover so won't perform like a urethane covered ball around the greens but has a softer feeling than 2 piece golf balls. This is designed as one of the best golf balls for mid handicappers looking for distance off the tee and with the longer clubs in the bag. 

From personal experience, in my group of golfing friends handicapped 9 to 24, this is one of the most popular balls. 

  • Longer and straighter woods and iron shots
  • Prioritized for distance and direction
  • Best golf ball for average weekend golf - no frills
  • Alignment aids are annoying
  • Scuffs easily

Are you a competitive golfer who plays often? Want to win more competitions?

Taylormade have made a really accessible Tour-style ball for amateur golfers with the Project (a). It's rated as a golf ball for 8 to 18 handicap so it falls within the range of best golf balls for mid handicappers especially if you're looking for more spin.

We like to call this a tamed down Tour-level ball. The construction is not as advanced on the interior but the outer cover made of urethane makes a big difference in spin. Combined with a low compression core, you have a ball to blast you through the big 80 or even breaking 90 every time.

The Project (a) uses a urethane cover to give the ball the grippy feel and quick stopping properties of a Tour ball. The difference between a surlyn and a urethane covered ball is something you need to experience to believe. Your chips and pitches just stop with no bounding far beyond the pin leaving those awful 20 footers for par.

Inside, the ball is a moderately low 70 compression making it perfect for reducing spin just enough but leaving enough in there for you to start shaping some shots.

  • Urethane cover gives the feel of a Tour ball
  • Excellent spin on approaches and chip shots
  • Price to performance ratio is unparalleled.
  • Practice chipping and putting with soft balls
  • Urethane tends to scuff easier

Snell became very popular very quickly with the My Golf Spy golf ball testing. I of course tried them immediately and I can certifiably say, they perform equally as well as all the top balls and are as close to the ProV1 golf ball as you can get. 

Except much cheaper. Urethane, 3piece golf ball that provides long distance and excellent stopping power on the greens. The logo is very unassuming and it's a very simple piece of good golf ball.

  • Urethane cover is very durable
  • Excellent spin on approaches and chip shots
  • Similar feeling to the top range golf balls like Pro V
  • Not much!

A three-piece golf ball covered in urethane for extra spin and performance. The High Energy Speed Core creates a higher ball speed and more carry off the tee for the slower swing speed.

But it's more for the guys who are slightly more advanced, so toward the lower end of the handicap spectrum nearing single digits. This will be the ball that takes you over the edge and with the spectacular colors, you get high visibility too.

The matte cover is my favorite - they just 'feel" stickier! The softer, urethane cover 

  • High visibility golf balls for better tracking
  • Urethane cover for impressive spin
  • Good for the slower swinging, lower mid handicap player looking to break into single digits
  • Some people complain about the sound or feel as a bit "underwhelming"

What do you need though, to get into single digit handicap heaven?

In my experience, mid handicappers want more spin on approaches and pitches but don't need so much that it magnifies the side spin put on bad shots.

What I mean is premium balls aren't ideal for this handicap range because they produce more spin so when you hit a slice or a hook, the ball will actually slice or hook MORE.

Pros have a much larger skill set producing a variety of shot shapes with the extra spin they produce. But there's also something else every golfer wants more than spin...

Distance is always the focus

We also want booming distance off the tee without swinging like Bubba Watson. Luckily mid handicappers are right in the sweet spot of the golf ball market to take advantage of golf balls designed specifically with medium spin and long distance without a huge price tag!

Mid handicap is where the manufacturers produce and sell the most golf balls at reasonable price points which makes your life super simple.

Now, if you still prefer a Pro V1 or another premium ball, that's a perfectly fine choice and I've listed the best ones for your perusal.

For the player who would prefer some other options, I would like to present some ideas that could work in harmony with your skill level and swing.

What I suggest when finding the best golf balls for mid handicappers

If you're confused or stuck between two balls, why not try both of them during a round? That way you can play different shots throughout the round comparing driving distance, green side play, approaches and putting.

I always encourage dropping Pro V1 golf balls for mid handicappers. The technology is set up for advanced players with very fast swings and the ability to control their spin rates as well as the direction they hit the ball so they don't lose many.

Those premium tour balls will accentuate your slice or draws because of the increase in spin but also without the same repertoire of shots a pro has, the money could be better spent. The spin rate is not only referring to top spin or back spin, but also side spin. So bang for your buck in a $4 ball is very low.

Using mid handicapper, mid ranged balls will get you a lot more value for money and reduce the dread of hitting a ball over water to a par 3! And you'll save some money and lower your scores!

Best High Visibility Golf Balls in 2021

Whether you like a bit of razzmatazz ring ma ding and want everyone to look at your balls or you just can't see your balls so well anymore, you're in the right place.

No, this isn't the urologists office!

But I have become a bit of a multi-color golf ball fiend. It wasn't always like that though - I mean we're supposed to be pros here, right?

And watching golf on TV, besides Bubba Watson playing a pink ball for a while, we never see the pros playing high visibility golf balls. I was always intrigued by those yellow balls I watched the members of my club playing on the course but always thought they were for older boys.

But my search for the best high visibility golf balls wasn't really an arduous journey because I've had so much fun trying new golf balls I wouldn't have tried before and I'm a total convert. From the Volvik Vivids at a corporate day to the charity day where I was given a sleeve of soccer ball print Callaways, I've played a ton of them and with exception of maybe the Chromax, I haven't lost a bit of performance. But let's dive in...

Which color ball is the easiest to track?

This is quite a subjective question, but the general consensus seems to be in this order:

  1. Green golf balls - I like the Volvik Vivid Green as the easiest to see
  2. Yellow golf balls - The mainstay of colored golf balls
  3. Pink golf balls - Like Boy George, not very masculine, but easy to spot 
  4. Orange golf balls - not advised for Fall/Autumn months with the leaves on the ground
  5. White golf balls
  6. Red golf balls
  7. Blue golf balls - They get lost in the sky and don't contrast as well on the ground

What's the difference between high visibility and white golf balls?

The only difference between a high visibility golf ball and a white ball of the same model is the color of the cover. The rest of the construction of the same model of golf ball is identical. 

Can high visibility golf balls improve my score?

Yes and no. The color of the ball won't make a difference to the way you hit the ball so physically no. But psychologically, the fun aspect and the ability to see your ball more easily through the air does give you a small confidence boost. 

When you know you're going to find your golf ball because you saw exactly where it landed and can walk directly to that spot, you feel confident to grip it and rip it. The lack of confidence inhibits your swing. So maybe the extra confidence could help? Let us know.

Best High Visibility Golf Balls 2021

  1. Volvik Vivid (best visibility and performance combo)
  2. Callaway Chrome Soft (best all-round golf ball regardless of color)
  3. Bridgestone e12 Soft (best for slow swingers and more distance)
  4. Srixon Z-Star XV (colorful alternative to the Pro V1 for fast swingers)
  5. Callaway SuperSoft (best performing for slower swingers)
  6. Wilson DUO Professional (best value urethane golf ball)

Best High Visibility Golf Balls in 2021

Volvik Vivid 

Best high visibility and performance combo

Volvik Vivid balls come in REALLY bright colors and are a favorite with guys looking for more visibility because it's impossible to miss them in the air. If you have deep rough at your course, you'll be able to track this beauty effortlessly and lose far less balls. And when I say really bright, I mean that you might think they'll glow in the dark.

The cover has a matte finish which adds to the uniqueness of the ball. Playing partners wondered if it was a practice ball or a rubber ball. It's a perfectly conforming three-piece ball and made of the identical material as other golf balls, just without the high gloss finish on it. 

Are they any good?

Yes. They're straight with a middle of the range medium feel off the club & high ball flight.

A lot of guys will pick this ball up for a laugh, as I did through a corporate golf day. But the laughing stops once you hit it. The weirdest (but best) thing I noticed with them is when I hit a shot, at the point I expect the ball to start descending back to the ground, the ball just keeps going that extra few yards in the air. 

I played these balls in a corporate day and I've used them often since then because they're long and straight and turn heads every time you break one out. I've hit my longest drives with this ball and it's no surprise Volvik is the sponsor for the long drive championships. I recently actually won a scramble using these balls while my partner used NXT Tour, my other new favorite golf ball.

  • Matte finish for glow in the dark style looks
  • Grippy feel of the cover off the face
  • Good for 70-95mph swings
  • Very helpful putting alignment arrow
  • Much easier to hit mid to long irons longer higher
  • Takes a couple holes to get accustomed to HOW bright they are
  • Scuff very easily but scuffs are hard to see
  • Not going to rip it back on greens

The Chrome Soft got a bad rep with the My Golf Spy testing, but they've addressed that and put the important part of the 'best golf ball for high visibility'. Visibility is just a big bonus. This four-piece ball has taken the world by storm. 

They come in bright yellow but also the Truvis design which is pretty much a soccer ball print all over the ball and the one I preferred for a very long time.

Are they any good?

Callaway's Chrome Soft is a Tour level premium ball that competes toe to toe with the heavyweights like Titleist. The benefits to the average golfer are due to low compression and a urethane cover giving you excellent distance off the tee with soft feel and a lot of spin green side. 

All swing speeds will benefit from this golf ball and it stands up to high-end tour models chip for chip, pitch for pitch and putt for putt. Approaches into greens fly high and land and stick with strong spin.

  • For golfers of all handicaps - low to high
  • Buttery soft feel and spin around the greens
  • Very durable cover
  • Feels like balata ball with big distance
  • Truvis soccer ball print also available
  • Pricey

Bridgestone e12 Soft

Best high visibility ball for slower swing speeds

Three-piece golf balls are usually urethane covered, but Bridgestone has made a 3-piece surlyn covered ball. 

They added the third layer because they wanted to generate more ball speed after the success of the e6. Bridgestone needed to focus less on the softness of the ball and focus on finding the speed from this additional layer in the core. 

With the matte finish and 3 pieces, this surlyn ball will spin more than your average 2 piece ball, but of course not as much as a urethane covered ball. 

  • Bright colors on a 3 piece surlyn ball
  • Durable cover will not scratch easily
  • High launching for extra carry
  • Soft, consistent feel off the putter face
  • Similar price to Taylormade Project (a) which is urethane cover and comes in yellow

Srixon Z-Star XV

Glaring brightness with premium performance for faster swings

The yellow Z Star XV golf ball is very bright and will be easy to see. Even the Pure White color balls are easier to spot than other white golf ball brands. 

Srixon produced an awesome premium level ball that performs as good as the top manufacturers' premium balls and makes it one of the best high visibility golf balls. With a compression of 102, and a Spin Skin cover, this ball performs as a premium ball should. If you swing less than 90 mph, you'll want to check out the Srixon Q-Star though. 

Are they any good?

In a word, yes.

I use these golf balls on my channel a lot. I love the yellow ones but out in Asia, I even find orange ones. They are long and they stop on the greens exactly as any premium golf ball. I love the Srixon Z Star XV.

  • As long off the tee as top premium balls
  • Top value for money pricing
  • Both Yellow and Pure White are much brighter than standard balls
  • None

Callaway SuperSoft

Best overall high visibility golf balls for slower swingers

The SuperSoft Multicolor pack comes with four sleeves of balls each one a different color. Much easier on your wallet than premium balls on this list, they pack mega bang for your buck.

The SuperSoft is not a very soft ball but will help most golfers increase their distances off the tee and from the fairway. It's a two-piece ball with a very low compression of 35!

For the slower swinging golfers, this ball is going to reduce spin on the tee shots and long approaches while giving you a delicate feel around the greens.

Are they any good?

The SuperSoft is one of the most popular balls you'll find. The lower compression and trionomer cover produces less spin on your longer shots giving you more chance to hit the fairways and greens. That always makes golf more fun. If you're a mid to high handicapper, this is a perfect golf ball for you.

  • Longer off the tees for slower swingers
  • Distance boost for mid to high handicappers
  • Softer feeling surlyn cover is durable
  • Fantastic value pricing
  • Feel is quite marshallowy on insert putters like Odyssey

Wilson DUO Professional

Best overall high visibility golf balls for slower swingers

JMac from my Youtube channel LOVES Wilson DUO golf balls. He always looks for them in pro shops when they have the colorful ones.

These have a urethane cover so they spin and yet have the low compression for that low spin distance off the tee. There's nothing wrong with these golf balls at all and if you are used to playing balls like Srixon Soft Feels and want to start playing some urethane covered balls, these are the best to dip your toe into the premium ball pond.

  • Well priced urethane covered golf balls
  • Excellent first urethane golf ball for 2 piece golf ball players
  • Cover is very durable 
  • Not much

I suggest brown lens sunglasses for high visibility

I have eye sight that can be described as "not great" and wear prescription lens sunglasses. 

There's a very good reason I wear BROWN tinted sunglasses. The polarized are fancy and do the anti glare thing, but brown lenses bump up the contrast significantly especially on the greens I play which are very grainy. The grain can be seen in relation to the sun with reflections off the grass so you can read greens better.

For distance, it brightens up the ball vs the back drop you're hitting against. I only wear brown lens sunglasses for more visibility of the ball in flight and I always will.

Avoid blue golf balls

I've found blue golf balls are terrible for the flight of the ball - probably to do with the sky color but I never see them land. Green is often assumed to be the worst but it is in fact one of the best colors for seeing the ball in flight. 

Watch my videos on Youtube where I use high visibility golf balls


The Volvik Vivids definitely take the cake for the best visibility and funkiest color availability as well as for big distance. But overall, disregarding the color aspect alone, the best overall ball would definitely be the Srixon Z Star XV.

Best Wedges for High Handicappers and Beginners

Have you ever hit two shots to go 300 yards, and then 4 more shots from 100 yards for a delicious double bogey?

That sticks with you, and usually affects the rest of the round too, filtering up into your bag.

The secret to better golf is being lethal inside 100 yards and I want to help you become lethal inside 100 yards.

So what I've done is found the best wedges for high handicappers and beginners to give you some suggestions to get more joy on the course without breaking the bank and splurging on unnecessary and expensive equipment. 

best wedges for high handicappers

If you get only one wedge, get a sand wedge

If you're unsure what kind of wedge you need, if you’re only going to buy one wedge, get a great sand wedge with either 56 or 58 degrees of loft and at least 10 degrees of bounce. Keep reading to find out why.

The Best Wedges for High Handicappers and Beginners

  1. Cleveland SmartSole 4 S Wedge (best for bunkers and green side chipping)
  2. Wilson Harmonized Wedge (best budget option)
  3. Cleveland CBX 2 Cavity Back Wedge (most closely resembles the rest of your irons)
  4. Ping Glide 3.0 SS Wedge (easiest to use premium model)
  5. Square Strike Wedge (best 'gimmicky' set of wedges for chunkers)
  6. Callaway Mack Daddy Wedge (best performing wedge long term)

What makes a wedge lethal?

From my experience and taking inspiration from master club fitter Tom Wishon , I recommend a sand wedge with a wide sole to take your short game to the next level. This bigger sole gives the wedge what is called bounce. More bounce means it's easier to get the ball airborne.

But you’re probably thinking “what the hell is bounce”? Before we get into that, understand that it’s the most important characteristic of a wedge to give us more forgiveness. Forgiveness is our priority as higher handicappers so we can get the ball off the ground and going where we want when we want. Bounce helps us do that. 

To help you find the best wedge for high handicappers & beginners, I focused on bounce as the main criteria.

What is bounce?

“Bounce refers to the lowest part of the sole, that part of the wedge sole that is actually in contact with the ground at address and that causes the front of the sole to be off the ground at address.

Bounce angle is a measurement, expressed in degrees, of the angle between the leading edge of the sole and that lowest point on the sole. The higher the bounce angle, the more the leading edge of the sole is off the ground at address.”

Bigger soles increase bounce

How does bounce make a club forgiving?
Bounce moves the club through sand in the bunkers

Do you find it difficult to hit the ball out of bunkers first time? I know I used to. There's nothing more embarrassing than taking 4 to get out of a bunker. But check out my guide to hitting bunker shots for beginners.

For 90% of golfers, the wedge should have a lot bounce to literally bounce off the surface of the sand and float the ball out on a pillow of sand.

Bounce controls the digging of the club into the turf

When we start golf we all hit a lot of fat shots. Fat means you hit the earth before your ball.
If your SW has too little bounce, it will dig into the ground on a fat shot and your ball will go nowhere.

f the wedge has more bounce, it will literally bounce off the earth and make good contact, sending the ball to your target. This will help your shots inside 100 yards.

The Best Wedges for High Handicappers and Beginners Reviews

Best wedges for immediate results
most forgiving wedges for high handicappers

Cleveland has been the foremost name in wedges for years. They’ve really thought about the higher handicap player with the way they've designed this wedge. Thick bottom and 58° so you don't even have to open the face up. 

Their data analysis showed that golfers with a handicap over 12, find the green only 54% of the time out of the bunker so they've created a sand wedge that will get you out 100% of the time.

Never fear bunkers again

The Smart Sole S wedge gets you out the bunker in one shot with almost no effort with the very wide sole. The weird looking underside is unnoticeable from the top when addressing the ball and actually looks like a standard wedge. The face is already 58° of loft so there really isn't much need to open the face like you do with other wedges.

But if you do want ti, you can because that big fat booty is not going to let you dig into the sand. It's going to bounce right out and get the ball floating out on a magic pillow of sand.

The weight behind the sweet spot has been distributed around the perimeter of the club like a standard iron. The Tour style wedges are designed with all the weight behind the sweet spot which makes them harder to hit.

This perimeter weighting makes the wedge even more forgiving and will more than likely match your cavity backed irons in design. 

These things work, period.

You can find me using both C and S wedge in this video on my Youtube channel. The newest version of these wedges now includes a G wedge so you have C, G and S for a full complement of wedges. 

Further options in this model for further from the green

Add the C wedge and G wedge in unison with the Smart Sole range and you have two potent wedges that are going to severely lower your scores. The C wedge is 42 degrees which is pretty much an 8 iron while the G wedge is 50 degrees to give you a nice gapping between the C and S wedge These 8 degrees allow for a lot of versatility for the shots inside 100 yards.

Beyond bunkers

With the large sole of the club, you're going to glide through tall grass and fairways alike. Around the green you're not gonna hit those duffed chips that go a a foot or two. You know, the ones you hit and look around to see if anyone noticed...

The C wedge has less loft at 42°and has been designed for playing around the green but can be used just as effectively from 125 yards with a full swing. While it looks quite radical, this club gets the job done every time. The G wedge at 50° is the between club for more chipping precision and a bit of a shorter full shot than the 42° club. 


Easily the best wedges for a high handicapper or beginner struggling with the short game or looking for their first wedges. These two clubs have the potential to rapidly revolutionize your short game from bunkers to green side to pitch shots within 100 yards. No BS.

  • Playable from any lie
  • Get out of sand FIRST TIME
  • S wedge purpose built for bunkers and preventing CHUNKS
  • C wedge purpose built for chipping and running balls up from the fairway
  • Unusual shape that will take time to get used to
  • A few rounds to get used to hitting full shots

Best Value for Money Wedge

Wilson is a very underrated but excellent golf club manufacturer. They’ve designed a winner with this range of wedges and it’s going to be very difficult to find better value than the Harmonized range at this price.

Maximum bang for your buck

The 56 degree option has optimal bounce of 12° which promotes forgiveness and helps you strike clean wedge shots consistently. For this price, it's going to be difficult to get better bang for your buck.

The leading edge of the club is designed to get under the ball and prevent too much digging. The feel off the face is responsive and the ball flies high and drops with spin to stick on the greens. 

Consistent distance control made easy

One warning though. As a new player or high handicapper, banish the thought of a 64° wedge. These are not recommended if you are learning with wedges. They are INCREDIBLY difficult to hit consistently even for skilled players and while Wilson make one, I would avoid it like the plague.

These are the best wedges for beginners to start with and getting the consistent gapping between your wedges will help with hitting the right distances from 120 yards down to 70 yards time and time again. The confidence you’ll get by not having to hit half shots into greens will change your outlook on life.

  • 56° sand wedge has ideal 12° of bounce to get through the turf
  • Classic blade shape wedge 
  • One of the best value for money options
  • Look for the black versions to reduce glare from the chrome ones
  • Wide range of lofts in Harmonized range 50, 52, 56  and 60 degrees
  • Highly reflective chrome finish will cause glare into your eyes
  • AVOID the 64° club at all costs - it's just a gimmick

Most forgiving premium wedge

Once again Cleveland appears on this list. There’s no escaping the quality of their wedges. I really like the 56° Cleveland CBX  wedge. This wedge is really easy to hit because Cleveland have put 12 degrees bounce on this club with a nice thick sole to glide through the turf, getting the ball into the air easily. 

Cavity back makes it more forgiving

The cavity-back design in the CBX 2 is more forgiving than the blade wedges most often found nowadays. Forgiveness is the magic word for high handicappers and beginners and in a wedge, it's even more important so you can get onto the green easily to putt for some pars.  

With the cavity back and chunky sole on the CBX, it's going to be much easier to get out of the bunkers, prevent chunked chips around the green and improve approach shots onto the greens.

Like with irons, the cavity back allows for more perimeter weighting which is unique for a premium wedge.The perimeter weighting means you’ll still get distance and spin on off-center strikes because of the extra weight behind the ball even on mishits.

This premium wedge functions as a game improvement club by bringing all the elements of forgiveness to the club head. It's always a safe bet with Cleveland wedges but this is easily of the best wedges for high handicappers and beginners looking to upgrade.

  • High and soft spinning bunker shots
  • Extra forgiveness through the thick sole and cavity back
  • Famous Cleveland quality grooves, spin and shot making properties
  • Matches the feel and look of your existing cavity back irons
  • Pricey for your first try with a specialty wedge but worth every cent

Famous yet unknown contender

PING make superb irons and drivers but their wedges are just like the rest of their clubs - easy to hit and easy to use.

The PING Glide comes with a specially designed grip with white markings on it to use as a guide for where to put your hands when gripping down. They designed the wedge from the hands down so you an be in control as much as possible.

Weighting has been shifted to the perimeters to improve the off center strikes on the longer shots so there is less distance variability. This is a massive help because those partial shots are everyone's worst nightmare.

Best for players who chunk a lot

A lot of people dismiss these kinds of wedges but I have personally seen people change their games with these. They are usually really scared of hitting the ground before the ball and usually do because of that fear. 

The way to use these wedges is to learn the bump and run technique which they help to get you started learning. After a while playing these, you grow in confidence and are able to get into "normal" wedges again.

I'm not very impressed with people who dismiss these types of clubs out of hand without even trying them. The struggles for a lot of golfers is the chipping and these are legal for tournament play and help the average person with a problem, to learn the basics of a bump and run shot which is the essential chipping shot for golf. 

Forget the high lobbed shots and try them around the greens for the lower shot which is far more reliable and more predictable than the normal high lofted wedges that you feel you need to help into the air. 

That's not to say this is a miracle club, but it's a step in the direction you need to go and build confidence as a high handicapper or beginner. Please ignore all the people who know nothing about your game trying to shame you into playing professional level shots, when all you want is to get it on the green!

  • Easy to use when using the correct type of stroke for the shot
  • Three different lofts to collect a set if you like them
  • Great introduction to the chip and run with a putting style stroke - great for learning
  • Allowed in golf tournament play
  • Anti chunking sole for more of a putting style stroke
  • Bright green colors and feels plasticky in the back
  • People will tell you to "just learn to hit wedges" with their fake bravado
  • Cheapo grips

There are 4 confusing options when selecting one of these wedges. The S-grind option will suit most golfers with 10° of bounce. It's perfect for use on multiple styles of turf and for the majority of people's swings. You can use it in the sand, the rough, the fairway and hard pan.

What you'll notice with premium manufacturers is they will offer wedges in many increments instead of the standard 52,56, 60 configuration of the other manufacturers. Callaway offer this Mack Daddy in 2° increments from 50 degrees up to 64 degrees. 

You can get your gapping really fine with all these options. Start off with a 56° or 58° and see what you need after that.

The 4 holes drilled into the sole allow some weight to be moved to make the wedge more forgiving and create a ball flight that stops quickly. Phil Mickelson uses these wedges with Roger Cleveland behind the design, you'll find that you buy these wedges and keep the for a very very long time.

  • Very good for players who hit it toward the toe
  • Many loft options to craft a whole set of wedges in future
  • Glides through the turf with the S grind on many types of turf
  • Will not need replacing other than if you wear out the grooves - these are top quality
  • The head shape is a bit large with a larger than normal toe - make sure that it tuits your eye
  • Too 'firm' of a feeling for some people - not a soft feel as it hits the face

Short guide on the best wedges for high handicappers and beginners

What’s a wedge?

What defines a wedge from an iron is loft. The 9 iron normally has around 44° of loft. Anything above 45° is considered a wedge.

Wedges can be used on fuller shots from 140 yards and in depending on your swing speed. It’s often said that a wedge should not be hit at full power. The idea behind wedges is to use them for controlled shots instead of power shots. Their job is to get you close to the hole, not long distances.

The higher loft produces higher ball flight and often more spin.

What wedges should I use as a high handicapper or beginner?

If you only own the Sand Wedge from your set, you can definitely try a stand alone wedge. But you need to know what you're looking for. Then you can narrow down what you should purchase and try out.

There are a handful of reasons people have for needing wedges in all skill levels. I will list them here in order most applicable to higher handicaps down to what is more applicable to lower handicaps.

  1. Get out of bunkers first time: If your primary concern is just getting out of that damn bunker, I definitely would go with something with a VERY thick sole and loft between 56 and 59°. You can start with a Cleveland Smart Sole or one of the other crazy fat soled wedges like an X-out or Tour Edge 1out. These are great for JUST GETTING IT OUT OF THE SAND.
  2. Chipping: Now here you can actually get away with chipping with your irons if you learn the bump and run style chip which I promote on my Youtube channel. But of course, you may find yourself in some tricky spots as a high handicapper and want to chip over bunkers and water and obstacles.
    You want a wedge that will be versatile from the rough as well as the fairway so something with a cavity back like a Ping Glide or a Cleveland CBX wedge can really do wonders for you. The Smart Sole is also very suitable for chipping as well. The G wedge in the Smart Sole range is a potent chipping club.

    The loft range for these types of shots can be 50° up to 56° and you will be fine with one or two of these wedges.
  3. Shots from 30-100 yards: These are going to be clubs with 58° loft down to 50° which are swung more 'full'. The types of wedges that are best for this are up to you entirely. You just need to practice with the one you choose and find the distance you hit it with a FULL SHOT and a HALF SHOT. Then adapt your game to use that club and that swing for the specific distance it goes. 


Forget the 'flop shot' and the high lobber. You DO NOT need to learn this shot at this stage. Learn the very basic chipping and pitching move which you can find on Mr Short Game's Youtube channel as well as my Youtube channel and just GET THE BALL ON THE GREEN. Those flop shots you see the pro's playing took YEARS to create. 

Our goal as normal golfers is to get it on the green and then try make a putt and at worst, two putt. EASY LIFE.

When do we use wedges?

We use wedges from bunkers and for chipping around the green. Most golfers end up finding one club they like to hit out of bunkers with, chip greenside with and hit ¾ shots with. Personally I like a pitching wedge for greenside chipping, lob wedge from the sand and sand wedge for ¾ approach shots as well as chipping from the rough.

The choice is yours and there is no right or wrong way when you find what works but starting with the above best wedges for high handicappers and beginners will make life a lot easier.

We also use wedges inside 100 yards. This is the absolute most important part of golf and most professionals will tell you that if they took over the game for a 24 handicapper inside 100 yards, that 24 handicapper will play off no more than a 12 handicap. 

Armed with a decent wedge and a LOT of practice, you can significantly SLASH strokes off your score. Treat yourself to a nice investment in a wedge and watch how you quickly nip and tuck a stroke from the bunker here, a stroke from a chip there and some more from inside 100 yards here and there. 

Four Main Wedges

Pitching wedge

The pitching wedge is most common and has a loft between 44° and 48° which you will get in your set of irons. These are great for greenside chipping.

Gap Wedge

50° to 53° which fills the gap between PW and SW for when you need to close the gap in distance.

Sand Wedge

The sand wedge normally has 54° to 58° loft with fat soles that have 10° to 12° bounce which is essential for bunkers and shots within 100 yards. The thick underside helps to glide through longer grass and sand while also getting the ball airborne off shorter grass. In our opinion, the best wedge for high handicappers and beginners is a sand wedge.

Lob Wedge

The lob wedge at 60° to 64° loft is perfect for hitting it over bunkers around the green, short bunker shots and within 80 or 90 yards. It can add another dimension to your game allowing you to take fuller swings inside 100 yards instead of those tricky half swings with sand wedges! Lob wedges over 60° are not practical for the average golfer.

Here is how all four wedges work:

How wedges fly

Are wedges really that important?

Yes. Specialized wedge clubs are a dream to play and the number of shots you'll hit with a wedge will surprise you:

If we add up the total shots you play per round with these few clubs in these situations, you’ll see it can be up to 40% of your of the game.

What is the best wedge for high handicappers and beginners?

The best wedge for high handicappers and beginners is one with maximum FORGIVENESS.

My main aim is to help you pick the best clubs for your game without breaking the bank or being lured into buying crappy clubs that will disappoint you. I hope this guide was helpful and you find yourself a decent wedge or set of wedges to take your game to the next level from within 100 yards.

Best Fairway Woods for High Handicappers & Beginners

Fairway woods are the most under-rated weapons to get you under 100 and breaking 90.

If the driver costs you shots, over and over, leave it at home for now and find yourself a trusty fairway wood that can travel over 160 yards off the tee into the fairway every time. That's your new secret weapon my friend. Oozing forgiveness and a soft-landing ball, fairway woods can quickly become your favorite club.

On top of that, for slower swingers, higher handicappers and beginners, a fairway wood with more loft will go further and straighter than a lower lofted wood and work much easier than the popular hybrids.

How I found golf zen with fairway woods

For months I struggled to get a 15 degree 3 wood into the air and carry more than 140 yards. At the time, I was still learning to play golf and someone told me 3 wood was better than driver to start off with. So I tried. And tried and tried and tried.

I practiced and practiced and nothing ever changed - I may as well have used a putter.

Until one day, a retiree golfer at the course told me 'try a 5 wood or a 7 wood'. I never even knew there was such a thing as a 7 wood! 

I saw the man again a few days later and he gave me a Slazenger 5 wood. 

Let me tell you, it changed my whole universe. I hit that thing perfectly immediately! Carried 180 with a little draw! You read that right - a 19 degree fairway wood went further than a 15 degree  3 wood. Needless to say, I also got a 7 wood, dropped my handicap to 11 and since then I've been preaching the virtues of fairway woods to anyone who'll listen.

So as you can see, fairway woods come in handy and are made in a wide range of lofts to get you around the course easily. They're just so easy to hit and I hope the woods I've tried and found for you will change your game for the better too...

Best Fairway Woods for High Handicappers & Beginners

  1. Taylormade SIM MAX (Best of the best fairway woods)
  2. Cleveland Launcher HB Turbo (best for stopping a slice)
  3. Cobra F Max Airspeed Fairway Wood  (value option for slower swingers)
  4. Cobra Radspeed Fairway Wood (beast upgrade to an already good club)
  5. Tour Edge Hot Launch E521 Fairway Wood  (best high handicapper focused club)
  6. PING G425 Fairway Wood (most forgiving fairway wood)

Why I selected these fairway woods for you

The best fairway woods for high handicappers and beginners must come in lofts higher than 17 degrees. You'll be able to hit them consistently and get them to travel longer distances. I also think you should have as many fairway woods as you like but never going below 17° of loft. 

The fairway woods you see the pro's hitting from 13° to 15° are much more difficult to get airborne off the tee and even harder to do off the fairways. 

I absolutely recommend you start with fairway woods and add hybrids later - once you're used to hitting down on the ball. (Yes, you should be hitting down on the ball with your fairway woods)

6 Need-to-know things about fairway woods

Fairway woods for beginners and high handicappers are a tough subject. Because they're difficult to hit, I tried to simplify the whole process of finding decent ones. 

Too Long; Didn't Read version

Learn to hit fairway woods first, then hybrids. Get a higher lofted fairway wood, starting from 17° and up. Swing smooth and hit down on the ball with the fairway wood. Trust the loft of the club to get the ball in the air - you do not need to manufacture the shot and TRY get it in the air. Only hit a fairway wood on an approach shot if it will reach the center of the green or the back of the green.

1. Distance isn't everything 

Fairway woods don't need to be SMASHED and shouldn't be. A smooth swing with a slight downward hit on the ball will produce a nice consistent and accurate shot that will travel straighter and with more height.

Hitting a fairway wood HARD hurts your chances of that desired accuracy and consistency. My best advice for hitting a fairway wood is to relax and trust the club to do the work and swing EASSYYYYYYY. Trying to get the ball up in the air will result in a lot of slices and thinned shots. 

The clubs are designed in a way to make your life easier. Trust them.

2. Loft is your best friend

Low lofted clubs produce much lower ball flight. Usually, we would associate a lower loft with more distance. That is the case if the swing speed is fast enough. A slower swing speed and lower loft means a very low short shot.

How fairway woods look for beginners and high handicappers - more loft means better shots

The more loft a club has, the more forgiveness it has. This can be seen with a 3 iron vs a 9 iron. The 9 iron is much easier to hit. The surprising thing is that a golfer with a slower swing speed could hit the ball further with a higher lofted wood than with a lower lofted.

For example, a high handicapper is often able to carry a 5 or 7 wood much further than a 3 wood because the 3 wood flies lower with less forgiveness. The extra backspin and loft of a 5 or 7 wood produces much more elevation and in turn more carry distance, even on mishits.

3. Different skill levels for different clubs

  • Higher handicappers and beginners usually swing a little slower and require a bit more loft than normal and so a FIVE WOOD would be the best place to start for most higher handicappers - that's usually 17° of loft.
  • Lower and mid handicappers are more experienced and have developed a faster swing. They can play lower lofted fairway woods because the lower a loft, the more skill and speed you need to elevate the ball.

4. Fairway woods are better to start with than hybrids

In my opinion, newer golfers should learn to hit DOWN on a fairway wood before moving onto the hybrids. Hybrids have made long iron play much easier but I believe a 17°, 19° or 21° fairway wood is far more forgiving and easier to hit than a hybrid of the same loft. 

Hitting hybrids requires a downward strike on the ball but learning to do that with a club that looks meatier like a fairway wood makes the transition to hitting hybrids so much easier. 

Learning to hit a 3 or 4 hybrid immediately as a beginner or high handicapper will be difficult because essentially it is still a 3 or 4 iron but it just has a chunk of metal stuck on the back. And you and I both know how difficult it is to master a long iron!

5. Difference between fairway woods and hybrids

Modern example of a fairway wood

  • Bigger clubhead
  • More weight behind the ball in the clubhead
  • Easier to hit especially when learning to hit down on the ball
  • Longer shaft 42"
  • Head volume between 150 and 180 cc
  • Face resembles a driver

Modern example of a hybrid

  • Smaller clubhead with smaller footprint
  • Looks like an iron from the top with a chunk of metal on the back
  • Must have steeper swing into the ball
  • Shorter shaft 40"
  • Head volume around 110 cc
  • Face resembles an iron

Fairway wood vs hybrid in the same range of Nike clubs

6. When should we use fairway woods?

Appropriate times
  • Long par 3s
  • On approach shots where the fairway wood will reach the distance to the center of the green
  • On the tees of holes or courses where accuracy is more important than distance
  • When escaping rough because the round shape of a fairway woods head doesn't get tangled like the sharpness of an irons blade
Inappropriate times

  • When we're 250 yards out and a fairway wood will 'get us somewhere up there' - it's better to divide the yardage into 2 shots you prefer. Something like 150 yards with 100 yards into the green. A blasted 185 yard 5 wood will leave us with the extremely difficult 65 yard pitch - partial shots are very difficult.
  • When the distance to the green is in our range but the fairway wood won't CARRY the bunkers or water short of the green.

Best Fairway Woods for High Handicappers and Beginners Reviews

Taylormade SIM Max

Maximum tech to hit it easier off the deck
Best Driver for Beginners & High Handicappers – Most Forgiving Drivers

First off you can ignore the 15 degree version my good man. The loft is too low. In addition to the 15° woods, they do have the 18, 2 and 24 degree versions.

What's interesting about that is that 24 degrees is the modern 6 iron! But it's the traditional 3 or 4 iron loft. So don't be put off by the 24 degree idea. It's much easier to get one of these in the air than a jacked up loft on a 5 or 6 iron in todays irons.

An old feature is back from previous models in the Taylormade range, with V Steel making a renewed appearance. It's now all over the sole, with special steel on the crown in the front and at the rear, a composite carbon to distribute the weight in a way that gets the ball flying higher and further, easier.

The tech keeps coming, with Twist Face technology also implemented in this model as well. They have twisted the face a little to help compensate for off center hits, keeping the straighter and reducing dispersion left and right. 

  • Good choice for those who hit it low in the face
  • Easiest to hit off the deck
  • High-launching and glides through the turf
  • Crisp sound at contact
  • Not for golfers who want to shape the ball flight

Cleveland Launcher HB Turbo

Good for beginners and high handicappers who slice the ball
most forgiving 3 wood

Cleveland are the kings of game improvement clubs but very sneaky. Not much fanfare out there, but a lot of golfers at club level jam Cleveland woods and irons

The 3 wood with 15 degrees is easy to launch but the 5 wood is where the game gets easy for the high handicappers. Cleveland have made a fairway wood that looks great - in fact so close to a PING, it's scary. The Hi-Bore crown is a proven design as it's been in the woods for the last 10 years.

Face-design is one of my bug-bears and the face on the Cleveland is as it always is, nice and simple. The face and hosel are created to be draw-biased to help eliminate that pesky slice. Now if you're slashing across the ball heavily, it's best to fix that swing, but if you're a light slicer, the offset can really rein that in.

I found it difficult to hit off the mats indoors and was just hitting hooks and big draws. I found it performed better on the grass and natural lies. For this reason, I think it works better on normal turf but not hardpan. But then again, which fairway woods do well on hardpan?

I've personally used Cleveland fairway woods even while I was a scratch handicapper, 13 years ago. 

  • Fights the slice with an offset hosel
  • Nice and light to increase swing speed because there is no adjustable hosel
  • High-launching and glides through the turf
  • Crisp sound at contact
  • Looks very attractive at address, one of the prime factors for selecting a club
  • Matte finish means scratches are much more pronounced.
  • Not adjustable at all

Cobra F-Max Airspeed Fairway Wood

Value option for beginners and high handicappers with slower swings

Cobra golf clubs are always a hit with amateurs. The F Max is a really classic-looking fairway wood with a plain black head but with a touch of offset to get rid of a slice. This is the fairway wood of choice for Brian from my channel. you can see him rocking Fmax clubs in his videos of late.

If you're a slower swinger, the Cobra F Max might be just what the doctor ordered.

The lightweight head combined with a very lightweight shaft will help you get some more mph on the old swing. And more swing speed means more distance. Brian was rockin these clubs when his swing was a bit slower. After a couple of lessons, he increased his swing speed to the range that these became unsuitable so he had to change shafts.

A very wide club face gives you a long surface area to make contact with. With more sweet spot areas to hit the ball, you'll find more forgiveness and straighter shots. 

I recommend the 16°  20° and 23° fairway woods. Combining a higher loft than normal fairway woods with light weight and the offset face means less slice and in turn tons more distance.

  • Lands softly on approach shots with medium high flight
  • Slower swingers show best results in distance and flight
  • Buttery soft feel at impact
  • Crisp sound at contact
  • Lofts of the clubs printed on the bottom so you can buy the right wedges and hybrids!
  • Faster swingers should avoid this

Cobra Radspeed Fairway Wood

Ultra value for beginners and high handicappers

The Cobra Radspeed is the latest upgrade from Cobra from the Speedzone which was already a great club. 

Loft-wise, the 14.5, 18 and 22.5 degree clubs can be adjusted to suit your needs - the adjustment can be up or down a few degrees.

There are rails on the bottom of the sole which help to guide the clubhead through the turf. The weight plate in the back is not movable which in today's club climate is such a relief. As high handicappers, we don't need to be worrying whether we have the right settings or not.

Cobra made great clubs that were easy to hit in the F9 and the Speedzone and the Radspeed continues to impress with the ease of use. 

  • Available in loft settings from 14.5 to 22.5 and can adjust in between all settings with the hosel adjustment
  • Easily adjustable on the hosel
  • No annoying weight slider
  • Easy to get airborne and generate plenty of speed
  • Easy to align crown design
  • Reduced attractiveness compared to SPeedzone and F9
  • Hideous headcover - get a Waddaplaya one instead 

Tour Edge Hot Launch E521

So easy to launch and play from anywhere

There are two options in the 521 range, C521 and E521. Tour Edge’s game-improvement metal-woods assist golfers who need some help (C521) and a lot of help (E521). The Tour Edge ranges of fairway woods is always top notch. If you like them, you should also check out the Exotics range once you level up your skills.

The C521 has a traditional shape and less offset which is the effect that makes the clubface point left to negate a slice. The E521 has a lot more offset, and a low center of gravity to help get the ball up and also, to stop the slice that cripples their games.

The “Houdini Sole”  moves weight from the middle of the sole toward the in the back of the clubhead, on the trailing edge. The curved leading edge on the other side of the sole improves the friction with the ground, so you'll get cleaner contact and your club won't dig in behind the ball, instead gliding through the turf to make contact with the ball much cleaner.

On the E521, the Cup Face design is shallower than the previous model, so you can sweep the ball nice and easy and get it airborne off almost any lie. Tour Edge are the bosses of fairway play and these are superb.

The images you find on the websites do not do the clubs justice as they are very high quality finishes and look every bit as premium as any other "top" brand. The clubface is clean and alignment aids on the crown are understated and professional for a confident feel behind the ball.

Available in 20, 23, 25 and 27 degrees for a replacement all the way down to 6 or 7 iron! If you look into the C521 range you can get even lower lofted.

  • Offset to stop the big slices
  • Helps getting the ball airborne and easy to play from many lies
  • Well-priced value club from a great fairway wood manufacturer
  • Very wide range of lofts to choose from in conjunction with the C521 range as well
  • Not for fast swingers
  • Micro scratches show easily because of high gloss finish


Forgiving PING quality for more distance and less dispersion

Available in 14.5,17.5, 20.5 and 23.5 degree lofts so you can pick any loft you need for the forgiveness of a PING fairway wood.

The look of the crown is a simple matte black and a traditional style head. The spikey things on the crown are gone now for alignment. They use three little dots on the crown making it a perfect and simple minimalist look to align the ball to the center of the face. A shallow face means it is not very tall. 

The clubface is not driver-esque and so it feels easier to get the ball airborne. Off the face, the sound of the clubface is high-pitched and everyone around will know you're hitting a PING. it's easy to hit the ball from many lies on the golf course - the rough, hardpan, soft grass, fairway and the tee.

PINGs G425 is a simple golf club but it's not as easy to launch as the Taylormade options. The ball comes off the face hot and if you're a PING fan, you'll love it. 

If you're looking for a fairway wood that will help you straighten up that slice or fade, the SFT version is going to be much nicer for you. The PING G425 is definitely a consistent, easy to hit club regardless. 

  • Alignment aid on the crown is vastly improved with 3 little dots
  • Consistent spin, and distance from any lie on the golf course0
  • Premium looks with a sleek, simple package
  • Many loft options to choose from - can adjust loft and face angle
  • High price
  • May not be as long as other woods if you want distance only


I really suggest finding yourself a set of fairway woods that start at 16.5 or 17 degrees and work in intervals up to 24 degrees because these babies are going to be your new favorites!

You never have to be ashamed of how many of any club you have in your bag. Whatever gets the job done is what you play and with the assortment of woods and hybrids out there, you can practically fill your bag with them!

Best Driver for Beginners & High Handicappers – Most Forgiving Drivers

The biggest handicap drops I've seen in my group of 40 or so golf buds after they sorted out their short game, have come from introducing one club into the bag - a great driver. 

best driver for beginners and high handciappers

I'm a firm believer that you can get into the mid teen handicap with nothing more than a fairway wood and hybrid, but if you do want to get some more distance off the tee, make sure you can hit it well at least 7 out of 10 shots before bringing it to the course. 

The best driver for most higher handicap golfers is currently the PING G425 MAX for its forgiveness. 

The Best Drivers for Beginners and High Handicappers

I've included some budget options and second hand options so you don't have to spend top dollar on a club that works the same as the newest model. Drivers are limited in what they can do by the rules of golf. Most clubs in the last 4-5 years perform exactly like the newest models in the manufacturers range. 

  1. Cobra King Speedzone driver (best all round driver for any golfer)
  2. Cleveland Launcher HB Turbo driver (best for slower swings)
  3. Taylormade SIM MAX Driver (best for better alignment)
  4. PING G425 Max driver (most forgiving driver brand on earth)
  5. Wilson Staff Launchpad (best budget driver for high handicapper slicers)
  6. Callaway Big Bertha B21 (high loft options easy to hit)

But 'Drivers are a waste of time for high handicappers'

Of course you can get around the course and shoot brilliant scores using your irons and hybrids. The short game is equally important with good course management but getting into more advantageous positions off the tee will help you to get into better positions near the green.

Introducing the driver on wide open holes is a great way to break it out on the course with minimal frustration. Once you're confident with a good driver for high handicappers, you can start slashing that score down further.

Drivers have advanced so much in the last 20 years that big and straight bombs off the tee are accessible to everyone. But always remember, if you have trouble and the club costs you more strokes than it helps you, do not be afraid to put it back in the bag and use something else until you can figure out the problem!

When considering a new driver and introducing it into the bag, see a pro for a lesson and then decide on your new driver. I want you to have the best time on the course!

They're easier to hit than ever but selecting the best driver for beginners and high handicappers can be confusing. I hope this guide helps you select the best, most forgiving driver possible. 

Ideal specifications for forgiveness and distance
  • 10.5° to 14° loft 
  • Regular flex shaft
  • 460cc head size
  • Adjustable loft preferred

best golf driver for beginners

PING is the go-to name for so many golfers when it's time for a new driver. Their range of clubs never disappoints. You will almost never hear a golfer telling you the latest PING is crap. The simple fact is, PING drivers are brilliant. 

Forgiving High Launch

The Taylormade Aeroburner and the Ping G425 are probably the two most popular drivers I have seen in my golf groups.

PING have made this G425 launch high and with that, you get more carry than other drivers. I've hit it myself a few times to try out. There is no mistaking the ease of use with a PING.

When you center strike the G425, you can feel a deep THWACK - it feels like a cannon. Their drivers are loud and have a slight high pitched ping but the feeling off the sweet spot is so soft and so delightful. The ball comes off the face hot and while you may look up wondering where it's gone, the answer is, it's probably going straight and at a higher launch angle than you expect.

I've found with my PING, that the ball just does not move as far to the right on my wild slices like they did before with other drivers.

The head is the usual PING look which seems to look really big behind the ball but really confidence-boosting. It features a matte finish with some spines on the crown. If your preferred look is shiny and plain on a very LARGE crown, this one isn't for you. 

  • Adjustable loft to aid in forgiveness and launch angle
  • Large sweet spot launching higher for more carry and ball speed
  • Beautiful crown design including alignment aids with matte finish
  • Cannon-like sound
  • So forgiving with MUCH smaller dispersion left and right
  • No adjustability for center of gravity like most modern models
  • Not for golfers who want to shape the ball flight

Straight shooting long bomber for higher handicappers

Once you find the right settings for you, it's difficult to really make the ball slice or hook very big, and distance is one of the longest in the Game Improvement driver category. Some golfers report that even on toe hits the is out-driving their previous drivers. 

A pleasant pop sound at impact rounds off the show-stopping looks of the driver. Brian (BDog) from the channel uses one of these and has reduced his handicap from high to mid handicap at the moment with this bad boy in his arsenal.

Adjustability made simple

You can easily adjust the loft of the Speedzone at the hosel between 9 and 12 degrees at increments of 0.5°.

What's more is you can also change the ball flight by switching the heavier weight on the sole to the front and the back. Putting the weight in the back will produce a higher ball flight while putting it in the front will lower it.  

  • Funky colors that look impressive as you rip this out your bag
  • Weight system and hosel adjustment is simple to use
  • Previous model to the latest Radspeed so the price will be a little bargain
  • Absolutely brilliant sound and trajectory similar to the PING
  • Not a HUGE improvement on the F9 which is one of their best ever

Best Driver for Beginners & High Handicappers – Most Forgiving Drivers

Cleveland may seem like a name that is not heard much on tour, which it isn't. Jamie Sadlowski and Shane Lowry play Cleveland and Srixon (the same company) but the truth is that Cleveland make EXCELLENT clubs for the high handicapper. Their drivers are also in the game improvement category to help launch it higher and longer.

I used a Cleveland driver back in the day to get down to a scratch handicap. They've always made very simple-looking driver faces and very forgiving hitting areas. They fit high end shafts and you can pick one based on your swing speed to maximize your abilities. 

Looking down at the club, it looks like a PING with the matte finish and spines running across the crown. It's simple to swing and easy to hit but mainly for slower swingers. If you swing like a brute, there will be minimal benefit for you.

If you are not looking for an offset driver, just a reminder that this one has offset to help eliminate the slice.

The club comes in 9, 10 and 12 degree versions. Usually I would say anyone with a slower swing speed would do well to pick a higher lofted driver to get it launching longer with more carry. 

  • Easy to swing and look down at - looks similar to PING 
  • Clean design with matte finish and lines on the crown for easy alignment
  • Very friendly on the pocket
  • Loud 
  • Offset is not for everyone and this is not for HIGH swing speeds

The Taylormade M range has gone and we're onto the SIM range. But is it really any better than the M5 or M6?

I played an M5 for a year and it was okay, but the SIM range really looks different. The stripe on top of the driver is a chalky grey color and pleasing on the eye behind the ball. The head is a charcoal matte color and is the best looking Taylormade driver I have ever seen. The side and back profile of the SIM makes it a real winner. 

Taylormade's SIM range offers forgiveness and also superb looks. The twist-face technology may be a laughing point among golfers, but have they ever hit one? That's the difference. Once you hit one of these, the laughing stops because the club works. 

The twist-face has been design to reduce action from toe and heel strikes, straightening up the ball flight and keeping the ball speed high for more distance. 

There is a weight in the back of the sole but it's not moveable. This is great for the high handicapper as we don't need to get too involved with adjusting weights if you're looking for a simple driver. With a "Hammerhead" slot behind the face, the face can be more flexible yet be reinforced for a springier impact.

  • Easy alignment with the chalk grey and black crown
  • Simple point and shoot no frilly weight adjustments
  • Twistface makes it one of the most forgiving drivers out there
  • No significant adjustability features
  • LOUD

Best Driver for Beginners & High Handicappers – Most Forgiving Drivers

Wilson are making some top notch clubs lately and while not the premium brand that you'll see plastered everywhere, it's a solid choice for budget and introduction to drivers. 

The face is super simple which is always nice. The graphics they're putting on the faces of drivers nowadays detracts from the look at address. Wilson have also made a lightweight crown on this one that has that carbon look, similar to the Callaway Epic.

What makes a driver easy to hit is a nice tall face, enlarging the hitting area which means more forgiveness up and down the face. The Wilson has a lovely deep face. 

The driver is not adjustable and that's perfect for people who want a simple point-and-shoot driver. Adjustable weights and hosels can confuse people and leave you wondering if the setting you have it on is hurting or helping your game. That's not a thought you want to have while playing a round of golf.

9, 10.5 and 13 degree options are available and for a newer player, I would err on the side of higher loft while a high handicapper with some experience can decide if he needs more or less launch angle and select the loft accordingly.

Wilson's Launchpad is on the friendlier side price-wise and for the money, it's hard to argue better value in another option. The technology is good and the ball goes straight and long. The only thing to get over is whether you are okay jamming a Wilson and not a Big Name Brand.

  • Increases swing speed in slow to moderate swings
  • Weighting has been arranged according to lofts so higher loft has weight back and lower loft, adjusted to increae launch angle
  • Lightweight and stress-free swinging for more distance
  • Offset creates a draw bias driver
  • It's a Wilson and some golf club snobs will look down at it

The Big Bertha range is back with an offset option to stop the big slices and more exciting for the higher handicapper players, there are higher lofted options.

I love the sound of a 12.5 degree driver and Callaway have done it with the B21. The face is also created by AI to increase ball speeds which makes this a very high launching driver with very low spin. We want that to avoid the big slices and we want the high launch for more carry.

Anything that helps a high handicapper feel confident like this will allow you to move on to a different driver in the future. But start here - why put the game of golf on "expert" mode before you've built that base of confidence? 

The Big Bertha B21 can be a gamechanger for many people. It's almost a mini driver when it gets to the higher loft of 12.5 degrees, but it's a maximum 460CC in size so you're not hitting a smaller clubhead. 

On top of the forgiveness and increased distance, the looks are stunning for such a maximum game improvement driver. 

  • Offset and draw bias to remove the big slices
  • Higher loft option at 12.5 degrees is available for higher launch if you struggle
  • Brilliant good looks for a maximum game improver
  • Lightweight shaft options for more swing speed
  • Slower swings only - shafts and clubhead setup is not for quick swings

What makes the best driver for beginners and high handicappers?


What makes a driver forgiving?

Forgiveness refers to how much or little a driver punishes a bad strike. If you miss the sweet spot of the club, there'll be a loss of distance and direction. Forgiving clubs lose much less distance and promote straighter ball flights on mishits than tour spec drivers.

Luckily, modern drivers aimed at the casual golfer are the most forgiving ever made. Mishits are very common for new golfers. Older drivers used to punish mishits with pain in your fingers, shots that went nowhere and lost balls. Mishits now go further and straighter than ever before making it easier to find the best driver for beginners and high handicaps.

Higher loft means more forgiveness

A driver has the lowest loft in the bag. Automatically that makes it harder to hit in the air and keep straight. An easy analogy is the difference between a 3 iron and a 9 iron. The 3 iron (24° loft) is difficult to control while a 9 iron (44° loft) is very easy to hit high and straight due to higher loft.

Pros use lower lofted drivers (7°-10°) and because their swings speeds are incredibly fast (110+mph), they are able to get the ball flying 280+ yards.

Amateurs generally swing at 80-90 mph and require much more loft to make up for the slower swing speed. The additional loft also creates more back-spin which prevents too much movement left or right in the air.

For maximum forgiveness for a beginner, we recommend loft of 10.5° to 14°

Softer shafts for slower swings

The shaft is the most important part of the driver. It will determine how the ball flies through the air and consistency of your shots. Shafts in the driver are all graphite now and steel is used only in irons and putters.

Shaft flexibilities are labelled in the following ways:

  • L for Ladies
  • A or M for Senior FLex
  • R for Regular
  • S for Stiff
  • X for Extra Stiff also called Tour

The faster your swing, the stiffer you need the shaft to be, so you can hit a consistent ball flight. A shaft that is too stiff for your swing produces a ball flight that goes low and to the right. A shaft too flexible for your swing causes an inconsistent shape on your shots

In general, beginners’ swing speeds are between 80 and 90mph so we recommend a Regular ( R ) flex shaft to help promote a straighter, consistent ball flight.

Big club heads for big forgiveness

Nowadays, all drivers’ heads are between 440 and 460 cubic centimeters (cc). This has increased the club face size and with it, the sweet spot. It is always advisable for newer golfers to go with a 460cc driver head because well, it’s the maximum!

Adjustability technology increases options

Adjustable & Fixed Weights

In the latest drivers there are weights attached to the sole of the club head that can be adjusted by sliding them around into different positions to alter the shape of the shot. This technology sounds good, but it can be highly confusing for a new player to grasp all the combinations and effects on center of gravity and MOI and all the other jargon terms used to market the clubs. We don’t recommend these expensive drivers for new golfers.

On the other hand there are weights that can be replaced or moved to fixed locations which are much easier to play.

Adjustable Lofts

For the purpose of this guide, which is to find you a simple-to-hit and forgiving driver, this is the technology that can help you most. Some of the recommendations here have this technology.

The shafts can be unscrewed from the head and rotated to increase or decrease the loft of the driver from 9° to 14°. This is very valuable tech for a new player to adjust the loft to their preferred number.

Difference Between the Pros and Us


High Handicappers


Swing speed

75-85 mph

105+ mph


10.5° to 14°

7° to 10°



Stiff/X Stiff




Club Head Size

460 cc

440-460 cc

It's tempting to think the clubs the pros play on TV are the ones we should be playing. There is a massive difference between pros and amateur golfers so there is no shame in playing different clubs to the guys who do it for a living.  Play what works for you. That could be a used club from the junk store or it could be the latest Titleist 8.5° monstrosity. 

Also remember, the clubs on television are "Tour Issue", that means they have been made available only to the Tour players. The driver you find in a retail shop is NOTHING like the one the pro's are playing. I only state this so you can make a selection based on performance and looks to YOU, not what brooks or Dustin or Tiger is hitting. 


I hope this guide was useful and if you decide to get a driver to take your game to the next level, always have it fit with a shaft by a professional club fitter to fully maximize its potential. It can literally change your life.

Most Forgiving 3 Wood in 2021

Sometimes we want the ball in play with more than a 5 iron.
Sometimes we need a little help from the fairways on those long approach shots.

That's where a forgiving 3 wood can give you a safe go-to shot on tight holes from the tee and help you hit greens from further away. 

But I don't use or recommend an 'official' 3 wood and I think this concept will revolutionize your game.  

Traditional14 or 15 degree 3 woods are fine, but they're tough to hit for most people so I recommend something 16° or higher. 

Most Forgiving 3 Wood

  1. Cleveland Turbo HB Launcher (best fairway wood for all golfers)
  2. Cobra RadSpeed  (super distance and easy to hit for ANYONE)
  3. Callaway Epic Max   (large club head with shallow face for confident looks)
  4. Taylormade SIM 2 MAX  (best for mid to high handicappers)
  5. PING G425  (most forgiving fairway wood around)
  6. Titleist TS2 (best for mid handicappers looking to go single figures)
  7. Srixon ZX (low spin, long carry)

The most forgiving 3 wood is not a 3 wood!

From my experience, I very strongly urge you to get a 3 wood with a loft of 16 or 17 degrees, which is essentially a 4 wood.

And I'm not just spinning you a line. I put my money where my mouth is and I've gamed a 16-17 degree four wood for the last 10 years.

It's my go to club off the tee and approaches over 220 yards. It's simply MUCH easier to hit than anything with lower loft. I've hit 13 to 15 degree 3 woods, and nothing so far seems to be worth the time, when compared to how easy it is to get a 17 degree wood airborne.

This setup will benefit you a lot more than a 14 or 15 degree 3 wood. You'll see more carry and have way more fun hitting a higher lofted 3 wood than with the standard loft of 15 degrees. Often the higher loft will get you MORE distance than a lower lofted 3 wood.

Why, you ask? Well, for average swing speeds, more loft means it's easier to get the ball off the naked turf in the fairway and into the air to carry longer distances. Higher lofted woods are the most forgiving fairway woods in a similar way a pitching wedge has a higher loft than a 4 iron and is easier to hit.

If you swing at a faster swing speed (100 mph+) PROFESSIONAL LEVEL though, feel free to try 15 degree 3 woods. 

Cleveland Turbo HB Launcher

Best looking fairway wood of the year
most forgiving 3 wood

Not really a big name on the tip of anyone's tongue, but Cleveland ranges are some of the most forgiving woods. wedges and irons on the market. 

The hallmark of Cleveland clubs is the lack of fiddly adjustability. They make simple clubs for the every day golfer who doesn't get their equipment for free and want something that will help their game for real.

From the top, at address, the club looks like a PING wood. As always, the Cleveland woods have minimal face decal which means your eye is not distracted when sitting at address. 

If you have trouble with the lower lofted clubs where they tend to slice, or block out to the right, the Cleveland is a tonic for that. It's a draw-bias club, tending to pull the ball more left. Because there is no adjustability in the hosel, Cleveland saved weight to put elsewhere to get the ball airborne even easier. 

It's a very basic point-and-shoot club and as always with Cleveland, is maximum forgiveness for almost any golfer looking to get a fairway wood that doesn't feel like a mission to hit. 

  • Beautiful matte finish crown reminiscent of PING woods
  • Classic and simple design with only the logo "E" on the black crown
  • No weights or hosel adjusting - you have no decision paralysis or FOMO
  • Low profile yet has a large face and launches high
  • Best value fairway woods for the money
  • No adjustability if you're into that
  • Can be a bit light for fast swingers and not recommended for drawers of the ball

Cobra RadSpeed

Most forgiving 3 wood for massive distance

Cobra keep bringing out better and better clubs with more forgiveness and distance. But this one also just looks so good from the top at address.

The best part about the newer range is they've got 4 different size and shape heads for different performance which means you can choose the most forgiving model easily. They positioned the 23 grams they saved with the redesign in different positions on the clubhead for different requirements of each golfer.

Think about which model you would prefer. Do you want more right to left ball flight? The DRAW head is best. If you want a straight shooter, the standard RADSPEED model is all you need. It's best to avoid the Tour and Big Tour models. 

Of course with the added forgiveness, you're able to swing freer and getting through the turf better means more distance. The rails on the bottom of the club help glide through every kind of turf. To really benefit from the club, you should decide on which loft you want. Are you looking for less loft or quite a bit more, for more forgiveness?

If you've never tried a Cobra Fairway wood, you need to. 

  • Rails under the sole of the club glide through the turf preventing sticking
  • FOUR head designs for 4 different needs of golfers
  • Wide range of lofts and adjustable lofts to your specs
  • Forgiving off a tee or a fairway and even the rough
  • Carbon top looks very slick with a matte finish
  • Sometimes can look closed to some at address - you can change with the hosel adjustability

Callaway Epic Max

Easy to hit point-and-shoot weapon 

best fairway for forgiveness

A Callaway Epic Max fairway wood is so forgiving. Some Callaway fairway metals may not LOOK forgiving at address, but even I have to admit, when you hit it, it is forgiving. 

Which is why I game a Callaway Epic fairway metal. If you have a faster swing speed, the 15 degree option is going to be fine, but if you're a little slower, opt for a slightly higher loft.You want to avoid the3+ though. That means it's a strong 3 wood.

What makes the Max a great forgiving option is that the face is shallower than the Speed version. The shallower face always looks much more pleasing behind a golf ball. It's very important because if you look at the fairway wood and feel like you must "help to lift it" then it's not the right club for you.

The Jailbreak technology Callaway has been using for a while has been put into this one too. The technology does add a few yards as I experienced with my Epic 3 wood which goes for miles. But what we're looking for is forgiveness and with a nice face right around the sweet spot, the Epic Max gives you a large surface area to hit the ball.

Changeable weights for different flights

If you're into changing the weights underneath, you can switch them back nd forth for more or less spin or higher or lower ball flights. The range of fairway woods is extensive int he Epic Max range and if you're looking for a REALL secret weapon, the famous Heaven Wood from Callaway (a 7 Wood) is the ultimate and most unspoken-of hero in any golf bag.

  • Extremely forgiving and you can hit the ball anywhere on the club face and produce a good result
  • 18° is a the perfect loft for a forgiving 3 wood - actually a 5 wood.
  • Big pear-shaped head covers the ball for added confidence
  • Jailbreak technology is actually legit
  • Shallower face for less of a "driver" feeling on fairway lies
  • Fiddling with weights should be reserved for session with a professional fitter
  • Loft isn't adjustable
  • Visual aid on the crown is not prominent enough

Taylormade SIM 2 Max

One of the best recent Taylormade releases

These are TaylorMade’s most forgiving fairway woods with larger faces to make mis hits less penal.

The Max uses a 190CC head with V Steel in the sole for smoother turf interaction and forgiveness when making contact with the ground.

Where the SIM 2 Max wins for forgiveness is not limited to the strike. The look of the matte finished crown with the much-more-pleasing-on-the-eye chalky grey line helps to align the face. On top of the alignment, the lighter grey color helps to frame the ball without looking intimidating to get the ball airborne. 

The range of fairway woods also wins because there are a variety of lofts to choose from and not limited to the standard 15 and 13 degree options.

Pick the HL (High Launch) model

Once again, the higher the loft and launch, the more fun  you're going to have on the course. Nobody wants to send those ground balls down the fairway every shot. 

Try the 16.5° fairway wood if you need some help getting the ball in the air. 

  • V Steel on the increased footprint allows for smoother turf interaction
  • Very very forgiving on mishits
  • Alignment and look over the ball is confidence building with the matte finish and chalky grey instead of white line on top.
  • High launching 16.5° is perfect for mid and high handicappers
  • Not a HUGE upgrade from the prior SIM which remains a good club too
  • Loft isn't adjustable

PING G425 

Forgiving fairway woods as good as their drivers

The shape when looking head-on to the face definitely appears to be more of a hybrid shaped face. The sole is much flatter than what you would expect in fairway woods and sits very nicely on the ground behind the ball. This will help getting the ball off tighter lies like fine-grass fairways and of harder pan ground.

It comes in 3, 5 and 7 wood with a 9 wood also included. But you can adjust the loft only 0.6 to 1 degree up or down. Choose wisely. 

The club is light but the head is just heavy enough to actually feel it which is important to know where the face is in the swing. This fairway wood will fit most levels of golfer and is right in line with their drivers...easy to hit and high launching. 

  • Goes very very straight
  • Distance and accuracy gains are expected with the right shaft
  • Sits flat on the ground which lets you get it airborne off many kinds of lies
  • Face is so thin for more distance that they have to paint the lines on, not engrave them
  • Loft adjustment is only up to 1 degree each way
  • Spikey alignment aids can be off-putting standing over the shot

Srixon ZX Fairway Wood

Low spin high launch for golfers using fairway woods to approach

Srixon are easily the most unspoken-of top brand on the market. Matsuyama won the Masters with them and I play their irons. This fairway wood is excellent for those approaching the par 4 greens with fairway woods. 

They are creating some of the best clubs in the market and the ZX range is the improvement on the prior Z785 and Z585 clubs. Srixon don't release new clubs every 6 months like some manufacturers, preferring to actually make impactful changes in their clubs, releasing every couple years. 

Even though the ZX fairway wood has some offset to, when you place it at address, the face sits nice and square to the ball. The head has a shiny crown and a more triangular chape than a lot of fairway woods. 

Srixon have created a “Rebound Frame” which separates the face from the crown and makes a sort-of ridge across the head, which looks quite close to the PXG and Callaway. 

The fairway woods create a low spin number but couple with a high launch to be able to stop on the greens instead of bounding on.  This means longer carries that land at a steeper angle of descent for quicker stops. 

  • Modern looking and the latest as seen on the tour
  • Long carry due to lower spin
  • Higher launch to create steeper landing angle to prevent bounding on approaches
  • Explosive feeling and sound at impact
  • No adjustable lofts or weights if you re into that

Titleist TS2

Great for a go-to club off the tee

This is the first time I can recommend a Titleist wood of any sort. I have never viewed Titleist's clubs as being aimed at the average golfer but this is the first time they've released really easy to hit clubs.

Immediately the face is what stands out. It's decorated simply with white lines across the face. The classic look continues into the clubhead which is a very traditional shape although quite big. This gives it a more "driveresque" feel which covers the ball, giving a dense of confidence.

For the mid handicapper on the cusp of single figures

While this club is forgiving, it's going to need a level of skill of a mid handicapper (15 and under) to hit, as the feedback from off center hits is clear and you'll known when you haven't hit it well. It's very easy to hit off the tee and sometimes can be hit low in the face off the fairways.  l.  

A lot of other fairway woods for a higher handicap are much more forgiving in terms of mis hits and feedback into your hands. That's why I say this TS2 is for slightly more skilled golfers especially if the driver is a trouble club - this works great off the tee. Once again the 16 or 18 degree loft is going to be ideal for anyone trying to break into the 70's so they can get that all-important go-to club off the tee on tight holes.

  • Very simple hosel and weight adjustments
  • Face is classic with a few white lines across it making it easy to align to your target line
  • Simple crown and sole design looks and feels so professional
  • Lovely sound out the sweet spot
  • NOT for anyone above a 15 or 16 handicap
  • Off center strikes are not as forgiving on the hands as other fairway woods

3 Wood Buying Guide

Why you need a 3 wood

A lot of press is given to the driver because it's the club everyone wants to hit like Bubba Watson or Dustin Johnson. Drivers take up most of the hype in the marketing campaigns but there is the little brother that should be a superstar too...the 3 wood.

For ordinary golfers like you and me, the 3 wood presents an alternative to a driver. Sometimes we struggle with the driver, slicing it OB or topping it and not even reaching the ladies' tee (embarrassing). But enter the 3 wood and we can use it in so many situations:

  • For long par 3's you can't reach with your irons/hybrids
  • For long approach shots just outside your hybrid range
  • Excellent distance off the tee, often equal to a driver!
  • Accurate shots due to increased loft which increases forgiveness
  • Reaching par 5's in two shots
  • Customization of modern 3 woods means you can adjust settings to suit your needs

Choosing a 3 Wood Loft - How Many Degrees?

My next suggestion is where I might deviate from conventional thought...

I highly and super strongly recommend  a 3 wood with 16 or 17 degrees loft for the majority of golfers instead of a 14° or 15° club.

Essentially this is a 4 wood loft. This club is going to benefit the majority of players out there. The extra loft is easier to get the ball up in the air off the fairway and will actually produce far more consistent results than a 14° or 15° club.

Some golfers are very skilled and with their skill level they can get the ball airborne easily with a low lofted 3 wood. While this is good for them, I want to help the average golfer and the most forgiving 3 wood in my opinion is a 4 wood.

What to Expect with 3 Wood Distance

This is a tough question. It all depends on your swing speed, your hitting ability and the loft of the club. 

If you're a slower swinger you would benefit more from a higher lofted 3 wood (16°-17°) because you'll get more carry. This will translate into longer shots. The lower lofted 3 woods (14°-15°) will be MUCH more difficult to get travelling in the air and would actually perform too poorly for you. As a slower swinger, you could hit the 16 or 17 degree 3 wood around 180-200 yards. 

If you're an average swinger of 80-90mph then you'd also gain more from a 16° or 17° 3 wood. You'll be able to get it to travel 190-215 yards easily. In fact, a higher lofted 3 wood might go FURTHER than a lower lofted.

If you're a faster swinger and want to use a stiff shaft (90-100 mph) then you could benefit from 14° to 17° 3 woods. You have the swing speed but it depends on your reliability. I still suggest selecting from the upper range of lofts. Even lower handicap players prefer a higher lofted 3 wood for ease of use. You could find yourself hitting the club anywhere from 200 to 240 yards. 

When to use a 3 wood

  • When you've lost confidence with the driver off the tee
  • On a long par 3 
  • Only when you can reach the green in two on a par 5. ONLY when you can actually reach 100%
  • Off the tee on shorter par 4's or par 4's with tight fairways
  • Getting the ball out of a fluffy like that would tangle around your irons - the head of the 3 wood glides through the grass thanks to its round edges
  • When you're playing into the wind
  • When you have room to roll the ball up to the green

When NOT to use a 3 wood

  • If you're a slower swinger and/or a higher handicapper then a forgiving 3 wood (higher loft, softer shorter shaft) will help you gain more distance.
  • When you want to get close to a green in two shots on a par 5. Hit it only when you know you can reach. Leaving a half shot into a green is never ideal.
  • When you're "a long way out" just to advance the ball up there somewhere. This is a big reason golfers have blow-out holes because the 3 wood is not the most forgiving club. If you're 260 yards from a green on a par 4, get it to your favorite distance so you have an easy 3rd shot in. That might mean hitting a 6 iron and then a wedge for those 260 yards.
  •  When there's water around the green and you're at the edge of your 3 wood range

What's the difference between a 3 wood vs a 3 hybrid?

A 3 wood is the equivalent of a 1 iron. A one iron is impossible for 99% of golfers to hit whereas a 3 wood is actually quite easy.

A 3 hybrid is there to replace a 3 iron. 3 irons are infamous for being difficult to hit for most golfers. The creation of hybrid clubs means that a lot of golf iron sets now start at 5 iron because you're expected to buy a 3 and 4 hybrid separately. A bit cheeky from the manufacturers, but it's clear no one misses their long irons after hitting a hybrid.

3 Wood

  • Better from the fairway and tee
  • Potentially longer carry
  • Lower ball flight 
  • Rolls much longer
  • More forgiving than a driver and long irons
  • Difficult from fairway bunkers
  • Needs a sweeping swing like a driver

3 Hybrid

  • Better from the rough
  • Potentially shorter carry
  • Higher ball flight
  • Lands softer
  • More forgiving than a wood and long iron
  • Easier from fairway bunkers
  • Best results from a steep swing hitting down on it like an iron

Modern 3 wood design & materials

The heads of the 3 woods are made from steel, titanium and composites. Technology has advanced so much that some 3 woods can be as long as drivers. Henrik Stenson prefers his 3 wood to the driver. 

3 woods now all come with a graphite shaft. The shaft length makes a big difference - a longer shaft means more distance while a shorter shaft means more accuracy. Talk to your local club fitter about shortening your shaft length to make the club even more forgiving for you.


A high lofted fairway wood will serve all golfers better than lower lofted woods. The premise is simple. More loft = more forgiveness. As I mentioned in the beginning of this guide, my 17 degree wood is my go-to club and when I have no confidence with the driver, I reach for it in a heartbeat.

What will most surprise you is the extra distance you'll get when increasing the loft especially if your swing is a bit slower. Any of the clubs on this list will serve you well and get you in the right areas of the course more often.

Best Golf Drivers for Mid Handicappers 2021

Do you want longer tee shots to hit shorter approaches.
Are you getting close to breaking 80 and want that club to get you into the 70s?
Or maybe something sinister - are you hitting the WRONG fairway?
Wait, wait...or my biggest you know WHERE the damn ball is even going?

I've found the best golf drivers for mid handicappers right here to get you that same nonchalant feeling. You're going to be hitting it longer and straighter with the right club suited for your swing speed. I'll go through shaft flex as well as loft so you can select the correct one for you to have more fun on the golf course.

Shaft flex and loft are essential to getting that extra oomph

Best Golf Drivers for Mid Handicappers

  1. Cobra Radspeed (most forgiving distance driver for any golfer)
  2. Cleveland Launcher HB Turbo   (best value driver pound-for-pound)
  3. Taylormade SIM (best adjustable driver)
  4. Srixon ZX5 (best for golfers who hit it toward the toe)
  5. PING G425 MAX  (best driver for higher ball flight)
  6. Cobra Speedzone Driver (best for adding distance with many shaft options)
  7. Titleist TSi2 Driver  (great Titleist for mid handicappers)

How to pick the right shaft for you 

It's important to choose the correct shaft flex for your driver. To do this, you need to know your swing speed and as mid handicappers, we have a wide range of swing speeds. 

Here's a quick reference to picking a shaft based on your driver swing speed:

70-80 mph : Senior Flex (A)
80-90 mph : Regular Flex (R)
90-100 mph: Stiff Flex (S)
100+ mph: Extra Stiff Flex (X)

You can easily test this at a golf shop or driving range. Most places let you hit in the nets for free because that way they can convince you to buy a driver. I use them to test my swing speed then buy my stuff elsewhere!

Amount of carry depends on the loft too

Loft is the 2nd most important aspect. Less loft is less forgiving which is evidenced by how much easier it is to hit a 9 iron than a 3 iron.

Your slices and hooks will be even worse with a lower lofted (8 to 10 degree) driver while more loft (10.5 to 14 degrees) means your slices and hooks will diminish and the ball will fly higher and straighter, giving you more carry and hence, more distance.

•  Fast swing (100 mph +) and hit it reliably in the fairway, best driver is 9 to 11 degrees loft for extra forgiveness.
Average swing speed (80-95 mph) it's best to get 11 to 13 degrees of loft for more carry.
•  Slower swing speed
, it's best to get a driver with 13 or 14 degrees of loft.

New technology makes you your own club fitter

Paired with the right golf ball, modern drivers can add significant yardage to your long game. Some guys even notice 20 yard gains. Below are the best drivers mid handicappers. 

WARNING: I do not advocate for the hyper-adjustable drivers on the market. While they appear to be 'more value' because you can adjust the settings to anything you like, the problem with them is this very benefit. You're going to be wondering whether you have the right setting every time you hit a drive in the trees.

I prefer making golf simple and making it fun. Removing decision paralysis by setting yourself up with a simple, moderately adjustable driver will serve you well mentally, which is all that really counts. By moderately adjustable driver.

I mean being able to change the loft setting up or down a degree or two, but not sliding weights around the sole of the club. That's where the head worms take over and crawl in your brain, making you question yourself on every tee shot.

All-round best driver for most golfers 

Cobra have become one of the front-runners in golf club tech especially for the forgiveness of their clubs.

As with most drivers on this list, the crown is very simple without any flashy graphics or ridges. It's easy to align and it does so without putting you off while standing over the ball.


You can switch the two weight plates back and forth but honestly, it's fine out -the-box. As with most drivers now, you can adjust the loft up or down to increase height in ball flight or lower it. 

  • Sweet spot designed to help toe and heel hits
  • Simple adjustability that reduces opportunity to have decision paralysis
  • Lighter crown for more swing speed
  • Crisp sound at contact
  • Superb, simple, milled club face for confidence at address
  • May not add more distance but go straighter it will
  • Not for golfers who want to shape the ball flight

Looks SO strong at address and well balanced

If you recognize that weird shape on the sole, yes, that's pretty much a copy paste of the Cobra F9 speedback design. It's far more pronounced and is apparently for aerodynamics. The SIM is a a monster. 

This driver is the real deal - the aerodynamics on the bottom of the head are designed in a way to create more speed in your swing by reducing the drag in key areas of the swing. At address, the driver looks like a boss. It covers the ball unlike even the M5 and M6 drivers of the prior generation.

The crown is matte finished gray and black composite which is shaped in such a way that is looks WAY bigger than the ball. The sliding weight is much simpler now without too much tinkering needed to adjust your ball flight. 

Couple the matte-finished composite with the very muted gray color of the top line of the face, and this driver is easy to line up, see the full face at address, and instill confidence just looking at it. 

Same tech as before, now just more aerodynamics in the design

The prior models of the M series bring forward the same tech likeTwist face, Speed Injection, Speed Pocket and Inverted Cone Technology to the SIM design. 

These technologies ave proven successful in their previous models and now with the focus on aerodynamics, it shows a shift in focus away from distance and forgiveness and more toward creating more speed in your swing.

  • Superb Taylormade sound - unlike the more expensive TM models.
  • Very well priced for the technology inside the driver
  • Aerodynamic head along the lines of the great Cobra F9
  • Top of the crown is muted in color, matte-finished and with a gray alignment line
  • The adjustability is there, but it's just simplified compared to the M5
  • Is the focus on aerodynamics meaning that there is no more advances in driver tech?
  • Headcover that comes with it is ugly as hell

turbo launcher hb

Best value driver - pound for pound - for slower swings

The Cleveland HB Turbo Launcher has a very tall dominating face and setting up to the ball, it looks like a Cleveland of old. Classic shape and tall face with a massive sweet spot. Definitely in the sleeper category, not many guys will know about this driver and at this price, it's a best kept secret. 

The club is light and by light, I mean REALLY light. That might not appeal to everyone but it can definitely help pick up an extra couple mph in your swing. If you're hovering around 85 mph, this little beauty can bring you up to 90 mph and give you a few yards more off the tee.

They just don't waste time with the adjustability on this driver and in all honesty player, I don't ever use the sliding weights or loft-up or loft-down options on the hosel. I don't even know that many players who do anymore.

On the crown, the detailing is similar to PING with cool shapes that make the driver look streamlined and powerful over the ball. 

  • They have a DRAW driver as well
  • Very lightweight for increasing swing speed
  • Well priced - dollar to extra yards ratio is perfect
  • Great for those struggling with a slice
  • Not for high swing speeds
  • Creates a massive noise

srixon zx5 for mid handicap

Best point-and-shoot pick-up-and-play driver on the market

From the same manufacturer of Cleveland, comes a very very simple driver from Srixon. The Z series is so good, you'll find many many mid handicappers bringing their scores down with this driver at a lot of golf courses. 

Very popular from 5 handicap up to 20

The best part of these drivers is how SIMPLE they look at address. There is almost nothing on the crown except a little mark to show the center of the face.

It's a higher launching and higher spinning driver than the ZX7 which is more like the Tour model. But something you may not know i that the ZX5 looks almost identical to the ZX7 so you get a Tour-looking driver with the forgiveness of a game improvement club.

A personal gripe is the face graphics. While I prefer a clean face with at most, a few horizontal lines on it, Srixon have gone more for a Callaway Epic style face graphic. It's not entirely as off-putting as the Epic face but far from a simple face I am used to with Cleveland and Srixon. 

What I've noticed the most about this club is how on toe hits, the ball actually goes AS FAR AS solid strikes which is perfect for someone like me who hits it toward the toe more often. 

The face has no fancy graphics on it. The crown is super simple and the sweet spot sends feedback up your arms, knowing you've hit it in the pantie.

  • The beauty is in the simplicity of design and superb performance
  • Extremely large sweet spot where toe hits go almost as far as middle hits
  • ZX7 has some adjustability for loft while the ZX5 is super simple no adjusting
  • The crown has very little detail on it, it is very classic looking
  • ZX5 model has no adjustability at all
  • Simple decal on the face makes way for Callaway style imagery

best golf driver for beginners

One of the simplest to hit drivers in the world

PING has to be the most popular name in amateur mid handicapper golf. This is easily the most gamed club I have seen in guys bags who were NEVER able to hit a driver before. You get the guys who don't play PING and then you get the guys who do, and they LOVE it.

My friend Steve just upgraded to this PING G425 and I haven't seen him hit a driver like that before. He was using a PING G400 then upgraded to a G410, which he was great with, but the G425 just takes it to another level. 

The main difference I see in the G425 and other clubs of the same spec and loft, is the higher ball flight. The ball flight is penetrating and high. It carries much further which gives guys a load more distance with the exact same swing. 

Minimal adjustability and straighter shots

There's only a single tungsten weight plate on the bottom of the club so you'll never be worried about the settings. The loft can be changed up or down a degree or two and that's about all you need to increase or decrease height of the launch. It's quite simple and that is always a plus to prevent decision paralysis and FOMO.

PING keep it simple and are really geared toward the mid handicapper in every sense of the word making forgiving irons, forgiving woods and superb putters. On Tour you might find only a couple of guys like Lee Westwood and Bubba using PING, but really, these clubs are not Ferrari, but they're more like Ford, built tough and reliably.

  • Very classic head and face design with minimal graphics
  • The ball goes straighter and in some cases reduce shot shapes to baby fades and draws
  • High-launching for much more carry but maybe less rollout on soft fairways
  • Minimal adjustability options for a nice simple point and shoot driver
  • Bigger sweet spot than ever on a PING driver
  • Sound is very muted and may not appeal
  • Three models get confusing: stick to the MAX for now!

best driver for mid handicappers

Brilliant update to the F9 if you prefer newer models

The F9 Speed Back is simply superb and you wouldn't make a mistake getting it. But the Speedzone is an improvement in terms of looks. The performance is pretty similar but the look of the new driver at address is quite significant.

Brian from the channel got himself a new Speed zone and has been THUMPING it up to 275 yards. He has a swing speed of around 98 to 103 mph and settled on this driver over the F9 because of the crown. The face melts into the crown in a much smoother way to the F9, giving the face a very BIG feel to it. 

The sweet spot is really easy to find on the club and with the right shaft, is a well-weighted and balanced club. You can also purchase 3rd party weight kits to play with the two weights on the bottom of the club for more penetrating flight or more spin.

  • Large looking face at impact, showing more to the ball makes alignment easy
  • More composite material in the head for more weight saving - more speed
  • Absolutely the best sound and feel at impact of all current drivers
  • Not a very big difference between F9 and this besides aesthetics
  • Not for golfers who want to shape the ball flight

A Titleist driver that is actually forgiving

best driver average golfer

The TSi range fo Titleist driver are some of the most played on the Tour.  The range has one for every level of golfer and this one is for players looking for increased distance, but need some forgiveness for when they can't to hit the ball in the center every time which is pretty much everyone over a 2 handicap!

Now that's not to say it's for high handicappers. I wouldn't give a Titleist to a high handicapper. We all struggle with the sweet spot at times, but this driver is one that allows you to maximize speed, even with a smoother swing.

The best part of this driver is the CLEAR and defined boss look on the face. You're not guessing where the sweet spot is and placing it behind the ball, the center of the face is like a pathway between graphics either side of the face. I am a big face-graphics guy and the Titleist wins on that count.

The overall look of the driver is extremely sleek and right up there with the Cobra Speedzone and F9 in terms of sex appeal. 

The TSi2 will have a loopier ball flight with a steeper descent into the ground but that extra air time means more carry. 

  • Low spin for the forgiveness
  • Very high launching - great for slower swingers or low ball hitters
  • The face is so forgiving on mis hits
  • The head looks larger than it should
  • The face gets marked easily by the balls


With so many drivers out there to choose from that are designed to help the average golfer, I hope this cleared up some of the options.

The winners are easily the Cobra offerings from the prior two years and the SIM by Taylormade. I've hit so many drivers and the biggest surprise to even make this list is the Titleist TS3. Always remember, the PING drivers are an ever-reliable club that will serve anybody well. 

Best Golf Balls for High Handicappers

How many times have you heard this?

'Buy second hand balls' and 'Use the money for balls to get lessons instead'. Yeah, real helpful when all you're asking for is what ball you should use, right?

To build your confidence first, i do recommend second hand for a while, but then...

I totally get you, there comes a time when all you want to do is crack open a new sleeve of balls and get that new ball smell. Hold the ball up to your nose and breathe it in. The small pleasures in life. 

A lot of golfers overlook the importance of a decent golf ball but not me. Congratulations on seeking more information on the one piece of equipment that's essential on every shot. Let's have a look at the best golf balls for high handicappers. But before we do, I've got one question for you...

What are you looking for?

I hate to put you into a box but usually we golfers can be classified into these categories of what we're looking for:

Maximum Distance: If you just want to get a few more yards off the tee, those lake balls are not doing you any favors. With a new sleeve of balls designed for more distance, you'll instantly notice the difference. 

Straighter shots: The balls you're looking for are lower compression which create much less spin on the ball on the long shots. You'll notice on the Bridgestones, the dimples are very shallow and almost flat. I don't know the science behind it, but I'm sure that has something to do with their amazing ability to give you straighter shots.

Spin & Feel: Perhaps you have the distance, you have the direction but those distance balls just aren't holding the greens. We all reach a point when we want to actually chip it close or stay on the green when the ball actually lands on the par 3. These balls are usually multi layered with urethane covers and feel so soft which does lend them to getting scuffed.

Maximum distance
Straighter shots
Spin and feel

Now that I know what you're looking for, I can help you find the best golf ball for your game. I recommend a few balls below and I've tried to stay within a certain budget.

My mission is to help you play simpler, better, faster golf for less money. Please keep reading at the bottom of the page for more information to maximize your time on the course with your new balls.

The Best Golf Balls for High Handicappers

Here are my picks broken down into 3 categories to reduce the confusion a little. Once you understand what you need for your game, it's quite easy to find the best golf balls:

For distance

  1. Titleist TruFeel (perfect compression for 80 to 95 mph swings)
  2. Srixon Soft Feel (wallet friendly top value)
  3. Volvik Crystal (for slower swing speeds and bad eyes)

For direction

  1. Callaway Supersoft Max (best to improve low ball flight)
  2. Bridgestone E6 (best to reduce slices and hooks)
  3. Volvik Vivid (brightest golf ball almost impossible to lose)

For extra spin

  1. Wilson Duo Professional (urethane cover for softer feel and more spin)
  2. Kirkland Signature Urethane (Amazing value for money LONG urethane ball)
  3. Srixon Z-Star XV (Best alternative to Pro V1)

Distance Golf Balls

When your priority is extra distance, you'll find the balls are firmer and when you hit them they roll A LOT more than the expensive premium balls. They'll bound down the fairway often giving you a few yards more run. 

The TruFeel is a firm ball that really does boom off the tee and with long irons. It produces a high ball flight so you can stop the ball on the greens easily enough.

As with most distance golf balls, the TruFeel is a two-piece and is designed to help a slower swinger get the ball further down the line. One of the longest golf balls out there with the Titleist name on it and with that title comes the fact that the ball is HARD. So be prepared for some high pitched strikes and looong rollout on your shots for extra distance.

  • Tour-level distance performance to help slower swingers at a great price
  • Minimal spin on driver shots for straight drives
  • Nice decal on the side for lining up your shots
  • Very durable cover

Now in its umpteenth iteration, the Srixon Soft Feel remains an anchor in Srixon's ball collection. It's a two-piece golf ball so it's made for distance and durability but the thin cover gives this ball a soft feel so it doesn't feel like you're playing a rock. Expect long drives and irons that roll out with a soft feel on the club face.

Whenever someone asks for a recommendation for a golf ball as high or mid handicapper, I immediately, without hesitation say Srixon Soft Feel. I've loved these balls since I used them dropping from a mid/high handicapper down to a 5 handicapper. Soft feeling off the face and big distance off the tee. You'll love them.

  • Very well priced, durable ball 
  • Long distance with a low compression and moderate feel around greens
  • Softer feeling off the putter face than most distance balls

Easy to see distance ball for slow to moderate swings

This is a hard ball. Let's get that out the way. It's not going to feel like a piece of soap on your club face but the Crystal travels far. If you prefer distance ball that is easier to see in the air and find in the grass, then these balls are perfect for you. 

I would say this ball feels right in the middle of a Pinnacle Gold and a Titleist DT Trusoft. This is a very nice 3 piece ball for slower swings to really get an extra kick in the pants. Volvik have been and continue to be the golf ball of choice for the World Long Drive Association so you know this thing is a flier.

Expect the ball to go much further than others and take a few yards to stop on the green. If you prefer the bump and run type of chipping, this ball is perfect and you want to get it running as soon as possible because it really is consistent.

  • Many colors to choose from
  • Three-piece construction for slower to medium swings
  • Stylish design turns heads with the bright colors
  • Hard ball that will produce distance gains and won't scuff easily

Straight & Long Golf Balls

If you are a bit of a slicer or puller of the golf ball, these balls will get you back in the fairway and bombing them down the middle.

Long and straight for slower swing speeds

Callaway deliver excellence ball after ball. The Supersoft Max is made for the slower swinger for maximum distance and forgiveness, aerodynamically designed to get high up for a long strong carry. The soft mantle and cover system work in tandem to reduce spin. Reducing spin also means reducing side spin, so on your longer shots you can reduce those slices and hooks. 

I'm not the biggest fan of these balls when I use the insert putter. When I use my steel faced putter, I like them a lot as the feedback is evident. If you use an insert putter, I'd suggest something firmer like the E6 or the Vivid below.

  • Callaway reliability
  • Less slice and hook spin because of lower spin rates off the tee
  • Excellent alignment aid printed on the side of the ball

Very popular golf ball for double digit handicappers

This 2021 model is preferred by a lot of golfers. The performance and feel overall seems to be better in the older model, and on top of that, the price is incredibly low!

Slashing your handicap comes from hitting fairways and greens. The Bridgestone E6 gets you in the fairway easier and boosts long and mid iron performance to get you closer to the green more often. You may need to change your aiming - no more aiming way left. The ball goes where you aim.

Like with other Bridgestone balls, it's easy to notice the shallow dimples. They've done something right with their golf balls because most guys I play with loves these balls. I find the cover is quite hard so don't expect a bar of soap when you undo the packaging. This is for you if your priority is straight hitting and reducing slices and hooks.

  • Specifically designed to significantly reduce slices and hooks
  • Longer distance from less side spin and more rollout
  • Straight shooting golf ball to hit more fairways and greens

My favorite ball at the moment. I recommend these to everyone. The cover isn't exactly soft but it isn't really hard so initially you're confused. But after bouncing it on a tiled floor and biting it, you try it on the course and realize this is not only an awesome ball to track in flight, but it goes like a bat out of hell, straight down the fairway. 

I like the matte finish but it does take some time to get used to (maybe 2 or 3 holes). I started using these  and love the looks I get on the course with my orange and surprisingly easiest to see luminous green ball. Avoid the blue color balls - something about them makes them difficult to see.

On my tee shots I noticed the Vivid seemed to fly with a lower penetrating flight but didn't come down to earth as soon as I expected and traveled an extra few yards further before curving down to the ground. It was quite astounding. I chip in a lot with these ball because their roll to the hole is so consistent on green side chips.

  • Impossible to lose mid flight 
  • Straight and long but feels good on the club face