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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?

But 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 us. 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

Longer drives and long irons

Straighter shots

Less slice, more fairway

Spin and feel

Without buying Tour-level balls

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.


Best All-Round Pick: Bridgestone E6

A bit of a firmer golf ball with a focus on more distance and less side spin for more balls in play off the tee and on long approaches.

Easily the most popular ball among my playing partners who play off between 16 and 28. They scoop these up whenever they can find them.


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 Velocity (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 Superhot 55 (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. Titleist DT Trusoft (soft cover for softer feel)
  2. Bridgestone B330 RXs (Tour quality ball for swings under 105 mph)
  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 Velocity 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 Velocity 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.

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    Tour-level distance performance to help slower swingers at a great price
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    Minimal spin on driver shots for straight drives
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    Very durable cover

Now in it's 10th 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.

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    Long distance with a low compression and moderate feel around greens
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    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.

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    Many colors to choose from
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    Three-piece construction for slower to medium swings
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    Stylish design turns heads with the bright colors
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    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.


Callaway deliver excellence ball after ball. The low compression Super Hot 55 is 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.

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    Callaway reliability
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    Less slice and hook spin because of lower spin rates off the tee
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    3-piece golf ball so it feels really soft as it compresses big time off your club face
Golfers prefer this older model to stop hooks and slices

Yes, the 2015 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.

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    Specifically designed to significantly reduce slices and hooks
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    Longer distance from less side spin and more rollout
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    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.

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    Impossible to lose mid flight 
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    Straight and long but feels good on the club face
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    Easy to find in the rough, shrubs and leaves
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    Matte finish makes scuffs hard to see

Spin Golf Balls

Generally I wouldn't recommend extra spin balls for high handicappers but sometimes they're necessary for you to hold more greens an give yourself a shot at making more putts. These three balls are the best golf balls for high handicappers looking for some green holding spin.


When comparing the DT Trusoft against the Velocity, it's clear the difference comes in the short game. With short irons, the Trusoft spins much more and on all shots provides a softer feeling. Velocity might have a slight edge in purely distance but all-round the Trusoft is a high-value golf ball for golfers who want some feel and spin.

When you first hole the DT Trusoft, you notice the sopay texture of the cover and the 'bite test' tells you straight away the ball is softer than others. Feel off the club face is pleasant and off wedges feels surprisingly soft. 

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    Soft feel and better control around the greens thanks to a soft cover
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    Long and true penetrating ball flight
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    Feels smooth and sounds pleasant off the putter face

This is a luxurious ball. It's a urethane covered three-piece beauty. Despite the urethane cover, it's durable along with providing excellent performance. The ball flies long and sits down on the greens - you notice immediately the shallow dimples and maybe that has something to do with it.

Iron-play is where the ball really shines and holds greens like a Tour ball.

If you're confident with your direction and hit a pretty straight ball, this is an excellent golf ball to take you to the next level for spin and green side performance. If you're inconsistent, the Tour level performance can hurt you with the increased spin. 

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    Specifically designed for swings below 105 mph 
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    Urethane cover for Tour-level feel and spin and longer irons that hold the greens easily
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    Durable for a urethane covered ball
The poor man's Titleist Pro V1

While on a recent golf trip, there was a promotion on Srixon Z-Star XV balls and I loaded up on a dozen. They blew me away. The cover is a bit harder than a Pro V1 but you hardly notice a difference between the balls. The Z-Star XV sits down and rips on the greens with a wedge. It gave me my longest drives of the trip as well. 

What's even more impressive than the performance is the durability of the cover. I ripped wedges on it all day and hardly noticed a scratch using only a single ball per round.

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    Definitely better suited to swings over 90 mph
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    Much cheaper and as effective as the top of the line expensive golf balls
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    Incredibly durable
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    Yellow is very easy to track and find

Types of golf balls available

USED BALLS

Lake balls

Water is for fish not golf balls

You can find these on the golf course or in second hand shops everywhere. They usually look great on the outside but it's a lot like buying a second hand car. You just don't know what problems you're getting because you don't know where they've been and what's happened to them.

Vice Golf has done some research and found some interesting facts. They claim "after just one week in the water, lake balls will lose 5 to 10 yards in driving distance off of the tee; after 3 months, the distance loss widens to 20 to 30 yards."

Refurbished golf balls

While I think lake balls, balls from the woods and refurbished balls are great for beginners, high handicappers really shouldn't be playing with them if they want to get better at golf. People will tell you that the ball hardly matters but the truth is refurbished balls are just lake balls with a sand blasting on the outer cover to make them look really new.

You'll see them wet when advertised or on display because they makes them look even fresher. Yes, these balls were great when you started, but now it's time to level up and be a big boy bomber. New balls are in order. 

NEW BALLS

Two piece golf balls

Two piece balls are usually a core with a cover around it. It's a simple ball and usually aimed at the higher handicapper or beginner. The price is low and the materials are not designed for Tour level performance. The characteristics of a two piece ball are usually a harder feeling and a lot more roll on the fairways.

This is a good thing because Tour level balls will accentuate any problems you have. A fade turns into a slice and a draw turns into a hook because Tour balls generate so much more spin. 

A good two piece ball like a Srixon Soft Feel works perfectly.

Three or four piece golf balls

These balls have all sorts of layers in the core with a cover that is often urethane but not always. Urethane is a very soft material and most often found on premium balls to increase spin especially for faster swinging and more skilled players like pros. These balls spin a lot and while you might get similar carry to the harder balls, the rollout is WAY less. 

When I play premium soft balls, sometimes my driver actually can go backwards by a foot or so after landing int the fairway!

The multi piece balls are normally much more expensive but that's because the quality of products is slightly higher. If your priority is spin or distance as well as spin then these balls are a good idea. Sometimes they come with surlyn covers to allow higher handicappers to play a multi-layer ball without breaking the bank and getting excess spin on his shots.

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How to select the best golf ball for you

Once you know what your priority is on the golf course, it's easy to pick a ball. There are however, two ways to further filter the choices.

  • Price: How much do you want to spend on a ball? You can pay anywhere between 75c and $4 for a golf ball. Always remember to multiply that by 3 for a sleeve and 12 for a box of a dozen. So for a sleeve you can pay between $2.50 and $12. For a dozen you can pay between $9 and $50! Pick your price point per ball and then select according to that.
  • Durability: Urethane covers are generally softer and give you more spin around the greens. The Polymer or ionomer/trionomer covers are made of Surlyn. Surlyn is a tough material and is difficult to scuff. Even bounces on cart paths hardly make a mark.

Urethane scuffs quite easily even from a hard wedge shot. Surlyn and urethane have very different characteristics on the course and usually lower priced balls with have surlyn covers while the more premium golf balls have urethane. 

Using your new golf balls to maximum effect

As a high handicapper the game can really be simplified down to a few shots that need to be kept and some that need to be eliminated. Using the right ball is part of the journey but using the right equipment the right way is even more important.

Take a look at my guide to breaking 90 and see how to think your way around the golf course better.

In the guide I show you which 5 essential shots you need to practice and how to practice them. I show you how to play a strategy to get your high handicap down very quickly by thinking your way around the course. You'll create easier decisions for yourself and easier shots to hit into greens. 

Conclusion

There you have it, all the best golf balls for high handicappers depending on your priorities. While Titleist is the name everyone associates with golf balls, the recent surge forward by Asian companies like Srixon and Bridgestone means that there are plenty of other balls to play out there and get awesome results. Take your pick!

Best Budget Golf Rangefinder for 2020

Have you ever stopped to think about how much you spend per shot on the golf course? Check this out...

You use your driver on 12 shots per round  and it's the most expensive club in the bag: $600 over 50 rounds is $12 per round, and you hit your driver 12 times: $1 per shot!

But the most helpful yet overlooked piece of equipment to use on every single shot is a trusty rangefinder!  A $200 rangefinder over 50 rounds is $4 per round. $4 per round divided by 50 shots tee to green and you're paying 8 cents per shot for a private caddie, in your pocket.

I also had a more comprehensive look at higher priced models here.

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The Game Changer: Hanging a Caddie on your Bag

I turned my nose up at rangefinders. I was one of THOSE guys who thought you should pace it out or rely on caddies. Until I just stopped. I had enough of walking and guessing and calculating to the center and +8 for a back pin and blah blah blah.

Forget that! A rangefinder eliminates all the guesswork and frustration of finding distances to the hole, to carry hazards or reach targets. Imagine the confidence and commitment to your shots if you KNEW the distance to anything. 

While the top brands like Bushnell are very expensive and come with all the bells and whistles, there are cheaper yet high quality options and in this article we hope to guide you to the best golf rangefinder without breaking your wallet. Please also check out the bottom of the page to see which 2 rangefinders to avoid!


The Best Budget Golf Rangefinders

  1. WoSports H100AG Rangefinder  (best dollar for dollar budget rangefinder)
  2. Evergreen 1300 rangefinder (accurate mid range price)
  3. Nikon Coolshot 20 GII (high quality Nikon optics)
  4. Precision Golf NX7 (best quality budget rangefinder)
  5. Precision Golf Nexus (baby brother to NX7)
  6. Bozily Rangefinder (notable mention)

WoSports 
H100AG 

Easygreen 1300

Nikon Coolshot 20 GII

Precision Golf NX7

Precision Golf Nexus 

Range

650 yards

450 yards

550 yards

400 yards

400 yards

Pin Seeking

Yes with vibration

Yes with vibration

Kind of, with FPT technology

Yes

Yes

Precision

1/10 of a yard

+/- 1 yard

Range

1/10 of a yard

1/10 of a yard

Slope Mode

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

No

​Warranty

18 months

?

2 years

2 years

1 year

Special Notes

USGA Legal

Most popular budget golf rangefinder

A bit unstable and feels a little cheaply made

USGA Legal Lifetime replacement warranty no questions asked

Very responsive support

USGA Legal

Compact 4.4 oz.

8 second continuous scan mode

USGA Legal

Compact size

Sometimes a bit slow picking up targets

Support email back quickly and follow up with phone calls

Lifetime battery replacements

USGA Legal

The size of an iPhone

Scanning mode to measure as you swipe it around

Cell

Can I use a hunting rangefinder?

I really don't recommend buying a cheap hunting rangefinder with all the well-priced golf-specific rangefinders available. Having a golf-specific one gives you so much peace of mind knowing you’ve got something that will work immediately out of the box.

Hunting and golf rangefinders work the same way and a hunting rangefinder CAN be used for golf, BUT…

  • Golf rangefinders have software to give preference to a target closer to you than further from you. For example, if the pin is 50 yards in front of bushes, the golf rangefinder has been designed to give preference to the closer object (the pin). This technology has a few names like First Target Priority Mode(Callaway/Nikon), PinHunter (Leupold), Pinseeker (Bushnell).

The hunting rangefinders generally give preference to the more distant object like a deer behind a tree. Golf rangefinders have been designed for golf-specific purposes.

  • Golf rangefinders also have pin seeking technology that recognizes the pin and can zero in on it easily. Some have technology which makes the device vibrate to let you know once it’s found the pin.

With a hunting rangefinder you are going to have trouble picking up the pin and it will only be effective for larger targets like hills, slopes and bunkers. It can be very frustrating to pin point exact distances to precise spots on the golf course. It takes many readings to eventually get a distance to a flagstick.


Ultimate budget beater

Wosports have created a rangefinder that is unfathomably well-priced. Of course, the immediate reaction is to doubt the quality of such a product.

There are differences between a model that costs 25% of the top models though but they are not significant. A big one you would like to know is that the Wosports is really most accurate and useable inside 200 yards. For most amateurs, that is going to be absolutely passable.

What you may notice when comparing the readings between a Wosports and a Bushnell (the top rangefinders), there may be a 1% difference in yardage readings. For example, the Bushnell may say 250 yards, while the Wosports would say 252 yards or 248 yards. That difference is negligible and to be expected in the budget range. 

If your club has the reflectors on the pins, then the Wosports will lock on quite easily to them and vibrate once it locks on. If there are no reflectors on the pin, the distances can be out by up to 3 yards inside the 150-200 yard range. The basic question is, will the 2-3 yard difference change your club selection?

Is it Any Good?

For this price, there is no contest. You'll get yardages. That is the main point of the rangefinder. At a quarter of the price of the big boys, you'll notice build quality differences of course. But if you are looking just at the yardage information, this one gives it to you. You may be out by 1-2 yards compared to Bushnells, but is that going to change your club choice? NOPE!


Precision Golf Nexus

Premium quality in a budget package

The Precision Golf Nexus is about the size of an iPhone 6 and can fit in your pocket between shots. A favorite feature is the scanning mode where by holding down a button, the device will give you readings to multiple targets as you move around.

It is a budget model so there isn't any vibration when the rangefinder thinks it has found the the flag. The viewing lens is quite small too at the size of a quarter but what it lacks in top level features, it makes up for in value for money.

It's only a little slower than the V4 Tour Bushnell but is accurate to a tenth of a yard. It's not really necessary but a nice touch. In the end, this thing tells you the distance to your target, what else do we need boys?


Reliable at the top end of the budget

As with all the budget models, if there are trees and people behind the pin, if your hands are not steady, it will be difficult to lock onto pins. If you're a steady hand, you'll experience no problems with the Easygreen 1300.

It's a basic point and shoot, with a vibration when it locks on the pin or your target. Within this category, definitely in the top 5, and on par with the Precision Pros.


Best overall budget rangefinder

The Precision Pro NX7 is just as the name says, precise. It's also really easy to use. Precision Pro Golf keep your wallet in mind when creating their rangefinders. The devices are fantastic and don't cost you your children's' college funds. Plus you get free lifetime batteries!

You'll get readings within a yard of the very expensive Bushnells and with good consistency. The distances if you check and recheck won't change more than a yard or so which eliminates a lot of confusion and frustration. On top of that, the funky green and black make this a very good looking model.

There is a little issue with the viewfinder is the wide crosshairs. This means sometimes, it gets frustrating as you try to lock onto a pin with tree trunks in the background. The crosshairs take in too much of the surroundings. 

The company behind this lovely device is responsive and you'll hear back from them rapidly when you have questions or issues and are known for calling you on the phone as a follow up.


Nikon optics for durability and reliable distances

Finding decent budget rangefinders can be a challenge, not knowing the quality level, but when you see the name Nikon, your eyes just settle on it. The Coolshot 20 GII is a very simple to use point-and-shoot no frills rangefinder. Put it up to your eye, find the target, press the button, done. 

What makes it even more appealing is the small size. It fits snugly in the palm of your hand and could even by put in your pocket. Picking up targets inside 200 yards is a breeze but beyond that and you need to try a few times like that girl your dad told you was bad for you.

Because it is so light, you need  slightly steady hand. The battery lasts for a year and to have Nikon optics in your bag at this price is a steal and comes in as one of the best budget golf rangefinders. 


Golf Rangefinders to avoid in this price range

These are made for hunting and aren't suitable for golf. Best to avoid them to avoid disappointment.

​Simmons 801600 Volt

Nikon 8397 Aculon AL11

How do you use a golf rangefinder?

It's really simple to use one of these things. You put it up to your eye, look through the monocular and center the bulls eye onto your target and click the button. But the art of using a rangefinder is something you'll develop at your own speed. Here are a couple of examples of how I use mine on the course.

Approach shots

I was between a pitching wedge and a gap wedge on this shot if listening to my caddie and pacing off the distance from the markers. But in the end it was an easy choice to pull my pitching wedge and hit with confidence after I took the exact distance with the rangefinder.

Off the tee

Off the tee, I always like to see how far to carry bunkers and it's really easy because you can lock onto the rear lip of the bunker quickly. I also like to shoot distances to further bunkers in case I can roll into them. On this shot, it was easy to put the 4 wood away and hit the 3 iron as hard as I could, knowing I wouldn't hit it in the far bunker. 

Should I use a rangefinder or a golf GPS watch?

At this price point, there is the option of using a golf GPS watch. There are pros and cons to both. I suggest the rangefinder if you want to know the carry to many spots on a hole while I suggest a GPS watch if all you want to know is the distance to the front, back and middle of the greens. 

  • Accurate to fixed points not decided by golfer
  • Golf courses need to be updated periodically
  • Recharge every 2 to 3 rounds
  • Unaffected by visibility conditions
  • Fit on the wrist or peak of cap
  • Hands-free distances updating as you move
  • Sync with Apple or Android for data tracking
  • Need to be tech-savvy to benefit fully
  • GPS doesn't need line of sight when you're way off reservation
  • Precise yardage to whichever target you choose
  • No maps needed to be downloaded
  • Batteries last for full seasons
  • Low visibility can slow down distance finding
  • A bit chunky, better to attach to bag 
  • Manually point and shoot for distance each shot
  • Stand-alone device
  • Simple point-and-shoot, no frills 
  • Rangefinders need line of sight to the target

Conclusion

There's no need to go for the very expensive rangefinders when any of the above best budget golf rangefinders will do. I like the Precision Golf NX7 as the top pick for it's overall quality and design. The Wosports is hard to beat on price though!

Happy golfing!

Most Forgiving Callaway Irons in 2020

We can all use a little more forgiveness on the golf course but could there be a more forgiving iron than Callaway?

If you look at the golf bags around the practice green before your next round, what brands do you see over and over? I'm sure you'll agree Callaway and Taylormade. That's because they simply make the most forgiving golf clubs around.

What's even more amazing is their clubs are used by beginners and professionals and everyone in between. The most forgiving Callaway irons are tricky to choose, because they're all so forgiving! But let's take a look at the best options and why they're so forgiving.


What makes Callaway irons so forgiving?

Callaway ticks all the boxes for the criteria for forgiving irons:

  • Large club face with massive sweet spots
  • Perimeter weighting for more weight behind every strike
  • Wide heavy sole to get through the turf
  • Cavity back club heads
  • Offset hosel to square the face at impact
  • Turns your bad shots into good shots

The Most Forgiving Callaway Irons


Best for big distance for mid and high handicappers

Callaway has become synonymous with forgiveness, distance and accuracy that comes with it. These irons instill confidence in you at address with a thick top line and the very long club face dwarfs the ball. It feels impossible to hit a bad shot.

Two Clubs More Distance

Behind that face and thick top line, you get the 360 Face Cup tech which is what Callaway use in their fairway woods to create a thinner club face with a hollow cup behind it. This creates a a very thin and hot club face that acts like a trampoline to blast your iron shots longer, even on mishits. They claim the irons hit 2 clubs further than any others - so your 9 iron will go your 7 iron distance. 

That's a bit of a bold claim but from observing playing partners, I've seen this club improve their distance by as much as one whole club in distance. Please note that the lofts on these clubs are really strong and that explains the distance increase but with new technology, they make the ball launch higher too, so the increased distance will be in from a height so the ball will stop on greens.

Callaway have given you plenty of options to configure your set. You can have a set starting with hybrids, 4 iron, 5 iron or 6 iron. At the other end you can select a set down to a PW, SW or AW. 

Overall, a great game improvement set for mid to high handicappers.

Pros
  • Big distance gains for most players
  • Keeps you in play regardless of the strike
  • The whole face is the sweet spot
  • The face is wider in the long irons and narrows to shorter irons
Cons
  • Long irons quite chunky at address
  • New model is pricey

Extreme forgiveness in a sleek package for high handicappers 

The Callaway XR OS irons are here to make your golf easier and more fun. They're Super Game Improvement irons but they look so slick, you'd think they were a standard cavity back like Ping. 

If you're a beginner, high handicapper or even a mid handicapper looking for a Game Improvement iron that doesn't look like a hybrid and more like a traditional cavity back this is a great option. In the back the clubs look slick and very eye-catching.

The sweet spot on the club face is so large that mishits go almost as far as your well struck shots. Callaway have used their Face Cup technology in these irons with the hollow pocket behind the club face. Balls positively boom off the club face and with the thick sole, the ball gets airborne quickly.

Even more forgiving set with hybrid long irons

The Callaway XR OS is also offered in a combination set with hybrids as the long irons. Hybrids are much easier to hit than long irons which most high handicappers and often mid handicappers struggle with. 

Pros
  • Massive sweet spot
  • Very wide sole to glide through the turf easily
  • Super Game Improvement irons that looks like lower handicap irons
  • Face Cup technology makes the face behave like a hybrid
Cons
  • Not necessarily going to add distance

Best for beginners and high handicappers with slower swings

Ease of use and forgiveness is the focus of these clubs and are the most forgiving clubs for slower swingers and golfers looking to upgrade to a brand name set.

The X Series irons are the latest upgrade in the most forgiving Callaway sets. They won't give you massive distance gains, but you'll hit the ball straighter which is of prime importance as a beginner or high handicapper looking to just have more fun and consistency on the golf course.

Slower swingers will find an improvement in their accuracy and may pick up a few more yards. 

The majority of beginners looking to find a new set of clubs won't be able to tell the difference between a $1000 set and a high value, low price set like this. It's a great upgrade from an old set or a complete beginner set like the Callaway Strata. That makes it one of the easiest options for beginners and high handicappers with slower swings.

Pros
  • Very well priced
  • Simple straight-shooting clubs
  • Great set to upgrade to after your hand-me-down set
  • Classic looks with super forgiveness means more fun
Cons
  • Not really for fast swingers

Ideal irons for mid handicappers

While the other sets on this list are aimed at higher handicappers and beginners, the Callaway Rogue irons are aimed at mid handicappers. They're Game Improvement irons not SUPER Game Improvement irons so there's that

The Rogue irons are point-and-shoot and if you're anything like me, from the grip it and rip it Tin Cup school of thought, these clubs hit the spot. 

Add in the fact that they're super long irons with the 360 Face Cup technology and you're looking at not only the longest Callaway irons but maybe the longest and most forgiving irons period.  

Miracle clubs?

The sound from the club face is crisp and clean from adding urethane into the club head, improving feel from mishits.

Differentiating between mishits and sweet strikes is a little difficult but when the result ends up where you want it, that's a minor complaint. When we're all looking for more accuracy and greens in regulation, the Callaway Rogue irons deliver with smooth strikes even when you feel like you're not trying. The entire club face coupled provides a high ball flight. 

Are they miracle clubs? No, but if you have a smooth swing and are a well-grooved and consistent mid handicapper, these are the perfect clubs to start getting closer to the number 80.

Pros
  • Excellent value for money
  • Point-and-shoot straight shooters
  • Suited for mid handicappers
  • Crips sound across the very forgiving face
  • Very executive style looks
Cons
  • Feedback on mishits is difficult to gauge because the face is so forgiving

Conclusion

I highly recommend taking your new clubs to a club fitter or pro near you to adjust lie angles and grips to suit your swing and ability. The difference those tweaks make will blow your mind and push you into another stratosphere on the golf course.

Best High Visibility Golf Balls in 2020

Whether you like a bit of razzmatazz ringmading 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...

best high visibility golf balls

A typical driving range using Callaway, Volvik and Chromax high visibility golf balls


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

  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 (colorful alternative to the Pro V1)
  5. Callaway SuperSoft Multicolor Pack (best performing for slower swingers)

Best High Visibility Golf Balls in 2017

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.

Pros
  • 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
Cons
  • 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

Callaway Chrome Soft

Best all-round ball

The Chrome Soft got a bad rep with the My Golf Spy testing, but it puts the focus on the "best golf ball" 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 beat out the Pro V1 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.

As played by Phil Mickelson.​

Pros
  • 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
Cons
  • 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. 

Pros
  • 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
Cons
  • Similar price to Taylormade Project (a) which is urethane cover and comes in yellow

Srixon Z-Star

Glaring brightness with premium performance

The yellow Z Star 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 balls. 

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 88, 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. 

Are they any good?

In a word, yes.

On a recent trip to South Africa, a free sleeve of Tour Yellow Z Stars was included as part of the green fee. On the two week trip, I never lost a single one even in the deep rough because I could track them to an almost exact location for searching.

Distance-wise they were as long as any golf balls I've hit. They stuck to the greens and for the first time in a long time, I finally got the ball to zip a few yards back on the Bent grass. The feeling was firmer on the club face but it was very cold on the course. The firm feeling gave good feedback on my insert putter face. Chipping was identical to using Pro V1.

Overall, Srixon produced great balls in the Z Star and Z Star XV and they perform off the tee as well as they do on the greens.

Pros
  • 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
Cons
  • None

Callaway SuperSoft Multi-color Pack

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.

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

Conclusion

The Volvik Vivids definitely take the cake for the best visibility and funkiest color availability as well as performance. But overall, disregarding the color aspect, the best overall ball would definitely be the Chrome Soft.

Best Golf Balls for Mid Handicappers in 2020

Looking for a ball to take you to the next level?
Maybe some extra feel around the greens?
A bit more distance off the tee?

You're in the right place.

I've played with a lot of different golf balls because I got tired of spending money on expensive Pro V1's and thought there must be more to life than just Titleist.

I stopped being a golf ball snob and I've hit almost every golf ball out there. There are so many options and most of them will suit you when you're in search of the best golf ball for a mid handicapper.

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.

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.


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. Top Flite Gamer Urethane (urethane budget ball)
  4. Srixon Q-Star (best for green side spin)
  5. Callaway SuperSoft (best for super soft feel)
  6. Bridgestone E6 Soft (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)


Titleist Tour Soft

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 out 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, one can't help but wonder if they are worth the extra change.

Pros
  • 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
Cons
  • 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.

Pros
  • 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
Cons
  • 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. 

Callawa​y'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. 

Pros
  • Very soft feel from the Trionomer cover
  • Low compression for longer drives and spinnier chips
  • Well-priced indeed
Cons
  • 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 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.

Pros
Cons
  • A bit of run on the chips but I like bump and run so not a big deal

Bridgestone E6 Soft

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. 

Pros
  • Longer and straighter woods and iron shots
  • Prioritized for distance and direction
  • Best golf ball for average weekend golf - no frills
Cons
  • 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.

Pros
  • Urethane cover gives the feel of a Tour ball
  • Excellent spin on approaches and chip shots
  • Price to performance ratio is unparalleled.
Cons
  • 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.

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

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.

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!

Other premium golf balls for mid handicappers

Best Putters for High Handicappers

A lot of guides lump high handicappers and beginners into the same group for putting but I know there's a big difference.

As a high handicapper, you've played more golf than new players and have significantly more experience on the greens. I trust that you know a bit more about your preferences so I made this guide especially for you.

I know in my heart of hearts that with the right putter that gets you aligned easily, has the right balance and gives great feedback to your hands, you will make more putts and be more confident on the greens.

You'll drop that old junky putter you've got like first period math. Your handicap will plummet as well, let's not forget that.

The rattle of a putt dropping, how sweet a sound!

The quickest way to slash strokes off your handicap

You know, people have always told me a new club won't make miracles. But what I've personally found, and you might be the same, is once I lose confidence with a club, I just can't play with it anymore. And it can happen poof just like that. One bad round after using a club for two years and it's like my putter and I are divorced. Sometimes the driver too!

And you know what? I replace those clubs immediately and boom, I can play again (for another year or two). Perhaps I'm strange but I'm sure you, as a sportsman, at some point have experienced something similar. 

So to help you have more fun and get confident on the greens, I've found you some putters and combining them with a bit of practice on the greens, you can easily shave off 3 or 4 shots a round by avoiding the three-putt but also by making more short putts! 

Also check out my guide on step by step putting to jam more putts in the back of the jar.

What putter design is best for high handicappers?

Truth be told, whichever you prefer! This is a KEY CONCEPT: You must LOVE looking down at all your clubs, especially the putter. That is 80% of the battle won. Tiger Woods works on looks alone, and then only tests the clubs he likes the look of first. 

There is no right or wrong answer here. The best putters for high handicappers and any golfer are whatever you want them to be. Once you get a feeling and positive vibe about a putter, you will generally play nicely with it. I like smaller rounded mallet putters and I love classic blade putters with very little offset.

Go with your gut.

I've included multiple shapes in the products below. I genuinely believe they are the most beneficial to a high handicap golfer I play golf with multiple high handicappers and all these putters are ones that my friends game.

How to be a better putter

Are you spending the majority of your time on the range? Are you reading all the golf magazine instruction sections looking for that thing to take you closer to mid handicap heaven? I know I did, but nothing got me quick wins like learning to putt.

While I believe
a great driver you can hit straight and consistently is the biggest asset you can havethe quickest win after that will be from being able to two-putt every single green.

Think about it. Let's say you hit the driver well and get around or on the green in 2 or 3 shots on most holes. Three putting can happen up to 5 or 6 times a round and when it does it destroys your score. Imagine if you could just two putt every green you hit and make all those 5 foot putts you leave yourself after chipping!

Two hours per week is all it takes

Step 1

Take your putter and 5 - 10 balls. Putt from one hole on the green to another hole on the green 20 to 30 feet away. Putt them until every single one is within 3 feet of the hole every time. When they are, move onto step 2...

Step 2

Take the 5 to 10 balls and scatter them in a 3 foot circle around a hole. Putt from 3 feet until you can hole all of the balls. Then do it again at another hole until you can make all the 3 footers. Once you can do that, go home. Do not leave until you sink every ball without missing. 

Next time, move the circle to 4 feet and 5 feet eventually. You'll become a machine! Scroll to the bottom of this page for the best putting tutorial ever made. Yes, I made it and it shows you how to teach yourself how to putt.

Best Putters for High Handicappers

  1. Odyssey  2-Ball Triple Track Putter (easiest putter to align)
  2. Cleveland Huntington Beach Putters (best steel faced putter)
  3. Wilson Infinite West Loop  (best sleeper pick you never thought about)
  4. Odyssey White Hot Pro 2.0 Rossie (best value for money putter)
  5. Taylormade Spider Putter  (best blade putter for perfect alignment)
  6. Ping Sigma 2 Fetch Platinum (easiest to start on line)

Best Putters for High Handicappers 


The two-ball putter has been around for 20 years. Nothing has changed with the design of the alignment and that's because it works. They tried the three-ball but that was overkill. 

Odyssey are always making more durable, more responsive inserts into the face of the putter. The insert produces less bouncing and skipping after the contact on the greens. It lasts an eternity whereas their previous inserts used to wear out after a lot of use.

The contrast between the black and white two balls is what makes this putter so easy to align. Pick your line, aline the putter to it and go. But they went one step further and have now printed red and blue tracks to make it even easier. This is not just a gimmick. People have been drawing these lines on themselves. BIG MISTAKE! 

Taking into account the angle of the back of the putter, and the center line on the back vs the front, everyone screws it up when they draw it themselves. Callaway and Odyssey did it for us now, so you can trust that it's actually straight.

My brother in law is a 22 handicapper and after i gave him one of the older models of this putter, he instantly threw his old blade away. He loved that blade by the way. But this one is just so easy to align and get a decent roll, especially on slower greens. 

I find the rear of the putter doesn't feel like it sits flat on the ground which is what has stopped me buying one of these putters. It's purely a feel thing, but remember, go with what YOUR eye likes. 

Pros
  • Solid contact with plenty of weight behind the ball
  • One of the easiest putters in the world to align
  • Excellent insert for soft, consistent feel to aid in finesse of putting
  • Excellent for slow or fast greens
  • No need to draw alignment lines on the putter and screw it up anymore
Cons
  • Will not work miracles, - you'll need to practice aligning those eyes, face and mind for it to help
  • At address, it can feel like the back alignment aid is way above the ground

Cleveland Huntington Beach Range

Top quality putters at budget friendly prices

This is Cleveland's best range of putters so far. I personally own THREE, yes 3 putters from this range. They are all unique yet have common features. They're all very high quality, well weighted and have milled steel faces. 

Milled steel faces mean the ball comes off steel of the Cleveland with a totally different feel to an insert putter. Inserts make for a very soft feel as if you're hitting something with a marshmallow or pool noodle. Okay it's not that extreme but it gets the point across, because when you hit it with a steel putter, you notice a much firmer 'hit'. This is all about your preference in terms of "feel".

This is preference you should work out for yourself by hitting a few with inserts and a few with steel or metal faces from your friends' bags or in the shop. I prefer the milled face on the Clevelands because it feels like I have more consistent roll on the ball. The insert can sometimes disguise poor strikes. 

The Huntington putters come in a wide range of head shapes. You get mallets, fang-style, blade and there are also center shafted models. My top tip for picking a putter is to go with what you like the look of. That's 80% of the battle won and it's very easy to find one model in the Huntington Beach range to suit your eye,  I am sure. 

Pros
  • Consistent roll with milled steel face
  • Excellent standard fit grip quality
  • Wide range of styles to suit your eye
  • Crisp sound at contact
  • Heavy mallet and larger head styles for slower greens
Cons
  • The traditional style (blade putters) can be a bit light with not enough OOMPH from the sweet spot

Wilson Infinite West Loop

Budget manufacturer produces a beast

Point and shoot stress free putting

The gooseneck shaft on this putter and long extended back and square shape makes it a close contender against the Odyssey Stroke Lab putters, looks-wise. But it also performs well with a solid weight and face that allow for pure strikes and even rolls of the ball.

In fact, it was in my top 3 putters when purchasing a new one recently. I went with a Cleveland myself, but Wilson was a close runner-up. I was as surprised as you may be. 

For this price, there is not much wrong with this putter. The alignment aids on the back contrast white against black. This contrast is what makes alignment easier in any golf club. The look and feel of this putter is not budget at all.

The black finish is very high end and the steel milled face performs as well as many mid-range putters out there for $200 more expensive. You can be sure with this putter, you will not be disappointed. 

Pros
  • Very good for players who hit it toward the toe
  • The ball goes straight and in some cases reduce shot shapes to baby fades and draws
  • High-launching and glides through the turf
  • Crisp sound at contact
  • Lofts of the clubs printed on the bottom so you can buy the right wedges and hybrids!
Cons
  • None at this price point

My best golfing buddy, Didi uses this putter and I've seen countless  high handicappers dropping their scores into the mid handicap range using the White Hot Pro 2.0 Rossie.

It's a mallet but it's very compact with alignment aids on the back - three lines on the top line and 2 lines on the back, giving two different alignmnt aids for added accuracy. 

But the most attractive part of this putter is the insert. They make newer ones which don't wear out as much but these older ones are the ones the professionals go to the Tour van for. They actually take their modern putter from Odyssey and tell them to replace the new insert with these old white inserts. 

Of course, the pro's practice all day so the insert wears out in the sweet spot for them. They have to replace them alot. But that tells you about the quality of the insert and for such a low price, this is top bang for buck. There are a few head shapes in this model and is a great introduction to high-end manufacturer putters.

Pros
  • Old school Odyssey insert the pro's still love
  • Fraction of the price of newer models but works the same
  • High quality grip that will last ages
  • Putting from off the green and longer putts are easy with soft feel
Cons
  • Old model
  • Didi's has a lot of paint missing!

The Spider has become one of the most successful putters on tour and most popular at the local club too. It's easy to align, very stable on the stroke and helps get the ball started with a gentle stroke instead of a slap like with a blade style putter.

If you tend to push the ball to the right, this is a great putter. This putter also has an insert with some lines recessed into it for a more even roll that is consistent and stops the ball back spinning and skidding. It's an incredibly stale putter and will produce the same roll time and time again if your stroke complies with you.

You can always go for the latest update to this model with the mini, but if you're looking for a great, classic, guaranteed to function putter, this is a no brainer instead of dishing out double the dosh for similar results. 

Pros
  • One of the most winningest putters on Tour in recent years
  • Easy to align with the extended back
  • Insert prevents skipping and skimming action on the ball
  • Balance of the putter is excellent 
Cons
  • Paint will start scratching off
  • Can be a bit heavy for some if you've never tried a mallet style putter
  • If you have an arched stroke, it can be prone to pulls

I first encountered this putter playing with a high handicapper subscriber from my Youtube channel. I gave him some short game assistance after the round, and got to try his Ping 2 Sigma Platinum Fetch. I know PING make amazing putters, but this one was far and away the best one I have tried in recent years.

It does have a face insert that has a texture on the surface similar to a milled steel putter. The feel off this insert is less marshmallow, more soft steel feel.

The head does not feel as heavy as most of the mallet putters out there and the big hole in the middle acts as an alignment aid. But what sets it apart from other putters with round/ball shaped alignment aids, is that the other models all have steel where the round alignment aid is.

Because the PING has just a hole, it allows the weight to be distributed elsewhere and it makes for a freer, easier swing of the putter, with less of a "Thor's Hammer" blow on the ball. A lot of weighty mallet putters can be hard to control for distance on faster greens but the PING Fetch acts with the feel of a blade.

The sound is far softer and the feel is much improved over other mallet models in this category. Bonus feature: The hole in the middle is perfect for placing over the ball and picking up like a boss.

Pros
  • Adjustable length
  • Softer feel and sound to most mallets on the market
  • Easy alignment with the circle in the middle contrasting with the clubface
  • Consistent roll of the ball thanks to state of the art insert
  • Pick the ball up in style with the hole in the putter
Cons
  • VERY large head

My one hour putting tutorial with 100k views

This video was as comprehensive as I could get to show everyone how to TEACH THEMSELVES to putt better. There is no magic formula, but there are some things you can experiment with yourself to get the feeling of what a good putt feels like. 

You can use the drills in the video to learn feel, roll and holding the ball on a line. I promise, it's worth your time.

Conclusion

Odyssey continues to dominate in the putter realm and without any hesitation, you can't go wrong with the Rossie 2.0 if you're on a budget and if you want to splurge, there are tons of brands out there like Odyssey, Scotty Cameron and EVNROLL. 

The abovementioned putters are the ones that got me excited because they present top quality putting without destroying your bank account. You will find you can use these putters for a very very long time, but if you want to, you can upgrade into the future.  

Best Putters for Beginners

Operation: No more three-putts!

Yes putting is hard work and it's not too much fun to get good at. But if you want to shave a handful of strokes off your score within weeks, eliminating three-putts is the simplest and easiest way.

Practicing only an hour a week can easily knock 4 or 5 strokes off your score within a month. I know it can, because I did it.

Dave Pelz (the short game guru) tells us that amateurs take 8 more strokes than a pro per round on the greens as well as about 4 three-putts per round. Let that sink in. Four unnecessary shots you can eliminate right now with a bit of practice and of course, a decent putter.

My brother in law Brian with his Odyssey 2-Ball (no more three putts)!

It's easy to see how important putting is to lowering your score and handicap - just check out my bro-in-law's round of 98 here. He uses an Odyssey 2ball putter I bought him. By just two-putting every green, you can knock off a minimum 4 shots!

Driving ranges are everywhere, but using practice greens requires less energy and you get practice that translates directly to results on the course. Ranges also don't take into account trees, water hazards, rough and fairways whereas practice greens look and feel exactly like the golf course greens. So here's a tutorial for you to use with your new putter.

In this guide, I present you the best putters for beginners and I hope it helps you get results for less money.

Best Putter: Cleveland Huntington Beach Putters

The Huntington Beach range is just simply stellar for the price. I own 3 of them in the same range ad have become addicted to buying them - they're just THAT attractive when i pick them up. Pick one that suits your eye because whatever suits your eye is already 80% the club you're gonna select.

What putter should you avoid totally?

Please avoid this club if you're looking for a decent putter to improve your game.

This is a great putter for mini-golf, offices and beating up home invaders. 
It's not however a suitable putter for beginners on the golf course.

There are numerous sites advocating for it but I don't care what the
reviews say and I don't care if it's a top seller. This club won't help you improve your golf one iota. I won't allow any future beginner golfing buddies to be taken advantage of.

It's basically a lump of metal that's been stuck onto a stick and marketed
as a "two-way putter". AVOID

How to be a better putter with almost no practice


While I believe 
a great driver you can hit straight and consistently is the biggest asset you can have, the quickest win thereafter will be from being able to two-putt every single green.

Think about it. Let's say you hit the driver well and get around or on the green in 2 or 3 shots. Then if you three-putt 4 or 5 times on the green per round as well as once or twice from around the green BUT then you learn to two-putt from wherever, you're going to save between 5 and 6 shots a round!

Two hours per week is all it takes

Step 1

Take your putter and 5 - 10 balls. Putt from one hole on the green to another hole on the green 20 to 30 feet away. Putt them until every single one is within 2 feet every time. When you can do that every putt, move onto step 2...

Step 2

Take the 5 to 10 balls and scatter them in a circle around a hole, 3 feet from the hole. Putt from 3 feet until you can hole all of the balls. Then do it again at another hole until you can make all the 3 footers. Once you can do that, go home. Do not leave until you sink every ball without missing around five different holes.


The Best Putters for Beginners

  1. Odyssey Hot Pro 2.0 putters (best putter dollar for dollar)
  2. Cleveland Huntington Beach putters (best budget friendly modern putter for beginners)
  3. Odyssey Two Ball Triple Track putter  (best top end putter for alignment)
  4. Wilson Infinite Putters (Sleeper pick)
  5. Ping Sigma 2 Anser (best quality blade putter)

Choose the one that suits your eye

Without a doubt, the Odyssey White Hot putter insert is simply the best on the market. Odyssey is #1 on Tour and #1 in golf. There are pretenders to the crown but the true king of putter face inserts is Jon Snow...I mean Odyssey.

Whether you like the blade, the mallet or the oversized heads, each model in this range gives you the same White Hot insert and trusted Odyssey putting technology. And with that you get consistent lag distance control, soft feeling club face and superb alignment on the rear of the club.

The consistency of the strike with Odyssey putters is only matched by other large brands that cost you three or four times the price. I've used every Odyssey iteration since this line and can safely say for this price, I'd use this putter if I were a new golfer.

What about the latest models? 
The models featured here are a couple years older than the brand new O-Works putters that have been released by Odyssey. The O-Works do cost a lot of money though. And the most ironic part? The professionals take their modern Odyssey sponsored putters into the Tour van, to INSERT THE WHITE HOT INSERTS that are in these putters I am featuring here! They prefer these to the modern ones!

But with the price and performance in mind, the White Hot Pro 2.0 range are simply the best putters for beginners all the way through to low handicappers. 

Pros
  • The best inserts Odyssey have ever made 
  • Incredibly easy to align with the alignment aids
  • Many lengths from 33 to 35 inches
  • Didi uses the Rossie and plays off an 8 handicap on my channel, so never fear!
  • Really softens the feel of a harder ball on the putter face
Cons
  • Not much besides that they're old models

Myriad styles with top quality milled steel faces

Cleveland have made a superb set of putters in this range. I personally own THREE, yes 3 putters from this range. They are all unique yet have common features. They're all very high quality, well weighted and have milled steel faces.

In contrast to the Odyssey putters above with the insert, the ball comes off the steel face of the Cleveland with. totally different feel. Inserts make for a very soft feel like you're hitting something with a marshmallow or pool noodle. Okay it's not that extreme but it gets the point across, because when you hit it with a steel putter, you notice a much firmer 'hit'.

This is preference you should work out for yourself by hitting a few with inserts and a few with steel or metal faces. I prefer the milled face on the Clevelands because it feels like I have more consistent roll on the ball. The insert can sometimes disguise poor strikes. 

The Huntington putters come in a wide range of head shapes. You get mallets, fang-style, blade and there are also center shafted models. My top tip for picking a putter is to go with what you like the look of. That's 80% of the battle won and it's very easy to find one model in the Huntington Beach range to suit your eye,  I am sure. 

Pros
  • Consistent roll with milled steel face
  • Excellent standard fit grip quality
  • Wide range of styles to suit your eye
  • Crisp sound at contact
  • Heavy mallet and larger head styles for slower greens
Cons
  • The traditional style (blade putters) can be a bit light with not enough OOMPH from the sweet spot

Easiest to align 

With putting, we often find the most difficult part is starting the ball on the right line. Now, it's not that difficult to do, but what is difficult is to know when we adjust the putter face just before we hit the ball.

With an extended back, the two-ball, triple track alignment system is perfect to keep everything going where you want it. This is a great putter for those who struggle with aligning their eyes, the putter face and their mind to their target. 

Pros
  • Solid contact with plenty of weight behind the ball
  • One of the easiest putters in the world to align
  • Excellent insert for soft, consistent feel to aid in finesse of putting
  • Excellent for slow or fast greens
  • No need to draw alignment lines on the putter and screw it up anymore
Cons
  • Will not work miracles, - you'll need to practice aligning those eyes, face and mind for it to help
  • At address, it can feel like the back alignment aid is way above the ground

This was a surprise club because you don't expect much when it comes to Wilson for putters. Their drivers and irons of late have been great but with the price on the putter being so much lower than everyone else, I expected less than nothing.

But then I putted with it and when I bought a new putter, it was in the top three options. By top three, I don't mean they only had three putters in the store. I preferred this over Taylormades, Scotty Camerons, Pings, Odysseys. The weighting is very nice and the stroke on the ball is as good as an Odyssey or Cleveland putter.

I cannot fault this putter at all for this price.

Pros
  • Excellent black coloring for alignment on the greens
  • Weight and feel while swinging feels much higher-end
  • Multiple club head shapes and sizes
  • Balance of the putter is excellent 
Cons
  • None at this price range

PING is and has been the most famous name in putters. Their blade putters have always been sensational in feel and consistency. If you're a blade putter fan, literally anything in the PING range will suit you.

Keep in mind though that this style of putter is best suited to players who have a slight arc in their stroke. It's quite difficult to stroke these blades straight back and through, which is easier to do with mallet style putters, especially center shafted ones. 

They have expanded into all sorts of shapes and sizes and they are all in fact exception. The balance, the craftsmanship and the feel of the PING blade is much like Mizuno in irons. Nothing feels like a Mizuno they say. That's similar to a PING blade putter. 

A PING putter is not merely something to plug the hole. If you invest in one of these for your game, you won't replace. A putter is a very personal thing and once you find the one that suits you, hold onto it. Once people try PING putters, they very very rarely move onto another brand. Choose wisely.

Pros
  • PING craftsmanship is second to none
  • Distance control and consistent roll via the new insert
  • Adjustable length shafts
  • Excellent for slightly arced putting strokes
Cons
  • Quite heavy for a blade - depends on your preference

What length of putters are available?

Standard length putters

Most standard length putters are 33" to 36" in length and those lengths fit most golfers in good putting posture.


No reason for this picture, not the ideal posture for us boys... but those legs!

What length is right for me?

The PGA suggest "What you want to do is get into a correct address position. When you tilt from your hips, you want your eyes over the ball, hands under your shoulders, elbows bent but touching your rib cage, and hips over your heels. The putter needs to fit this set-up. If you grip a "standard" length putter and find you're gripping down the shaft, you will need a shorter putter. If you grip beyond the end of the putter, you will need a longer putter. Now with the correct length putter in your hands, the shaft would be in line with your forearms. I have found that most golfers play with too long of a putter."


Broom and belly putters

Up until recently you could use a putter that was much longer than standard length and anchor it on your body for more stability. The two designs were broom handle and belly putters and while they're still permitted, you're not allowed to let them touch anything other than your arms and hands. I don't recommend these putters for beginners.

Looks like Phil used it as a weight-loss tactic

Tall Adam Scott always finds a way to look down on people

The broom handle was normally anchored to your chest with one hand and swung with the other hand and the belly putter was stuck into your abdomen with both hands on the grip swinging the putter like normal. 

​Under rule 14-b enforced in 2016, all anchoring of putters to your body was banned. Pros who relied on this method of putting lost their advantage while celebrating the New Year as midnight struck on 1 January 2016. 


What design of putters are available?


The traditional Anser design

This is the most traditional putter. A classic. Ping are the most famous for this putter with their Ping Anser model first introduced in 1966 by Karsten Solheim. All manufacturers now produce at least one model in this style.

One of the original Ansers

The general concept is a very square club head with an offset similar to beginner irons that ensure your hands are ahead of the ball throughout the stroke.

A modern Anser

Generally these have always been considered the best putters for beginners. But nowadays people have become aware of the advantages of mallets and are embracing them whole-heartedly with lots of success.


The mallet

Modern mallet putters

The mallet putter is a relatively modern creation that makes it easier to align your putts. The extended piece behind the club face helps to line your putt up with your eyes over the ball thanks to long lines and contrasting colors used by the manufacturers.

Mallets are also well-known for producing decent distances on mishit putts due to the additional weight behind more of the club face. A traditional Answer style putter lacks that property.

Mallets are fantastic for getting the ball rolling because of the additional weight. Combined with an offset shaft to keep your hands ahead of the ball, this is a lethal combination for beginners.


The NASA Space Craft

There are some weird and wonderful putters out there.

Some guys like to have a show stopper on the practice greens to make heads turn. And in fact some the majority of the putters are actually very good and are used by the Tour players. It does remind me of Formula 1 car racing though.

Yeah, Mercedes has a fancy carbon fiber car that goes 400 mph but they're not selling them - it's all hype. They're focused more on the businessman who wants a C class. That's kind of like these putters we see the pros using that look like they're from outer space.


Most Forgiving Irons in Golf 2020

'A bad workman blames his tools'. We've all heard that one when we look to upgrade any of  our equipment in life. I always like to tell the naysayers 'a master craftsman knows when they need replacing'. 

Now you might not be a master craftsman just yet, but maybe you're upgrading from a set that doesn't suit you or a used set your buddy gave you from his dad's garage.

Maybe you're looking for something a little more forgiving to get that confidence back up, hitting some greens! 

Whatever your situation, it's an exciting adventure and finding that set of irons that gives you an extra club in distance or the confidence to have a good whack at the ball is so rewarding. If you're looking for the most forgiving irons, keep reading below.

I love an iron off the tee

When should you buy new clubs?

Getting a new set of clubs is one of the more expensive investments you can make in yourself as a golfer. It's not like a driver that you might change in a coupe years. Most of us keep irons for a long time. So it's important to take the decision seriously.

The clubs nowadays have been designed to make golf easier and more fun without any stress while standing over the ball. Get a new set of clubs when you feel your clubs are holding you back. The difference will be amazing when you hit that ball and think you've hit it badly but it still gets to the green!

If you're a beginner golfer, another option is to investigate getting a complete set of golf clubs. 

What makes the most forgiving irons?

The most forgiving irons:

  • Contain ​5 iron through to pitching wedge and maybe sand wedge
  • Have an offset hosel
  • Are cavity backed
  • Have perimeter weighting

The basic idea is to find the easiest clubs to hit and cavity backs are the right choice.

Where are the 3 and 4 irons? These are incredibly difficult to hit and I've found some fairway woods and hybrids to replace them to make your set the most forgiving irons possible.


Most Forgiving Irons on the Market in 2019

  1. Taylormade M4 irons (best for all players over 12 handicap)
  2. Taylormade M6 irons (best high end set)
  3. Cleveland Launcher HB irons (most forgiving iron-hybrids ever)
  4. Callaway Mavrik irons (max game improvement irons that look like pro clubs)
  5. Cleveland Launcher CBX irons (sleek design with ultra forgiveness)
  6. Wilson Staff D7 irons (best for slow swing to get the ball higher)
  7. Cobra F8 irons (best for the technology and one-length option)
  8. Mizuno JPX 919 Hot Metal (nothing feels like a Mizuno)

Taylormade M4 Irons

Easy to hit for any level of golfer

Taylormade have gone the extra mile with the M4 Super Game Improvement irons. They’ve created a RIBCOR behind the face to make the face flex and give you more distance anywhere you hit it on the face. The RIBCOR puts more weight around the edges of the club to improve acoustics and correct your off-center hits.

The sweet spot is so wide; it extends almost the entire groove area so when you mishit the ball it still goes a long way and straight as an arrow..

Taylormade's M4 set has been specially designed to increase the height of your shots. The short irons get up quickly and mid irons are so forgiving, you'll think they're wedges. With that increase in height, the ball comes down soft to stay on the green and give you more birdie and par putts.

High flying and easy to hit even when you're not trying

Balls launch high when you hit them and the wide soles help to get under the ball especially in deep rough to get your golf ball moving toward the green and out of the weeds. The heavy perimeter weighting means you can swing it and trust the club to do the work for you. There's no stress wondering what's going to happen next.

Taylormade has designed the M4 iron set with forgiveness in mind. They're extremely accurate irons and with the offset hosel, cavity back design, they tick all our boxes. I recommend the 5 iron to PW or the 4 iron to PW set as one of the most forgiving irons today.

Pros
  • Massive sweet spot for to hit it pure every time
  • Easy to hit the ball high in the air
  • Mishits go an abnormally long way
  • Bargain as they are 2 or 3 models old!
Cons
  • Looks very busy and less classic
  • The shiny appearance of the bottom of the clubs dull very quickly

Taylormade M6 Irons

Long missile launchers

The new M6 iron set from Taylormade have a large sweet spot and very forgiving on both toe and heel mishits make these clubs a mid- and low-handicappers dream. The extra forgiveness away from the sweet spot is from the slots cut out in the sole of the club.

The face is connected to rest of the club by the top line so that it actually performs similar to a fairway wood face. With a floating face, that means bigger rebound and more distance.

At address, the clubs look very strong and feedback from each shot is consistent with the clubs having a crisp reverberation at impact. For game improvement irons, they have a good degree of workability and so are even a good choice for players of mid to mid-low handicap players.

These are great clubs to pair with one of the Taylormade hybrids to complete the set. Add a forgiving fairway wood to that and you'll have a set you can use for a long time.

The M6s are a real go-to club for both good players and those looking to drastically improve their wayward approach game due to inconsistency with distance and direction.

Honestly though, if you went for the previous models, the Taylormade M4's, would you be missing much? Probably not.

Pros
  • Very workable for game improvement clubs
  • Excellent sound and better looking than the M4
  • Face connects to the body only at the leading edge makes it act like a fairway wood face
  • Minimal effort to launch the ball long and high
Cons
  • Pricey
  • They removed the speed slots from the M4 
  • Quite bulky looking

Cleveland Launcher HB Irons

Most forgiving irons set on the list

The HB (Hi Bore) irons are the new Super Game Improvement clubs from Cleveland designed to help you hit more consistent shots with ease. We're talking straight to the target and way up in the air. They're almost impossible to mishit.

It's not the first time Cleveland have produced these weird looking clubs. The older Cleveland Altitudes won over a lot of golfers with their extreme forgiveness and consistent ball flight. This style of progressive hybrid and iron combination set's really easy to hit and the only thing stopping most golfers from switching over to them is ego. A lot of golfers want to look like the pros with standard looking irons in their bag. 

But if you're struggling to get the ball to fly decent distances with standard irons, these clubs could revolutionize your entire golf experience.

Full set progression

It's like legal cheating

The set starts with a 4 iron shaped exactly like a hybrid and as the set progresses toward pitching wedge, the hybrid back of the club gets smaller until you can't see it on the pitching wedge. The thick sole created by the hybrid design of the irons makes them easy to hit out of any lie. It just can't be stated enough how easy they are to hit.

Cleveland have colored the hybrid back of the irons black to calm down the appearance to give it a more streamlined look because it can be distracting if you're used to standard irons. 

Do yourself a favor and try these clubs. You might find they're the most forgiving irons you've ever hit.

Pros
  • Unbelievably easy to hit consistently well
  • High spin numbers even with the hybrid back
  • Flat face, not rounded like most hybrids for a more iron-like look 
  • Wide sole for easy movement through turf
  • Much easier to hit mid and long irons
Cons
  • Hybrid look on each club can be a turn-off for some
  • Adjustment period to get used to the new design
  • No sand wedge included

Callaway Mavrik irons

Extreme forgiveness and distance in a very SLEEK package

While the Cleveland Hi Bore irons in this guide might scare you because of the beginner-ish looks, Callaway took your exact worries and created the Callaway Mavrik irons These clubs look good, like old-school-Ping-iron good. They don't look like Max Game Improvement irons at all but they are.

We all need somebody to lean on

We all need help with hitting a golf ball and these fit the bill. If you need some help getting it in the air and keeping it there, the Mavrik irons have been designed to solve that problem. They've made the faces thinner around the edges with thicker areas near the sweet spot to maximise center strikes and rectify the off center hits. 

Callaway have put a Tungsten Energy Core in the cavity back to create a more desirable high launch. With stronger lofts on the irons, they need to raise the center of gravity to get that ball flying higher. Be warned that you may see an increase in distance, but ti may just be down to stronger lofts, like with most modern irons.

In the bag, you won't notice the huge cavity back and extra wide sole which makes your golf bag look more like a pro's and less like a handicap golfer. When swinging the club, you'll notice the extra weight in the sole gets more weight under and behind the ball for superior shots that fly high and far, landing softly at your target.

Well struck shots sound pure to the ears and feedback from the clubface is sufficient to tell you when you've hit it flush and when you've mishit it. The best part for you is the mishit isn't going to be 30 yards short of a well struck shot. These clubs are forgiving, and give you maximum distance for your efforts.

Pros
  • Power club designed for distance 
  • Wide sole to get it airborne quickly
  • Consistent and forgiving, delivering good shots even on mishits
  • Super Game Improvement irons that look like standard low handicapper clubs
Cons
  • Heads are quite big
  • Chrome heads scratch up quickly so the 'new look' soon fades

Wilson Staff D7 Irons

Lots of boom boom for the slower swingers who hit it too low

A lot of golfers might scoff at the idea of playing Wilson irons, but these are top notch quality golf clubs. 

The D in the name means Distance so expect the focal point of this club to be power and not finesse. The heads are nicely weighted so you can really feel the club head throughout the swing. This is an important feature of a club, to feel where the club head is through the swing.

They offer great feel when you make contact with the ball with excellent control and forgiveness so you know the ball is going in the direction you intend. Picking the right ball to pair with these clubs will improve your game tremendously if you're a 13+ handicapper.

It's easy to be convinced by all the marketing of the big brands but there are some value sleeper sets out there and this one made the list because the clubs are quality and can give most of these clubs in this category a run for the money.

Pros
  • Best bang for buck in the game improvement category
  • Deep cavity back for major forgiveness on off-center hits
  • Stronger lofts with a high launch so you get more distance in every iron
  • High quality club faces and have the looks of sets twice the price
Cons
  • Be sure to get the GW because the difference in loft between PW and SW is 12°
  • Low spin so may not stop so quickly
  • You can see the back of the club behind the top line

Cleveland Launcher CBX Irons

King of forgiveness back with a sleek beautiful set

From an aesthetics point of view, I believe these Launcher CBX irons are the most beautiful in the category. They also added a nice touch of putting the lofts of your clubs on the sole. I like that. The lofts are stronger than most sets so you'll see an increase in distance.

The stock shaft in the club is very light and allows you to generate quite a bit of clubhead speed which of course means more distance. Couple that with the fat top line of the club and it's like you're swinging Thor's hammer onto the ball. 

Longer irons in the set are setup with a dual shaped cavity back and strong looking top line meaning the focal point here is distance and power with less waywardness. The short clubs (8 iron and down) are designed for more precision and spin than 7 iron up. 

By including a cavity near the hosel of the club, Cleveland have moved the sweet spot more toward the center and toe of the club. As a toe-y ball striker, I like this feature.

Overall, a beautiful looking club with a strong top line and sweet spot to give you forgiveness and make it easier to hit the sweet spot. A milled face with precision grooves mean you get the benefits of a game improvement iron without the loss of back spin usually associated with that.

Pros
  • Improved spin on game improvement irons with milled face
  • Really helps players who strike it nearer the toe
  • Precision grooves and milled face increase workability
  • Promotes a draw 
  • Lofts are strong so you might find increase in distance
Cons
  • Matte finish on the clubs will scratch off
  • Naturally not very workable

Cobra F8 Irons

Top quality shot-tracking system and one-length irons simplify everything

The King of edgy yet forgiving and playable clubs, Cobra continue aiming their offerings at the mid handicappers and higher  handicappers. I didn't include the F9 Speedbacks in the list because they are good, but not much better than the F8 set. Save your cash and go for the F8 instead.

The new distinctive shape stretches the low heel and toe area wider for a lower center of gravity to give you that extra forgiveness getting that ball airborne of the fairways.

The grooves start off as a V shape in the long irons and that helps reduce the spin to get you more distance and roll while the shorter irons have a u shape groove to increase spin to give you more stopping power,.

The reason they need to do this is because the club is just that forgiving that it may seem difficult to stop the ball in time with the stronger lofts and higher launch properties of the modern iron. 

Cobra Connect in the grips tracks your shot distances and your game using the Arccos system which is fantastic for your analysis. You will need to pay extra for that.

The other great part of these clubs is they come in the ONE LENGTH variety which means every club is the length of a 7 iron. How simple is that? You stand the same distance from the ball on each shot just the lofts change in your set! I suggest the one length set for handicaps under 12 though.

Pros
  • This club is built purely for distance and it goes long
  • Available in one length
  • COBRA CONNECT technology allows you to track your stats with each club by using the technology in the top of the grip
  • Designed for 5 to 25 handicappers
Cons
  • One length is for more advanced players
  • $100 per iron if you want the Arccos sensor put in

Mizuno JPX 919 Hot Metal

You can NEVER go wrong with a set of Mizunos

Mizuno are definitely more famous for their forged irons. You'll love the JPX919 Forged if you are looking for a forged set. This is a cast set but is an improvement on their previous MOST POPULAR EVER set, the JPX900.

The 919 Hot Metal looks so much more classy.


Guide to what makes the most forgiving irons 


How forgiving irons can improve your enjoyment

When you hit more greens and hit straighter shots with confidence, you're gonna enjoy golf. When you know where the ball is gonna go, you'll love golf. A set of forgiving irons designed for your skill level can get you there.

To do this, golf clubs need to:

  1. Get the ball into the air nice and high with little effort
  2. Land softly on the greens
  3. Be very forgiving particularly on mishit shots

Like with drivers and fairway woods, iron sets need to be very forgiving. It’s very common to miss the sweet spot quite often. Forgiving irons are designed with huge sweet spots so even your mishits find the sweet spot! You still end up around the green on a mishit, instead of in the deep stuff or 40 yards short.

Buying a set of irons is a big investment but the improvement in your game with a set of Max or Super Game Improvement irons will be dramatic. While your swing naturally develops, the game improvement irons you use will enhance your results by giving you extreme confidence regardless of how you’re swinging.


What makes a set of irons forgiving?

Two things: shafts and club head design create the most forgiving irons.

Shafts

There are two types of shaft in irons – steel and graphite. Graphite is very popular in drivers and hybrids. For irons, the extra weight offered by steel gives golfers a better “feel” than graphite.

Graphite can help with distance and should be looked at if your swing speed is very low. The reduced weight of the shaft can help you pick up a few more mph in swing speed and with that, more distance.

As a general rule, steel shafts are the best option for the vast majority of golfers and a Regular flex is going to be the best for most golfers based on swing speeds. 

Tips for shaft flex based on 6 iron swing speed and carry distance
  • X Flex  - 6 iron swing speed 90 mph and carry 175 yards
  • Stiff (S) Flex - 6 iron swing 80-90 mph and carry 155 - 175 yards
  • Regular  (R) Flex - 70-80 mph and 130 - 155 yards
  • A Flex - 60-70 mph and 100 - 130 yards
  • L Flex - Less than 60 mph and carry under 100 yards

It's always best to go get tested and get advice from a fitter or a local pro to truly maximize your purchase to your requirements.

Club Head Design

There are 2 club head designs: 

Muscleback vs cavity back

    • Muscle Back/Blade irons - used almost exclusively by low single digit handicappers and professionals
    • Cavity Back irons - this is what we are looking for and the most forgiving irons ever have all been cavity back. 

    How cavity back gives extra forgiveness over muscle backs

    Perimeter Weighting

    Cavity back irons usually have perimeter weighting, which is just a jargon term to mean they hollow out the back of a muscle back iron and put that spare metal around the border of the back of the club.

    Jargon explained

    The perimeter weighting thus adds more weight behind the ball on off-centre strikes.

    A muscle back iron the pros use has the majority of its weight mainly behind the TINY sweet spot. If you miss the sweet spot on a muscleback, the pain that shoots up the club into your fingers is stunning!

    The cavity back iron with perimeter weighting has a massive sweet spot for forgiveness.

    Wider Sole

    The wider sole lowers the clubs center of gravity which means more weight can get under and behind the golf ball on your shots. This produces an arching high ball flight even on mishits.

    The extra beef on the sole will improve shots where you hit the ground before the ball too. That extra weight will “bounce” off the ground instead of digging into the earth like a thin sole would.

    Additionally, newer golfers and high handicappers hit more balls in the rough and a wider sole will move through long or thick grass easily, allowing for good contact with the ball. The most forgiving irons out there will get you out of every lie: rough, sand, hard-pan and yes the fairways!

    Offset Hosel

    According to club designer Tom Wishon, “Offset is a design in clubheads in which the neck or hosel of the head is positioned in front of the face of the clubhead, so that the clubface appears to be set back a little from the neck of the club.”

    “The more offset, the farther the head's center of gravity is back from the shaft. And the farther the CG is back from the shaft, the higher the trajectory will be for any given loft on the face. More offset can help increase the height of the shot for golfers who have a difficult time getting the ball well up in the air.”

    Offset vs Standard hosels

    The most forgiving irons on the market are going to have offset hosels. The low handicappers playing blades or muscle backs have such skill to square the club face at impact, they don't need the offset. The offset encourages a draw and reduces workability of the club to hit fades. Highly skilled players want to hit the ball both ways.

    Avoid irons with 'Tour Preferred', 'Tour' or 'Pro' in the name

    These are for low handicap and professional players. You'll get there one day but for now they wouldn't be a wise investment. It would be like starting a video game on Expert setting from the beginning. These 'Tour' clubs are not the most forgiving irons as you can imagine.

    Best Fairway Woods for High Handicappers & Beginners

     I'll tell you a secret

    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...

    Top fairway wood pick: Taylormade SIM Max

    All the latest tech possible into a fairway wood designed to make the game easier and get the ball in the air with as little effort as possible. The higher lofted versions are best suited to the high handicapper.

    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 Fairway Wood (Value option for slower swingers)
    4. Cobra F9 Speedback (Best value for 2020 - easily)
    5. Taylormade RBZ Black Fairway Wood (best high handicapper focused club)
    6. Tour Edge Exotics EXS 220 (Sleeper pick)

    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

    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. 

    Is it that much better than the M6? Not really, so if you're looking for a VERY similar performing fairway wood, check out the Taylormade M6.

    Pros
    • 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
    • Lofts of the clubs printed on the bottom so you can buy the right wedges and hybrids!
    Cons
    • Matte finish means scratches are much more pronounced.
    • Not for golfers who want to shape the ball flight

    Cleveland Launcher HB Turbo

    Good for beginners and high handicappers who slice the ball

    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. 

    Pros
    • 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