WTB Golf Clubs: Expert Feedback on Clubs for a New Golfer

A recent post from a new golfer requested feedback on a new set of clubs. Here’s my expert feedback.

The Clubs in Question

The reader asked for feedback on the following clubs. I’ll give feedback on each (and show you where to find them at the best prices).

  • Srixon 525z Irons
  • Callaway Big Bertha 3 Wood
  • TaylorMade R7 Quad HT Driver
  • TaylorMade White Smoke Putter

That’s a solid-looking set. Check out my detailed response in my video below, or read the full transcript. And remember, we’ve also reviewed the best Srixon irons and TaylorMade drivers.

Here’s the original post:

Here's the original question.

Video Response: Should I Buy These Clubs

Video Transcript

This Reddit poster has found himself a pretty decent deal here. Assuming the clubs are in good condition, the price for what you get seems fair, but does it suit a beginner?

Let me start with the irons. As one commenter already mentioned, knowing what kind of shafts the irons have is a pretty big deal.

The poster is in his 20s, so a stock steel shaft should be fine. You just want to make sure they’re not anything special, like a graphite senior shaft or anything like that. The iron heads are okay for a beginner, but there are more forgiving options on the market.

The good part about these clubs is you can learn with them from beginner and excel to a low to mid handicap with them before needing new ones.

Where To Find It: Get Srixon Irons at PGA TOUR Superstore

But if you plan to play casually, there are more forgiving irons that will probably be cheaper and help you hit better shots quicker.

on to the driver, the R7 is a versatile driver, and I like this one specifically for beginners, because it’s the HT version, which stands for High Trajectory.

Where To Find It: Get the TaylorMade R7 Quad HT Driver at Callaway Preowned or shop new drivers at TaylorMade Golf

That means the center of gravity is moved further back in the club head to help lift the ball more on impact. The idea being more lift means more distance, and for beginners that’s just what you need at this point.

Again, inquire about the shaft to make sure it’s not a senior flex or even an extra stiff flex or something.

But with the HT head, it probably has a regular flex, or at worst a stiff flex, which should still be fine for an able bodied 20 year old beginner in this case. To accurately comment on the 3 wood, I would need more information.

There are many different models of Big Berthas dating back all the way to the mid 90s, but in general, anything branded Big Bertha is gonna be advantageous for a beginner.

The same goes for the putter. TaylorMade White Smoke putter comes in many variations of blade and mallet styles, but as a beginner, you probably don’t have a preference yet. So any putter will do. As you play and putt more and try others, you’ll start to develop personal preferences and may decide that this putter is not doing well, or this putter will be better for you.

Where To Find It: Get TaylorMade White Smoke Putter at TaylorMade Golf

But I recommend only after about 20 rounds can you make this decision. To summarize, I think it’s a good deal on paper for the products being offered, but I’m not sure it’s the best option for a beginner.

The irons are not as forgiving as others, and there are no hybrids included, which are typically a beginner’s best friend.

And, despite the driver’s stellar reputation, it’s old and could be one tee shot away from damage. I hope this helps.

Thanks for watching. I’m Clint McCormick, resident golf professional for Golfspan.com.

Clint is PGA-certified and was a Head Teaching Professional at one of Toronto's busiest golf academies. He was also featured on Canada's National Golf TV program, "Score Golf Canada," twice. He graduated with a degree in Golf Management from the College of the Desert in California and studied under Callaway's co-founder, Tony Manzoni. He has a handicap index of 6.2 and spends the winters near Oaxaca, Mexico, where he plays twice a month at the Club de Golf Vista Hermosa. He's written over 100 articles at GolfSpan since 2021. You can connect with Clint at LinkedIn, FB, his website, or Clintcpga@gmail.com.

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