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The 10 Best Golf Club Brands In 2021

Looking for a new set of golf clubs and not sure which brand is right for you?

We’ve got you covered.

In this guide we’re going to run through the top 10 golf club brands in 2021.

You’ll recognize most of the companies on our golf club brands list, but some well known brands didn’t make the cut. And there is one relatively new brand making waves that you might not have come across before.

We’ve also made sure there are options for all budgets.

Let’s get started.

This Year’s Best Golf Club Brands

Here are our picks for the best golf club brands in 2021.

1. TaylorMade

TaylorMadeNow owned by adidas, TaylorMade started out in 1979 with just one product: an innovative driver made from steel rather than persimmon. As they expanded their range through the 80s, the company quickly gained a reputation as one of the best golf club manufacturers on the planet.

And these days TaylorMade is arguably the most popular brand on the PGA tour, with an impressive roster of pros including Tiger Woods, Jon Rahm, Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson, and Rickie Fowler carrying TaylorMade clubs in their golf bags.

…you’ll struggle to find a set of irons that can match TaylorMade’s Sim Max irons when it comes to going easy on off-center hits.

The company continues to innovate, changing the shape of traditional driver faces with the launch of their “Twist face” technology in 2018’s M3/M4 drivers. And their latest range of Sim drivers improves on the already impressive forgiveness and distance of last year’s M6.

Staying on forgiveness, you’ll struggle to find a set of irons that can match TaylorMade’s Sim Max irons when it comes to going easy on off-center hits.

Whether you’re a beginner, intermediate, or advanced golfer, we’d recommend TaylorMade, and they’re our #1 pick for this year’s best golf club brands.

Best overall
TaylorMade SIM MAX Irons

With maximum forgiveness on off-center hits, TaylorMade's SIM max irons are perfect for mid to high handicappers.

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2. Ping

PingI’ve been gaming Ping irons for the past 6 years, starting off with a second hand set of G20s and currently playing Ping G400.

And my current driver is a Ping G, which I actually ‘downgraded’ to from a G400. Reason for the downgrade? I had a straight flight technology (SFT) G400 head, and as my natural shot is a draw, the bias was starting to turn my draw into a hook. My current Ping G is an LS tech (low spin) head with a stiff shaft.

I’d recommend Ping clubs to any mid to high handicapper.

They just know their onions when it comes to the game improvement sector. And if you’re looking for a set of forgiving clubs that will get the ball launching easily, forgive off center hits, and minimize side spin, you really can’t go wrong with Ping.

Their current lineup of pros isn’t quite as impressive as TaylorMade’s. But Tony Finau and Bubba both have Pings in their bag, and Patrick Reid (marmite character I know) hit every drive with a G400 on his way to clinching The Masters in 2018.

…if you’re looking for a set of forgiving clubs that will get the ball launching easily, forgive off center hits, and minimize side spin, you really can’t go wrong with Ping.

Best for mid-high handicappers
Ping G410 Irons

Ping's G410 are their most forgiving irons to date. With easy launch and straight flight they're a great choice for mid to high handicappers.

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3. Callaway

CallawayCallaway have been around since the early 80s, and are another golf brand whose innovations have moved golf club design forward over the years.

In particular, the introduction of the Callaway “Big Bertha” driver in 1991 ushered in the era of the larger, more forgiving driver heads we see today.

They’re well represented on the PGA and European tours, with pros on their roster including Phil Mickelson, Xander Schauffele, Francesco Molinari, and Henrick Stenson.

And as well as their pro clubs, they serve the mid-high handicap sector well, with their most recent Callaway “Mavrik” range including a “Max”, game improvement option with large head and impressive forgiveness.

Personally, I have an old Callaway XR 7 iron, and big bertha hybrid, which sometimes make it into my bag.

They’re well represented on the PGA and European tours, with pros on their roster including Phil Mickelson, Xander Schauffele, Francesco Molinari, and Henrick Stenson.

Callaway also owns Odyssey, which makes some of the best putters available right now.

Best for beginners
Callaway Mavrik Max Iron Set

With excellent forgiveness on off center hits, and easy launch, Callaway Mavrik Max are our top pick for beginners in 2021.

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4. Robin Golf

robin golfNot heard of Robin Golf? They’re a relatively new brand, but are already making waves and generating positive media attention.

Their aim is to “make buying premium clubs easier and more approachable”, and there are a few nice touches that make that possible.

Firstly, their clubs are manufactured in the same facilities, using the same materials as the premium golf brands. And while not cheap ($699 for a standard set), what you’re getting is a set of superior quality clubs which would be at least double that price point if it had a more recognizable brand logo on the clubhead.

Robin Golf clubs fit into the Super Game Improvement category, so they are easy to hit, forgiving, and will get the ball up into the air.

Secondly, Robin Golf clubs fit into the Super Game Improvement category, so they are easy to hit, forgiving, and will get the ball up into the air. If you’re below a 10 handicap, they’re probably not the right clubs for you.

And finally, they have attractive payment and return options. You can spread the cost of Robin Golf clubs over monthly payments, and they offer free, no quibble returns for 90 days. Basically they allow you to try out their clubs and if you don’t like them, you can send them back.

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5. Cobra

cobra golfCobra Golf is based in California, but owned by German sports giants Puma.

They’ve been around since the 70s and were one of the first golf club brands to introduce utility (hybrid) clubs.

Their game improvement irons consistently top lists of the best irons in the category, and for part of the 90s their oversized irons were the best selling irons in golf.

Pros who’ve teed it up with Cobra on the PGA tour include Rickie Fowler, Jason Dufner, and Bryson De Chambeau. While Lexi Thompson has used a Cobra King Speedzone driver on the LPGA.

Their game improvement irons consistently top lists of the best irons in the category

While mostly associated with the game improvement sector, Cobra also manufacture a forged range for lower handicappers (or those who just prefer the look and feel of a forged iron).

6. Titleist

titleistTitleist are probably most famous for their omnipresent Pro V1 golf ball, which revolutionized golf when first introduced on the PGA tour in October 2000. The Pro V1 continues to be the most played ball on the tour.

But the company also make some of the best golf clubs on the market, with leading pros including Adam Scott, Webb Simpson, and Justin Thomas carrying Titleist clubs in their bag.

Generally Titleist clubs better serve the lower handicap golfer. They do have game improvement options, but all things considered, we just feel that TaylorMade, Ping, Callaway, and Cobra serve this sector better.

They do have game improvement options, but all things considered, we just feel that TaylorMade, Ping, Callaway, and Cobra serve this sector better.

Although with that being said, their U-510 utility iron is one of our picks for the most forgiving (and easy to hit) driving irons around right now. If you’re looking for a fairway finder, you won’t be disappointed.

7. Adams

adamsAdams “Tight Lies” fairway woods are pretty much legendary in golf.

The company was acquired by TaylorMade in 2012, and from what we can see do not seem to have launched any new clubs since 2015.

However, if you’re looking for one of the most reliable, straightest, and easiest to hit fairway woods on the market, Adams “Tight Lies” should still be your go-to club. And since you’ll find a ton of (good quality) second hand ones on eBay and other sites, we decided to include Adams on our list.

…if you’re looking for one of the most reliable, straightest, and easiest to hit fairway woods on the market, Adams “Tight Lies” should still be your go-to club.

And yes, I have one in my bag.

Adams Golf Tight Lies 5 Hybrid Club

You won't find an easier launching hybrid or fairway wood than Adams Tight Lies.

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8. Mizuno

mizunoLike Titleist, Mizuno would generally be considered to be serving the better player.

Their forged irons are quite simply a thing of beauty. And of course with that beauty comes a hefty price point.

But if you’re a low single digit, and budget isn’t a problem, then a set of Mizuno JPX 919 Tour clubs in your bag will make you the envy of everyone in the clubhouse. And their design means they’re probably the most workable irons around. Just don’t miss the sweetspot!

…if you’re a low single digit, and budget isn’t a problem, then a set of Mizuno JPX 919 Tour clubs in your bag will make you the envy of everyone in the clubhouse.

Mizuno JPX921 Tour Iron Set

Designed for the better player, the Mizuno JPX921 are among the best performing golf clubs in 2021.

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9. Wilson

WilsonOn the completely opposite end of the scale from Mizuno we have Wilson. Many beginner golfers will start out with a set of Wilson clubs, as they make affordable golf clubs that are easy to hit and relatively gimmick free.

I still have a set of Wilson Prostaff 431 clubs, which I loan out to visitors when we want to squeeze in a round, or use to beat practice balls around the house. They’re a bit rusty, but 13 years after purchase, still more than capable of holding their own on the course.

If you’re looking to get started in golf and don’t want to shell out a huge amount for your first set of clubs, Wilson is a good choice.

If you’re looking to get started in golf and don’t want to shell out a huge amount for your first set of clubs, Wilson is a good choice. But with that being said, if you’re not bothered with your golf clubs being brand new (you shouldn’t be at that stage) then it’s worth looking for a second hand set of Pings on eBay.

Best Affordable Golf Clubs
Wilson Deep Red Tour

For golfers who don't want to break the bank, Wilson's Deep Red is a great, affordable set of golf clubs.

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10. Cleveland

clevelandThe last golf club brand on our list is Cleveland.

And really, they made it onto our list for one reason: wedges.

While Cleveland make decent drivers (Cleveland Launcher is no slouch) and irons, it’s their wedges that are considered to be among the best on the market. I’ve got a Cleveland CBX2 in my bag.

And you’ll see Cleveland wedges in use any time you switch on the golf channel. J.B. Holmes, Graeme McDowell, and 2019 Open Champion Shane Lowry all use Cleveland wedges. And since Shane Lowry’s incredible short game was a big part of his win at Portrush, that’s a pretty glowing endorsement.

…you’ll see Cleveland wedges in use any time you switch on the golf channel.

Cleveland Golf CBX 2 Wedge

The Cleveland CBX2 is our pick for the best wedge for mid to high handicappers in 2021.

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Our Top Choices

Choose a set of clubs from any brand on this list and you won’t go wrong.

But if we had to pick a winner for each category, they would be:

What’s Next?

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10 thoughts on “The 10 Best Golf Club Brands In 2021”

  1. What would be a good set of clubs for a 19 handicap 67 year old male , your opinion would be appreciated . Thanks Tappy .

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    • Hi Kenneth, I’d probably go with Ping G410 or Callaway Mavrik Max. Shaft flex would depend on your swing speed. How far do you hit a stock 7 iron?

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  2. Hit all iron very high 7 irons 135+ yds. Looking for a little more distant (7 – 150-160+ yds) that are forgiving 11 hcp playing reg graphite shafts. Swing speed with driver 82-85. Straight ball hitter. Looking for new clubs at age 72 that are little more forgiving and longer.

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    • Hi Roger, sounds like the regular Callaway Mavrik would be a good fit for you. They’re the strongest lofts of the Mavrik range (27 degree 7 iron, which is in line with TaylorMade SIM) so should give you a bit more distance and ball speed. Not quite as forgiving as Mavrik Max (larger heads and weaker lofts), but still plenty of forgiveness.

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  3. i play right handed with a left handed grip and have been playing for 4 months, i play with a really cheap wilson complete set for beginners and looking to step up which set would you recommend thankyou

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    • Hi Alex, do you mean you’re gripping left hand low? I actually putt that way, but think with a full swing you’d end up with your shoulders open at address (and you’d be leaning towards the target). So if so you might want to change that (unless it’s working for you of course?). In terms of irons, Callaway Mavrik Max is probably the most forgiving at the moment and ticks pretty much every box.

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  4. hi thankyou for the reply, yes im left hand low and unable to change due to a wrist injury on my left but im hitting greens and really enjoying the challenge i just find with my cheap clubs especially my driver i cant fully find my ranges as they differ so much

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    • ah, got it. Definitely Mavrik Max would be a good shout if you’re buying new. But if you’re wanting to swap your driver first, you’ll get a good deal on a second hand driver. Lots of good deals on Ping G and G400 on eBay, and unlike irons wear isn’t so much of an issue.

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  5. I currently have a set of KZG MA-I irons. I typically hit my 7 iron 160 to 165 yards. What type of Irons would you reccomend?

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    • Hi Jason, I haven’t seen the KZG irons before (just had a quick look). What’s your main goal, i.e. tighter dispersion, more distance, better control etc?

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