The Best Golf Club Set For Intermediate[Mid 2020]

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Nobody sets out to be intermediate, right?

No child ever woke up seized by a shimmering dream, and proudly declared ‘I wanna be intermediate!’

No – everyone wants to get better, to be the best they can be. That’s where the nobility of a dream comes from: the quest to improve.

But everyone goes through the intermediate phase, where they’re no longer a beginner, but not yet as good as they know they can be. That’s as true in golf as it is in any other great endeavor.

There’s no shame in intermediate golf. But if you’re in the intermediate zone and you want to get better and lower your handicap, there are club sets that can help you.

Club sets that can help you get better distance play. Club sets that can get you chipping and wedging beyond an intermediate level. Sets that can help you shave numbers off your handicap.

Pull on your golfing shoes and let us show you the best golf club set for intermediate players of every kind.


Our Reviews

Editors Choice

Callaway Golf Men's Strata Complete 12 Piece Package Set (Left Hand, Steel)

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Our take

The Callaway Strata Complete Set (12-piece) combines the bones of everything you need to expand from intermediate play to a lower handicap, without breaking the bank.

The set includes three woods, five irons, a putter and a standing golf bag. It’s not of course a complete set of every club you could need for every eventuality, but if you’re already an intermediate player, it’s everything you should need.

The driver has a graphite shaft and a club head at the legal maximum of 460cc, so if you want weight and power in your drives, you can’t do better. Both the 3 and 5 wood are low profile clubs. Low profile clubs mean the face is kept to the lower regions of the ball, which helps with lift, height, and so long as your swing is consistent, should get you where you need to go down the fairway.

Perimeter-weighted irons with stainless steel shafts and large soles mean you have the solid contacts and good response you need in the iron stages of the game.

You can get some good solid pitching from the 44-degree pitching wedge in the Callaway set, though it’s here you might start dreaming of adding to this set. Wedges that allow you pitches with more uplift might be something to consider, but overall, the Callaway 12-piece is a great all-rounder bridge set to lead you out of intermediate play and into lower handicap numbers.

Importantly, the clubs here are coherently linked, missing out the clubs that are less regularly necessary. That means the price point is as sweet as a perfect drive, and should you find you need additional wedges, you can pick them up and still not feel like you’re breaking the bank.

Stand-out features include

  • The maximum weighted driver will give you power off the tee.
  • A coherent pair of fairway woods deliver everything you should really need to cut down on your stroke-numbers per hole.
  • Large soles on the irons deliver both power and control.
  • Pitching to the green is easy with the supplied wedge.
  • The blade-style putter gives you consistent finishing.
  • The collected set comes with its own stand bag.

Best Budget-Friendly Set

Wilson Golf Men's Ultra Complete Package Set, Right Hand

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Our take

If you’re still relatively new to intermediate play, and don’t want to blow your budget, you can’t do better than the Wilson Ultra Complete Set.

Where the Callaway 12-piece is aimed at those who know how to use a smaller number of clubs to great effect, the Wilson gives you more range during the fairway play stage of your game. That means you can use the Wilson set as an effective set of training wheels for club and shot selection, to actively hone your game towards lower handicap numbers.  

What do you get for your money?

Simple: three woods, five irons, a blade-style putter and a stand bag. Partridge in a pear tree sold separately.

All of the Wilson clubs are designed with simple goals in mind – get the ball in the air and down the line, get it to the green, and putt it. That means there are lots of wide sweet spots in this set, so you can cut down on the worry of each shot and simply trust in the clubs.

The irons might be heavier than you’re used to, but you’ll quickly get the hang of them and their weight, which should lead you to good club-choices in an instinctive heartbeat. They have a consistent feel when you swing them, so you should be able to state your aim, swing the right club, and more or less get what you aimed for with a good degree of consistency.

It’s true that there are no wedges in this set – a fact that stops it being our outright editor’s choice. But as with the Callaways, you get a very great deal of competent golf club here for a relatively small amount of money, meaning if you need wedges, and even if you feel the need for an additional hybrid or two to round out your bag, you can do that on top of this great base set, and still come out on tops – both on the golf course and in your bank account.

Stand-out features include

  • This is a broader set than the Callaways, allowing you some rapid schooling in club and shot selection.
  • Broad sweet spots across the set mean a great deal of forgiveness.
  • The price of this set means you can easily add any extra clubs you need to push down your handicap without breaking the bank.

Best Complete Set

Callaway Men's Strata Ultimate Complete Golf Set (16-Piece, Left Hand, Steel) Blue

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Our take

Yes. We know.

Our Editor’s Choice was a 12-piece version of this collection, and then we have the chutzpah to include a full 16-piece version down-list. More clubs, more options, and a lower overall rating. What gives, right?

Really, the logic is pretty simple.

The 12-piece Callaway set feels like it delivers the bones of what you need to improve your intermediate play and drive down your handicap – and it only charges you accordingly.

The Callaway Strata Complete 16-Piece Set is absolutely a more comprehensive set, but it serves a different need.

The 12-piece and the Wilson are sets for intermediate golfers in a hurry, with a dedicated desire to burn their way through the course and down to lower handicaps. The 16-piece Callaway set is more akin to the Pinemeadow, a set for intermediate golfers who want to stick around a while and learn the intricacies of intermediate golf before they progress to lower handicaps.  

That said, as a set of golf clubs, you could make the argument that the 16-piece Callaway set is better than the 12-piece not just in number of clubs, but in the design and the reach of what they each can do.

The Strata 16-piece set gives you five woods (including two hybrids), four irons, two wedges, a blade-style putter and a stand bag.

That’s a pretty comprehensive collection – which is why we say it’s for golfers prepared to stick around in the intermediate zone a while and get their money’s worth out of all those clubs.

The irons in the 16-piece have been redesigned from the 12-piece with broader sweet spots, so they should carry you through a lot of intermediate golfing with plenty of forgiveness and opportunity to hone your shots.

If you’re keen to learn the ins, outs, drives and pitches of intermediate level play before you ‘deserve’ to drop your handicap and move on down the links, the Callaway Strata 16-piece is your best option for a complete set.

Stand-out features include

  • The range of clubs here is what most takes our breath away.
  • Redesigned irons with bigger sweet spots mean clubs that will forgive you and teach you all the way through your intermediate golfing.
  • The addition of extra hybrids into the collection allows you to get to grips with their potential during this stage of your golfing career.
  • As a complete set, the quality and range of the Callaway Strata 16-piece is unquestionable.

Best For New Intermediate Golfers

Pinemeadow Men's PGX Golf Set-Driver, 3 Wood, Hybrid, 5-PW Irons (Right Handed, Regular Flex)

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Our take

Intermediate golf is a zone between where most people start out, and where they want to get to. But If you’ve just driven and putted your way out of high handicap golf, you may not yet be ready, or even minded, to drive on down towards the lower handicaps.

You will though probably need to trade in your beginner clubs for something that can give you the kind of results that your newer intermediate status demands.

If that’s you – if you’re finding your feet and your stance as an intermediate golfer – the Pinemeadow PGX set is probably your best friend on the list.

While it’s true that the Callaway 12-piece is our overall choice for any and all intermediate golfers, the Pinemeadow set is a kind of welcoming hug when you first achieve intermediate status. It’ll settle you in with the kind of distances, the kind of precision, the kind of overall golf you can expect to play at that level.

While billing itself as a complete set, what the Pinemeadow set delivers is solid selection of woods and irons, with one hybrid to bridge the gap, but no putter.

If that sounds like an odd omission, think about it. The putter you’ve been using up to now will probably be a club you’ve learned to understand, and that gives you good results. Your next, intermediate putter is a club with which you’ll need to build a connection. As a transitional set, welcoming you into intermediate golf, there’s not really much point in including an in-between putter here.

Here you get a driver, a 3-wood and a 4-hybrid, all with graphite shafts. The driver in particular might give you more pizazz than you’re used to – it’s listed at 10.5 degrees for more carry than is usual.

The irons here run from a 5-iron down to a pitching wedge. They’re not over-fussy, but they are all cavity-backed and perimeter-weighted so you should feel their balance when you swing. With a broad range of clubs and shots to choose from, they should give you results that both comfort you and inspire you to push on with your golfing journey.

While the lack of a putter in this set is understandable, the lack of a new bag feels less logical. Go ahead and buy yourself something pretty to celebrate achieving intermediate status.

As a set for newly intermediate golfers, the Pinemeadow PGX set has a lot to recommend it. Stepping up to a new level of play can be daunting for high handicappers. The Pinemeadow set will serve you well as a bridge between your old play and your new.

Stand-out features include

  • A larger collection of irons in this set makes for a comforting range of club and shot choices for new intermediate golfers.
  • The driver here has more heft than new intermediate golfers might be used to, bringing confidence to tee shots.
  • The lack of a putter means you can find your own, rather than being forced to use an included option for that most personal of clubs.

Our take

If you began your intermediate golfing career with the Wilson Ultra set, then the SGI Complete Set is the set to which you graduate when you’ve outplayed that initial bag of clubs.

There are slightly different clubs in the SGI set that will allow you to do more than you can achieve with the Ultra set – including a couple of uniquely-designed Wilson wedges to add some extra tricks and escapes to your intermediate play.

You get three woods in the SGI collection – a driver, a 5-wood and a 5-hybrid to give you a smooth bridge to the irons. There are four additional irons as you drop down the numbers, the pair of wedges and a blade-style putter.  

From the word go, that’s going to feel like the key to the executive washroom – it opens up possibilities for you that the Ultra, albeit a solid collection in its own right, just can’t deliver.

A great progression of the Wilson range for intermediate play, this is a complete set that you almost have to earn, one that speaks of luxury from the woods to the wedges, and one that gives you options you haven’t yet considered in your intermediate game.

Stand-out features include

  • The inclusion of a 5-hybrid here to give a smooth transition from woods to irons is a masterstroke.
  • The addition of wedges to the Wilson intermediate game brings new opportunities to hone your play, prior to stepping down to lower handicaps.
  • Redesigned irons and a newer, higher quality golf bag make the SGI set feel like luxury – without necessarily charging you through the nose.

Buyers Guide

Intermediate golfers are on the mid-section of an exciting journey. When buying a set of clubs, there are things to consider before you make your choice.

Burn Or Learn?

Are you out to simply blaze through the intermediate stage and go on down to lower handicaps, or do you want to learn all the nuances of intermediate golf before you progress? There are club sets that will help you do either, but being clear which type of golfer you are will lead you to make the right choice of club set.

Complete Or Partial?

Decide whether you want a complete set – which will include a complete range of clubs to give you options in most circumstances – or a partial set, which leaves out some in-between clubs and helps you cut down the confusion of club choice. Again, either way is valid, but making the choice will lead you to a clearer buying decision and a better golfing experience.

Golf Club Set For Intermediate FAQs

That depends. If you’re new to intermediate play, you probably only need a partial set of intermediate clubs to help you get the measure of the tighter disciplines at that level. You can always upgrade to a complete set as you push towards lower handicap status, and add in particular clubs that you find useful along the way.

In general terms, beginner clubs will be designed to deliver more forgiveness, to mitigate the errors of newer players. Intermediate clubs will demand more skill, more instinct and more golfing prowess to master them, but should still give you some forgiveness along the way.

Mostly this is a case of design intention. Leading club manufacturers have the opportunity to design and choose club sets based on an overall assessment of what intermediate golfers will need to play excellent golf. It’s the equivalent of choosing to eat at a restaurant, rather than to cook at home. Each has their merits, but you’ll have to do less work in selection, preparation and development of expertise, and be satisfied much faster, if you let people who are already skilled deliver you a balanced meal – or a balanced club set.

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