Picking up a golf club and hitting the links for the first time is an intimidating experience. Whether beginners are planning to hit the driving range and teach themselves or have procured the services of a professional instructor, it all starts with the clubs. The emphasis is on the plural. Beginners will need to familiarize themselves with a whole set of clubs, each with a unique feel, appearance, and purpose.

Looks, costs, and quality are all important factors for beginners to consider. There are clubs designed specifically for the newbie, and it is recommended that anyone unfamiliar with the sport start there. Think simple and small to start out. Better clubs are designed for a better game, and most beginners won’t start out at the level. That money can be better used to buy practice time at the driving range. To help with the decision, here are a few of the best beginner clubs on the market.

Ladies Golf

Bullet .444
This woman’s set is highly affordable and comes with all the necessary clubs. It is lightweight and also includes a standing bag.

Wilson Golf Women’s Ultra Package
This is another highly affordable set of lightweight clubs that make an excellent starter kit for ladies golf. The only downside is that these clubs are only available for right-handers.

Men’s Golf

Callaway Men’s Strata
With 18 unique components, this is one of the most comprehensive and affordable packages on the market. The clubs provide the ultimate in control for new golfers. Standing bag is included.

Wilson Men’s Profile XD Golf Complete
A great introductory package, this set includes all the basics. These clubs are well made, with a strong emphasis on the irons, and highly affordable. The set is also flexible and great for seniors who are returning to the game or just starting out.

Kids Golf

Tour Edge Golf HT Max Jr
This 3-club set is a great value, with a simple build and well-designed bag that kids will love.

Young Gun Zaap Eagle Junior Golf Set
Cheap, lightweight, and flexible, this is a great set for juniors. The 3-club set and bag weigh less than 5 pounds, and give kids everything they need to start out.