Need To Know
Cleveland Golf Package Set - Key Features
- All-in-one package set: Driver, Fairway Wood, Hybrid, Irons, Wedge, Putter, Stand Bag
- Forgiving driver
- Game improvement cavity backed clubs for easy launch
- Anser-style putter aids great feel on the greens
- Regular flex through the set to aid beginner players
When it comes to the best beginner golf sets on the market right now, we would definitely point you in the direction of the new Cleveland Golf packet set for 2023.
The Cleveland Golf package set offers premium quality equipment in one complete set, comprising a 10.5 degree driver, 5-wood, 5-hybrid, 6-SW and an Anser-style putter.
You also get a fantastic stand bag and all the woods and the putter come with neat headcovers.
Cleveland Golf Package Set - Looks and Feel
Let's start with the bag itself. It's superb.
There are six pockets in total, giving the beginner golfer plenty of space for their golfing accessories and additional jumpers and jackets. There isn't a drinks holder, though.
The stand is very sturdy, and stood up to the elements and a fairly strong wind during our round of 18. We also tested the bag by placing it on slopes out on the course and it held its ground nicely.
Inside the bag itself, you have five club slots to ensure ample space for your woods, irons and putter.
The bag is fully waterproof, which is also a big plus to ensure nothing inside of your bag such as mobile phone or wallet gets wet.
As for the clubs themselves, they look great for a beginner golfer set.
While there are sexier looking golf clubs on the market in 2023, it's fair to say the beginner golfer would much rather favour performance over appearance any day of the week.
The glossy finish of the driver might not appeal to everyone, especially out in the sun, but during our test that wasn't an issue because there wasn't any sun. Just lots of rain.
The large, inviting head of this driver will certainly appeal to beginner players, though.
We also appreciated how the face of this driver is a completely different colour to the head, which again adds to appeal over the ball.
The sound of this driver really surprised us.
We were expecting something quite tinny and loud given its part of a package set for maximum game improvement players, but that wasn't the case at all.
On centre hits, this driver sounds really pure. Even on squiffy hits we noted great feedback, which is what you want when you are looking to quickly improve as a beginner golfer.
The looks and sound of the fairway wood and hybrid also added plenty of appeal as they both frame the ball nicely. That glare could cause some issues in the sun, though.
The fairly bulky looks of the irons very much appealed, too, and their feel at impact was more than acceptable.
They aid plenty of confidence over the ball, and also frame the ball nicely with their clean scorelines on the face.
The Anser-style putter, one of the most designs in all of golf, is a nice addition from Cleveland in the looks department. It's a brilliant looking putter.
The only slight surprise to us is that the brand has opted for a blade rather than a more forgiving mallet, especially considering this bag is aimed at beginner golfers who want all the help they can get moving forwards.
Cleveland Golf Package Set - Performance
When it comes to the overall performance of this package set, we could not be more impressed.
On the whole, the driver was extremely forgiving and the sound, as we mentioned above, is fantastic both on centre and off-centre hits. You can really tell when you've caught one out the screws, and that's what you want as a beginner golfer looking to improve your game.
The distance of this driver isn't the best, but we wouldn't really expect that.
There are much longer drivers on the shelves right now, many of which feature in our Best Golf Drivers buyer guide right now. But then again, these drivers cost well over half the price of this entire package set.
On average, we were hitting this Cleveland driver around 20 yards shy of many of the best drivers in the game right now.
The regular flex of the driver may cause some concern for slightly stronger players, but the target market for this package set will likely be more than happy with the choice of shafts on offer here. They're really flexible, allowing you to build up some nice clubhead speed.
The driver is set in the 10.5-degree loft position, which is exactly what we would normally use even with something like the TaylorMade Stealth Plus 2 Driver or the Callaway Paradym Triple Diamond Driver.
The fairway wood and hybrid also felt extremely forgiving from the tee box, off the deck in the fairway and even out of the intermediate rough. They aren't the longest clubs out there, but they more than do a job that the beginner golfer will be looking for in 2023.
The performance of these irons excelled the most.
These irons were incredibly easy to launch high and hit straight.
We would go as far to say these irons run the new TaylorMade Stealth HD irons very close when it comes to maximum forgiveness. We noted a very tight offline dispersion on the range prior to taking these out on the course.
While the distance of these irons falls behind some of the best game improvement irons on the market right now such as the Cobra AeroJet irons, the yardage you get out this iron set is more than acceptable for a beginner golfer.
When hitting the 7-iron, for example, distance was coming up around 10 yards shorter than the Cobra AeroJet iron, which tops our best distance iron of 2023.
The only main niggle with these Cleveland irons is there is quite a gap between the 5-hybrid down to the 6-iron, so you could be left with having to hit a half shot with the fairway wood or hybrid on a shot around the 180-yard mark, for example, where you might have needed 5-iron.
On the greens, the Anser-style putter rolled beautifully and felt great. The only concern we have is that some beginner golfers might not find a blade putter such as this to be particularly forgiving. With that in mind, we would probably urge the beginner golfer to pick up a mallet putter to really get the most out of their stroke on the greens. However, a style of putter is very much a personal preference at the end of the day.
Should you buy the Cleveland Golf Package Set
Beginner golfers looking for an all-in-one, complete package set that won't completely break the bank (£899) will want to get involved here.
While there are more impressive drivers, fairways, hybrids and irons on the market right now, each of these clubs in bag do exactly what they set out to achieve for Cleveland, and that is to give the beginner golfer plenty of forgiveness.
At the end of the day as a beginner golfer, you want to just have a set of clubs that allow you to enjoy the game as you start to improve and find your stride on the golf course. These Cleveland clubs do exactly that.
The putter looks and feels great, but we do feel the majority of beginner golfers will get the most out of their putting by opting for a mallet.