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What are the best golf clubs in 2018? Irons, drivers, fairways woods, hybrids, wedges and putters reviewed; Amateurs and seasoned players alike are gearing up for the golfing summer - and here's the guide to help.

Byline: Jack Rathborn

The Masters2018 has been and gone with Patrick Reed slipping on the Green Jacket, which can only motivate the amateur golfers out there to get out on the course themselves.

After dusting off the clubs in the shed, many will realise they badly need to upgrade their set.

It can be difficult to know where to start looking with so much choice on the market today. Taylor Made, Titleist, Callaway, Cobra, Mizuno, Wilson, Ping and others are looking to push the boundaries of technology in a bid to help golfers around the world.

Golf is hard enough, if the latest technology can help improve the average player's game and make it more enjoyable, it can only be a good thing.

While there's nothing quite like a custom fitting to suit your own unique style, bargains can be easily found in the secondary market.

Bargain basement: Less than [pounds sterling]100 for a new driver would be considered cheap and the Fazer XR Hyper Titanium driver ticks a lot of boxes at roughly [pounds sterling]60, including a 460 cc head to give the player confidence standing over the ball.

Mid range: Players willing to spend a bit more, around the [pounds sterling]200 mark, can expect to find considerably more choice, with the Callaway XR 16 a popular model due to its "extreme forgiveness.

Cash to splash: As used by Rory McIlroy, one of the finest drivers of a golf ball on the planet, the Taylor Made M3 has created widespread attention with its Twist Face technology. But it won't come cheap, with its current price set at [pounds sterling]429. McIlroy has been inside the PGA Tour's top five this season for total driving distance, averaging around 312 yards to give him an advantage from the fairway.

Bargain basement: At [pounds sterling]50 or less per wood now, the Adams Tight Lies 2 SS fairway woods are a good budget option.

Mid range: To go with the mid-range priced Callaway XR driver, players could do worse than match that up with the fairway woods, priced now at [pounds sterling]129.

Cash to splash: At nearly [pounds sterling]250 per wood, Titleist's 917 F2 range (used by Ian Poulter) is amongst the most expensive, but it's sleek black design will be popular, plus the Active Recoil Channel 2.0 will help greater speed and spin on shots.

Bargain basement: A handy alternative to long irons or fairway woods, should the average player venture off the fairway, a budget option could be the Wilson Deep Red MAXX, available at just [pounds sterling]59.99.

Mid range: Approaching the 'cash to splash' range, but brand new off the shelves, the Cobra King F8 hybrid could accompany their set of irons nicely with the Baffler Dual Rail System helping to cut through the second cut or rough.

Cash to splash: Top of the market right now could be the Callaway GBB Epic, which comes in just under [pounds sterling]250. The Hyper Speed Face Cup is designed to give players greater ball speed.

Bargain basement: The most important clubs in the bag, every player's bread and butter. The most important aspect for a beginner will be forgiveness and the Wilson Deep Red Maxx steel irons will provide just that. And at well below [pounds sterling]200, the higher handicapper can do much worse.

Mid range: Cobra have been taking great strides with their technology in recent years and the King F8 irons appear to have broken through as a serious rival to the more traditional brands. The carbon feel technology and steeper lofts will help the game-improver hit it much further than before. And with more weight positioned in the bottom of the club, the ball still gets up high - at [pounds sterling]500, they're not cheap, but they match more expensive models for performance.

Cash to splash: When approaching the top end of the market, looks come into play and Mizuno still make some of the most beautiful irons in the world. The MP-18 blades (widely available at [pounds sterling]900) have that classic, polished look that very good players will continue to covet.

Bargain basement: Second hand wedges are probably the way to go if the mid-range is too expensive still, but the Ben Ross Tribe MDR range at [pounds sterling]59 per wedge could appeal.

Mid range: Towards the bottom end of the mid-range, Cobra's King PUR Classic wedges have proven popular with impressive numbers on the numerous reviews. At [pounds sterling]89, players will surely gravitate towards this range.

Cash to splash: Titleist Vokey wedges, used by Jordan Spieth amongst others, remain at the top of the market, but the SM7 range, priced at [pounds sterling]139.99, means it won't come cheap to kit out your short game. With an assortment of options, the best players will have value for money with these wedges.

Bargain basement: Various putters from less well known brands will be available at [pounds sterling]30 or less, but Cleveland's Huntington Breach range are now available for less than [pounds sterling]70 and match up well to most of the mid-range options.

Mid range: The Odyssey 2-ball putters have proved hugely popular over the years and the White Hot Pro 2.0, priced at [pounds sterling]119.99, continues to be a great option in that mid-range.

Cash to splash: The most important club in the bag: drive for show, putt for dough. The Scotty Cameron range for Titleist, used by Tiger Woods and Jordan Spieth, sit right at the top of the market with the Newport 2 priced at [pounds sterling]349.00. When Jordan Spieth was holing everything on Sunday at Augusta, it was his trusted Scotty Camera that enabled his remarkable, yet ultimately short, run at a second Green Jacket.

What club should an amateur golfer upgrade first?


Rory McIlroy is using the M3 this season

Ian Poulter uses the Titleist 917 F2 range

Mizuno remain one of the premiere iron makers in the industry

Titleist's Ben Vokey wedges

The Scotty Cameron putter has been a favourite on tour for decades
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Title Annotation:Sport,Golf
Publication:Daily Mirror (London, England)
Date:Apr 13, 2018
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