Buying a new set of golf clubs is a big decision and there is always that fear of if you’re making the right decision. Here we review the Callaway Edge golf clubs – a set of clubs that have grabbed a lot of attention recently. We will also cover some alternatives that you may want to consider.
Callaway Edge Review – TLDR
After finally getting hold of a set to test out, I have to say, I’m really impressed with the performance and feel for the price.
The Callaway Edge golf club set comes with a driver, 3-wood, a 5-hybrid, five irons, sand wedge and putter. These clubs are designed for beginner golfers and high handicappers who are after great forgiveness and distance. The irons have steel shafts and the driver and woods have a graphite shaft.
The driver performs well (although not exceptional) and the rest of the set is excellent if you are getting into golf and looking for a full set.
The Callaway Edge golf set offers great value for money, with forgiveness being the main highlight. In addition, they look good and feel good to swing, making them perfect for those starting out in golf.
Callaway Edge Golf Clubs – Full Review
The Callaway Edge driver has 10.5 degrees of loft and a maxed-out 460cc sized head. This design is not bad for most beginners, however my preference would be 12º loft for golfers who don’t hit it as far (under 240-yards). The feel and the balance of the driver is good, but a shade off what you would get with a premium driver.
This being said, the golf ball really does fly when you hit the centre, losing only 3-5% distance against a $400-500 premium driver. Mishit shots perform quite well too, with not too much distance lost and the club working hard to keep your ball on the fairway.
The Callaway Edge driver gives almost the same performance as a $400-500 driver. You will lose a tiny amount of distance and there are more forgiving drivers on the market, but this still offers incredible performance and value considering the price. I should also note, it is far better than most drivers in most equivalent beginner sets.
The fairway wood (3-wood) has 15º of loft. The low profile helps launch your shots high into the air and the flat sole makes this club easy to hit off the ground and perfect for tight lies.
The graphite shaft keeps the overall club-weight light, ensuring you can gain maximum distance with your golf swing. This is a solid club and a great alternative off the tee if you are struggling to hit your driver well.
Hybrids & irons
The Callaway Edge set comes with a 5-hybrid, which replaces traditional long irons and is much easier to hit. When you place the Callaway Edge hybrid behind the golf ball it fills you with confidence – a big chunky club head and lots of loft staring back at you. I’m sure this will become a go-to safety club for golfers buying this set.
The Callaway Edge irons then run from a 6-iron to pitching wedge, with a sand wedge completing the line up of irons. All the irons feature a big cavity back design with lots of perimeter weighting, making them forgiving clubs across the hitting zone, and sending your iron shots high into the air.
The surprising feature with these irons is the ball flight. Some beginner clubs are heavily weighted to prevent a slice, resulting in a big draw. However, when hitting the Callaway Edge irons I was surprised with the high, neutral ball flight that the irons and hybrids produced.
Another great feature of these irons is how they feel for pitch and chip shots. Often irons in package sets leave you with irons that fire off the clubface with little control. Whereas, the Callaway Edge irons still offers a soft feel and great control when pitching and chipping.
The final club in the set is a classic Oddesy White Hot Pro putter. This is a classical looking putter with a toe weighted design to help you create a soft putting arc and roll the ball accurately towards the hole.
The putter comes with a 35″ standard length shaft and has an oversized Super Stroke grip that will feel great in your hands all day long. This putter would usually cost $100-150 on its own – it is a really impressive addition to this beginner set.
The rest of the set
The Callaway Edge golf clubs come complete with a stand bag and headcovers for your driver, 3-wood, hybrid and putter. The bag has plenty of room for carrying food, drink, golf balls and any additional clothing you may need when playing.
Golf Insider verdict
The Callaway Edge golf set offers high-quality golf clubs at an incredible price. The driver is good, not exceptional, but this should not put you off, it’s just an honest appraisal compared to premium drivers that would individually cost $400-500. The rest of the set is near faultless for high handicappers and beginners looking to get into the game.
Frequently asked question
Below are the most frequently asked questions about Callaway Edge golf clubs. If you have a question that isn’t answered below, please leave it in the comments section and we will get an answer for you as soon as possible!
What are the shafts in the Callaway Edge golf set?
The Callaway Edge clubs have regular graphite shafts in the titanium driver, fairway wood and hybrid and uniflex steel shafts throughout the irons and pitching and sand wedge.
Uniflex shafts are similar to a regular shaft, but a fraction lighter and have a little more flex.
Will these shafts be suited to me?
The slight downside with the Callaway Edge golf set is the lack of custom fitting options. However, 95% of beginner golfers will be very well suited to playing with these shafts. If you carry a 7-iron over 170-yards you would benefit from stiffer shafts. If a well-struck 7-iron doesn’t carry 95-yards you’d get more distance with graphite shafted irons.
If you fall in between the range above, the Callaway Edge golf clubs are likely to suit you well.
Most golfers assume playing with too flexible shafts case a slice, this is incorrect. Flexible shafts actually load sooner in the downswing (loading under less force), they then kick back before impact and are more likely to close the face and cause a hook.
Is the Callaway Edge Set Good?
If you have a large budget you could find individual clubs (driver, woods, a set of irons and putter) that would give you small gains in each area, but for the price, these are seriously impressive clubs and an excellent choice if you are searching for affordable golf clubs.
Who should buy the Callaway Edge 10 Piece Golf Clubs?
If you are a beginner or a high handicap golfer, the Callaway Edge golf clubs are an excellent option. The high-quality clubs will help you to improve your game and the price is unbeatable for all that you get in the set.
If you have a low or very high swing speed check out our alternative options below.
Callaway Edge vs Cobra F-Max
The Cobra F-Max complete set is Cobra’s top of the line beginner set. They have taken the best of their technology and put it into this affordable package.
The driver, fairway wood and hybrids in the set all come with Speed channels and lighter steel shafts that help to increase ball speeds for more distance. The irons are cavity back which gives you a large sweet spot for greater forgiveness on off-centre shots.
How do they differ from the Callaway Edge clubs? The longer irons and woods do promote a slight draw, great news if you are a slicer. I would say the Driver is a little more powerful and the overall design will better suit those with slower swing speeds.
However, they do cost a few hundred dollars more and are less well suited to golfers with higher swing speeds, or those that suffer from a hook.
Callaway Edge vs Cobra Fly-XL
On the back of the success of Cobra’s F-Max complete set, they have come out with a smaller, more affordable set of beginner clubs the Cobra Fly-XL complete set. The Cobra Fly-XL set comes with a driver, fairway wood, hybrid and irons.
The Fly-XL set is more expensive but offers far more in the way of customisation. You can have a driver, fairway wood and hybrids fitted with regular or stiff shafts to really dial in the clubs for your game. The irons also come with different options of graphite or steel shafts and depending on the retailer you can even select a cart or stand bag.
The quality and performance of the clubs are incredibly similar to the Callaway Edge. However, the extra customisation options will be a benefit to golfers with very quick and very slow swing speeds to help get the most out of their golf game.
Callaway Edge vs Callaway Strata
The Callaway Strata golf clubs are Callaway’s original package set for beginners. It was a surprise for them to continue alongside the Edge. The Strata range offers a little more flexibility (12, 14 and 16 piece sets), whereas the Callaway Edge is just a one option set.
The irons in the Edge set feel a little more engineered in the way they feel (softer, yet still powerful) and the newer Callaway Edge hybrid is an excellent development of the previous Strata hybrid. The differences are there, but they are subtle, as a beginner golfer you’ll likely love both equally if you can find either in stock!
We now have a complete Callaway Edge vs Strata article you can read here.
Callaway Edge vs Tour Edge HL/Bazooka
Tour Edge have a few competing sets here – the 270, 370, 470, HL 3 and HL 4 golf set! I’m a big fan of Tour Edge gear, they don’t spend on advertising or sponsoring players so they are less well known, but the 370, 470, HL 3 and HL 4 are all great sets for beginners and high handicap golfers.
The putter in these sets are a level down from the Oddesy White Hot putter in the Callaway Edge set. However, the rest of the gear is highly comparable – the irons, woods and drivers perform brilliantly.
Check out our full Tour Edge Bazooka 470 review here.
Summary – Callaway Edge review
That rounds up our Callaway Edge review, in summary, the Callaway Edge complete set are excellent golf clubs for beginners and high handicap golfers looking for an affordable set that offers great performance. The titanium driver is good, but not the best performing out there. However the fairway wood, hybrid, irons wedges and putter are quite incredible considering the price.
There are many alternative beginner golf clubs we’ve also covered. All of the alternatives are sets mentioned are clubs I would be very happy to see my own beginner students turn up with for a golf lesson.
Happy Golfing – Will @ Golf Insider UK
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3 thoughts on “Callaway Edge Golf Clubs Review & Alternatives”
I’m a 71 YO “getting back into golf” player after many decades away, was a middling player back when, now best described as a high handicapper (if you’re actually counting). While this article is mostly a focused review of the Callaway Edge, it’s probably the best article I have read about getting a set of clubs for someone in my situation. I like the comparisons to the similar sets, and the reference to the Strata article, as that appears to be the most popular beginner set of clubs. Thanks very much for the article.
I have been playing with Calaway pro series X14 for 20yrs, recently getting back into golf again after open hearth and other compilations, haven really played much for 3 yrs. My swing speed has lowered and thought this might be the set for me. I purchased them thur Costco and thought it might be right for me. Please advise.
It’s always tricky without seeing players in person, but from what you have described these or the Cobra Fly XL are both good choices:
I hope that helps and you’re enjoying being back into your golf!