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Wilson Profile SGI Review – Good, But There Are Alternatives

In recent years Wilson have become one of the biggest-selling beginner golf club brands. Here we’ll review their Wilson Profile SGI complete set and help you decide if it is the right set of clubs for you. Just in case you’re short of time we have a quick summary below.

Wilson Profile SGI Review – TLDR

For the price, these are a sound set of golf clubs, and better quality than more budget brands (avoid Fazer, Precise & Aspire). However, if you can dig out a little more money you will benefit from more powerful and forgiving fairway woods and driver.

If you plan to play a few times a year and want all the gear in one set the Wilson Profile SGI complete set is a decent choice, they are a great pick if you are on a budget and need longer or shorter golf clubs (basic custom-fitting).

However, if you are really planning to get into golf, spend a little more and treat yourself to the Callaway Edge or Cobra Fly XL golf sets.

The sets are available in custom fitting options for men, women, seniors and teens – we’ll discuss these options later on, but first, let’s walk through the golf clubs you get in this starter set.

Wilson Profile SGI Complete Set

The Profile SGI complete golf set is Wilson’s offering for beginner golfers looking for great forgiveness and custom fitting, all at a great price. The complete golf club set includes:

  • 10.5° driver with graphite shaft (12º seniors & 14º womens depend on your selection)
  • #5 Fairway wood with graphite shaft
  • #5 hybrid
  • #6, 7, 8, 9-irons
  • Pitching wedge, sand wedge
  • Putter
  • Bag and three head covers

That is a serious amount of golfing gear for the price! Below we’ll give a little more detail on each club and how they will help your golf game.

Driver

The Wilson Profile SGI complete set comes with a 10.5º driver with a graphite shaft pictured here

The 460cc driver is the largest legal head size which makes this driver pretty forgiving where ever you hit across the club face. The graphite shaft reduces the overall club weight and allows you to create more club head speed with the same amount of force – resulting in longer drives.

On paper, this all sounds great, but in testing, it does fall short of drivers in slightly more expensive beginner sets. This is the main weakness of this golf club set but from years of coaching and testing, I can tell you building high-performance drivers costs money! And this is the main trade-off you have to make when trying to save cash.

The good news – we’re about to see that the rest of the is pretty solid, and you can always upgrade to a higher-performing driver at a later date.

Woods and hybrids

Along with the driver, a 5-wood and 5-hybrid are included. Both of these can be used as an alternative club to hit off the tee, or for second shots off the ground on long par 4s and par 5s.

What is the difference between these two clubs? The loft and the length of the clubs. The 5-wood is 18º in loft, the 5-hybrid is 25º in loft, the hybrid also has a shorter length shaft. This means the hybrid will travel higher and a shorter. Whereas your 5-wood will travel lower and further.

The woods and hybrids in the Wilson SGI complete set are plenty good enough for beginners and good compared to many other options on the market. But, just like the driver, the performance of the woods doesn’t quite match up against the performance of more expensive full sets, like the Cobra F-Speed complete set.

This shouldn’t put you off, as you are saving around $300, which can buy you new woods in the future.

Irons and wedges

The irons in the Wilson SGI complete set run from 6-iron to pitching wedge. This provides good gapping of distances between each iron and more than enough irons for starting the game.

The irons all have a large cavity back design, which pushes the weight to the perimeter of the club and makes them highly forgiving. There is also more mass placed low down in the club head which helps you hit high-launching iron shots off the ground.

The Wilson Profile SGI complete set is topped off with a 56º sand wedge, which will be a great club for chipping, pitching around the green and hitting bunker shots.

The irons and wedge in the Wilson SGI complete set are exceptional for beginners, particularly when considering the price. If you buy this set and fall in love with the game, you might want to look at buying a gap wedge later on, but the basic irons and wedges are plenty good enough for most beginner and intermediate golfers.

The rest of the set

Image of the Putter with a polymer insert that comes with the Wilson profile beginners set

This Wilson beginners set comes complete with a golf bag and putter. The putter is a classical bladed design, and has a polymer insert which provides a soft feel when putting.

Depending on the set you choose (men’s, women’s, senior) your clubs will come with a cart or stand bag. These bag are great, come with lots of pockets and will see you through many happy rounds of golf.

Wilson Profile SGI specs and custom fitting

Here is where the Wilson Profile set really wins against its competitors.

Wilson’s tagline for this set is “One Size Does Not Fit All” ™ which is apt as this is one of the only beginner sets that offer different fittings. See the chart below for their guide.

Wilson offers two men’s fits, three women’s fits, a senior and a teen version. And yes, they even come in left-handed options too.

This chart shows the fitting options for the Wilson Profile SGI clubs. Men's come in a standard and tall option. There are also three womens options and a senior and teen option

Golf Insider verdict

The Wilson Profile SGI Complete Set is a great option for beginner golfers looking for an affordable set of clubs with good forgiveness and custom fitting options. The set includes a driver, fairway wood, hybrid, irons (6-PW), sand wedge, putter, bag, and head covers, making it a comprehensive package.

The driver has a forgiving 460cc head and a lightweight graphite shaft, providing ample distance for beginners. The woods and hybrids are good enough, but not as high-performing as more expensive beginner sets.

The irons have a large cavity back design for forgiveness and a high-launching trajectory. The sand wedge is great for chipping, pitching, and bunker shots. The set also comes with a bag and putter, and the custom fitting options make it stand out from other beginner sets.

While the performance of some clubs may not match up to more expensive options, the Wilson Profile SGI Complete Set offers a solid set of clubs at a great price if you’re not hitting golf as a new full-time hobby.

Alternatives to the Wilson Profile SGI complete set

Below we’ve put together a list of alternative options you may wish to consider.

Similar price point: Callaway Strata

callaway strata golf clubs

Wilson SGI vs Callaway Strata complete set

The Callaway Strata complete set are probably the closest to the Wilsons in terms of price and performance. I would say the driver and woods are very similar between to two sets, but the Wilson SGI’s just edge it because of their brilliant irons and wedges.

Check out the complete Callaway Strata review

Cobra Fly XL golf set

Cobra Fly XL complete set header

If you’re looking for the best beginner starter and money isn’t a factor then check out the Cobra Fly XL complete set. The irons are lighter and more modern, and the woods, hybrids and driver are exceptional providing stunning levels of forgiveness and distance.

The Wilson SGI set are great for the price, but the Cobra F-Max complete set will offer you a big jump up in performance when it comes to the woods and driver.

Read the full Cobra Fly XL review

Callaway Edge Golf clubs

The Callaway Edge Golf Clubs set offers a great combination of high-quality golf clubs at an affordable price. The driver has 10.5 degrees of loft and a 460cc head, and offers excellent performance with great forgiveness and distance, although not as good as premium drivers.

The fairway wood has a low profile, is easy to hit off the ground, and great for tight lies. The set comes with a 5-hybrid and irons from a 6-iron to pitching wedge, with a sand wedge completing the line-up. The irons feature a big cavity back design with lots of perimeter weighting, providing a high and neutral ball flight, as well as soft feel and great control for pitch and chip shots.

The set also includes a classic Odyssey White Hot Pro putter but doesn’t come with a golf bag. This set is near faultless for high handicappers and beginners looking to get into the game.

Check out the full Callaway Edge Golf Set review

Buyers Guide

The Wilson SGI complete set are about the lowest price point golf clubs that are of good quality, below this price you tend to get poor-quality clubs that will make playing the game harder. Cheaper clubs are also made from lower grade materials, resulting in shafts snapping, club heads denting and the chrome finish wearing off.

If these clubs are out of your price range, check out some second hand golf clubs. Global Golf have a good selection of used irons and woods that will offer great value.

Are Wilson Profile SGI clubs good?

As you will have seen in this review the Wilson Profile SGI clubs are great value and a solid choice for beginner golfers shopping on a budget. By paying more for a complete set you will see increased performance and forgiveness in the woods, but for the price the Wilson Profile SGI and the Callaway Strata sets are the best on the market.

Is Wilson a good golf brand?

Historically, Wilson was one of golf’s leading brands. They fell out of the limelight for many years, but since 2005 they have returned with some excellent beginner gear. In recent years they have also made a noticeable push in developing equipment aimed at better players.

They don’t spend as much on marketing as some of the top brands, which often means you get more for your money when buying their equipment.

What does SGI stand for in golf?

SGI stands for Super Game Improve. Clubs in this category are designed with maximum forgiveness in mind, with all design decisions geared towards making the game easy to play.

Wilson Profile SGI complete set – Summary

In summary, the Wilson SGI complete set are a great option for beginner golfers. If money isn’t a worry you could check out the Cobra F-Max complete set for increased performance in the woods. Otherwise, stick with these as a choice – they’ll be a great start for your golfing journey.

Happy golfing – Will @ Golf Insider UK

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Will is a PGA golf professional, with a PhD in Biomedical Science and MSc in Sports Biomechanics & Psychology. He spent 10 years lecturing part-time at Leeds Beckett University and the University of Leeds in Biomechanics and Motor Control before becoming the Head of Golf for the University of Exeter. He currently runs Golf Insider UK, Sport Science Insider around wider consulting and academic roles in sport performance and motor control.

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