Best Golf Clubs For Intermediate Players 2024

Are you that kind of high single figured to mid-handicap range of golfer? We have looked at some of the best golf clubs for you here.

Best Golf Clubs For Intermediate Players
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Selecting the best golf clubs for your game is not a straightforward task, especially when there’s so much choice on the market. If you’re a beginner, it’s actually more straightforward – you need clubs with game improvement features, as you'll find in our best golf clubs for high handicappers and best golf club sets for beginners guides. The scratch golfer and more accomplished ball strikers demand superior feel and workability, making club selection a little more tricky. But then comes the 8-18 handicap category, which comprises a range of abilities and might be the hardest to buy for.

If you're an 'intermediate player', you may find that you're pretty handy one minute and, often, quite ordinary the next. Generally speaking, the best golf clubs for intermediate players offer a combination of feel, forgiveness and workability. Not all clubs in this category will suit the same level of player, but some models do actually have quite a broad appeal. So, from what we've seen on the market right now, let's jump in and take a closer look at some of the best golf clubs for intermediate players.

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Best Golf Clubs For Intermediate Players 

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Drivers

The Titleist TS2 Driver and its sleek clubhead held aloft on the golf course

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The stunning TSR2 driver plays impressively long distances

Specifications

Lofts: 8°, 9°, 10° & 12°
Adjustable Hosel: Yes
Stock Shafts: HZRDUS RED CB
Left Handed Option: Yes, available in 9°, 10° & 11°

Reasons to buy

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Impressively long
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Consistent flight and distance
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Aspirational aesthetics are classic and confidence-inspiring

Reasons to avoid

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Not a huge upgrade over the previous generation

It's clear to see that the designers at Titleist have been on a big journey over the past few years since they implemented the original TSi driver. The 'S' stands for speed, with Titleist's TS range of clubs looking to help golfers improve their power off the tee, and their latest iteration, the TSR, does just that, promising some excellent refinements from its aerodynamics to its face. As the best Titleist drivers go, this is perhaps one of the most high-tech offerings on the market right now. 

But visually it does not break the mould in terms of the classic visuals you'll see on many of Titleist's metal woods. Its sleek glossy black finish offers up a minimalistic design that looks stunning behind the ball. If anything, the TSR2 appears a fraction more compact at address. But there's no denying it looks superb and it comes with a handy adjustable weighting system on the heel of the club. 

Something we've come to love with Titleist's clubs is that they all feel very powerful off the tee. And the work the brand has done to improve the aerodynamics and design on the face, means this club also achieves that while delivering an exceptional feeling off the face. The speed on offer was excellent and we felt it could certainly hold its own against some of the best golf drivers for distance. Along with the added speed, it's the consistency where it shines as, in testing, the all round playability of the head was incredible and helped favor off-centre strikes, making it one of the best golf drivers on the market.

PING G430 Max driver and its stunning matte club head resting on the golf course

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A forgiving yet high-performance driver

Specifications

Lofts: 9.0°, 10.5°, 12°
Adjustable Hosel: Yes
Stock Shafts: Ping Alta CB Black 55
Left Handed Option: Yes, available in all lofts

Reasons to buy

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Very user friendly
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Offers plenty of forgiveness
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Wonderful shelf appeal

Reasons to avoid

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Only slight distance gains compared to previous generation

As golf drivers go, the Ping G430 Max is one of the best Ping drivers to be released in recent memory. The brand wowed us all with the G425 driver released back in 2021, but they are back with some big improvements on that much loved club. Their latest offering refines everything from the aesthetics of the club to the sound it makes on impact, to form one of the best golf drivers on the market. We loved the new aesthetic on the G430, which boasts a matte finish that is contrasted by the excellent sleek visuals on the sole of the club that is complemented by some very cool white and green detailing. 

The upgrades on this club are pretty plain to feel once we'd struck the ball. The club also has a slightly thinner face and shallower profile compared to the G425, that incorporates a variable face thickness. This provides much more flexing as you strike through the golf ball and ultimately enhances the speed and forgiveness across the entire face - which we thought makes this one of the best drivers for mid handicappers

That face technology also helps to deliver more flexing and greater speed across the entire face of the clubhead, something Ping are calling 'Spinsistency'. This is a variable roll radius that should deliver consistent spin rates and carry distances and we loved the dispersion and the ball flights the G430 offered. It was super easy to hit and offered up some appeasing straight ball flights. The feel was also great too, and an improvement on the G425's metallic sound. Overall it helped to inspire bags of confidence as we stood over the golf ball. 

Photo of Callaway Paradym Ai Smoke Max Driver

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A stunning improvement, building on the success of the Paradym range

Specifications

Lofts: 9°, 10.5°, 12°
Adjustable Hosel: Yes
Stock Shaft: 3 options (MCA Tensei Blue, Project X Cypher
Left Handed Option: Yes - in all available lofts

Reasons to buy

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Great range of CG adjustability
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Love the rounded head shape
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Surprisingly low spin rate

Reasons to avoid

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Very close in performance to the Triple Diamond model

After the resounding success of the original Paradym family from Callaway, 2024 sees the launch of the Callaway Paradym Ai Smoke family. The first model to discuss here is the Ai Smoke Max, which is the standard head of the three, and there are a few key changes to mention. 

Starting with the looks, when we first put it down we were really pleased to see the new grey colorway. We feel that it blends so much better with the grey banner strip, creating a really clean aesthetic that, from a visual perspective, places it among the best drivers on the market. Callaway has really improved the shelf appeal with the smoky graphic pattern too.

In terms of the tech story, Callaway's tag line with this product is ‘Sweeter From Every Spot’. Essentially, this means a bigger effective hitting area, a concept it has created by advancing its Ai Smart Face technology, using swing dynamics from thousands of real golfers. This information has then been inputted into its Ai system and has produced a whole new face which Callaway says creates micro deflections across various points of the striking area, essentially producing multiple sweet spots!

But how did the Max perform? Well the forgiveness was impressive. We hit an awful lot of balls with the Max so inevitably missed the center on occasion, but when we did, we were really pleased with the results. While there was good feedback of strike location, it was in no way unpleasant and the dispersion even from my most questionable hits was reassuringly tight. Sound and feel were not worlds apart from the original Paradym, which is no bad thing, but - if anything - we found the Ai Smoke felt a touch livelier off the face. Overall the Callway Paradym Ai Smoke Max is a really good option for those looking for great adjustability of flight and real playability.

Photo of Taylormade Qi10 Driver

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Specifications

Lofts: 9.0°, 10.5°, 12.0°
Adjustable Hosel: Yes
Stock Shaft: 2 options (Fujikura Ventus TR Blue 5 & Mitsubishi Diamana T+ 60)
Left Handed Option: Yes - 9.0° & 10.5°

Reasons to buy

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New rounded head shape is excellent
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Extremely forgiving at this spin level
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Will appeal to a broad spectrum

Reasons to avoid

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Only loft adjustability - no moveable weights

Sitting in the middle of the Qi10 range in terms of its spin and forgiveness levels, in theory the Qi10 will appeal to the broadest range of players. One thing that is for certain is that the tech story is pretty simple; TaylorMade has aimed to maximise the MOI without compromising ball speed.

How have they achieved this you may ask? Well, the company have re-engineered their 60X Carbon Twist Face and provided a new supporting structure to promote faster ball speeds and improve the durability of the face. Coupled with a brand new, larger address footprint and a lower CG projection, and the Qi10 hits the mark in all the important aspects, with our testing showing an improvement over the Stealth 2.

Visually, TaylorMade has also come away from the red face that we saw in the Stealth range of clubs, with the color being replaced with a more subtle and less garish navy colour. Furthermore, the new ultra rounded shape of the Qi10 is a real delight and should inspire confidence when at address.

Fairways

Photo of Taylormade Qi10 fairway

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A powerful fairway from the ground and the tee

Specifications

Lofts: 15º, 16.5º, 18º, 21º, 24º

Reasons to buy

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Extremely forgiving on low-struck shots
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Produces a powerful, towering ball flight
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New weight saving design aids launch and flight

Reasons to avoid

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Infinity carbon crown has made it slightly harder to align the clubface

The TaylorMade Qi10 fairway wood has been designed with both power and forgiveness in mind, but it's the aesthetics where we see the biggest changes compared to its predecessor, the Stealth 2. 

We were big fans of the Stealth 2 fairway wood range and, in the Qi10, some of the trusted technology has stayed put. For example, TaylorMade has persisted with the Thru-Slot Speed-Pocket to create fast ball speeds and a powerful thud through impact, with the V-Steel sole technology continuing to offer golfers a smooth feeling through impact and the best turf interaction possible.

Overall, the performance of the TaylorMade Qi10 fairway wood was solid and produced an impressive, powerful feeling through impact. In our testing, the distance was respectable, but there weren’t massive gains to be had over the previous years model.

Cobra Darkspeed X Fairway Wood Review

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A powerful fairway that delivers satisfying strikes off the face

Specifications

Lofts: 15º, 18º, 21º

Reasons to buy

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Modern, sleek looking head
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Plenty of launch and spin for those seeking carry
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Solid levels of forgiveness

Reasons to avoid

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Matte head can make the club appear a little small

In the latest Darkspeed range of fairway woods from Cobra, the X fairway wood is the 'standard' model out of the three released, and therefore is the model created with the majority of golfers in mind, seeking a neutral ball flight and upon testing it did exactly that.

The matte black head is a thing of beauty although it does make the head look a little more compact than other models out there. The Cobra X fairway wood produced a particularly high ball flight and one that will suit golfers looking to maximize their carry distance and stopping power into greens. The feel off the face was energetic very solid, while producing a fairly loud sound to match.

As such we would recommend the Cobra Darkspeed X to anyone who wants help producing a higher ball flight with plenty of spin from their fairway wood, using it more off the deck than from the tee.

Srixon ZX Mk II Fairway showing its sole plate

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Fast ball speed and sleek looks combined