Callaway Strata 12-Piece Complete Set

Last updated date: October 17, 2019

DWYM Score
8.9


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Overall Take

In our analysis of 106 expert reviews, the Callaway Callaway Strata 12-Piece Complete Set placed 7th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note March 25, 2020:
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Expert Summarized Score
9.2
12 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.4
1,026 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Irons have a nice design to help your swing stay on track.
- BestReviews
It features impressive, high-quality clubs which are optimized for the use of beginners and recreational golfers. The well-designed clubs are stylish and light but still permit you a decent, powerful swing.
- Golf Rangefinder
One of the most impressive pieces of this set is definitely the putter. This club is essentially a mallet with a T-style alignment. This gives the putter incredible accuracy when trying to get it where it belongs.
- Sport Consumer
The driver and the wood are made from titanum.
- Hombre Golf Club
The 3-wood in this set is not only very forgiving, but it also has a more aerodynamic head shape that will give you long and high flying shots.
- Laser Golf Rangefinder
Each piece is solidly-designed to withstand the extreme conditions and will retain its effectiveness and elegance for a long time. They all provide a firm and solid grip that delivers the ball where it’s needed while the bag offers lots of space and protection for your golf clubs.
- Top Review Pro
With perimeter weighting and progressive sole-width technology, the irons find a good mix between forgiveness and control.
- Golf Guide for Beginners
This golf set provides both left and right-hand features and provides head covers too.
- Golf Bag Advisor
The included stand bag is lightweight and includes five pockets, a cooler pocket, and a rain hood
- Golf Influence
Each club is durable and well-manufactured.
- Fast Learners
Thanks to the driver’s 3-wood design you will enjoy a forgiving sweet spot with a graphite shaft for the most exceptional distances.
- A Smart Golfer
The irons are designed with sole-width technology, which will give you good forgiveness and control.
- Golf Simple Guide
What experts didn't like
Longevity of clubs is questionable.
- BestReviews
The sturdiness of the product and the balanced composition of rich, high-quality materials takes away some of the lightness of the irons. My previous clubs had been about 100 grams lighter. I have to say that I felt the difference in weight in my arms at the end of the day.
- Golf Rangefinder
Some clubs broke after brief use.
- Sport Consumer
A few buyers reported issues with the quality.
- Hombre Golf Club
Driver club seems to dent after a short time, and so you have to spend more money to replace it.
- Laser Golf Rangefinder
The 3-wood isn’t the easiest to hit. Good distance, but I didn’t find it all that forgiving
- Golf Guide for Beginners
The driver is a bit harder.
- Golf Bag Advisor
The driver head separated from the shaft for some reviewers (strange, especially for Callaway's standard of excellence). If this happens to you, we recommend contacting Callaway for a replacement.
- Golf Influence
Hybrid club is a bit rigid, making running hooks and slices difficult.
- Fast Learners
No sand wedge
- A Smart Golfer
Many people criticize that it is quite heavy to carry around. After using for a while, I have some difficulties using the 3-wood as it does not give me the full forgiveness.
- Golf Simple Guide

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Overall Product Rankings

1. Callaway 12-Piece Complete Set
Overall Score: 9.6
Expert Reviews: 37
2. Nitro 15-Piece Complete Set with Bag
Overall Score: 9.4
Expert Reviews: 1
3. Callaway 16-Piece Complete Golf Set
Overall Score: 9.3
Expert Reviews: 5
4. TaylorMade Golf Hybrid/Iron Set
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 1
5. Precise Complete Golf Clubs Set
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 11
6. Wilson Ultra Complete Golf Set
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 21
7. Callaway Strata 12-Piece Complete Set
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 12
8. Callaway 14-Piece Complete Golf Set
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 3
9. Wilson Complete Golf Set
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 2
10. Wilson Golf Club Bag Set
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 1

An Overview On Golf Clubs

Purchasing a full set of golf clubs can feel like an overwhelming task for many of us. Golf is known to be a challenging game where every little thing you do can make a difference in your ability to play well or shoot low scores. So when looking at the technical nuances in many sets of golf clubs, it can feel challenging when you are unsure of the varying terminology used by each brand or even just the general use of each club.

To start narrowing down the field so you can figure out which set of clubs is best for you, we should look at each style of club and define what it is you want from it. The longest and biggest club in your bag will be your driver. Today’s drivers are often easy to hit well as they offer large sweet spots on the face and a forgiving trajectory for those of us who don’t have the consistency to hit the ball exactly right every time. An oversized driver, like the one that comes in the Nitro Golf- Blaster 15 Piece Complete Set With Bag Graphite/Steel, will be easy to hit well due to the size, but the loft of the driver’s face is also an important factor in keeping the ball straight, according to golf professional Will Shaw.

“Drivers come in many lofts (9 – 12 degrees), and higher loft drivers do slightly reduce your driving distance, but generally keep your shots straighter,” said Shaw. “I would recommend most beginners start with a 10.5 degree loft on their driver or higher.”

The next group of clubs is hybrids and fairway woods. They have a similar construction to a driver’s head, but they will be smaller and more aerodynamic as they are designed to hit the ball off the ground directly most of the time. Having a forgiving set of fairway woods or hybrids can really help keep your ball on the course and lower your stroke count.  A complete set of golf clubs that includes all your necessary fairway woods and hybrids, like the Callaway Men’s Strata Ultimate Complete Golf Set (16-Piece), will help a more inexperienced golfer be prepared on the course, says Shaw.

“Full sets that come with a few fairway woods and/or hybrids are a great option for a golfer looking for a forgiving set of golf clubs,” Shaw says.

Now that you have hit your driver or fairway woods to get you closer to the hole, you’ll have to figure out which iron you need to get the ball onto the green. Before hybrids became popular, sets of irons would usually go from a 3 iron, which will go the farthest, down to a 9 iron or pitching wedge, which will be for shorter shots. Today, it is common to find the irons in a full set range from a 5 iron to a pitching wedge though, according to Shaw, so be sure to at least have these clubs included in the set that you buy. Irons will slice down behind the ball in a way that hybrids and woods cannot, and that means you can really plant the face of the iron on the ball, sometimes while taking a divot when your club digs into the top layer of sod and the ball will release off the face of the iron with a high and proper trajectory that allows for backspin and good ball control.

“Modern sets often replace 3 and 4 irons with hybrids and fairway woods, as they are easier to hit,” says Shaw. “For most golfers, a golf club set with a 5 iron upwards will give you all the options you need.”

The last club you will need to finish your hole is the putter. A putter should have a sold head that has some weight to it to help the club stay steady when tapping the ball with a light amount of force. Putters are not always included in a set of golf clubs though, so finding a set like Callaway Men’s Strata Complete Golf Set (12 Piece) that offers a putter can really add value to your purchase. This set even includes a bag, meaning you will be fully equipped to hit the links as soon as you open the set.

Now that we have covered the types of clubs you should expect to see in your bag, it’s important to note what sets most of the sets of clubs apart from one another. Shaw mentions that the quality of the materials can play a big role in the set of clubs that you get.

“When buying golf clubs, price is a good indicator of the quality of the materials used to build the clubs,” he says. “Lower-priced golf clubs often use poorer quality metal alloys to make the club heads and shafts. These lower-priced options will work, but you will find that they don’t hit the ball as far and tend to be less forgiving for off-center hits.”

The lower-tier golf clubs do come at a friendly price, which can be nice when you are entering a new sport or hobby that involves purchasing expensive equipment upfront. It is common for golfers to start with a set of clubs that include irons they are happy with to get started with their game. After they learn the basics and start finding consistency in their swings and understanding their clubs better, they will often look to cater the clubs in their bag to their style a little bit more. This approach allows you to scale into purchasing more expensive clubs when you have the knowledge and confidence to do so while letting you still rely on the solid set of irons that you initially learned to play with.

If you are intent on becoming a regular golfer and would like to make sure that your equipment will be up to the task, you could make a decision to go with a nicer set of clubs that still contains a full set of irons and fairway woods like the TaylorMade Golf M6 Combo Hybrid/Iron Set. The full set comes out as a great value in comparison to purchasing the clubs independently, but the quality of their construction will be something that works well for you as you become a more intermediate to advanced golfer.

Some other features of golf club sets that you can look at for value are the addition of a bag, the ability to have the clubs be right-handed or left-handed, or an option to have a steel shaft in place of a graphite shaft. A graphite shaft is very lightweight and easy to swing without much force; these graphite shafts are common in irons that are played by golfers that are older or intend to swing more gently. Steel shafted irons are heavier and suited well for stronger athletes really looking to take full strength shots regularly. As for the left or right-handedness of your clubs, that isn’t always going to be the same as your dominant writing hand. If you have never swung a golf club before, it might behoove you to go to a golf pro shop or a driving range and try swinging both styles of clubs. Whichever direction feels the smoothest and most natural for you, it could be a wise choice to pursue a set of clubs with that orientation to help you ease into a confident and repeatable swing.

DYWM Fun Fact

Golf clubs were initially made from whatever wood was available in the area where the club was being made. These early golf clubs would vibrate and rattle enough to strain your hands and grip, making you feel every bit of the shot as it works its way up to your arms. Today’s technology has smoothed out this issue to the point where, when you hit the sweet spot on a club, you can hardly tell you hit anything at all, while the ball flies farther than ever and hopefully where you wanted it to.

The Golf Club Buying Guide

  • Spending even one hour with a golf pro who watches your swing and helps you make adjustments can be huge when you very first start playing golf. They will be able to fit you into clubs that are going to work well with your swing and ability.
  • If you don’t know whether a graphite shaft or a steel shaft is right for you, look at the bags of your friends or acquaintances who play at a similar level as you and see what they have; this can help guide you to what you should be looking for.
  • Maintaining your clubs between rounds of golf is essential to keeping them in their best shape, says Shaw.

“Ensure you store your clubs in a dry place. If you do play in the rain, just remove your golf clubs from your bag afterward, towel dry, and leave them out overnight,” Shaw adds. “This will prevent any rust building up over time.”

  • Whichever set of clubs you do choose to start out with. It is recommended to keep using the same set while going through the initial phase of learning the mechanics and physics of golf. You will learn how to approach and hit the ball with good contact so that the club can do the work. You will learn which club you can hit which distance, so you have the confidence to grab the right iron out of your bag. When you keep changing your clubs or borrowing clubs from other people before you have learned your own proper swing technique, you add confusion and complexity which can hinder growth.
  • Be sure to have fun while you’re learning to golf. The natural setting of the course should help you to stay relaxed while you inevitably hit frustrating shots. Remember, it’s a hard game and most golfers have to start somewhere, so take it easy on yourself.