A great solution to get into the game
I have been playing golf for a very long time. I signed up for my first summer of junior golf when I was 10, ended up playing a season in high school, and played the course quite often throughout college, as well as the early years after graduating. Gaming has been part of my life for over 20 years; I don’t know if I could calculate the total number of rounds I’ve played, but I’d bet it’s a lot.
That said, I haven’t played a full round in a long time either – at least until recently. When I moved to New York, I flew in, so bringing my clubs from the West Coast wasn’t really an option – or at least a priority. (I had slowly lost about half my irons and a few wedges over the years, anyway.) It was a shame, but golf is expensive — and not exactly accessible in New York for someone without a car. So I lived with, or rather without.
A few months ago, however, I was invited on an Adidas golf trip to Whistler, BC, and decided it would be the absolute best way to spend the better part of a week at the end of September. It met all my expectations – and it gave me a taste for golf again. As my plane was on final approach to JFK, all I could think of was resurrecting my game…
…which left me with a bit of a problem. I still had no clubs here.
This is where I turned to Stix Golf.
Touted as the perfect way to get started in the game of golf – or return in the game of golf, in my case – Stix makes affordable, high quality golf clubs that look great and play just as well. You can snag a full set like the one I tested, which comes with 14 clubs, or you can get an 11-set, a 9-set, a set of irons, or even individual wedges. (You can also buy lightly used sets at a discount, which is an even more affordable way to buy a set of clubs.)
At first it seemed too good to be true. But is it really? I put a full set through its paces to find out.
What’s Good About Stix Golf Clubs?
They come straight to your door in just a few days.
I’ve never had super cool clubs – in fact, this is the first set I’ve ever had that wasn’t second hand. I used ’80s irons for the first five or six years of my golfing life before I finally got used Callaway irons on eBay in high school that went perfectly with my used driver and wedges. They were nice, but they had been ridden hard and stored wet.
With that in mind, receiving the Stix box at my doorstep and having the bubble wrap removed from the clubheads was one of the most exciting experiences I’ve had in golf. I test a lot of things here at the GP, but it really felt like Christmas morning. (I think my girlfriend rolled her eyes at least a few times as I ripped the packaging to shreds.) I know fast shipping and a pleasant unboxing experience seems like a given in 2022, but I don’t didn’t expect the process to go so smoothly.
They are really fun to hit and help eliminate mistakes.
At my “peak” I was maybe a 15 handicap, although I’ve probably averaged closer to 20-22 in my adult life. (I think I somehow got worse during that year of high school golf, but that’s another story.) It’s safe to say that I need game-improving irons to get the most out of my rounds of golf.
Game-improving irons, if you’re unfamiliar, are a subset of clubs that you won’t find in a pro’s bag, but will help you hit the shot worthy of a pro thanks to their tolerance and their giant punching points. The Stix irons have been exactly that for me. The first time I addressed the ball with a Stix iron, I felt confident – even more confident than when I landed a few shots in Canada with my TaylorMade rentals.
This is also true for the swing itself. Even though my scores were, um, very bad, I hit more hard golf shots in my first two rounds with Stix clubs than in the past five years. (This is your daily reminder to practice your putting, something I had obviously overlooked.) From the driver to the 60° wedge, the Stix clubs are a joy to hit and instill a level of confidence I never expected. not. As you might guess, the putter was, for me, another story, but we’ll get to that in a moment.
A complete set costs less than $1,000.
Yes, you score 14 clubs for just $999 (and sometimes less, thanks to frequent offers on the Stix website). That means you get a driver, 3-wood, 5-wood, 4-hybrid, 5-PW irons, 52° wedge, 56° wedge, 60° wedge and putter. I have never I had a bag full of clubs before, even playing competitively, and in my first two rounds I had actually used every club in the bag.
For the average golfer, having a club for every shot is a godsend; no more trying to beef up a throwing wedge 160 yards, Tiger style, just to grab a divot as big as a serving plate and drop the ball 20 yards in front of you (okay, that’s maybe just me). You get all of these clubs, plus headgear for woods and hybrids, making it one of the best values in the game whether you’re just starting out or joining the ranks of weekend warriors like me.
What’s less than ideal about Stix golf clubs?
The headgear is a bit of poor quality.
For all that value, there will definitely be some pitfalls. In this case, the traps start with the headgear. I understand that for such an affordable set, the brand might want to cut spending elsewhere, but these headwear is, quite simply, pretty terrible.
There’s virtually no padding, and they’re incredibly difficult to place properly on the clubhead. It’s frustrating when trying to put the headgear back on every tee box throughout the round, not to mention a nuisance to players around you who are just trying to move. I immediately replaced the driver’s headcover with one from Malbon, and am currently on the lookout for some to replace the fairway wood and hybrid headcovers as well.
The putter leaves something to be desired on the green.
I had the privilege of acquiring a Scotty Cameron putter, albeit second-hand, in high school, which meant I was hitting the greens with the best from an early age. This isn’t normal for all golfers, so take this with a grain of salt, but it only took a few warm-up putts with the Stix putter to know this was going to be a problem. The ball jumps off the face like it’s a 3 iron, making it very difficult to get the illusory to touch necessary to avoid three and four putts. I would also prefer a steel shaft on the putter, although I understand why it has a graphite shaft like the rest of the clubs.
Stix Golf Clubs: the verdict
I love these clubs. Sure, there are a few flaws I’ll have to work with, but those are easy to forgive when I look in my bag and see a full set of clubs that are great to play with. They come in two very satisfying and clean colorways that won’t make you look like an amateur, and the actual design of the clubs is second to none, especially at this price point. You can choose from three shaft bendings that are well explained on the website, so there’s no confusion about what you’ll need. You can also buy longer or shorter clubs, depending on your size.
If you’re new to golf, buying a set of Stix will save you the headache of fragmenting a full bag and save you a tonne money up front – the money you’ll need for the thousands of shot balls you’ll inevitably end up hitting in the first few months (okay, years) of your golfing career. If you just received return golf enthusiasts, these are forgiving clubs that should also get you back to normal in no time.