The Best Golf Brands (Clubs, Balls, Clothing, Shoes & More)

Confused about which brand of golf club to buy? Wondering which brand of putter to add to your bag? Are you asking yourself which of the many golf balls would perform best according to your unique skill set?

Let us put your mind at ease by telling you: You are NOT alone! With so many golf brands and manufacturers, it is very normal to feel overwhelmed these days.  This article will dive into the best golf brands for each respective niche in the golf industry. Keep reading to find out who makes the best putters, golf balls, apparel for the course, and more!

Best Golf Ball Brand: Bridgestone

We all know that Tiger Woods and Nike have belonged in the same sentence ever since Tiger’s famous “Hello, World!” press conference way back in 1996.  However, you may be shocked to learn that even when Woods was hitting Nike branded golf balls back in his early days, Bridgestone was the actual manufacturer of those balls.  Yep, it is true.  Bridgestone made the golf balls and put the Nike swoosh on them due to Tiger’s contractual obligations.  However, now that his contract to hit only Nike golf balls is up, Woods hits Bridgestone golf balls exclusively with the Bridgestone logo.

Not only does the GOAT trust Bridgestone when it comes to golf ball performance, so do millions of other avid golfers around the world!  Bridgestone prides itself on being the best golf ball producer in the industry, and these folks really do have something for every golfer.  Check out the list of some of their most popular golf balls:

  • e12 line – This is one of Bridgestone’s top sellers and features an e12 Contact, e12 Speed, and e12 Soft versions.  The Contact model focuses on straight accuracy. The Speed version helps increase distance off the tee, while the Soft version plays a little better around the greens for chipping and putting.  The e6 line is also a premium golf ball but at a reasonable price.
  • Tour B330 – This is the tour brand that Tiger plays, so obviously, this ball’s performance is second to none.  However, these little jewels are definitely priced in the high category, so maybe they are best hit only in special tournaments for most golfers.  Also included in this line are the B XS and B RX.
  • Lady Precept – Not many folks may know this, but Bridgestone offers an amazing golf ball choice for lady golfers!  The Lady Precept is rated at a high level by loads of amateur women golfers because of its soft feel and dynamic performance on the greens.

Related: Which Bridgestone Golf Ball is Best for You? (e6, e12, TOUR)

Best Putter Brand: Odyssey

If you are looking for the best putter on the market to help you sink more putts, look no further than Odyssey!  These folks specialize in making top-notch putters.  Many top-level PGA players like Kevin Na, Marc Leishman, and Webb Simpson trust Odyssey’s putters and good reason.  Here are some of Odyssey’s most popular putters:

  • White Hot OG line – This line offers a boatload of different options for any style of golfer.  Whether you prefer a blade, small mallet, or full mallet design, you are sure to get a well-performing putter from this trendy line.  The White Hot also offers a steel shaft option which some golfers prefer.
  • Stroke Lab – This line is immensely popular on the PGA tour!  Stroke Lab has a solid feel but is very forgiving, which means it could be a great choice for all amateurs and weekend hacks as well.

Best Golf Clothing Brand: Travis Mathew

Have you ever heard of the saying, “Look Good, Feel Good, Play Good”? Well, there may be some truth to that statement!  We all perform at least a little bit better when we look our best, and it is no different on the golf course. Travis Mathew has established itself as one of the premier golf clothing lines on the market today.  Up and coming PGAS pros like Keegan Bradley, Max Homa, and Jon Rahm are proud to represent Travis Mathew.  We think you’ll love their apparel as well.  Here are some of their most popular items:

  • Zinna Polo Shirts- These are great golf polos that will help you look dapper on the first tee box.  The fabric is moisture-wicking which is great for those hot, sweaty summer afternoon rounds.  The price is medium to high, but these shirts seem to hold up well over the long term.  The Zinna is one of Jon Rahm’s personal favorites, according to Jon Rahm’s Picks | COLLECTIONS | TM | TravisMathew
  • Starnes Golf Shorts- Travis Mathew boasts an excellent line of golf shorts as well.  The Starnes version is a popular choice for lots of golf enthusiasts around the world.  Starnes is known for its durability and its classy look, which is important in any country club!

Best Sunglasses for the Course: Oakley

Oakley is the most obvious choice for the best golf sunglasses for the course.  Though Tifosi has grown in popularity over the last few years, no brand can touch Oakley on sunglasses that are stylish both on and off the golf course.  Golfers’ question is not which brand of sunglasses to buy but which line of Oakley sunglasses should I purchase.  Here are some of Oakley’s top offerings below:

Oakley Men's Half Jacket 2.0 XL Rectangular Sunglasses

PGA pros Zach Johnson and Rafael Cabrera-Bello love this option from Oakley. These glasses have a lightweight feel and a stylish look. What’s not to love?

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Oakley Men's Half Jacket 2.0 Rectangular Sunglasses

These are non-polarized. As strange as it may sound, some golfers prefer the non-polarized version of sunglasses because it does not affect their depth perception like the polarized counterpart.

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Oakley Men's Flak Jacket XLJ Rectangular Sunglasses

These glasses are similar to the Half Jackets but are a tiny bit wider in the lens. I think that is why these are called Flak Jackets and the others are referred to as Half Jackets.

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Best Golf Shoes Brand: Footjoy

If you are a golf veteran, you are probably not shocked to see Footjoy mentioned here.  Though New Balance, Adidas, and Sketchers have gained some traction over the past few years, Footjoy remains the King of golf shoes!  Footjoy was founded way back in 1857, so to say they have stood the test of time would be a gross understatement!  We cannot argue with Footjoy’s over 160 years of golf shoe-producing excellence.  Here are some of their top sellers:

  • Contour Series – Rated by various sites as the #1 golf shoe for 2021, golfers will love this product’s comfort and traction.  This shoe comes in lots of color choices and is waterproof, which is key when mother nature decides to delay a round of golf.  If you buy the Footjoy Contours, your feet will not even feel tired after playing 18 holes!
  • Tour S –  The Tour S line by Footjoy is made for golfers who prefer metal spikes.  Many players feel that metal spikes help them generate more power and distance from their golf swing.  Even though these shoes have metal spikes, they still have a very lightweight feel, so they should provide a high level of comfort for most golfers.

Best Iron Manufacturer: PING

I must admit that I am biased here because I have been playing the PING G Series for several years now!  However, lots of other golfers agree that nothing hits as sweet as a PING iron.  Future Hall of Famer Bubba Watson has been with PING for several years and so have other PGA pros like Viktor Hovland, Tony Finau, Tyrrell Hatton, and countless others.

PING’s new G425 irons are raved about by golfers across the board, from weekend warriors to seasoned PGA veterans.  These new PING irons have been re-engineered to maximize the performance of all your shots.  This new technology enables you to have more forgiveness for your mishits and provides more distance and greater loft on your solidly struck iron shots.  As a bonus, PING’s customer service department is second to none and prides itself on taking excellent care of all its clients.

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Best Wedges: Mizuno

This choice was a tough one as the PING G425 line came close to also winning this category.  However, we had to give the nod to Mizuno on this one.  Though they initially were thought of more as a baseball equipment manufacturer, Mizuno makes strikingly good golf equipment as well.  

Readers may be surprised to know that Tiger Woods played with Mizuno branded clubs the majority of his amateur career before signing on with Titleist after turning pro in 1996.  Many PGA pros and top amateur golfers play with the Mizuno wedges today.  Here are a few reasons why Mizuno wedges are a great option for any golfer:

  • Technology-  Mizuno pours millions of dollars into their research and development of their wedges.  In fact, Mizuno manufactures their wedges to keep rain away from the clubface.  Obviously, this is extremely helpful to golfers during that annoying drizzly rain storm.
  • Grooves-  The Mizuno wedges have precise grooves that are cut by the best performing CNC milling machines on the market.  The grooves do not wear out as fast as other brands of wedges.
  • Wide Range of Options-  Mizuno offers nine different options when it comes to the loft of their wedges (from 46 degrees to 60 degrees).

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Best Driver: TaylorMade

When it comes to raring back on the tee box and ripping one right down the middle of the fairway, TaylorMade stands out as the best brand of Driver in all of golf.  Let’s face it, all decent drivers are expensive these days so it is important to make sure you are getting the best value for your dollar.  

TaylorMade lives up to the hype and then some with its drivers!  PGA pros Jason Day, Luke List, and Tommy Fleetwood all rave about the TaylorMade M6 driver.  Also, Jon Raham and Jhonattan Vegas swear by the M5 driver.  In fact, TaylorMade is the most popular brand of driver on the PGA Tour!

TaylorMade’s new top of the line driver is their Sim2.  The Sim2 features an angled sole which increases the golfer’s swing speed.  Superstar Rory McIroy has recently started using the Sim2 and seems to do well with it.  The Sim2 is definitely not cheap by any means but the high amount of forgiveness it offers makes this driver worth saving up the big bucks in your piggy bank!  If your budget is limited and you still want to try a TaylorMade driver, we recommend possibly buying a used M5 or M6 driver at your local golf discount shop. 

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Best Golf Glove Brand: Bionic

BIONIC StableGrip Golf Glove

This premium golf glove, made of genuine leather, boasts an additional pad on the palm for extra support and lifespan. This pad offers twice the amount of strength in one of the most common places where other golf gloves break down.

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Although Footjoy, Titleist, and Nike all make comfortable golf gloves, the best brand out there is Bionic!  Yes, you may pay a little bit more money for Bionic than the other brands, but the high durability of these gloves makes it well worth the investment.  Heck, the first Bionic golf glove I used still does not have a hole in it, and it is almost two years old.

I’ll admit when I first saw the price tag on the Bionic golf gloves, I thought I would always stick to my trusty Footjoy brand.  However, my father-in-law (a +5 handicap) purchased one for me as a Christmas present.  Let’s say I’ll never use any golf glove except for Bionic!  

The comfort that the extra padding provides almost eliminates that bad vibration when you mishit a shot (unfortunately, I still mishit a few shots from time to time, LOL).  The extra padding and ease of gripping provided by the Bionic glove help golfers not get as many blisters or calluses.  With other golf glove brands, you may have to change out your glove two to three times during a summer round.  This happens because of excessive sweating making the glove too slick.  This does not happen with the Bionic brand.  The material that Bionic uses wicks away perspiration and dries quickly, so there is no need to keep rotating gloves.

Best All-Around Golf Brand: Titleist

There are tons of different golf brands to choose from out there in the golf world today.  Most brands seem to have their own particular niche that they focus on and put their marketing and engineering dollars behind.  Needless to say, it is rare to find a company that makes solid products in almost every category.  After all, it is challenging to do multiple things well.  The exception to this is Titleist, as they have been around forever (since 1932) and offer above-average choices in lots of golf categories.  Here are some of the many things that Titleist has proven to do well:

  • Golf Balls – Even though Bridgestone won our category for best golf balls, Titleist finishes a very close second.  The Titleist ProV1 and ProV1X are easily the most widely used golf balls on the PGA Tour.  The ProV1 made its way to the PGA Tour in 2000 and has been the most popular golf ball ever since.  It’s hard to argue with over 20 years of success.
  • Putters – Again, kind of like with golf balls, Titleist finishes a very close second to Odyssey in the best for who makes the best putter!  Many would argue that the Titleist Scotty Cameron putter is the best on the market.  In fact, Tiger Woods has putt with a Scotty Cameron for the majority of his major championship wins.
  • Drivers – Titleist makes an excellent driver, and they have done so for a long time.  PGA stars Justin Thomas, Lanto Griffin, and Cam Smith all tee off with a Titleist driver.
  • Apparel – Titleist really does have it all.  From golf hats, gloves, umbrellas, towels, and bags, golfers can rest easy knowing that Titleist products have stood the test of time for over 80 years!  All Titleist products are immensely durable.

Wrapping It Up: Heading to the Clubhouse

We hope that we could provide lots of useful information for you in this golf brand review article.  There are so many good products from a lot of different manufacturers out there on the market today.  It can be overwhelming to decide which brand to go with on your next golf item purchase.  

When deciding on a new golf product, a good rule of thumb is to do a thorough online review and ask all of your friends at your local course for their opinion.  So much of life is trial and error, and this applies to buying golf equipment as well.  Until next time, stay out of the woods and the water!

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Joe Morelli

Joe's been playing golf for 25 years, starting as a junior golfer in his early teens. He loves getting out on the links with his dad and friends -- whether an early weekend foursome or his weekday, afternoon league.