Robin Golf Men's Essentials Set Review
Can Golf Clubs Be Economical and Get You Birdies?
I played a starter set of Robin Golf Clubs for a few rounds of golf. I played good golf with this 1/2 set and enjoyed the performance of these clubs. The idea behind Robin Golf is to make high performance clubs that fit beginning golfers at a price point that allows them to take up the game without breaking the bank. They have multiple options from full 14 club sets to starter sets that have 2/3s the amount of clubs. I tested these on the golf course, at the range and in the iGolfReviews Office by Carl’s Place DIY Golf Simulators.
This is my definitive review of the Robin Golf Men’s Essentials Set.
Economical Golf Clubs?
Golf is hard and expensive. One or both of those reasons keep people from enjoying the game of golf. Robin Golf wants to help golfers with both aspects that keep people from playing, the cost and the difficulty. The Robin Golf Essentials Set is a starter set. While these aren’t as common as they used to be, a starter set is still a great idea for new golfers. You don’t need 14 clubs to learn the game. It becomes both confusing, heavy and more expensive. Robin Golf offers a brand new set of Essentials clubs for $900. It has everything you need in this 9 club set along with headcovers and stand bag(driver, 3-wood, hybrid, 5,7,9, irons, PW, SW and putter.) They even offer them in used so you can save even more money. What sets these apart from other DTC economical options is their forgiving design paired with good looks.
9 Club Set
Robin Golf sells their clubs as “box sets” and partial sets. You can get a variety of combinations of their clubs. I went with the Essentials set which is a 9 club bag that truly has the essentials for a beginner. If you have played golf for a long time and have every iron dialed in, then this won’t be ideal. However even for experienced golfers, playing less than 14 clubs will benefit your touch and feel with clubs as you have to swing partial or swing harder to get the correct distance. Beginners however, will find this set is perfect to learn the game without so much confusion as to which club to hit. The gapping is bigger so decision making is easier. You can get everything a beginner needs for $900 which is about 1/4 of what a full bag of OEM clubs would cost. However they don’t look cheap and a beginner can walk to the first tee with confidence that they have good clubs from Robin.
Driver and Woods
The Robin Golf Essentials Set comes with driver, 3-wood, and 4 hybrid. This is my normal set-up in driver and woods so it fit my needs perfectly. I am impressed by not only the looks of these clubs, but their technology and performance. Robin designed beginner clubs to compete with big name OEM clubs. They have adjustability just like the the most expensive of clubs. The are easy-to-hit clubs for new golfers and higher handicap golfers. The driver is 10.5* with a stiff flex shaft and a slightly closed face. It found it to be lightweight and incredibly easy to hit straight. The trajectory was nice and the ball went straight repeatedly. If the common beginners slice happens, the weight and hosel can be adjusted to help correct the ball flight. It has a good metallic sound and was VERY forgiving. It really is exactly what a new golfer needs. The 3-wood matches the performance of the driver but isn’t adjustable. It too goes high and straight with lots of forgiveness between the rear weight and slot technology. The hybrid is very similar to the 3-wood and fills the yardage gap nicely between 3-wood and 5-iron.
The Robin Golf Essentials Set comes with irons 5/7/9. These irons are a game improvement cavity back with a ton of forgiveness. The cavity back has weight pulled far from the face to help with launch and forgiveness. There is a dampening rubber insert between the face and the deep weight of the cavity to improve feel. They look really sharp in black. These are full blown game improvement irons. The black graphite shafts are light and easy to swing for high launch and long carry. I am impressed by how easy they are to hit and long. While not crazy long; definitely game improvement distance type irons. I found that playing just the odd number irons left a few scoring opportunities on the course, but also had me thinking and feeling shots a little better. Most beginners don’t have their yardages dialed in so this will probably help them.
The Robin Golf Essentials Set comes with a PW and SW. The pitching wedge is designed like the irons so it is a deep cavity back forgiving iron like club. The SW is a non-cavity back wedge that can be used for every shot 100 yards and in. These 2 wedges create your short game clubs. I suppose the PW is the odd club since it doesn’t fit the “odd number” irons, but as golfers get closer to the green minimizing the yardage gaps helps. Having only one “true” wedge is probably the best move for a beginner too. No reason to have wedge confusion around the green, but stick to one loft and work on all the kinds of shots with a single loft will help a beginners game. They have a nice feel and good spin. Again they aren’t going to out perform the top wedges, but they will hold their own. I found them easy to hit out of the rough and created enough spin to get the ball close to the hole for numerous up and downs.
The Robin Golf putter is an anser styled milled putter. The basic shape looks like a high end “blade” putter. The design is tried and true and a beginning golfer can look like a pro with a putter that looks almost as good as an expensive Scotty Cameron. While no one is going to confuse the two, this black blade putter by Robin Golf looks great and puts a nice roll on the ball. The pistol grip has nice feel to go with this “traditional” putter.
Stand Bag and Headcovers
The Robin Golf stand bag is a great looking black compact carry bag. The bag is on the smaller side which is perfect for beginners and works great for the Essentials set. The 4 way top offers plenty of division for 9 clubs. The stand mechanism is easy to deploy and retract. On the golf course it works great, but on “slippery” surfaces like tile floors or smooth concrete it does a “young deer on ice” where the legs just slide out and bag ends up on the ground. The backpack style shoulder straps are nice and it carries very well for 18 holes. The lift handles works great too. The 4 pockets carry the essentials for a round of golf and are easily accessible when the bag is set down. The headcovers have a leather look to them in the simple black style with embroidered numbers and the Robin logo. The overall package is classy and sleek. Your golfing buddies won’t know how little you spent on such nice looking and functioning combo.
While Robin Golf Essentials is a starter set, they perform admirably on the course. 9 clubs are enough to get the job done and shoot good scores. I didn’t break any course records, but I hit a few birdies and shot close to my average. I gave up a few shots being between clubs, but all-in-all I was very happy with the performance of this “box set”. I had a few people comment how nice these clubs looked, even though they had never heard of Robin Golf. They are economical and offer performance ideal for a beginner; high launch, straight and lots of forgiveness. They offer an option to save even more money by buying a lightly used set of their clubs. While I think this is a good move for someone very price conscience and only dabbling in golf; I wish Robin golf would take 3 minutes and clean the used clubs before they send them out again to a new owner.
Robin Golf offers an economical way to get into golf with either a full set or an Essentials set. I’m impressed by the performance and technology of their clubs. They look really good too. If you are looking for a compromise between thousands of dollars on a new OEM set and hand-me-down irons, Robin offers the best options for an affordable beginners set that performs well for new and experienced golfers. I believe that golfers are going to be happy with the price and the performance. Robin is looking to attract new and casual golfers. They make a great starter set or upgrade to your 20 year old clubs gathering dust in the garage. The Robin Golf Essentials Set is the 9 club bag new golfers can enjoy while saving some funds; they might even help you make a birdie.
For more information: Robin Golf Website
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