Our Recommendations for an Intermediate Golf Set
The recommended set for an intermediate golfer should start with Game Improvement irons. You still appreciate forgiveness but you will also want a bit more control and feel. If you can consistently hit your irons well it might be ok to start using a regular 4 iron, otherwise stay with your hybrid 4.
In order to gain some more distance you should consider a little less loft on your fairway woods and hybrids. You might be ready to drop your 5 hybrid and replace it with a 3 hybrid.
Your driver should still be oversized (for accuracy) with about 10-12 degrees of loft for slightly lower trajectory in order to maximize distance. Shaft selection becomes a very important component. You want a shaft that matches your swing speed and ball flight requirements. Perhaps a draw bias to help get the drive moving a little more right to left.
Your wedges can be reconfigured. A gap wedge and/or a lob wedge are possibly good additions. If three wedges are your choice you may want to distribute the lofts relatively evenly from your PW to your LW. You should consider wedges with less bounce so you can hit them off of tighter lies.
You may have already settled on what putter works for you, but if you are ready to try something new check out one of the new MOI maxed mallets, those would be a good choice.
An intermediate golfers set configuration should be: Woods (1, 3) Hybrids (2, 3, 4) Irons (Game Improvement) (5-PW, SW, LW), Putter.
So here is what we think would be a great set for you:
Driver: The popular Pinemeadow Excel Strong Titanium Driver is modelled after the Callaway® Big Bertha Driver 460. The oversized clubhead combines the benefits of a square head in a more traditional shape. The innovative driver technology incorporated here allows for maximum distance off the tee while still being quite forgiving. This design is a great choice for intermediate golfers.
Fairway Woods: The Pinemeadow Excel Strong 3 Wood is an intense low profile, strong stainless steel club head with the ability to make swift contact at a higher M.O.I. The stainless steel face has a larger sweet spot and shallow face for better stability and longer shots.
Irons/Hybrids: The Pinmeadow Excel Strong Hybrid Iron Set features a low profile hybrid clubhead and perimeter weighting that generates the ultimate launch angle for your shot. The Irons sport a sleek radius of the sole and notch weighting system throughout the club head which create an optimum launch trajectory that maximizes distance through added carry and roll.
Wedge: In addition to the PW and SW that come with the above Iron set we recommend you add a lob wedge. The Classic Grind Wedge (60 Degrees) offers you good control, touch and a classic sleek design. The wedge has a unique beveled sole combined with proven shape and bounce design to provide accurate play from any lie.
Putter: The rear of the Xeon M-6 Putter head is balanced by the two "prongs" giving you a precise measurement of weight throughout the putter to help increase MOI (Moment of Inertia). A high MOI reduces twist on miss-hits assuring straighter putts.
The above set is a great choice for an intermediate golfer. It is only about $450 for the complete set, about the same you would need to pay for a branded driver alone. This leaves you with plenty of cash to play more golf...
Here is some additional info about the clubs we recommended above: