What's new? How much does it cost? And how does it perform? Jack Backhouse brings you the low down on MacGregor's CG3000 package set
Starting golf can be expensive, with green fees, memberships, clothing, shoes and clubs it can all add up. MacGregor have brought out a set of clubs looking to ease some of that initial outlay, but how do they perform? Find out in our MacGregor CG3000 driver review.
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MacGregor CG3000 package set review: NCG Summary
MacGregor have done a brilliant job putting together the perfect set of clubs for a player just starting their golfing journey.
The set comes with all the right clubs, with a couple of customisable options that allow a beginner to get started on the right foot.
Any golfer would be pleasantly surprised by the quality of the CG3000 clubs, which come at such a low price compared to other starter sets or premium clubs.
- Unbelievable value
- Irons feel really good
- Woods launch high which is perfect for new players
- Nice choice in bag and shaft options when ordering
- No putter cover so the black head might mark easily after a few rounds
MacGregor CG3000 package set review: First Impressions
MacGregor have put together a really good beginner set of clubs, but its the smaller details are what stand out initially. The bag is great, comfy to carry and has lots of pocket space. The headcovers on the woods are quality and the colour scheme looks really good throughout the set.
MacGregor CG3000 package set review: NCG Verdict
The first thing I love about this set is the club selection. As a coach to beginners, it can often be confusing for new players who turn up with 14 clubs and ask what are they all supposed to do, as often they have 4 or 5 clubs in the bag that do exactly the same thing.
The CG3000 set goes from SW – 6 iron, and then has a 5 hybrid, 5 wood and driver, which is more than enough to get going. I actually think there’s a lot of experienced players than would benefit from going to this set make up.
I started off by hitting a few shots with the sand wedge and then worked my way up the irons. Package sets designed for beginners can be really hit-and-miss with quality, but I was really pleased with how these felt in my hands, throughout the swing and at impact.
The PW, 8 iron and 6 iron I hit on the Flightscope, are gapped really well and went a solid distance. Something I think is really good about the CG3000 irons is that they launched pretty high and have high spin, which should increase carry.
This isn’t something I often think is a good thing but for beginners who probably arent very consistent, high launch and high spin means the ball is going to stay in the air for longer which will increase their enjoyment when playing.
I then moved onto hitting the 5 hybrid. This is 24 degrees and has a graphite shaft. Again the distance is perfectly gapped from the 6 iron, and it launched really high and carried a really impressive distance, probably around the distance I’d expect from a ‘premium’ brands hybrid.
I didn’t hit any shots with the 5-wood on the Flightscope, but it’s worth noting that I am really pleased they have included a fairway and that is a 5-wood, not a 3-wood. The extra loft and slightly shorter shaft make it that much more usable for beginners as a 3-wood is often just too difficult to hit.
The driver is also a great bit of kit. It has a lovely shape and a glossy finish which give it a quality feel. The shaft is super light and it’s 13 degrees. This might seem quite high, but it is actually perfect for a new player. In the early stages of learning the most important thing is that the ball goes up in the air for as long as possible, and I really think MacGregor thought about this when putting the set together.
I wasn’t disappointed in the distance the driver produced at all either. I did have some trouble hitting it way right, but i put this down to the clubs probably not being designed for a golfer who swings it at 100mph+.
The putter MacGregor have included in this set is brilliant. It has a great shape, good alignment aids, and a really nice weight to the head that lets the putter swing nicely.
It’s hard to criticise anything about this set, as you have to look at it with the understanding that it costs less than £400, which is remarkable to say you can easily spend over £500 on a new driver.
You can tell Macgregor have put a lot of thought into this beginner set, as they have nailed pretty much everything about it. You get a choice of bags when ordering, stand or trolley, and even can choose a longer or shorter shaft so that the irons are more suited to your body type.
This is definitely over and above what’s expected and I would absolutely recommend the CG300 package set to any beginner I meet!
MacGregor CG3000 package set review: The Details
Set Make Up: Driver, 5-wood, 5-hybrid, 6-SW, Putter. Option of stand bag or cart bag.
Shaft Options: Steel, Steel +1 inch, Steel -1 inch, Graphite
More information: MacGregor Website
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