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Solaire clubs by Callaway: One-stop equipment shopping for female golfers

Kiel ChristiansonBy Kiel Christianson,
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The 14-piece Callaway Solaire set is ideal for adult women golfers looking for quality, player-friendly, matching gear. (Courtesy of Callaway Golf)

Callaway continues its support of female golfers with solid 14-piece Solaire club set.

For several years, the only segment of the golfing population that was experiencing annual growth was that of women golfers. I don't know if this is still true now that the nation's financial geniuses sliced the economy into the woods, but there is at least one happy effect of the above noted trend: Equipment companies are paying more attention to women's golf gear, clubs in particular.

Callaway, a major early sponsor of the LPGA Tour, is a leader in this respect, and the company's new Solaire set represents welcome one-stop shopping for women golfers.

The 14-piece Solaire set (13 clubs plus bag, $899) consists of the following clubs, all of which are graphite-shafted, except for the putter:

• Solaire putter (center-shafted, no offset, midsize mallet)
• SW, PW, AW
• 9- and 8-iron
• 7-, 6-, 5-hybrid
• 7-, 5-, 3-wood
• Solaire driver (13 degrees)

In addition to the full complement of sticks, the set comes with a very handsome matching black-and-white canvas and patent-leather cart bag with brushed nickel hardware and a passel of pockets.

One of the best things about the set is that it is not condescending, by which I mean that it is neither pink nor purple. It is a serious, well-built set of clubs that incorporates all the engineering bells and whistles any serious golfer would expect these days.

The wedges and irons have deep cavity backs, the mid- and long-irons have been replaced by wood-like hybrids, and the driver is big-headed and deep-faced. The head of the driver is also asymmetrical, promoting an inside-out swing path with both visual and weighting cues.

For all the technological advances incorporated into this set, the putter design is perhaps a bit odd: The smaller mallet head and straight shaft were far more popular in both men's and women's clubs several years ago, prior to the explosion of bent and plumber-neck shafts and hosels, which naturally position the hands ahead of the putter head and branding-iron-like mallets. Nevertheless, it is a very clean, compact face-balanced putter with a nice profile at address.

Similarly, in recent years, carry bags have become far more popular, especially among younger golfers. Yet the single-strap Solaire bag is most definitely a cart bag.

Upon inspecting both the putter and the bag, my 11-year-old daughter commented that the set seems to be targeted at an older, er, more mature generation of golfers.

But this is a good thing. The sport needs as many new players as it can get – of any age and either gender. And with solid equipment such as Solaire by Callaway, many more new women players might stick with it in the years to come ... unless the economy carries all the way O.B.

Kiel Christianson has lived, worked, traveled and golfed extensively on three continents. As senior writer and equipment editor for WorldGolf.com, he has reviewed courses, resorts, and golf academies from California to Ireland, including his home course, Lake of the Woods G.C. in Mahomet, Illinois. Read his golf blog here.

 
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  • Solaire

    Angela wrote on: Apr 6, 2014

    Hi
    I am looking for a good golf club set for my daughter , she is about 5 feet tall. I find that Callaway Solaire II and Solaire Gems sets, but I don’t which one is better? and my daughter needs Regular or petite set ? Thanks a lot !
    Angela

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  • Solaires

    Lori wrote on: Mar 1, 2014

    I bought a set of Solaires last year. I love them and have had no problems with them. (of course I take care of my clubs). They allow me to keep up with and play with my husband and son who are a 0 and 2 handicap.
    Love my Callaways!

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  • Solaire

    clare Logue LPGA wrote on: Jan 20, 2014

    Not all women are mental midget's when it comes to their golfing ability.
    This is a package set..... get fitted by a professional that way you can get the shafts that fit your game.....not every women wants a matchy matchy....
    there are plenty of good clubs Callaway makes with an L or A. shaft....Knowledge is power women....

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      • RE: Solaire

        Kiel Christianson wrote on: Jan 21, 2014

        I totally agree! I would recommend any golfer who is serious about her or his equipment to get fitted.

        Reply

  • Solaris golf clubs

    Carole wrote on: Jan 7, 2014

    My husband gave me the 14 PCM set for my birthday in Feb. 2010. I ditched the putter after a few games. My 3 wood broke and the shaft shredded a few months later. Our local pro returned it to Callaway for replacement. Love them all except for putter

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  • I love my Solaire 14 pce set , no probs at all !

    Anne wrote on: Sep 21, 2013

    I have owned and played with the Callaway Solaire 14 pce set in champaign for over 2 years now with absolutely zero problems , am I just lucky ?

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  • Callaway Solaire

    Kerry wrote on: Feb 4, 2013

    I've been playing with my Soilaire for about 3 months now, I've used every club in the full set and have had no problems, I love them.

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      • RE: Callaway Solaire

        Julie wrote on: Jun 22, 2013

        Just wondering which putter you have in this set and what do you think of it?
        thank you

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  • Solaire I

    Doris wrote on: Dec 9, 2012

    I have owned my Solaire's for 2 years and absolutely love them. My husband just offered to exchange them for a new set and I declined. They are great clubs, light and comfortable yet let me fire the ball and place it straight on.

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  • Solaire

    Diane wrote on: Dec 6, 2012

    I've had my Solaire for 2 years and have played over 60 games and just love them no issues with any of the clubs..

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  • solaire club breaking

    Donnie wrote on: Feb 20, 2012

    Wow!! I was looking to get my wife a set of the Solaire clubs because she loved the way they looked. Being the fact that they are Callaway, I thought that I would be happy to get them for her. Now, I'm glad I did some research and found this page. This page has saved me some headaches. I love my X-22 tours but will be happy to find something else for her because I don't want her getting sour on the game. Thank you to everyone for sharing your experiences.

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      • RE: solaire club breaking

        emily mills wrote on: Jun 29, 2012

        is this the solaire 2 or the solaire 1?

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  • Solaire broken clubs

    Teddy wrote on: Sep 6, 2011

    My husband just got me theses clubs. I played with them three times and the head broke on the 5 wood. That night, I thought I would look on the internet to see if this had happened to other owners of these clubs. I was shocked to see how many others have broken clubs also. They should be recalled or retailers should stop selling them. Yesterday, I took them back to the Roger Dunn store where we bought them. They said it was probably just a fluke and they offered to replace the 5 club. I told them about the experiences I'd read others have been having with them and I told them no way, I don't want to take the chance of hurting someone or myself. So I ended up exchanging them for a set of Cobra Sapphires.

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      • RE: Solaire broken clubs

        Lorrie wrote on: May 10, 2012

        I thought it was just me. First time on the course using my 3 wood and the head snapped off. Since then I have broken 2 additional clubs.

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  • 3 BROKE CLUBS... and counting!!!

    Tana wrote on: Aug 28, 2011

    I purchased these clubs less than a month ago and have three broke clubs, my driver, 5 hybrid and 8 iron. I called Calloway after I broke 2, they agreed to replace them with no questions asked. After breaking another club and reading these posts, I am very worried about the next set. If even ONE breaks, I am going to demand my money back. I seriously hope Calloway does something about this situation, it is embarrassing for them and me PLUS it definitely affects your game!
    Good luck to all!!!

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  • broken shaft on new calloway solaire

    shelley wrote on: Aug 7, 2011

    I did not see any comment on broken clubs. I am an intermediate 23 handicap golfer and have had three of the clubs from the original set of clubs break on the shaft next to the hozell (sp)
    The three clubs were the sand wedge, A wedge and the 3 wood. I am concerned that I could hit someone in the head
    Do you have any suggestions

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  • Solaire Heads Break Off

    Patrick De Meester wrote on: Jul 23, 2011

    My wife was quite excited at the beginning of last season to get a new set of Callaway Solaire clubs. Last year one of her clubs shattered at the hosel with the graphite turning into shreds. The head of the club swung around and hit her.
    The retailer replaced this club despite my wife's doubt about the quality of the clubs. This type of thing shouldn't happen and she was told it was a fluke.
    Last night the head of her 6H flew off with the adhesive on the hosel just letting go.
    Again, back to the retailer (Sport Chek) and they are allowing her to return the clubs. She's moving to TaylorMade Burner as she has lost confidence in the Callaway clubs. Golf is a head game and if you don't trust your clubs you can't play to your potential.

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      • RE: Solaire Heads Break Off

        Lorrie wrote on: May 10, 2012

        When my shattered at the hosel it was as if a projectile object was flying. It almost hit my brother in the head. I've been golfing for years and NEVER had a problem like this before.

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  • 14 Pc Set

    JMac wrote on: Oct 19, 2010

    My husband bought these clubs for me in June and I have not had a single problem out of them! I'm fairly short so I had the clubs shortened, so maybe that effected the sturdiness of the clubs somehow? Sorry you guys are having such a hard time with these clubs, I'm completely sold on Callaway.

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  • Solaire Full Set

    dkon wrote on: Sep 4, 2010

    Unfortunately there is a flaw with the design of these clubs. Way long ago the GBB (Great Big Bertha) experienced similar issues as the point where the shaft and hosel meet does not have enough reinforcement. Where the shaft meets the head is a critical stress point and other manufactures have a much longer hosel piece which provides for resistance to breaking.
    Callaway knows this and as such if your head goes flying off like my girlfriends 3 and 7 wood did on the driving range, Callaway will exchange these damaged clubs no questions asked.
    Just go back to where you bought them and be sure to bring all the broken pieces.
    It's more a shock factor to the user and the mental scar.
    Rest assured that Callaway will replace them.

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  • Solaire 14 pc set

    suzanne wrote on: Aug 29, 2010

    I purchased this set about a month ago. On the first day, I went to the driving range and the club head of my 3 wood went flying. Took it back and received a replacement. A week later by 5 wood club head did the same thing. Thankfully, the place I bought them from took the whole set back and I got a set of Adams Idea. I love them.

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  • Solaire 14 pc set

    Kathy wrote on: Jul 30, 2010

    I purchased the set in April & loved them at first sight. My driver dented within 2 weeks and was replaced within a month. Since then, my driver & 3 wood are dented. Callaway says to take the clubs back for credit or replace the damaged clubs. They have admitted they have a problem. What do I do? How long will they keep replacing them?

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  • Best ever

    janis wrote on: Jul 24, 2010

    This is the best set I've ever owned.
    Thank you Callaway.

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      • RE: Best ever

        nafnlaus wrote on: Aug 12, 2012

        I have now owned Solaire set for about 1 year now and i love it. i love the shape of the clubs 7 to 4 and how good is to hold the clubs the driver is so good i have increased my golfing skill so much after getting this set I LOVE IT :)
        sorry for the bad English icelandic

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  • callaway solaire

    Amy wrote on: Jul 19, 2010

    Just bought these clubs; no issues
    My drive improved by 40 yards; now its a consistent 175-190!
    Nothing is broken yet

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  • Ladies 14 pc set Callaway Solarie

    Sharon V wrote on: Jul 19, 2010

    I purchasede this set in May and fell in love with them, although they quickly disappointed me. About 2 weeks ago my 7 hybrid head flew off and the shaft shattered. Yesterday, the 3 wood head flew off. I'm very shocked. There definitley is a quality issue with these clubs and I will be returning them today.

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  • Calloway Solaire

    Becky W. wrote on: Jul 14, 2010

    Well, I should have believed all of your comments - read them last night, went to the golf shop today, told the salesperson about the negative comments online, he said he had sold 40-50 sets and hadn't had one complaint!! I bought the clubs, went to the driving range with my husband and son and, lo and behold, hit the 7 wood head right off of the shaft. It was a solid shot but my son said he thought the ball went a little farther! I will be returning to the golf store tomorrow. Any suggestions on my next purchase?

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      • RE: Calloway Solaire

        Kelley wrote on: May 9, 2011

        Hi, I was checking out the reviews of the new Calloway Solaire Ladies clubs and saw your review. I'm sorry you have had such a bad experience with the clubs, but thank you for your review.....it has helped to decide that I will indeed stick with the clubs that I have, that I LOVE, my Adams A30S Ladies clubs. I recommend that you try the latest set they have to offer, their golf clubs are really well made and I have had mine for about 4 years now and have NEVER HAD A PROBLEM WITH THEM. (I do re-grip them each season though.) I average about 3 rounds a month and hit the driving range about 4 times a month. Give them a try, I think you will be happy with them.... and no, I don't work for Adams Golf, I am just a happy fan of their product!!!

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  • Callaway Solaire-in Canada

    Angela wrote on: Jul 12, 2010

    I had been to several reputable shops to check pricing up here and everything is labelled "assembled in China". I think there are some facts lacking here, ALL of them cannot be counterfiet.
    The only comment I have is the putter is for midgets; I am 5'7" and need the 34". Do they think everyone is 5'0?
    I have bought a separate putter. I hope nothing breaks!!

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  • ladies solaire golf clubs

    frieda Vallejos wrote on: Jun 12, 2010

    I am very disappointed in my new driver. It is too light. I do not get the same distance as my old driver. the bag is beautiful..but, is very nonfunctional when strapped on cart. can not get to pockets easily. tee pocket is too tight.
    considering to exchange the set. for the price i should be satisfied. Though I am not.

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      • RE: ladies solaire golf clubs

        Becky wrote on: Jun 24, 2010

        Well unfortunately like some of you I did not read this until after I bought the clubs and then thought that won't happen to me. Last night at my golf lesson the 5 wood shaft cracked at the head. Luckily Sports Authority were I purchased them replaced the club. I called Callaway and they were really no help at all. Sounds like there is not a recall of any kind. I hope it doesn't happen again because I do really like the set. I also pointed them to this website to let them know good things are not being said about this set of clubs

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  • So long Solaire

    Anne wrote on: Jun 1, 2010

    I was super excited to buy my last set of golf clubs for many years. To my disbelief, at the driving range I watched not only the head of my 7 fly further than my ball but the shaft of my 1 splinterd where the shaft meets the head. So much for the expensive investment. The Calloway rep told me it is a one off incident. I will think twice before trusting this brand again. On the bright side the spectators at the range had plenty of comic relief!!!

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  • Calloway Solaire Golf Clubs

    Joyce Little wrote on: May 22, 2010

    I also just purchased the 14 piece set - I am really enjoying them - like the irons and the woods. On my first time out with my 5 wood the ball went flying (I was really impressed) but the head actually passed the ball. I purchased them at my golf course and they gave me a new one - but I was actually lucky no one was in front because the head really travelled and would have done some serious damage. I now have another club so hopefully it was the only one!!! for me.

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  • solaire setbacks

    Jackie wrote on: May 17, 2010

    Had the same thing happen with my 3 & 7 woods. Not a happy golfer in this camp! Thanks for providing the Callaway phone number. I may trade them in for a different brand.

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  • bag

    Muriel wrote on: Apr 7, 2010

    I just purchased the new 14 piece set callaway solaire's.....the bag however does not set up on a push cart in a most efficient manner, ie) the carry strap is made to hang in the front which just gets in the way of trying to access all the pockets. the carry strap is usually in the back.
    what gives here????
    and the tee pocket??? is waaaay to tight.

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  • Calloway Solaire Golf clubs

    Becky Rocca wrote on: Feb 10, 2010

    I would love to hear from anyone who has purchased the Solaire golf clubs. mine broke.

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      • RE: Calloway Solaire Golf clubs

        Heather wrote on: May 16, 2010

        Same thing happened with my #5!!! The Hosel flew right off the bottom of the Shaft. Does anyone know how I can tell if they are a knock off???? I called Callaway and they are sending me a new one, but now Im wondering if they are fake??

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      • RE: Calloway Solaire Golf clubs

        Cee wrote on: May 12, 2010

        I bought a 9 piece set, and became worried after reading the comments here. Heads flying off in play, and shafts breaking.
        After doing more research if the clubs say, "Assembled in China" the clubs are counterfeit. Unlike a knock off, counterfeit bears the brand name. A knock off is built to the exact specs, but has a different name.
        If you need more info contact Callaway @ 800-588-9836.

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          • RE: RE: Calloway Solaire Golf clubs

            Kim wrote on: May 24, 2010

            I'm not sure how correct the statement about "assembled in china" is, because a major chain..Dick's Sporting Goods had the Solaires and all the clubs said assembled in China. I would expect online shops and auctions site to sell the counterfeit, but not a major store.

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      • RE: Calloway Solaire Golf clubs

        Terri L. Evans wrote on: May 7, 2010

        Hi Becky -
        I wish I would have discovered this website before purchasing my set. I have had the same issue with this set. Two clubs - the 5 and 7 have broken within a month of purchase. I just took the set back to Golfsmith and am now researching to find a better quality set.
        I was made to believe that this was "fluke" and had never happened before.
        Thanks for taking the time to leave this message. Hopefully they will respond by recalling the sets until they figure out the issue.
        Take Care,

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          • RE: RE: Calloway Solaire Golf clubs

            Joe wrote on: May 17, 2010

            I bought these for my grilfriend we just went to the driving range tonight and the 3 woods shaft cracked right by the hosel. Did Golfsmith let you exchange the clubs? We went back there and they said we could not return them and they sent it back to Callaway, the clubs did say assembled in China. Does this really mean they are counterfeit? If anyone can help, because these clubs were not cheap, so I cant understand why they crack like this.

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              • RE: RE: RE: Calloway Solaire Golf clubs

                Lorrie wrote on: May 10, 2012

                All the clubs are assembled in China. I purchased mine through our golf course directly from Callaway.

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  • Calloway Solaire Golf clubs

    Becky Rocca wrote on: Feb 9, 2010

    I went to demo day at our golf club near our home and purchased the set for my own Christmas present. I was so excited, and thought I had a lifetime set.
    Upon using the 7 hybrid at the driving range, the head flew off. I received a whole new set of club because they said it was just a fluke, and they wanted to prove this to me.
    I returned to the driving range, and once again the head flew off of the 7, and then the head flew off of the 3 wood.
    I feel they have a quality issue. I have received a refund, but no satisfaction or thanks from Callaway for reporting this issue to the.
    Sincerely, Becky

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      • RE: Calloway Solaire Golf clubs

        Dave wrote on: Apr 19, 2011

        I had a similar issue. I bought these clubs for my wife. She was really excited to go to the driving range until the driver and 5 wood both broke within 20 swings.
        I think the problem is where the shaft connects with the head. It's not made for a beginner. When I brought them back to the shop to exchange for the Adams set (great set, BTW), one guy tried to explain that it looks like a ball mark near the shaft, and that's why it will break. My response to this is that it's an obvious design flaw. Here you have a set of clubs made for beginners, and you're telling me that they have to hit the sweet spot on the woods. Otherwise, they may break. Yeah, that's not going to happen for beginners with regularity.
        I disappointed in Callaway for these clubs. I bought based on the brand name, and it didn't work out.

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          • RE: RE: Calloway Solaire Golf clubs

            kodascious wrote on: Apr 28, 2011

            i just got the solaire golf clubs and i am in love with them. i increased my driving distance by at least 50 yards. i normally hit a slice but this club allowed me to hit a draw fade or straight down the pipe. it is an awesome club from an amazing company. i think that the heads falling off clubs was just a rare fluke.

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  • Callaway Solaire on Ellen DeGeneres

    Mike Rosen wrote on: Jan 26, 2010

    Watch Callaway Golf help Ellen celebrate her Birthday and beat Harry Connick Jr. at golf with the new Solaire clubs - http://bit.ly/91ijDf - and have a chance win a 9-piece Solaire set.

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