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Month: July 2018

How to afford top notch golf clubs on tight budget

It’s a common misconception that you need to be extremely wealthy to play golf. Yes, it’s true that most flashy golfers are extremely wealthy, and they like to show off, and that only strengthens the stereotype. In reality though, majority of golfers are regular people like you and I – not the obnoxious show offs wielding thousand dollar golf clubs. Most of us struggle with cost of clubs and other golf accessories just like you do, but using some smart tricks, we still manage to have sufficient golf clubs to achieve our goals, while not putting dent in our budget. That’s why I decided to write this post – to educate fellow budget-constrained golfers on buying golf clubs and other golf-related stuff for relatively cheap price. While this tutorial is about saving, there’s excellent piece by George at GolfClubsGuru about excellent seniors’ clubs.

One most important thing to keep in mind when looking for bargains, is that once new generation of golf clubs are released, older versions, which are still good, usually become significantly cheaper. To be clear – difference between up-to-date and older versions of clubs is very little, but price difference is staggering. In my opinion, that’s rare opportunity to get a good deal on golf clubs. It’s also quite common that once newer golf clubs get released, people usually try to sell used clubs, and those are even cheaper. Especially considering the fact that supply for that particular model has risen, since everyone is listing their old clubs to raise funds for new ones. Using this tactic, I’ve once bought 800$ iron set for just under 200$. Even after three years, those clubs still work as a charm.

But buying using golf clubs aren’t that simple. You’ll need some tips for that as well. Best places to buy used clubs are craigslist and eBay. Craigslist is more like wild west, by which I mean that there is little to no oversight and basically anything gets posted. It’s up to you figure out the quality of the product, so there’s little more risk associated with shopping on craigslist. eBay, on the other hand, has seller ratings and strict control, so it’s much easier to find quality used golf clubs. Basically, if seller has good enough rating, and has been selling golf clubs for a while now, it’s very unlikely to be get scammed by him or her. Sellers are also required to be honest about condition of a golf club they’re selling, so I would advise to carefully read description and details of the listing. There have been cases when buyer ignored explicit mentions of defects of a golf club and still bought it thinking it was brand new. Unfortunately, if that happens to you, it’s on you, and you won’t be refunded for golf club and eBay will take sellers side as well.

Overall, buying used golf clubs, and older models of golf clubs is rather effective way to save money.  If any of you readers have better tips for saving money on golf clubs, please let us know in comments.

Are chinese knockoffs as good as real brand clubs?

Buying and selling chinese knockoff golf clubs is pretty common occurrence on eBay.  So naturally, eBay and legit brands are doing their best to counter these sellers. Objectively, of course it’s unethical thing to do, but in this post, we’re going to be talking about this topic from consumer’s point of view.

How bad are these knockoffs, really? Do they at least come close to maintaining original quality and design, or are they just plain useless? I haven’t bought any of these knockoffs myself, but I have friend who did buy it, so I’ve had an opportunity to play with them.

First of all, there are two kinds of knockoffs – those who try to be authentic, and copy the quality of club as well as it’s appearance. You should try to avoid buying any kind of knockoff, if you know it to be the case, but if you’re unaware and are cheated,the authentic ones  are the ones you want. On the other hand, there are some knockoffs that are just plain garbage, and are only good for being lookalikes of good clubs, so that the sellers can scam inexperienced golfers into buying them.

As mentioned before, most knockoff clubs are sold on eBay and craigslist, so spotting one is rather easy if you know where to look. First of all, eBay is hard on their heels when it comes to selling fake products, so most of these sellers have to frequently create new seller accounts to stay afloat. That should be sign number one – if account is rather new, has little to no reviews, and is selling an excellent golf club for ridiculous price, it’s very likely to be scammer and you should report it to ebay immediately. Ask your friends for advice when buying a club and if you don’t have any friends who play golf, read reviews like this one to help you understand ins and outs.

Craigslist is rather hard, because it doesn’t involve in transaction and exchange of items, so they have less responsibility to protect the buyers both legally and morally. When you’re shopping on craigslist, you’re on your own, just like you’d be if you were buying golf club on garage sale. So if you’re a beginner golfer, and are looking for good bargain on used golf clubs, I’d recommend sticking with eBay as it has more obvious indicators of trustworthiness. Amazon and GlobalGolf are also quite good, but they don’t have as big of a selection as eBay does.

If you’ve already bought knockoff and are wondering if you’ve wasted your money, the answer is probably yes, it’s just a question of how much. If it’s at least a decent knockoff, you can keep using it and you’ll be fine, but if it’s the second type of knockoff I described above, you will be better off accepting your losses and moving on after throwing It away in the garbage. And remember, don’t try to sell knockoff club – that means serious trouble, even if you weren’t the one manufacturing it.

 

Which golf club brand is the best?

A lot of beginner golfers ask me – which golf club brand is the best? The answer, as much as I’d like it to be, is not that simple. Yes, there are some brands that make exceptionally well-made golf gear, but they also cost a fortune. There are some brands that aim for the best quality for affordable price, and there are also some brands that plain straight up don’t care and produce low quality products and solely rely on heavy marketing for sales. One of those quality brands I mentioned before is Callaway. I use their products a lot, so in this review I’m going to be talking about them a lot.

Callaway, in my experience, is the best brand because it has such wide variety of products. Are you a beginner and want an affordable club set to get you started? Callaway will have you covered. Their Callaway Strata series is one of the best in terms of value. For just 200$, you can buy perfectly good beginners club set, that will be more than enough for years to come. Of course, once you begin to improve your game, Callaway Strata set won’t quite cut it, but that should be expected.

They also make excellent golf clubs for women.  I recently bought my wife Callaway Solaire Gems set, and she’s been loving it so far. Even for it’s hefty price tag, these clubs still manage to amaze people by their innovative designs and quality of the materials.  If that costs too much for you, this buying guide by GcG might give you some ideas about good clubs to buy. Overall, Callaway is golf industry leader, and the fact that they’re one of the best brands, if not the best, shouldn’t come as surprise to anyone.

The other golf club brand that I like is TaylorMade. They also have history of making moderately priced, high quality golf clubs. I especially like what they’ve been doing in the irons department. Most TaylorMade series irons these days are of excellent quality.

With that being said, there are also dozens of solid golf club manufacturers that I don’t have experience with, so they didn’t get to be on this list. Most notable of them are – Cobra, Mizuno, Wilson, Nike, and others. I think Nike has recently quit this line of business, but if you find used Nike golf clubs for sale, definitely buy them, because I’ve heard they’re very well built.

Mizuno are Japanese clubs, and that alone speaks for quality of the brand. But they’re much more expensive than most American brands. .Their JPX line of irons is excellent, but for their price, you can get entire set of excellent clubs. So I guess what I’m saying is – if budget doesn’t worry you, Mizuno might be worth the shot, but if it does, I’d advise you to stick with TaylorMade and callaway.

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