Because of how much time it takes to collect all the necessary golf clubs for entire set by buying them one by one, many people prefer to buy entire set all at once. They do this for multitude of reasons. Most common reasons are: to save time and money. Entire club sets, on average, cost much less than what it would cost you to buy those same clubs separately. On the other hand, they have their disadvantages too, and we’ll get to them soon enough.
The main benefit of choosing which golf clubs to buy to comprise your golf club set is individuality. Club sets usually are sold by one brand, and they contain only golf clubs from that brand. For some people, like for instance, beginners, that may not be a problem, but for professional golfers, who have strong preferences for individual clubs from this or that brand, that is big problem. That’s why, in my opinion, golf club sets are usually better for beginners, while pros should always make their own sets. While buying golf clubs one by one, you are free to buy the best hybrid, best woods, and best of each types of the club category. On the other hand, one brand rarely makes the best of all types of clubs. Some brands, like Callaway, do make all kinds of clubs, but others, like Ping, specialize in one certain type. Still, even in case of Callaway, their drivers, woods and hybrids are much better than, for example, their wedges and putters. At least that’s how i see it.
There are many disadvantages that come with buying golf clubs separately, but most of them probably boil down to one thing – expense. Buying the best driver, woods, irons/hybrids, putters and other clubs is super expensive. Having top notch golf clubs may help your performance on the golf course a little bit, but it will have bad effect on your bank account. High end clubs are very expensive, so if you’re on a tight budget, buying entire club set might be worth considering. Although there are other ways to reduce expenses. In theory, you could still stay within your budget and have the high end clubs that you want to have. All you have to do, is look for good bargains on used golf clubs. Second hand clubs might sound like a bad idea, but in practice, some listings are very attractive. If you look long enough, you’ll find used clubs that are in perfect condition, almost indistinguishable from the new ones. I must also add that beginners should be careful when buying used clubs. Picking good one takes a lot of knowledge of ins and outs of golf clubs. You must also know the rules of websites that you’re buying these clubs on.
This may not be true for everyone, but one thing i find problematic with golf club sets is that they are too standardized. Often, they don’t include golf clubs that i may like, but aren’t standard in the industry. One example that comes to mind is utility iron. I love using utility clubs on fairway greens, but most golf club sets don’t include them. That’s why i’m forced to turn away from them and towards collecting club set individually.