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.