Golf is a sport that doesn’t come cheap. First you will need golf lessons, practice sessions at driving ranges, playtime at the golf course and of course, good quality golf clubs. By far the most important among all these requirements are the golf clubs. If you are on a tight budget but still wish to indulge yourself playing golf, there are a few things you have to remember in order to get good but cheap golf clubs.
1.Inspect the golf clubs carefully
Buying used golf clubs can ensure that you get cheap golf clubs as well. But not all used golf clubs were taken good care of by their previous owner. Inspect the golf clubs for signs of wear and tear. Check for any bent clubs, noticeable nicks and bumps that could affect your performance. Don’t just take the seller’s word for it. Even if he is selling it to you for a very low price, you might be surprised that it could just be junk once you’ve bought it. Check the club faces for worn down grooves and signs or rusting.
2.Ask the Seller Why He is Selling it
Sellers who are quite sentimental and attached to their old golf clubs could sell them to you for a lot more money owing to the fact that they “had great times with these golf clubs”. If you are not willing to buy it at their price, maybe it’s best to walk away. Look for sellers who just want to unload their old clubs or are not as attached to old clubs. Sometimes they just want the cash so knowing the reason why they are selling it could score you some cheap golf clubs.
3.Don’t Mind the Small Stuff
In complete contradiction with item #1, don’t sweat it if you find a little nick or scratch in any one of the golf clubs. These clubs are used to whack a hard golf ball so that it reaches a hole a few yards away; naturally, there will be tiny indentations and imperfections on the clubs. A little scratch never hurt a swing so let it go. Don’t worry about grips that are worn as well. These can be easily and inexpensively replaced if needed.
4.Try It Out and Have a Feel
If you are buying a used golf club at a sporting goods store with a wide enough area where you can practice your swing, by all means try out the used golf club. If you are buying online, find a place that sells a similar model and try it out before buying it. Testing a brand new version of the used version you are planning to buy can also help you find out if the clubs are authentic. There are a lot of fake clubs circulating about for quite some time. Check out the same clubs in the golfing store before buying the used set and compare the feel. If it feels lighter or heavier than the new one at the store, it might not be real and could harm your performance later on.
5.Think About Trading
By trading your old golf clubs, you might just be able to score yourself new but cheap golf clubs. Some big golfing stores offer a trade in for a new set of clubs for your old set and a few extra cash. Even if there is cash involved, spending on this will still be considerably cheaper than buying new ones.
6.Go For The Lesser-Known Brands
Some lesser known brands sell cheap golf clubs that are just as good as their more expensive and well known counterparts. Test out each brand at the store before buying. You might be surprised to find out that the cheaper brand feels just as great in your hands as the more expensive brand.
7.Do Your Research
When buying used golf clubs, there are thousands of sources on the internet that indicate how much they are selling for. Canvass for the best prices online before buying in real life so that you won’t end up spending more than what it’s really worth. Ask for discounts when you find a worn grip or some small scratches. You’ll never know if the seller will give you a discount if you don’t ask.
8.If You Decide to Buy Online, Check the Seller’s Profile
Sellers usually have a few customers that can vouch for them. Look for transaction reviews from the seller’s previous customers. If he is rated a top seller, chances are he’s the real deal and wouldn’t sell you anything less than the best.
9.Consider Buying 1 club at a time
Sometimes, buying an entire set can be very expensive, even if it is a second hand set. If you are only starting out with golf and are just looking for less than 5 clubs to get you started, then find just that particular club and not buy the entire set. You might realize later on that golf really is not your sport so it’s best to be sure before you invest on these expensive equipment.