If you’re in the market for golf clubs, and haven’t considered buying used golf clubs… you should! Here’s why. There are many golfers out there who like to have the latest and greatest equipment all the time and have no problem spending big bucks for it. They pick up a brand new set of Callaways, then next week decide they don’t like them and want Titleist instead. But this is great news for anyone who would rather buy used golf clubs for a fraction of the price than shell out the money for new clubs.
If you’re considering purchasing used golf clubs there are some things you should be aware of before you plunk down your money. There are the obvious "buyer beware" tips such as making sure the seller is reputable. But there are also some things that relate specifically to used golf clubs that you should consider.
When buying used golf clubs, first check the club heads. You are looking for signs of wear. If there is a shiny worn spot in the middle of the club head, it means it may not hold the ball as well. Also, the grooves should still be well defined. Stay away from used golf clubs that don’t meet these requirements.
Next, you will want to check the shafts and grips on the used golf clubs. Look for worn areas on the shaft that could make the club weak. With steel shafts, make sure none of the shafts are bent. Look for cracked or worn areas in the grips. You don’t want to save money by buying used golf clubs only to have to spend more to get them re-gripped!
You will want to make sure that the set of used golf clubs is consistent. They should all appear to be from the same set. Mixing and matching clubs from different sets can affect your game. Also, check the prices of new golf clubs from the same and other manufacturers before you purchase the used clubs. Sometimes you can find a new set from a different maker that costs less than the used golf clubs.
Finally, ask the seller if you can try out the used golf clubs before you commit to the purchase. After all, a bargain is not really a bargain if you won’t enjoy using the clubs or if they just don’t feel like they are sized right for you. If this is not an option, at least check with other golfers, professionals, or product reviews to see what people think of that particular set. Used golf clubs can be a great way to go for the financially savvy golfer!