Buying used can save you a lot of money, whether you want to upgrade a driver you’ve had for a few seasons or just want your first set of clubs to get you out on the course.
As with any purchase, it’s best to know as much as possible before you buy so you can be sure of your choice, and we’re here to help. You don’t have to be an expert on equipment to get started, and we’ve made a list of tips to help you get the best deal on used gear.
Here are the five best tips for buying used clubs.
Know what you’re looking for in a club
If it’s not clear online or when you talk to someone in person, the most important things to ask about a club are:
– shaft flex
– lie angle
Even this seasoned club buyer has gotten too excited about a deal and bought clubs that were 1″ too short because he didn’t check the specs first. Sad but true.
If you are a newbie golfer, take the time to at least talk to a PGA professional or expert on club fitting to get an idea of what to look for, even if that means buying standard clubs off the shelf. The more fun you’ll have on the course, the closer your clubs are to how they should fit.
Check key parts for problems
A few minutes spent looking at a few key parts of the clubs you want to buy can tell you a lot.
Ferrules: The little plastic pieces that are where the shaft meets the club head are just for looks, but if a set has one or two that do not even match the rest, it means that the clubs have already been fixed at some point. If this is true, ask for more information about why.
Shafts: It’s easy to tell if steel-shafted clubs are good or bad: if they’re bent, say “no thanks.” Check the area where the shaft runs into the head of graphite-shafted clubs for paint wear or cracks. This is one of the most stressed parts of the club, and cracks mean that it has been damaged and could break soon.
Last but certainly not least, make sure that when you buy something like a set of irons, the shafts are all the same brand and flex.
Even when buying used, grips are important enough to get their own section. If the grips are in good shape or just need to be cleaned, make sure they are at least your preferred size, even if they are not your preferred model.
If your clubs are more than 5 years old, you should be ready to regrip them, so be sure to include that in your budget. New grips are a small investment that can make your clubs feel like new and more like yours.
Get adjustable if you can
If you don’t want to get custom fit, which can be hard if you’re buying used clubs because of your budget, at least buy drivers, fairway woods, and hybrids that can be changed.
Modern woods that can be adjusted are one of the quickest and easiest ways to get more distance and tighter shots. The best part is that every OEM has an online guide for how to adjust their clubs, so you can do it yourself in a few minutes with a torque wrench.
Buy from trusted sellers
This one is by far the easiest to understand: if you don’t want to buy fake or counterfeit clubs, buy from sources you know and trust. Reputable sellers always take the time to make sure the item is real, whether it’s online or at a store nearby. This can help take the worry out of buying used.
Original article posted on Golf.com
Photo posted by: Ryan Barath