Are used golf clubs worth the risk?
Before you buy a second-hand set of clubs, you need to ask yourself which is more important: saving a few bucks or playing your best golf.
If it’s the latter, delete your Gumtree app NOW and listen up.
Purchasing a pre-loved putter, a disowned driver or an entire set of second-hand specials is fraught with danger, can result in despair and often ends up with you being saddled with a dud.
Here’s why buying new clubs will always be the better and easier option over pre-owned.
BEWARE OF WEAR
It’s safe to say second-hand clubs will have seen their fair share of action and accumulated a few battle scars to show for it.
But it’s the nicks, scratches and wear-and-tear on the clubface that'll make your best shots out on the course not quite as sublime as they could be.
Grooves wear out, particularly on wedges and short irons, and that’ll cost you spin, consistency and accuracy.
CRACKS THAT CRUMBLE
The heads of titanium drivers and fairway woods are prone to cracking over the journey, especially if they’ve encountered a bit of abuse, such as striking branches or being returned to the bag in a vent of anger.
The problem with second-hand clubs is it’s hard to see the hairline cracks that lead to big problems later on, especially if you don’t know what to look out for.
The latest drivers and fairway woods are designed with such exacting tolerances that a tiny crack will leak all the potential power and performance and rob you of vital distance off the tee.
FAKES THAT FOOL
Many golfers have been duped into buying clubs both online and second-hand that turn out to be counterfeits.
They may look like the real deal but are made with inferior materials and won't perform or sound at all like a genuine club.
The old saying 'if the price looks too good to be true, it usually is' rings true for golf clubs.
But buying new clubs from a reputable retailer like GolfBox means there's absolutely no risk of inadvertently spending your hard-earned dough on counterfeits - it's always the genuine article, guaranteed.
Opting to buy new clubs from a retailer means you'll also receive a warranty in the slight chance something does go amiss with your purchase.
A two-year warranty is the standard, rather than the three feet- three seconds warranty of pre-owned clubs.
You can clock up a lot of mileage on your new clubs in two years knowing you have free roadside service should anything go wrong.
THE GUMTREE ABYSS
If 'time is money' then trying to buy second-hand clubs on Gumtree will quickly send you broke.
Does this sound familiar?
You spend hours scrolling and searching for a second-hand bargain and, after finding what you think you're after, proceed to then burn more hours of your precious time attempting to organise a convenient time to meet up.
When you get there, one of these scenarios eventuates:
- No-one is home.
- They didn't bother to tell you the clubs had just been sold to someone else.
- The photos and description didn't tell the full story.
- The seller is weird.
You can avoid all that pain by buying new, unblemished, as advertised, clubs at GolfBox, where our staff, who are friendly, helpful and not weird, will be more than happy to help you, at any time.
PLAY THE LATEST TECHNOLOGY
Buying used clubs that are already a few generations behind the latest models is like buying a 20-year-old Hyundai - it'll hopefully get you there but the ride won't be pretty.
If you really want to improve your game, playing with the newest clubs equipped with the latest technology will get you to where you want to go faster.
In the grand scheme of things, spending a few extra dollars will maximise your enjoyment of the game, which is what it's all about, isn't it?
GOLFRENT CAN HELP
To avoid the perils of purchasing pre-owned clubs GolfBox offers GolfRent , a rent-to-own option that'll get you playing the latest and best-suited clubs straight away.
Instead of coughing up all your cash up-front, GolfRent allows you to rent brand-new clubs by making monthly instalments for a minimum period of six months.
After the six-month get-to-know-you phase is over, you can purchase the item outright for a price established by GolfRent’s ‘Apply To Purchase’ pricing table.
But if you’re still not sure, you can keep renting the equipment on a month-to-month basis with the option to leave at anytime: just return the clubs to GolfBox.
GolfRent makes it ultra-easy to keep the latest clubs in your bag every six months - just bring them back and use GolfRent again to upgrade to the newest model.
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PGA Professional and Head Instructor, GolfBox Academy
GET FITTED TO GET IT RIGHT
Golf is already hard enough.
So playing with second-hand clubs that were originally fitted for someone else's swing is kind of like buying a used car and not adjusting the driver's seat and steering column to suit your driving style.
Being fitted for new clubs at GolfBox will guarantee you've got the right clubs for your swing mechanics and make the game easier and more enjoyable.
Get it right from the start and avoid the struggle.