Are cheap golf clubs always bad?

When it comes to expensive items, determining quality is pretty simple. When something costs a lot, we can reasonably assume that it will be of high quality. Golf clubs are no exception. When i see sets that cost thousands of dollars, i don’t wonder whether they are good or not. I can be sure that they are, or otherwise manufacturers would be insane to price it that way. They may not be a good value for the money and instead, some of those clubs are often very overpriced, but still, quality is always there.

Cheap golf clubs, on the other hand, are a bit harder to figure out. There are some clubs that are affordable and are crappy, while others may not be spectacular, but they at least have a decent build and work more-or-less as golf clubs should. Usually, if you find used club that is too cheap, it’s a scam and someone is trying to pass off knockoff golf club as a genuine one. Those are easy to detect. Hard part is finding out which of the countless affordable golf club sets that are being offered is any good. Usually, looking at customer reviews and ratings is a safe bet, but if i were you, i’d do a bit of research on golf clubs as well. For example, i can be sure that Callaway Strata is high quality set, because reputable blog like GolfClubsGuru has reviewed it. Not to mention the fact that it has countless satisfied customers who are all saying positive things about this set.

Does that mean that beginners should get cheap golf clubs then? I think the answer to that is yes. Starter golfers will be much better off with affordable set of clubs than high-end one. First of all, when you’re beginner in anything, you shouldn’t overspend on the gear of that hobby, since you aren’t sure that you’ll be sticking around to actually use that gear. High end clubs do have their fair share of advantages, but to be honest, when you’re a beginner, those advantages don’t really matter. At that stage, a player is still concerned with figuring out which golf clubs are supposed to be when and such elementary things. Once you’ve mastered these basics, then you can confidently say that better set of clubs will actually improve your game. Still, beginners often make a lot of mistakes and they roughly treat their clubs, so even if you have budget for it, I think that going for expensive set right away is a bad idea. The best course of action, in my opinion, is getting two hundred dollar set for novice golfers, playing with it for few months, and once you get better, upgrading to something new. If you don’t have the budget to afford all this, then you should consider getting Strata Ultimate set. It’s more expensive than the other versions, but it has silver lining – you can use it for years to come, since you won’t easily outgrow them.

Now that we’ve got that covered, i think it’s time to talk about best places to actually get these club sets. One of, if not the best marketplaces for golf clubs is Amazon. It often offers deals and their policies are centered around the customer. You are also absolutely safe from getting counterfeit clubs by accident or anything like that. eBay is good place to buy used clubs, but there are a lot of things to look out for when shopping for used golf clubs. That’s why i don’t recommend to beginners to do it. Instead, as i’ve mentioned before, i think beginner golfers’ best shot is to get solid affordable club set, like one of the Callaway Strata series sets.

 

Necessary golf gear for golfers

All sports demand from a player to have certain gear, but golf is especially demanding in that regard. While soccer players may be able to play with one ball that wouldn’t cost any more than fifty bucks, golfers sometimes spend thousands to play their beloved sport. It is true that having expensive golf clubs improves your results, but still, it’s not necessary to spend that much money on golf to have fun. You just have to plan your budget really well and know what golf gadgets and other equipment to save money on and which ones you shouldn’t. I believe that beginner golfers can get started with just few hundred dollars. If you are intermediate or average golfer though, you might need a bit more money to get full enjoyment from golf. At that point, golf clubs for novices just don’t cut it anymore, and their shortcomings become noticeable. Let’s not get into golf clubs for intermediate players now and instead, move on to main topic. If you’re interested in learning more about golf clubs for average players, this tutorial might be helpful.

So we’ve established that golf clubs are necessary part of every golfer’s gear. Not all golf clubs are the same though. There are different types of clubs, and how you play will greatly depend on which golf clubs you choose. You must choose ones that will be appropriate in all situations, from fairways including roughs. Driver is probably obvious and should be included in every set. It is the longest club with largest set and the first club you use to shoot the ball. I think getting excellent driver is very important towards the goal of improving your game and results. If you don’t have money to get three to four hundred dollar drivers, just get them used, as used clubs are much cheaper.  Then, we have woods. Some people use hybrids instead of them, but i am a firm believer that having at least one 3-wood in your club set is always a must. Now, we come to irons. These are, in my opinion, second-most important clubs in your bag (after a driver). They are basically mid-distance clubs and in order for you to play well, you need to have accurate irons. If you are a beginner, you might find irons hard to hit properly, so definitely get game-improvement irons. If you are pro, i believe there are irons called “player’s irons” for experienced golfers too. Hybrids represent very interesting case as well. They are much easier to hit than irons, especially the long ones, so you’ll often see beginners using them instead of irons. Hybrids are also notoriously versatile, which is why they are also sometimes called rescue clubs. You can use hybrids to get out of even toughest of situations, so even if you don’t replace irons with them, having a rescue club in your set is always a plus. I think putter needs no introduction. It is extremely precise club that golfers use to deliver the ball to the hole.

Price of the clubs is usually related to how well-built they are, high end clubs being super expensive and low quality clubs being cheap. But that’s not always the case, and even if it was, quality of the clubs is not the most important factor in deciding how you play with them. The most important thing is getting those clubs properly fitted to meet your requirements. Even if clubs are extremely well-built, if they are ill-fitted, they won’t do much good to your game.

Other extremely crucial piece of gear is golf bag. It is the most important accessory, as it is where you store all your other useful accessories, gadgets and clubs. You can usually get solid golf bag for under hundred dollars, but if you buy a club set from certain manufacturers, they most probably will come with golf bags. In my opinion, that’s very convenient, because finding a golf bag that fits all your other equipment can be a bit daunting. On the other hand, getting all that equipment and a bag as a combo is major relief and time saver.  Sets usually tend to come with headcovers for clubs as well, which are very useful in maintaining your golf clubs in good looking and working conditions.

Speaking of protecting your clubs, getting an umbrella is usually very good idea as well. Especially if you live in rainy area like i do. Gloves are useful for protecting yourself against rain and they protect your hands too.