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.

Different types of golf clubs

Getting started in golf can be very confusing, especially if one doesn’t have a friend of some kind to guide them through the difficulties. There may be many different reasons for why that is, but in my opinion, one of the hardest things about learning to play golf is the issue of golf clubs. There are 5 different types of clubs in golf, and all of them have to be used in a specific way and on special occasions. It takes a lot of time to learn intricacies of each type and master the art of using them properly. Many golfers feel the need to take lessons just to get started. In comparison, other sports are usually much simpler and don’t require this kind of time and money investment just to get started with a sport. So, i decided to write comprehensive guide, which would simply explain differences between all sorts of clubs and by doing so, help beginner golfers to make sense of golf.

First off, i’ll give basic overview of each type, which can use to distinguish them by their looks and i’ll also explain shortly what that particular type does and how. Drivers, are usually the largest in size and also have biggest club head of all the clubs. They are used to drive golf ball as far as possible.  Drivers are less accurate than other clubs, especially the irons, but in terms of distance, they are the most superior. Then there are woods. They are named like that because in the past, they used to be made of exclusively wood material. That is no longer true, but the name stuck nonetheless. Driver is technically a wood, with their key properties inflated to extremes. So we can say that woods are less extreme versions of a driver. They allow players to shoot golf ball far away, but the longer the distance, the more accuracy is sacrificed. Now, we come to irons. They are most accurate of all the clubs i’ve described before, but also are limited in distance. So the closer you get to the hole, the smarter it is to use irons instead of woods and driver. Most golfers use driver just to make the first shot. Hybrids are usually used interchangeably with irons and woods that are more accurate than others. As the name “hybrid” probably suggests, they are mixture of the two. Hybrids can be described as having the best of both worlds, and therefore, many beginners opt to use them instead of both – irons and woods, especially the former. Irons are notoriously hard to hit, so beginners often prefer simplicity of hybrids. At last, there are putters. They are probably simplest to figure out. They are extremely accurate and designed for short shots. Their use is probably obvious – once you’ve gotten your ball very close to the hole, you use a putter to finally deliver the ball. You can probably guess how important it is to choose a good putter. If you’re a woman, like myself, you can read excellent tutorial on choosing best putter as a woman here.

Understanding these differences between many types of clubs is especially important if you’re going to buying them  and collecting entire club set all by yourself. If you have a plan who can help out, definitely use that help when you’re buying golf clubs one piece at a time. Even better solution, in my opinion, is buying them all at once, as a club set. That way, you save money, time and headache of potentially making a mistake.

How to save money by buying used golf clubs

Golfers often complain about how expensive this sport is, and not without a reason : golf really is expensive. At least, compared to most other hobbies that i know. Corporations, who are developing and releasing newer and newer versions of golf clubs at lightning speeds are certainly major contributor to this. Let’s not get into discussing the reasons for the current state of affairs though and instead, let me shed light on one of the solutions to this – buying used golf clubs. Some people look down on golfers who use second hand golf clubs, but i don’t think their opinion is important to any of us anyway, or otherwise we wouldn’t be doing what we’re doing.

For those whose budgets can’t afford newly released golf clubs, but they still want to have top notch clubs, i believe used golf clubs to be the perfect solution. They cost almost twice or three times less than newly released clubs, and most of them are just as good, if not better. The thing is, some people, who don’t have money problems, like to always have newest golf clubs available, especially the seniors. So whenever new golf club comes out, probably once every year, they get rid of their old clubs in favor of most recent release. By get rid of, i mean selling. Some of those used clubs are in perfect condition, one just has to look carefully on eBay and other listing sites. Which leads us to question : where can one buy high quality used golf clubs at fair prices?

First off, i want to start answering this question by saying that i think used golf clubs are supposed to be bought only through internet. That may seem counter intuitive, because buying golf clubs, or pretty much anything on the internet, has one big drawback – you can’t physically see the condition of an item. But i think that one drawback is greatly outweighed by multitude of advantages. For once, there is greater selection of golf clubs and when you’re trying to pick the club in best condition, large selection pool is your best shot. The flaw of buying used clubs on internet isn’t really flaw at all. If one knows certain signs to look for, one can be pretty sure of the kind of person one is dealing with on the internet. Things like seller rating on eBay give pretty good indicator of whether this golf club seller is trustworthy or not. Craigslist unfortunately doesn’t have such safety checks, which is why i always avoid shopping for used golf clubs there. Prices may be low, and sometimes you might get lucky with high quality golf club in like new condition, but overall, it’s not trustworthy. Other things to pay attention to when you’re shopping for used golf clubs on eBay are the ratings of clubs themselves, and also the longevity of seller’s presence on the platform. If it passes both of these checks, you can be 99% sure that you’ll receive your golf club just like it was described. Even when those checks fail, i think eBay has some way of protecting buyers.

There are other websites where you can buy used clubs, like CallawayPreOwned and GlobalGolf. These two are fine, and all of the golf clubs i’ve bought from them turned out to be great, but their one caveat is that they are corporations, not individuals. So they have higher operating costs during selling these clubs, and because of that, prices of used clubs are higher too. Obviously, one thing to keep in mind is that because they are corporations, they are also more trustworthy. So if you want to save time on researching the seller of a club, buying from these two websites might be a solution.

How to choose best golf clubs for beginners and how to improve your performance by using them

A lot of people ask me – what kind of clubs do I need to start playing golf? Answering this question isn’t hard, but after hearing it for hundreds of times answering it gets boring and you wish you had some kind of tutorial for those people to read. And that’s what it was like for me as well, and that’s why I decided to write down this guide that will help you choose best golf clubs for beginners. I believe there are a lot of things that you need to consider before buying any product, especially golf clubs, but I don’t have time to name them all, so I’ll just mention the ones that are most important.

Important issues – How to choose best golf clubs for beginners

  1. You want golf clubs that are made of high quality materials and designed by professionals who know what exactly you need. Both of these things define how well made golf club is, and how long it will probably last. But don’t judge golf clubs by their prices only, because I’ve seen plenty of good golf clubs that are cheaper than fancy, but unstable clubs that break easily. So don’t worry, you can find best beginners golf clubs set for couple of hundred dollars if you look long enough. You can find some sets that will be even cheaper, but I strongly advise to avoid buying any cheap golf club pack unless it’s being sold by famous golf brands like Callaway, Wilson or Ping.
  2. Online golf club ratings are good indicators as well. Some people might disagree and say that online reviews are easy to fake and shouldn’t be considered as proper way to measure quality. But even though they sometimes are faked, I still believe they’re trustworthy, at least most of the times. For instance, on Amazon, reviews are strictly controlled, and there’s very little chance of someone getting away if they try to fake reviews for their golf clubs. And I also doubt that golf club manufacturers would ever do that.
  3. Make sure customer service from golf club seller is good before buying it. On Amazon, customer service experience is always excellent, but if you are buying golf clubs in your local store, ask them about customer service, warranty and return policies. Because you might want to return your beginners golf clubs later, and it’d be pity if they didn’t accept it back. I do recommend shopping golf clubs and basically everything else on Amazon though, because they have excellent customer driven policies.

To sum up, golf clubs aren’t hard to choose. You can follow these steps and pick the club you like, or you can search around and find articles like this that go deeper into details than I did. But those golf club guides are very long, and I’m usually too lazy to read them thoroughly. And remember, don’t judge golf clubs by their prices. Affordable beginners golf club sets are all you need to get started. You can buy fancy clubs all you want later, but at the beginning, It’s waste of money.

Best Golf Gloves for Winter

Hands are one of the sensible parts of our body, which need to be protected very carefully, that’s why people wear gloves. And that’s why I always have one pair of gloves with me while playing golf, and you should too. Wearing golf gloves can improve your performance and of course, protect your fingers. Your hands usually need to be protected in winter when it’s cold, but golfers also tend to wear golf rain gloves and summer gloves. As you can probably guess, golf gloves for rain are supposed to enhance your grip and make sure golf club doesn’t slip off your hand after a swing. On the other hand, in hot weather, your hands might get too sweaty and you need best golf gloves with breathable mesh to keep your hands fresh.

Best Golf Gloves for Cold Weather

But, even if you know all this, you still might confused while shopping for nicest golf gloves. Good product isn’t easy to find, and it takes time and research. I like to research myself, even if product is as cheap as golf gloves are. But some people don’t like wasting their time on reading about golf gloves and other things they buy, so they search for golf glove reviews and buy what those reviews suggest. Or, they check online ratings and customer reviews and base their decision on that. I do both, but this article won’t give you exact products that you can buy. If you want that, here’s a great guide about golf gloves, and they have listed 5 best products as well. Go there and buy one if you want to. But I think that no one can determine which golf glove will work best for you, because they don’t know what kind of specific needs and requirements you have. Same for customer reviews, you can’t avoid buying a product just because someone else didn’t like it. They  might have been hoping to get something different, but the product itself might be exactly what you need. Although If majority of customers leave negative customer review about a golf product, it’s a bad sign and you better avoid buying that good.

Price of different golf gloves varies greatly, from couple of dollars for a pair, to dozens. Do expensive golf gloves have higher quality standards than cheaper ones? Yes. But are they actually worth paying the extra price? I don’t think so. Even though branded, fancy golf gloves might have several advantages over affordable ones, I never buy them. But if you don’t mind paying extra for high quality and famous brand, you should definitely do it. I see so much people wearing Bionics and other gloves which are pretty expensive, but very cheap compared to other golf accessories.

To sum up, golf gloves are as important part of golf gear as anything else. And it’s worth spending your time researching so you can choose best golf gloves on the market. Again, there are few websites that will help you choose one, but I recommend choosing yourself, because no one knows what you need better than yourself.

Best Golf Umbrella

People buy golf umbrellas for different reasons – some need it to cover themselves when it rains, while others want to avoid direct sunlight. Nevertheless, there are lots of golf umbrellas to choose from. But picking the best one is quite difficult, because they all look the same and prices are different. Usually, you can tell  if the product is good by just looking at its price. But it’s not the same with these, actually, you can find best golf umbrella for cheaper than crappy one. Larger umbrellas tend to be more expensive, while smaller ones are cheaper. Personally, I like umbrellas that are between 40-60 inches wide, because that’s all you need to cover yourself. But some people buy these to cover couple of people, or one person with golf bag. In that case, you might want to pick largest golf umbrella you can find. But size is not the only measurement that matters. Umbrella might be large, but very badly built at the same time. Strictly avoid low quality, cheap umbrellas, because they are waste of money. You might save money at first, but they will break and tear so often that you will end up losing even more money than you would lose if you bought best golf umbrella in the first place.

how to find Best Golf Umbrella?

To indicate product’s quality, you can take a look at ratings it has, especially if those ratings and reviews are written by customers. Poor ratings usually mean that golf umbrella is not worth buying and you should move on to next one. And don’t expect too much from cheap golf umbrellas. In this market, low price usually means low quality. Of course, there are some exceptions, but very rarely. Here you can find best golf umbrella for your money on this link. They aren’t that cheap, but quality is always outstanding.

Other important issues include materials and design. The inner build of umbrella should be made of fiberglass and not anything else other than that. Shafts made of other cheaper, low quality materials are more prone to bend and turn inside out during strong winds and rain. Fiberglass is very stable and that’s probably the reason why my umbrella has resisted all winds and rain I’ve ever encountered. Handles are also very important, because you need to make sure that you won’t accidentally drop umbrella when the handle gets wet. Of course, you need to do some work too, and hold it properly, but it’s always pleasing when handle fits right in your hand.

A lot of golfers also disagree on double canopy golf umbrellas. Some think single canopy umbrellas are better, while others prefer double. Personally, I think the later one is better, because it’s newer technology and allows rain and wind to pass through the layers smoothly, without getting you wet. Double canopy golf umbrellas also tend to be more costly, so I guess that must be for a reason.

Umbrellas are available in tons of different sizes and colors, so you can find perfect fit for your taste.

most expensive golf balls

Golf is a standout amongst the most costly leisure activity anybody has. Every one of the types of gear from clubs, greens charges, shoes, several lagers after the round and after that the golf balls make the diversion greatly costly. It is the session of Royals. Everytime when you cut the golf ball into the water, you are really flushing your cash down the deplete.

The mission for the ideal golf ball relies on upon numerous parts of your swing, yet whether you’re a middle of the road golfer or a visit player, having the right golf ball is significant to upgrading your amusement. Separate off the tee and control around the green are what each golfer is hoping to accomplish and the hardware you claim can upgrade your qualities on the course. Not just does having the wrong hardware not help your diversion, but rather it could have impact in why your impair doesn’t appear to drop in spite of the hours you’ve signed on the range and on the course. All things considered, the golf ball is the main bit of gear you use on each shot.

Titleist’s Pro V1 golf ball has been the most elevated appraised and most favored ball in golf for over 10 years. The outline of the ball plans to give any player all the more short diversion turn and control at the arrival by making a gentler vibe. At the point when balls have a delicate vibe, it is anything but difficult to expect you lose remove, however the Pro V1 has a hard, infiltrating direction to give the player additional separation on each shot. The Pro V1 is the best made ball in golf with enduring sturdiness.

At the point when Callaway made the Chrome Soft, they were embarking to rehash the craft of golf ball making. The Chrome Soft is the main ball to date with the SoftFast Core giving it amazingly low pressure and the Tour Urethane Cover. The ball takes into account players that need the delicate look about the greens without the dread of losing separation. This ball is ideal for individuals with slower swing speeds and a requirement for control around the greens.

The Nike RZN Black Golf Ball highlights Speedlock Technology with its interlocking RZN center plan that conveys more vitality between the layers for a speedier ball speed and more separation. The cutting edge RZN (sap), now milder for better feel and diminished abundance turn, is a lighter, speedier material intended for more separation and a more reliable, stable ball flight.

In the event that you think your new Nike 20XI or Titleist ProV1’s are the highest point of the tree with regards to costly golf balls then reconsider. When you are on the fairway and have cash to smolder it is the to some degree undignified Dixon Fire eco-golfball which gains the respect as the most costly.

Golf can absolutely be a costly side interest. Between clubs, greens expenses, shoes, and two or three lagers after the round, the dollars can truly include. Golf balls can likewise be a costly thing. Every time you cut a ball into the water, you are flushing cash down the deplete. On the off chance that you lose a few sleeves a round, watch your wallet. While most programmers purchase the slightest costly balls to constrain the harm, there are some top of the line choices out there. In the event that you purchase any of the balls underneath, be careful: you better have the capacity to keep the ball in the fairway or your round might get significantly more costly.