Complete Golf Club Sets
We want to look at half sets of golf clubs versus complete golf club sets, what I mean by that is do you try and complete a round of golf with half of the full set missing or not in your bag, or do you ensure that you have a full set of clubs and irons to ensure that you have the correct ammunition in your golf bag for every shot you take or face on the golf course?
A lot of professional golf club shops and golf retailers invariably offer half sets of clubs for the beginner golfer or the experienced golfer, I can see the logic in doing this but I can also see the downside when you are on the golf course and not having the club in your bag when different playing conditions are apparent, this is mainly to do with weather conditions, its windy, its wet, courses are playing long or short etc, the list is endless!
When a half set is on offer in an outlet, normally the offering is a putter, possibly a driver and fairway wood plus irons of pitching wedge, 9 iron, 7 iron, 5 iron and a 3 iron – this leaves some serious distance gaps in the golf bag not to mention not having a sand iron to play out of greenside bunkers.
I know with some golfers it’s all about budget and whether they can afford a full set of woods and irons, with some brands of golf clubs the investment can be extremely eye-popping, that’s not taking into account the other additional accessories that are needed to steer yourself around the golf course!
You will need a golf trolley, umbrella, golf balls, tees, towels and not to mention possibly winter clothing for the inclement weather conditions that are thrown at you during a twelve month period – it all adds up to some serious investment and commitment to finance your budding golf game.
I have looked around at many alternatives in how to overcome this dilemma to not only suit your budget, but to also make sure you have the correct golfing equipment for you to enjoy your golf, but to also ensure that the equipment you buy is correct for your golf technique and calibre! At this time of year many golfers are looking around at golf equipment to suit their festive season wish list for Santa – to leave them under the Christmas tree, what this does after the festive break is that it leaves a lot of 2nd hand or hardly used full sets of golf clubs that have been traded in for new sets – this is perfect timing for the experienced or beginning golfers to pick up complete golf club sets for a fraction of the price.
When you are next in your golf club pro shop or your local golf retail outlet just ask the professional or the store manager have you got any ‘only one owner’ or ‘manager specials’ around the store or showroom for you to look at, you will invariably come face to face with a full set of pristine condition and hardly used sets of clubs on offer that have been traded in for a new set, and the outlet have purchased them as a part of the deal. With this type of offer, you may not find a full set of irons and woods, but you will definitely find a full set of irons to make up a complete set of golf clubs?
Once you have done that, all you need to do is then look for the hardly used individual drivers, fairway woods or hybrids in another section of the store. They might not be the same brand of the irons that you have just purchased but it’s the same principle as with the irons, someone has traded them in to buy a new driver or wood and that leaves the opportunity for you to get a bargain for a quality branded golf club.
In most golf pro shops and golf retail outlets, they normally have one of those oversized golf bags that are too big for any mere mortal of a golfer to carry but they use them as 2nd hand bin for drivers and woods, just have a good look around the outlet and you will surely find one?
I now hear you say “I am off now to go and look at the bargain bucket”, that is all well and good to get a good bargain or deal, but one last bit of advice I would like to pass on is not to be too hasty – they may be a good deal and the bargain of the century but are the clubs good for your size, height, stance etc, all of these things need to be taken into consideration whether you are buying a new set or a 2nd hand used set, so before you jump in and say I want them, one last bit of advice would be to ask the pro in the shop or the manager in the golf retail outlet can you have a hit with them first?
Most golf outlets will always let you ‘try before you buy’, so get them to put some tape over the club heads/faces etc and go and spend an hour getting the feel of the used set of clubs on the driving range or in the net in the shop, possibly they may need tweaking to suit your game or possibly they could feel made to measure for you, but by doing this you have ticked all the boxes before you purchased the set of ‘used’ golf clubs.
This means you have secured a great bargain at a fraction of the cost and also got clubs that suit your game and body type – it’s a win-win for you and the outlet. So next time you are perusing around the pro shop or golf retailer have a good rummage about, you will be amazed what you will find.
Hope this article helps you a little more in moving forward with your golf game, and as always if I can help please leave me a comment below this post and I will be glad to answer all questions in a timely manner.
Link to early post about full sets of golf clubs.