Buying golf clubs online vs offline

 

Just 20 years ago, most golfers wouldn’t have an option of choosing between buying golf clubs online and offline. Luckily, now they v  do, and the existence of that option has led both – online and offline retailers – to step up their game and improve their service as best as they can. Amazon has been great innovator in selling golf clubs online, but some online stores are doing it even better than them. To be precise, i’m talking about GlobalGolf, my favorite online retailer. I’ll discuss the reasons for why i like GlobalGolf so much later, but now, let’s suffice with saying that in my opinion, they are more organized, trustworthy and reasonable with their prices than most other online retailers that sell golf gear. I bought putter from GlobalGolf recently. I read this review of women’s putters to get better understanding of my options, and then ordered user women’s putter online. I must say, it was probably one of the best decisions i made in terms of buying golf gear.

When it comes to prices, the difference between online stores and your local golf stores probably won’t be a deciding factor. It is more of a question of convenience, trust and physical ability to check the clubs, that differentiates these two options. No one can possibly know objective answer to which one will work better for you, because that depends entirely on your preferences. For example, when it comes to used golf clubs, one of the biggest advantages that shopping on internet has, is its wide pool of options. There are just many more used golf clubs for sale, so chances of finding rare gem are that much higher. When visiting your local sporting goods retailer or a garage sale, you are limited in the options. New golf clubs, on the other hand, tend to be somewhat evenly matched. True, superior logistics of Amazon allows them to have more golf clubs in stock, but because of large physical size of those golf clubs, they still can’t overwhelm the traditional distribution systems that local golf stores use.

Now let’s get to discussing individual destinations for golf club shopping. When buying anything used, craigslist is the first that comes to mind, and for a good reason. It has probably the biggest selection of used golf clubs. It also doesn’t do much in terms of verifying sellers and buyers, so it’s listings there are less organized. That’s not to say that you can’t find great deal on craigslist, quite contrary. You’re most likely to get a great bargain on golf clubs there, but you’re just as likely to end up scammed. So shop on craigslist with caution.

eBay is more organized version of craigslist. On there, you have seller ratings and other protections like eBay guarantee for buyers. That makes it safer to buy used golf clubs on eBay’s marketplace. Unlike Craigslist, they also offer newer golf clubs, but prices on those, while good, can’t compete with those of new golf clubs on Amazon.

Amazon is definitely one of the best places to buy new golf clubs online. They have quite fair selection of used golf clubs as well, but it’s still somewhat limited to newer models and certain brands are excluded as well.

As i think i’ve mentioned before, GlobalGolf is my favorite of them all, to buy both – new and used golf clubs. I’ve been buying from them for the past 4 years, and never had any problems with either used or new golf clubs.

When it comes to buying golf clubs offline, it’s probably common sense to head over to your local golf store and check out what they have to offer. I often get surprised looks when i tell people that i like checking out golf clubs at Walmart. Everyone assumes their store brand golf clubs are terrible, but i’ve had the opportunity and try them out and for the price, they are actually quite amazing. If you’re a beginner golfer just getting started in this game, Walmart golf clubs should be more than enough to last you for first few years of golfing.

Do game improvement irons actually improve your game?

There is diversity of thought among golfers about true effects of game improvement irons. Some are skeptical about their utility, while others think that they are the best thing that has ever happened to golf. Obviously neither of these two extremes is exactly accurate, but still, the question of the extent to which game improvement irons actually improve our game still stands. By the way, game improvement club is just another name for a forgiving club, and extremely forgiving clubs are called super game improvement clubs. In the past, these sorts of clubs used to be popular only among beginners, but because of the fact that pro golfers started using them on tournaments, many experienced golfers are switching to game improvement irons now. But i think it would be fair to note that professional golfers aren’t altruistic about which golf clubs they’ll play with. They take in huge advertising fees to play with certain types and brands of golf clubs, so it is possible that their choices are influenced by this. The process of choosing game improvement irons for beginners is quite different from that of choosing clubs for experienced golfers. I won’t get into the intricacies of choosing forgiving irons here, but if you’re interested, you might find this tutorial helpful.

Few studies have been conducted to measure just how big of an impact game improvement irons have on your ultimate result. The findings aren’t very clearly correlated with research, because there are many factors that might influence the distance that your ball covers. So we can’t exactly pin down how much impact super game improvement irons have. Among golf experts, it is generally believed that because of lack of experience, beginners benefit from using game improvement irons much more significantly than experienced golfers do. Because of this, professional golfers tend to prefer using irons that are not designed to be forgiving. They have the skill set necessary to make pure strikes, so they have little use for forgiveness offered by game-improvement clubs. That forgiveness often comes at the cost of accuracy, so if you’re getting no benefit from it, because you don’t make any mistakes anyway, it actually becomes hindrance rather than help.

It also seems like your muscles get used to playing with certain type of club, and switching from regular irons to extremely forgiving ones isn’t easy. That same research has shown that it took golfers at least few months to reach the results they had before switching to different type of iron.

When comparing game-improvement irons to blades, we should also consider price. The former tend to be more expensive than the latter. Lately, more and more golf manufacturers have started making game improvement irons and fewer and fewer are sticking with old fashioned concept of blades. I think that just like hybrids, game improvement irons are better suited for mass-market, so brands are prioritizing them over blades, which is a shame. Personally, i prefer forgiving irons myself, as i don’t have years of experience, but i know a lot of people who’ve had great experience playing with blades. It just requires golf lessons, a lot of practice and years of experience to master the art of hitting regular irons properly. Still, i think at the end of the day, it’s a skill worth learning. After all, game improvement irons might fix your results, but they won’t cure your slices or other problems you might have with your swing. That’s why i try to play with clubs that are forgiving, but not too much so.

 

Different types of clubs – overview

With myriad of rules and tips to follow, golf is certainly hard sport to learn. It is even harder to learn how to play it properly. With that in mind, for beginners, one of the most confusing things about golf is the golf club set. It can be intimidating to remember what five and more different kinds of clubs are each supposed to do and when is the best time to use them. Pros usually play with around 14 clubs, most of them being irons and woods. Then there are different types of woods and irons on their own. Because of this confusion, i wanted to write a tutorial that would explain simply – what are different types of clubs, when they are supposed to be used and how.

Woods

I’d say that woods are most important part of your golf club set, because they’re the first clubs you use and not having good woods or not hitting them properly can be devastating for your end results. Driver which is undoubtedly most important single golf club in your bag, while having different name and being different in a lot of ways from other woods, is still technically a wood. Learning how to properly swing woods isn’t easy, but it’s not as hard as in case of irons (and especially long irons). They were first called “woods” because in the past, when the golf club manufacturing technology wasn’t as advanced as it is today, their clubheads used to be made of wood. That is no longer the case, but the name stuck and we still call these clubs woods today. Woods are designed to make your golf ball cover longest distance possible, sometimes at the cost of accuracy. To achieve this, manufacturers usually make woods with hollow heads.

Irons

In terms of being the most important, irons are definitely close runner-ups to the woods. Some would argue that they are in fact most important parts of any golf club bag and they wouldn’t be that far off. Learning curve of hitting golf irons properly is pretty steep, so beginners often substitute these clubs with hybrids, a type of golf clubs that we’ll discuss in detail later. Clubheads of irons are usually smaller in size, and designed to cover shorter distances, but more accurate. Based on this, you can probably tell why it is useful to have both – woods and irons – in your bag. In terms of composition, clubheads of irons vary, most having solid club heads but some – not. Wedges can be considered their own type of club, as well as sub-category of irons, but they aren’t as important as other, so i’ll lump them in with irons. They are usually used when you’re in rough spots and want to get the ball out in the clear.

Hybrids

This is newest type of golf clubs and it’s incredibly popular, while still rising in popularity. As we’ve mentioned before, irons are somewhat difficult to properly hit, so hybrids were made as easier alternative to them. TaylorMade has first introduced them in early 2000s, and hybrids became instant hits with beginners and intermediate golfers(more about golf clubs for intermediate golfers here).When making hybrids, designers usually mix the features of woods and irons, which is why these clubs are called hybrids. Because of their forgiving nature, the latter find hybrids to be very easy to hit. Most hybrids are substitutes for long irons, which are the hardest to hit, but hybrids’ uses are not limited to that. A lot of golfer use hybrids as replacements for fairway woods as well. Hybrids are numbered depending on their length, loft and shaft, so it’s easier to tell which golf irons they’re supposed to replace in the bag.

Putters

These are simplest, yet one of the most important golf clubs that you can use. They are specifically used for the last shot to finally deliver golf ball into the hole. Because of that, it is crucially important for putters to be very accurate. It doesn’t take much practice to hit putters properly, as there’s not much of a swing involved, but experience does help a lot in mastering the art of hitting them.