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.

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