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.

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.

Are new golf clubs helping golfers in getting better?

As much as golf club manufacturers would love to have us believe that their clubs are making golfers better, data and research show quite the opposite. While it is true that professionals scores have significantly improved since the introduction of new clubs, the same can not be said for casual golfers. Numbers show that average golfers’ scores are not actually increasing. Seniors, women and other smaller categories are no exception. The only ones who seem to be benefiting, both practically and materially, from these new clubs, seem to be the professionals. This naturally raises a question, if all of this is true, then why do we even need these new clubs? Maybe releasing new clubs is just the way golf manufacturers try to stay relevant and it doesn’t have positive impact on golfers at all. These are all very plausible scenarios.

In my personal opinion, new golf clubs aren’t waste of resources. They do actually help people, and it’s the people who go about using them in wrong way that results in disappointing outcomes. People pay more attention to the cost and luxurious look of the new clubs than their actual merits. They also don’t take their time in choosing golf clubs properly and end up with ill-fitting clubs that perform nothing like the golfer expects them to. In actuality, properly fitted regular golf club will help you way more than super expensive, but ill-fitting golf club ever could. This effect is further exacerbated in the case of drivers. That type of club is especially difficult to hit properly, even more so if you have ill-fitting driver.

21st century saw many innovations in how golf clubs are made. Invention of hybrids, rescue clubs and mini drivers are particularly noteworthy to me. I have played golf before invention of rescue clubs and after, and i can definitely promise you that my favorite club in my bag is a rescue club. They are very useful in very different aspects of the game, which is why i’m eternally grateful to TaylorMade researchers who invented them. It must also be underlined that choosing good rescue club is no easy task. If you think you need some help with that, reading this GCG article on choosing rescue clubs should be enough.

If you ask me, the best way for any golfer to improve is by taking golf lessons. The second best way is to just get something, go out on the course, and play their hearts out. Golf lessons is superior because experience alone can’t teach you the techniques you need to know to play golf properly. For example, you need to know how to properly swing a golf club, and trial alone can’t teach you that. On the other hand, you shouldn’t extend your training too much. After few golf lessons, i’ve found that it’s best to just go out and play on the course. As a wise man once said, you are what you do. That’s why the only way to truly improve your golf game is to play it a lot. First few months will probably be filled with failures and constant mistakes, but it will pass.

That is not to say that new technology in golf is entirely useless in its task of helping golfers get better results. Many experts agree that newer golf clubs do improve our performance, but only by a little bit. Their effect on overall results is embellished by marketing campaigns they put out as well as statements from professionals that we all love. That’s why their effectiveness is overrated and people have false perceptions when it comes to golf clubs improving their game. Despite all that, it must be noted that with proper fitting and good research, new golf drivers can help your game by a long shot. You just have to identify weak points in your golf game and try to look for golf clubs that offset those weaknesses. To sum it all up, we can say with confidence that technology is pushing the limits of what it can do to improve the overall performance of golfers, beginners, intermediates and experts alike. We have to help it by knowing which golf clubs we need and why.

Hybrids Vs Fairway Woods

Hybrids have been first created by TaylorMade about fifteen years ago. Since then, they have come a long way both in terms of popularity and performance. Most golfers now have at least one hybrid in their bag, with beginners being particularly enthusiastic about them. That may be because of the ease of use that hybrids naturally have. They are much easier to swing than traditional long irons and because of that, most high handicapper beginners now use hybrids instead of them. It must also be stressed that hybrids are capable of replacing fairway woods as well. They are very flexible in how they can be used, which is why another name for hybrids is utility club. Just because of their versatility, not to mention being easy to hit, even professionals are now embracing hybrid clubs and have at least one with them during tournaments. Just like other types of clubs, hybrid are made for both  – left handed and right handed players. So if you’re a southpaw and a beginner, one of the clubs from this list of recommended left handed clubs should suit you just fine. 

We’ve covered why and how hybrids displaced long irons (at least for most people), but we haven’t said enough about why people use them in place of fairway woods. Well, the answer is simple and similar to the case with long irons – fairway woods are much harder to swing than hybrids. With proper training, hybrids can be used as excellent alternatives to fairway woods as well. Hybrids particularly excel at giving your shot high launch. They encourage high launch shots by having center of gravity much lower than fairway wood clubheads usually do. That, along with few other design tweaks, makes ensures forgiveness that most hybrid golf clubs are famous for. Biggest difference between the way 3-woods and hybrids operate, is the way they are swung. There are specific approaches to swinging both clubs, and while being beyond the scope of this article, it’s definitely worth reading about.

Except for all the reasons being listed above, there is one more advantage that hybrids have over standard fairway woods. That is, their versatility when it comes to playing out of roughs. Hybrids will allow you to make decent shot even from the worst of the positions. If you’re stuck in light rough though, it depends on the situation, sometimes fairway woods may be favorable choice. It mostly comes down to the size of the grass on the terrain. When a ball is situated by the long grass, it becomes very hard to reach for standard fairway wood. On the other hand, it is easily accessible for hybrid’s stronger and more concentrated clubhead. I recommend using hybrids if your ball lands on the fairway bunker as well.

At the end of the day, i think the decision to use hybrids or fairway woods is made based on personal preference. Some people like the control that hybrids provide, while others prefer to stick with fairway woods, which tend to give players more distance.

Hybrids vs Irons – Flaws and Advantages of Each

Since their introduction about a decade ago, hybrids have become supremely popular among golfers and for a good reason. There is substantial proof that hybrids are actually capable of increasing your distance and are much easier to hit than golf irons. Because of this forgiveness, beginners liked hybrids instantly, and they were the first to really use them in practice. But as the time passed, even amateur and experienced golfers started to hop on the hybrid bandwagon. This motivated golf club manufacturers to make them even better, which further increased their popularity. That’s how we got to hybrids now being preferred over irons of the same range. This is generalization of course. There are plenty of golfers who stick with long irons and refuse to get the hybrids, most of them being professional golfers. Among beginner golfers and in general those with high handicap, hybrids are undeniably king of the hill. They are also superior when it comes to hitting the ball out of the rough. That’s why most golfers are carrying at least one hybrid with them now. That includes professional golfers as well. Golf is very competitive game and one that requires analysis of the situation as well as physical skills to do what you have in mind. That’s why having even the slightest edge over the competition is crucial and hybrid golf clubs provide just that – edge.

One more advantage that the hybrids have over long irons is that they tend to be more adjustable, so any player is able to adjust them to meet their needs perfectly.

Why are hybrids so much better?

There are many factors and features that contribute to hybrids’ success, but most of it has to do with their clubhead design. In general, beginners struggle with long irons a lot because their swing speeds aren’t as fast as those of pros. Hybrids, on the other hand, have the kind of clubheads that have the best qualities of both – fairway woods and irons. Their weight positioning also allows hybrids to have center of weight that is located in back of the club head, thus encouraging high launch for the shots you hit with it. Long irons, with their center of gravity being closer to the clubface, aren’t capable of doing the same.

With all these advantages, you’d think that hybrids cost fortune. But surprisingly, they are quite cheap, sometimes even more so than traditional irons that they’re supposed to replace. So if hybrids are cheaper and better alternative to long irons, why don’t all golfers ditch irons for hybrids? Well, for once, there are certain situations in which irons prove to be superior. For example, if you are in good position and know how to swing long iron properly, you are likely to get more distance from it compared to a hybrid, That’s why most pros prefer to have both – long irons and hybrids – in their bags. Seniors usually have plenty of experience, so using irons is advantageous for them. If you need further advice, check out this tutorial about choosing irons for seniors

I am personally especially fond of hybrids made by TaylorMade and Callaway. The former is famous for making golf clubs that are good looking, functional and not overpriced. Hybrids are no exception. TaylorMade hybrids are one of the best in their class. Callaway hybrids, on the other hand, are on the pricier end of the spectrum, but still, their quality and craftsmanship makes them worth every penny. If i was looking for great hybrids as high handicapper, i would definitely go for the ones made by either one of these two.

Hybrids are very handy as they are, but if a hybrid’s design is actually well-thought of, it becomes inseparable part of your golf club set and if not your favorite, certainly one of the favorite clubs to play with. I know it did that for me.

What’s the best place to buy used golf clubs?

These days, keeping up with newest golf gear is pretty expensive. Companies are releasing new clubs every year, and prices for those clubs keep going up. That’s why people are increasingly going after, and buying used golf clubs. Pre-owned clubs usually cost less than half of retail price, and if you get really lucky, even less. Quality of these clubs is mixed though. Some of them are pretty damaged, while others are in like new condition. There’s a lot of manual work involved in the process, but there are also ways to make the process of picking a used golf club easier. More on that later, but in this post, i want to focus on ways of getting these clubs. Plus, i should mention that not all used golf clubs are equal. If you are just getting started in golf, and don’t have enough experience to judge golf clubs on your own, read reviews of beginners’ golf irons on GolfClubsGuru.

 First, and most conventional method i want to discuss, is the garage sale. Everyone has been to one, so i think further descriptions are fruitless. Quality of golf clubs on garage sale can range from crappy to really good, so it’s up to the shopper to make the distinction. Which means, that experts in golf club selection might be able to get really good bargain, but beginners would be better off by staying away. They don’t have enough experience to make sure that they don’t get scammed. So, to sum this up, garage sales are high-risk and potentially high-reward game.

Next, are the online stores. Three most prominent of them – craigslist, eBay, and GlobalGolf are the ones i’ve had experience with, so i’ll be describing them only. Craigslist is much like online garage sale – there’s everything on there, and it’s your job to find diamond in the rough. It will take time, but i’ve heard stories of how people found amazing clubs for amazing prices on craigslist. So definitely worth giving a try if you think you have enough experience. eBay is more polished version of craigslist. You have seller ratings, reviews, and return policies, so it’s not as big of a risk. Still, there are plenty of counterfeit clubs and misleadingly marketed products, so you’re not completely safe here, either.

 And the last, is GlobalGolf. Personally, this one’s my favorite. Their golf clubs are carefully picked by their staff, and are described to accurately reflect the condition that an item’s in. You’ll probably get free shipping on most orders, which is also good, because in case of craigslist, it would cost your time to go out and pick up the product you bought, and with eBay, there’s usually shipping fee attached. I’ve also heard that CallawayPreowned is good, but i’ve never tried their service, so can’t give opinion on that.

How to Take Care of Mums – Watering

Hardy and gaudy, they are frequently grown in containers and also arrive in all colours except blue.  Though mums are comparatively easy to care for, they do need considerable quantities of water to generate a profusion of blossoms.   Mums don’t like to find dry.  If their leaves are drooping, which may occur ridiculously fast, they’re far too tender.  Attempt to water them until they reach this condition.  In case you haven’t re-potted your mom, that let’s face it, plenty people (understandably) will not do, you will find two methods to tell whether it is dry.  You are able to put your finger, as much as the second knuckle to the ground to find out whether it feels tender.  But sometimes this is not even possible since the plant is indeed root-bound along with the dirt so tough.  It is also possible to try out picking up the bud.   You typically water plants before the water pours from the ground, but using a pot jump mommy, it is likely that the water goes round the roots down both sides of the kettle and out the ground with no plant becoming much water.  Furthermore, if you have allowed the plant dry, the dirt contracts and the exact identical thing can occur.  To prevent this, and also to re-hydrate dry dirt, set the mommy bud into a bucket of water with a couple of inches of water and then leave it to boil for a couple hours.   It is one of the dull lawn chores that practically when you complete it, you need to begin over again.  We have discovered that when we deadhead while We are speaking on the telephone or listening to audio using headphones, it makes it far more enjoyable.   Deadheading mums are not worth the issue though.  They’ll appear far better and odds are they will survive longer.

Mums are as omnipresent as pumpkins in the autumn.  You may locate them everywhere and everywhere from nurseries to supermarkets to gasoline stations.  However, as soon as you get them home they are unbelievably simple to kill.  They dry out at a nanosecond and also have to be watered at least once every day.  Following the repeated strain of drying outside, they frequently just up and perish.

Hybrids vs Irons – Which type of clubs are better for senior golfers?

I’m a senior golfer, and have been playing golf for more than forty years now. I’ve always stuck with regular golf club set, consisting of – woods, driver, irons, putter and wedges. But recently my friend had bought all-hybrid set made by Majek brand, and he is very happy with them.  He says that they’re much easier to hit and much lighter as well. Which is a big plus for aged man like myself. So out of curiosity, i decided to research the topic of using solely hybrid golf clubs, and use the findings to make my decision next time i’m hoping to buy club set.

So, are the hybrids better? Yes, kind of. That question doesn’t have black or white answer, because both hybrids and irons have their advantages. Hybrid clubs are usually easier to hit, compared to irons. And that effect is further multiplied when golfer hitting the ball is senior or beginner. But it also depends on the golfer and what kind of experience they have. Quality of your game with hybrid clubs will also depend on their quality. So make sure to do proper research and find recommendations on hybrid golf clubs for seniors. Maybe ask your friends, or check out tutorials like this one on GolfClubsGuru. You could even argue that most golfers in their physical prime, will do fine with their iron clubs and don’t need hybrids as substitutes. But for those with high handicap and little experience, hybrids will probably do the best job.

A lot of golfers see professionals use long irons, and they feel compelled to do the same. And if you’re not scared by steep learning curve in the process of perfecting your swing, definitely go for it. Long irons are very effective for golfers who know what they’re doing, and as much as we like to tell ourselves otherwise, most golfers are not that way. Most people are recreational golfers, which means that they’re amateurs and not professionals. Therefore, in my opinion, they should be aspiring to have most fun and not worry about achieving the highest score.

And that’s why beginner golfers and seniors should always go for hybrid golf clubs. They’re simply the best option available for people who don’t have time or energy necessary to perfect their game. Hybrids are designed in a way that makes them very easy to hit. One could even say, that they are ergonomically designed with beginner and senior golfers in mind.

Why working from home is perfect for most stay at home parents

Losing the sail and working in the comfort of house might look like the perfect way to life’s unavoidable chaos.  The fact is, however, that working in the home, such as something else, has its own benefits and pitfalls.  And it might be fraught with a little bit of chaos.The work-at-home life is not for everybody.  Some people today want greater separation between their professional and personal realms.  Other folks flourish when what that they care about most maintenance are at the exact same location.  It requires a certain character to handle everything in 1 area and appreciate it.For every possible benefit of working in the home, there are downsides too.  Which ones take more weight change by person.  Look over the pros and cons also consider the effect they might have on you personally.Certainly, many work-at-home parents rely longer with the children as a massive plus.  The con this is much more of a cautionary notice than an excuse to stay with the workplace.  Work-at-home households spend a great deal of time together, especially in the decades before children enter college and throughout the summertime.This may result in burnout.  It is the old dilemma of quality versus amount of period.Be considerate about how you invest time together and assemble in breaks on your own along with the kids.  Children of work-at-home parents can be particularly great at playing independently, however, parents need to put the groundwork so for it to take place.You will need to set work-at-home floor rules along with a work program so that you all understand what’s expected of them.The issue of if it’s the work-home parents want childcare is a more complex one without a easy answer for everybody.  If you’re a telecommuter, your company will require that you’ve got outdoor Fishing.  Call centre firms in particular often need it, however for almost any employment place it might be a part of your telework arrangement.  But if you’re a home business owner you might believe you’re able to certainly do without.  And maybe you may, it is all dependent on your own goals for growth in your organization and income.  If you multitask, you’re giving nothing your entire attention, therefore anticipate the results to reveal that.A lot of men and women working from home discover they’re more successful in their own home offices than they were in their own cubicle.  In a workplace environment, lots of the decisions regarding the best way to invest your own time have been created by, or heavily influenced by, other individuals.Whenever you’re intensely working within a job, you need to stop and admit the individual standing next to a own desk.

In home you may you can postpone studying an email or simply taking a telephone call.The flip side to the fact that distractions once you work in the house are much more private.  Whenever you’re in your home and your own time is much longer your own, then it’s all up to you to utilize it sensibly.  It requires self-discipline and these work-at-home floor principles.Aside from the commuter and possible childcare cost economies, work-at-home parentscan save on clothes expenses and lunches outside.  All them add up.  But, there’s certainly the prospect of lost earnings by working in the home.  If it’s possible to convince your boss to allow you to work from house at your present job, this can be the smartest choice for keeping your earnings while at precisely the exact same time decreasing your prices.In case you need to locate a new task, the swimming pool of tasks which you’re qualified for and permit you to operate from house might be a lot bigger or there may not be much fulltime job.  If you do not operate in a profession that lends itself to telecommuting, you might need to change professions or begin your own business enterprise.  Each one these items can signify that a short-term (or maybe long-term) hit in your earnings.Geography has significantly less impact on people working in the home.  Should you reside in a region where jobs aren’t abundant, telecommuting can start new opportunities for you and perhaps even offer you a greater salary.But, there’s some truth to this adage: Out of sight out of mind.  Telecommuters are disadvantaged in regards to networking.  They need to create an excess effort to remain in contact with both colleagues and managers.  And there are a few jobs, especially to progress in direction, which might not lend themselves to telecommuting.  This can induce a decision between the  work-at-home way of life and professional improvement.Gaining that period you used to invest cruising can permit you to exercise longer or less select up old principles.  It may provide you the chance to volunteer in your children’s school or within your area.  Maybe you spend time cooking wholesome dinners for the loved ones.  All this may result in a much healthier, happier lifestyle.On the flip side, the fridge is beckoning to get a bite anytime you’d like.  The chaos of everybody home 24/7 may lead to anxiety.  And honestly, not everybody can efficiently take care of the isolation which working in your home may make you feel.  Understanding yourself is the most crucial matter to make certain a work-at-home lifetime in case a joyful one.