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.

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