What to Do With Old Golf Clubs

By William McCoy
Consider donating your old golf clubs to a young golfer.
Consider donating your old golf clubs to a young golfer.

Over time, it's common for most golfers to upgrade their equipment. When you purchase a new driver, a set of irons or a putter, it makes your old equipment somewhat obsolete. You don't, however, have to leave your old clubs in your garage gathering dust or put them in the garbage.

Family Member

If you have a child, grandchild, cousin or other family member who is beginning to become interested in golf, give your old clubs to him to encourage him to try out the sport. A beginner doesn't need the latest equipment; as long as your clubs are in adequate condition, the novice golfer can use them while deciding if golf is a sport he wishes to pursue.

Charities

Contact charities, youth organizations and golf courses in your area to inquire about giving away the clubs. Some charities collect sports equipment to distribute to families in need, and many golf courses accept old golf clubs to use during youth teaching seminars and summer camps. If one of the organizations is interested, make the necessary arrangements to deliver your clubs and ask if the organization provides a tax receipt. The First Tee is an international charity dedicated to promoting golf to youths. Contact this organization to see if it's interested in your clubs.

Classified Sales

If you feel your old golf clubs are worth money, list them in the classified section of your city's newspaper or an online classified or auction website. Set an appropriate price for the clubs, describe them accurately and provide photos to clearly show the condition of each club. If you are unable to sell them, list them at a lower price.

Trade-In

Trade in your old clubs when you buy the new ones. Some of the major manufacturers, such as Callaway, have trade-in programs to encourage golfers to upgrade their equipment.

Cleaning

Before giving your old golf clubs away, wash them thoroughly to make them as presentable as possible. Use a cleaning tool to remove caked-on dirt from the clubfaces and scrub the shafts with a wet, soapy rag. If the grips are in disrepair and you plan to give the clubs as a present, have the clubs regripped.

About the Author

Toronto-based journalist William McCoy has been writing since 1997, specializing in topics such as sports, nutrition and health. He serves as the Studio's sports and recreation section expert. McCoy is a journalism graduate of Ryerson University.

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