Buying a new set of clubs, or even just replacing an iron or driver, can be a challenge. Prices for a single club range from less than a $100 to close to $1,000 for the latest and greatest driver. Several manufacturers including Titliest, Callaway, TaylorMade, Ping and Cobra are among the most popular with golfers today, according to PineMeadowGolf.com. There are also the second-tier manufacturers, clones and custom clubs to select from. Get the clubs you want at a discount.
If you search for "discount golf clubs" in a major search engine, 1.6 million sites pop up. That is a lot of choices. Select from last year's models, seconds, new clubs and used clubs. You can also select by brand or find clones and custom clubs. Whatever site you use, check its return policy. If you don't like the clubs, you will want to avoid having to pay a restocking fee, or being stuck with them. Also check the shipping costs.
Discount stores include big box stores, sporting goods discount warehouses, outlets and closeout stores. The advantages are low prices and convenience. However, you may not find what you want if you're looking for a specific brand.
Scout online auction sites but also look out for government auction notices. When assets are claimed by government agencies as a result of crimes they are sold at various auctions. Personal property such as jewelry, furniture, antiques, cars and golf clubs are sold to the highest bidder. In most cases, auction items may be viewed before the auction. Cash must be paid on site and the items are not returnable after the bid is won.
You can't inspect the golf clubs at online auction sites so ask for detailed photos or descriptions, unless the clubs are designated "new." Also factor in shipping charges. Golf clubs are heavy and require special packing materials. The cost for shipping should be clearly stated by the seller.
Find nearly new clubs and collectible golf clubs at estate sales. Watch the classified ads in your local newspaper. Look at online advertising sites that segment the ads city by city. Attend sales in upscale neighborhoods. Carry cash. Checks and credit cards may not be accepted. If you don't have enough cash, you may have to leave a deposit with the seller until you return with additional cash. That's a risk. The seller may decide to sell the clubs to someone else while you're gone.