Fall is one of golf equipment manufacturers’ favorite times to release their new clubs to the awaiting masses. We’ve all been following the previews and there are plenty of promising models coming our way, but that doesn’t mean that you necessarily need to upgrade this season. So, before you rush out and waste a bunch of your hard-earned dollars on a club with a center of gravity that’s a few millimeters more forward than last year’s model, we thought it would be a good idea to write up some tips to help you decide if it’s time to upgrade.
Here we go:
- Do not, under any circumstances, buy a club without researching it first. Yes, I know that the shiny new paint on the upcoming TaylorMade and Titleist clubs is enough to make you want them, but this is serious tech. You’d do your homework before buying new electronics, you’ve got to take the same care with golf clubs.
- Ask how new and different this club is. Whether you’ve got your eye on a new set of irons or a new Titleist driver, you should always be wondering how different those clubs are from what you’re already carrying. Golf manufacturers typically make very small changes every year — sometimes they work out, sometimes they don’t — but giant tweaks are rare because they’re so risky. If your old club is five or eight years old, you may gain a great deal from a new club, but if it’s only a couple of models back, you’re better off waiting for a good used golf club to come around.
- Look for new features that help your game. Ok, so the club you’re interested in is actually new and different, so it might be worth paying full price for — but are those new features made with your swing in mind? Not everyone swings the club like you, that’s why there are so many out there, so it’s important to find out if the changes they made to the club you want will actually help correct your slice or if they’re only going to make it a lot worse.
There’s nothing worse than buying a brand new golf club only to discover that it’s basically last year’s model with a new paint job. Luckily, 3balls.com has a huge selection of both new and gently used clubs that are perfect for your game. We’ve got great prices, even on the new stuff, so come take a look before you blow your golfing budget this fall.