Should You Buy Used Golf Equipment?

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Who can resist the shine of a brand new set of irons? All of us, apparently. Used golf equipment can be a smart buy, but beware the caveats.

2:09 – Should you buy used golf equipment?
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mygolfspy says:

What is your BEST and WORST used golf club purchase? (COMMENT BELOW) 👇

Titilayo says:

If you care about resale value you should only buy used imho.

ooojonooo says:

Worst: Apex Pro 19 – not because they were bad or fake but because I had just started golfing and I could not hit them to save my life (the 1/100 shot that I hit well felt amazing)
Best: Mizuno JPX-921 Forged – no explanation needed

Robert Barnwell says:

From my perspective, there is no debate: I always buy used. I select the clubs I want (based on the heads I want and secondarily on the shafts) knowing that I'll end up making modifications once the clubs arrives. These modifications might be as simple as replacing the grips, or maybe I'll shorten or lengthen the shafts, or maybe I'll replace the shafts altogether (and then resell the original shafts on eBay), and maybe I'll have the loft and lie adjusted. However, no matter what I choose, I go into the purchase with the expectation that there will be work to be done to make the clubs "mine." This would be the case even if I were to buy new clubs off the rack. Fortunately, some of the fitting and modifications I can do myself (lengthen or shorten shafts, replace grips, etc.) with the assistance of someone with a launch monitor and a simulator (like an instructor) while others I leave to a professional fitter (or well-experienced club builder/repair professional.) Between eBay buyer protection and the protection afforded from my credit card companies, I've never had cause to loose sleep when buying used clubs online.

Chase O says:

Im a lefty… i cannot buy used clubs because the selection is nonexistent as well in stores. Also cost does not drop that fast at all…

moojersey3 says:

I bought counterfeit AP2's from global golf and they would not take them back. Pretty crappy company IMHO

Stephen Blower says:

The risk of getting a club that is a fake is minimum when buying from a private person, and seems to be way over hyped here. As to fitting, sure, you're just buying off the shelf stuff, so what? Don't buy from shops on eBay, they tend to be way more expensive than a single person just selling their one club set/driver etc. In my situation I have never hit a Driver, I ain't going for a fitting for a club I've never hit, so I'll get a Driver for £100, practice, get used to hitting a driver, regardless of quality, then go for a fitting later.

You can always get a refund, use PayPal Goods & Services, then when you get the item and it's not as advertised make a claim, you are most likely to get a refund.

Seems to me your advice is based on speculation and not experience, you people have probably never bought anything that's used. Don't take that as a harsh comment, just a feel from some of the stuff you say, which shows.

gregory walker says:

e-bay-no way.

Peter Martinaitis says:

Club fitting is a con, I went with a friend to 3 different club fittings (won't mention the brand) and he had 3 different results with lie and shafts. Common sense tells you if the pricei too good to be true then avoid.

Lynyrd says:

It should be noted that Tony used the phrase (I'm sure by accident) 'Knock-Off" interchangeably with "Counterfeit." However those reference two completely different scenarios. For those who don't know; Counterfeit is a Fake, an item meant to cosmetically look the same as the authentic club but made of cheaper material, internal design, and so on.
A Knock-Off is an item that looks similar to the authentic but not exact, think back to T-7 drivers vs the authentic R7. Knock-offs often can be sold legally as long as Copyright/Trademark infringement is not proven. As an example, most every company has their own version of the original Ping Anser, but while OEMs don't want to admit it, in essence, their clubs are Knock-Offs.

Nelson Nobrega says:


wally says:

MGS, "Counterfeit woods", from what I heard Clay Ballard say on one of his videos(Ping G410 Plus Driver Review-20 reasons it's the most scientifically advanced driver in the world, start watching about the 18 minute mark), after he got fit for a Ping set, was that according to what someone at Ping told him was that most every big manufacture (Tit, Cali, TM, Cobra) cheapens their second "run" of current driver manufacturing. In other words when they introduce new drivers(first manufacturing run) they are the real deal, but manufacturing runs after that are not like the first run drivers. Ping says they make all their runs the same quality. Sounds like those 4 manufactures might not be much different than knockoffs as far as quality! Check out Clay's video right after he switched to Ping.. Yeah right Tony, they are discounted heavily because they made them cheaper than the first run real deal drivers.

wally says:

MGS, how long do the grooves on a tour pro's irons last(not bunker wedges, we know the grooves don't last long)?

Hawkeye0721 says:

Maybe down the road put out a podcast: Should you buy used Golf Balls???

The Artificial Society says:

Fake clubs can injure you. They can give you wrist injuries, nerve damage. If the head comes off, it can severely injure someone. It is not worth it!

Chris Schoenborn says:

I'm with Harry. If you have been fitted and for the most part have a pretty good idea what you are looking for. There are benefits to try to get some used clubs in the market. But it reduces your options. And like leasing a new car, you get all the NEW features that are available today. Even though you are paying down the value. Where if you were to buy used, you would have to wait years to get that same opportunity (Especially with Drivers). And generally you might want to buy that new one and take what you can out of the lightly used that still has some value. I also go straight to the clearance clothes rack and buy $5 shirts that were once $60 haha.

Joseph Rye says:

Only clubs I have that are new are my wedges and a 3 hybrid. 3 hybrid I bought at my club for $25, my dad gave me a set of wedges from Warrior, and I purchased a new Cleveland rtx 2.0 cb brand new off of eBay for $50. I've rebuilt my entire bag and spent aboutn$400-500 with the bulk of that on my Cleveland 588 mt's.

Brian Ryden says:

With all the time and money I’ve spent on used iron sets, I could of easily just gotten fit into a decent set of new irons. If you are a beginner or don’t know what your specs are, you can wind up into something that can be detrimental for your golf game. One of the iron sets I got ended up being .75 over standard and sw measured at D8. I ended up regressing over several months and thought it was my swing not the clubs. If you are going to get used, get the clubs checked out at a pro shop. I have learned what works and doesn’t, but I learned it the hard way.

Alex Jones says:

20 year old irons in the bag, resale value is still too low for me 😂

Wesley Fontaine says:

Best buy 2nd hand Cobra LTD driver from a golf chain stor…..worst it cracked on the crown two days ago….What now?

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