When you find that a top quality Callaway driver costs $1,500 or more new and you can find it used for less than $300 used, the thought of buying used golf clubs has to come to mind. That can be a great move, but make sure you consider a few of these simple guidelines before you decide you’re about to get a great deal.
Before you plunk down your cash, make sure that what looks like a good deal really is one. Compare the price of a new club of the same brand and model. A new Ping putter may run up to $100 or more. A used club that costs $50 can be a good deal, if there is no damage and still of high quality.
When examing the club, look for obvious problems, such as worn grips.
Splits or cracks in the leather or rubber are not just a sign of age. Grips can be replaced. But they also suggest less than stellar manufacturing or poor care. Rust spots on club might indicate that the clubs have been left out in the rain and sometimes the seller might have cleaned them off to hide the neglect.
The effects of weather on a grip are not so easy to hide and few sellers will want to spend the money to replace one when they’re getting rid of the club. On the other hand some might, knowing that a few dollars invested can fool you. Take Caution. Re-gripping your club may cost you just a few dollars to $15 or more. Even if you’re willing to spend the extra money right away, you’re buying a club that is not in great shape. Reconsider.
Closely examine the clubface of the used club you are considering purchasing.
Almost all used clubs will have some wear, but if the sweetspot shows a shiny area, indicating excessive wear you might want to give it a pass. A clubface showing wear will cause your shots to be less accurate, which may be the reason the seller is offering them in the first place.
The grooves should have well defined edges. They are there for a purpose. If you spot some dents in the surface, perhaps it is wise to move onto the next one. Those will cause your flight angle to be off.
Also test the shafts.
Graphite shafts are lighter weight than steel, but they are slightly less durable. They’ll dent easier. Double check the shaft and make certain it is still perfectly round. Dents, grooves and other signs of club abuse may throw off your swing because they affect flexibility and torque. The effect is subtle, but real. Test the shaft by trying to gently twist the head and grip in opposite directions. This could be very difficult. Otherwise the club shaft is weaker.
Even steel shafts can suffer damage. Even in the absence of dents, a steel shaft can get bent. A bent shaft can occur when a golfer missed a swing, or decided to take his frustrations out on tree. Any deviation can suggest that a club has been bent. No golfer without special equipment could straighten the club back to its original shape. If they did get close, it will still weaken the club, affecting flexibility and balance. Move on.
Even a better way of buying used clubs is buying certified pre-owned golf clubs from Callaway. Callaway certified clubs must pass a 10 point inspection. You can also try them for 90 days under real life conditions and if you are not satisfied, they will buy them back. Callaway certified pre-owned clubs also come with a 12 month warranty. Buying certified used clubs may be a great way to save money, or a way to trade up to some better clubs.