Cheap Golf Club Sets

How to get cheap golf club sets without sacrificing quality? As a general rule, the old saying "You get what you pay for" is as true in golf as it is in a lot of other aspects of life. For example, although the current models of name brand clubs are more expensive than cheap sets, the name brand clubs will usually perform at least a little better. It's the same type of thing with golf balls, shoes, and many other golf-related products. Name brands often outperform the cheaper brands, but they're also more expensive.

Naturally, every golfer wants the best equipment they can afford. Who wouldn't? After all, the quality of your equipment can influence your scores. Sometimes, though, a high level of performance isn't the most important thing when you're talking about golf equipment. And before you step back in shock at my saying that, bear with me for a minute while I explain my reasoning.

Affordable golf club sets can have some advantages, at least for some golfers. To begin with, the quality of golf clubs has improved a lot over the years. So much so, that depending on your level of skill, you might not be able to detect a whole lot of difference between the most expensive golf clubs you can buy and some of the affordable golf club sets that are out there. In other words, a beginning golfer will have a hard time hitting the ball crisply no matter how much he or she pays for their clubs.

So, one of the big advantages of cheap golf club sets is how they can let beginners start playing without spending a ton of money. Some beginners take up the game and it soon becomes one of their life's passions. Others try it once or twice and then decide golf just isn't for them. Why spend a couple thousand dollars on a set of expensive golf clubs and then find out you're one of the latter? If you're a beginner, isn't it better to buy one of the cheap golf club sets you can find? You can always upgrade if you decide you want to continue playing.

Cheap golf club sets also allow more experienced golfers to have what I'll call a "backup set" for lack of a better way to put it. I'll explain what I mean by giving you an example. I have a friend who plays golf four or five times a week, just like I do. We both live in Florida and play year-round, but she goes up North to visit her family a few times a year for several weeks each time. She always stays at her sister's house. She used to take her golf clubs with her on her trips.

Well, flying with a set of golf clubs can be a real pain in the neck. You have to buy an expensive travel bag to protect them while they're in transit, but sometimes they get damaged (or lost) anyway. And they're awkward to lug around an airport, especially when you have to deal with your regular luggage too. So, my friend hit upon what I think is a brilliant idea for golfers who frequently travel to the same destination: buy one of the cheap golf club sets that are available, and leave it there with a friend or relative in the area. That way, you avoid the aggravation of traveling with your clubs as well as the risk of loss or damage. You're ready to play as soon as you arrive. I thought my friend was crazy at first, but she's been doing this for a few years now and she says it's worked out great.

Have I convinced you that cheap golf club sets do have some advantages, at least for some people? If so, you might be wondering where you can find some. Here are a few ideas:

  • Online. eBay, Amazon, Craigslist, Overstock and other websites can be the mother lode if you're looking for cheap golf club sets.
  • Golf Equipment Stores and Big Box Sporting Goods Stores. These places often sell a few off-brand golf club sets, but they also sell older versions of name-brand golf clubs at a substantial discount from their original price. There's nothing wrong with them and they're brand new - they're just not the current models.
  • Flea markets and Yard Sales. You often see cheap golf club sets available here.
  • Friends. If a friend gets a new set of clubs, ask if they'd take a few bucks for their old set. Chances are they will.

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