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Where do you buy your clubs? Always new or is it ok to go used?

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Hey guys/gals,

I'm looking at putters right now and I'd like to get an Odyssey 2-ball.  I have been in love with the way the White Ice 2-ball feels but am not sure whether I am going to get the same feel from an older model 2-ball like the DFX.  Am I going to notice a big difference in the newer versions vs. the models from the last 2 years?

Do you all use Ebay or Craigslist to get your used clubs?  Any other site(s) I should know about?

Thanks

Bruce

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I prefer craigslist for the simple fact you can see a face and bargain while making sure the club is what they say it is.

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Most everything in my bag was bought new. I do have a few hybrids/wedges that rotate in and out that were bought used and dirt cheap off of ebay.

Buying a couple year old model on anything isnt going to make a huge difference. Maybe you are missing out on an adjustable driver, but with the price difference I think that could be accepted.

All that matters is that you like it.

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Driver - given to me, used

5W - given to me, used

Irons - garage sale, $35

Wedges - Cleveland 588 was used, Ping Tour new

Putter - new

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Putters I buy used from a local superstore that has a 90 day return policy.  This way I can try them out, a good carpet putter may not be a good grass putter.  (an new putters can be grossly overpriced.)

I buy irons from the same store - usually used.

Wedges I find on e-bay because the model I like is getting rare in clean condition.

Woods: These are a problem. I will only buy the exact club I demo to eliminate shaft issues.

Drivers: I buy my melons from the grocery store.

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From a couple of other threads I've read on here, I think you have to be careful of counterfeit clubs.  They are more prevalent than I would have thought.  Other than that, I don't know that you'll see any difference between a brand new and a used putter.

Originally Posted by meenman

Most everything in my bag was bought new. I do have a few hybrids/wedges that rotate in and out that were bought used and dirt cheap off of ebay.

I'm fascinated that somebody so adamantly against using "pre-owned" golf balls has no qualms about using pre-owned clubs off of ebay.

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Originally Posted by Golfingdad

I'm fascinated that somebody so adamantly against using "pre-owned" golf balls has no qualms about using pre-owned clubs off of ebay.

There is a huge difference and you know it. Clubs do not deteriorate as fast as balls do.

Most of the pre-owned clubs I buy are something I buy on a whim for testing purposes and because the price is right - most are sitting in my extra golf bags around the living room.

I will generally throw one of them in my bag when golfing with the wife - she likes to steal my clubs and I prefer it wasnt one of the ones I regularly use.

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I buy all my stuff new. Personally I would probably never buy wedges used unless they were barely used.

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Originally Posted by zombywoof

http://www.callawaygolfpreowned.com/

+1 this is a great place to buy used because they run a lot of deals and generally there descriptions are very accurate.

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Up until a couple of years ago, all my clubs were hand me downs from my dad, even though I could afford to buy them myself.

When I finally decided to overhaul my clubs, I bought them all new.

If I have to buy them, I would prefer new clubs not used.  The only used clubs I can see myself using are those that my dad has given to me.

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I think it's fine to buy used clubs as long as you are happy with the condition. The market is flooded with nice used clubs, might as well take advantage of it. I've used eBay a ton and classified sections on message boards like this board to get good deals on clubs.
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If you buy clubs face-to-face, you get to try them out before you buy them. Also, you can build a relationship with a local shop which may pay off in good deals later on: they might hunt down unusual club items for you, or find you good used items they end up with for trade-in.

Online may be OK if you are familiar with a product and want more of it. Let's say you have a Razr Hawk 3W you really like - you might go online and get a matching 5W. Same thing for wedges, providing they're not "used up" by the time you buy them.

But if I'm changing irons, I would want to be fitted to make sure I'm getting what I need.

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I buy on a mix of both. 3balls and ebay are my choice places to purchase used clubs. Clubs are so pricey I have a hard time buying new tbh. Last year I bought new g5 iron set (black dot) right off the rack. Last year I also got to play 50 rounds, this year I am on pace to do that much again. The previous years I played 10 rounds or less.

Spending a lot of time playing now I felt I wanted to make some changes to at least try and have my score reflect the amount of time I play/practice. One lesson and the instructor makes note that all of my irons are getting heel scuffs. Last week I cleaned them up and have now gone another week of play, heel scuffs again. Today I bought a used g2 iron set on ebay (orange dot). Thankfully they were under $200 and are fairly comparable to the g5 I have gotten a little used to.

I'll be tracking myself with great detail over the next month. I'll be sure and update what I've seen in these changes. Fitted clubs are the to go, so that's how I am going. I do not regret buying new off the shelf irons, I just wish the "pro" at Golf Galaxy had spent more than 10 minutes with me to be sure I got what I needed. Slightly used g5 black dot irons soon to be listed on ebay, watch for the listing if interested =P

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I have purchased used clubs through my golf teacher/pro; he knows local people who are selling clubs.  I felt he knew me and my abilities and knew best what clubs would work for me at my current state of play.   So far, I have purchased a Taylormade R7 Driver, a Cobra 9 wood, a set of Adamsgolf A3OS Idea Hybrids, and am considering a set of three Adams Tom Watson Wedges.  So far, the clubs he has suggested to me have worked well.  I know some day I will want a nice, new, shiny set, but for now as I learn, the used clubs are working great for me.

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I've bought both used and new clubs. Currently, all the stuff in my bag was purchased new. To me the biggest thing is that I like to be able to try the club before buying, so if your local golf or pro shop has some good used equipment, I'd prefer that to buying on-line.
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