Ok all you callaway wearing, titleist supporting, Membership holding golfers out there. Lets talk budget!!
It's no sectret that the economic down turn has affected us all in some form or another. I am not new to this and have greatly felt the squize on the credit card. So i asked myself, Does this game really need to be so expensive?
The answer my friends might surprise you!
What is the average price for a driver these days? $300?....$400?... $500? More? For what? an extra 10-15 yrds. Lets face it, were not pro's. This is not how we make a living. My kids will not be put through college on the wagers I bet on sunday afternoon round with my co-workers, thats for certain. So why does it need to be that we spend so much of our earnings when the return is not enough to justify the money?
I should say that at one time felt that i needed the brand name stuff to satisfy the ego. To tell the buds at the 19th hole all about the driver, and rub it into my co-workers. But the fact of the matter is that I have spent $50 on a driver from walmart and $400 for a cleveland driver and when comparing the two, i am greatly dissapointed by the margim of difference between the them.
I'm not saying that the clevland is inferior. It"s not! It is far more technologically advanced and superior in every way. But the difference can't be seen in the blur of a swinging club. And it can"t be seen in the distances from the tee box.
The ten yards difference has not affected my score. it just hasn't! I could see if it was in the ball park of 25 to 30 yrds then maybe it might be worth the extra $. But being 100yrds away from the green versus 110 only means it's a 9 iron instead of a wedge. And with that i havn't spent $500 on a single club! A savings of over $450 means that i'm only loosing out on 10-15 yrds. it just doesn't add up!
And for a gain of 10-15 yrds you might be better spending a fraction of the money it costs to by a new club, and rather go get your old clubs fitted properly, or see a club pro to help you squize every extra yard you can out of those clubs!
And another thing. The driver is only one club. We are aloted 14. Thats14!!!! The money is adding up faster than I can work to pay them off!!!
And I know alot of you will stomp your feet and shout that this is ludacris and that there is more to it than that.Your shouting to the heavens about how preposterous this is, and how I must be out of my mind! But when you are really on a budget, and the wife is holding the purse string with an iron fist. you'll see that it 's not entirely unreasonable!!!
And to further prove my case, look at some of the pro's that we love to watch on tv. Luke Donald is not the furthest hitter on tour. Yet last week at harbour town he went into a playoff after playing amazing golf all weekend long. He didn't use his distance to hit the ball miles and get on the green in one on par 4's, nope!! He layed up and used his spectacular short game.
He layed up!!! So maybe the golf clubs are not what is costing us so much money, but rather our style of game is whats so expensive.
Just some food for thought as we head into the up coming golf season and we see all the advertisments for that shinny new club. Stop and ask yourself before you you open your wallat, is it really worth it?
Good luck the season