I've long-lurked on TST, and the site's collective advice helped me put together a set last year for under $400 as I got back into the game.
Now I'm now looking to upgrade a couple of clubs, but am still in my mid-20s on a tight budget. So I want to ask where people think I can get the most bang for the buck. Basically, which club can I gain the most from by replacing?
Right now I'm looking at changing four clubs: Driver, Hybrid, SW and LW. I'm probably trying to spend around $40-60 per club, though maybe more on the driver if needed.
I shoot in the 90s, and would like to get into the 80s regularly this year. The biggest issues with my game are making consistent contact (too many fat/thin shots) and distance with long clubs. My short game is pretty good, but I tend to avoid hitting my SW/LW full swing.
Here's what I'm considering:
Driver: I have the Nickent 4dx, which I enjoy for the most part. I've turned what was a bad slice when I first started playing again to fighting a bit of a hook. I struggle with distance off the tee mostly due to a low ballfight, but I think that's more swing problems than my driver. Still, I'm wondering upgrading to a 2011 driver will give me more forgiveness and easier distance.
I'm looking at a few clubs that range between $50-75 used: Adams Speedline F11, the Cleveland 270/290/310 series, Cobra S3, Nike VR Str8fit, and the Callaway Razr Hawk.
Hybrid: I am happy with my Adams A7 4H, but thinking I'm losing forgiveness with my 2005-year TM Rescue Dual. I'm between updating that with something like the Nickent 3dx or 4dx, which are still a few years old but can be had for $20. Or, I could go with something one-two years old.
Wedges: I got my SW new, but it was a $30 Adams Tom Watson that I know is a second-tier Adams wedge. I wonder if I'd get more spin/consistency from a better though older wedge like a Vokey or Cleveland.
My Callaway Forged LW I picked up cheap and like, but it's from way back in 2002. For both of these upgrades I'd probably look at something from 2010/2011 model years, or maybe like the 2009 Vokey I see used online between $30-$50.
Any and all suggestions are appreciated, thanks!