I am in the market for new clubs (well, new-ish) and I have found several full sets of great clubs for <$700.
My scores hover around between 90 and 100, and I play once or twice a week, so I'm not going to get better exponentially. I also understand that once I get these clubs I will need to take them somewhere to get them fitted in order to get a good performance out of them. But right now I'm playing a ~$200 Powerbilt set, so anything is a step up.
Here is what I know:
*I have the RAZR X Black 9.5 driver right now. Other than needing the 10.5, I absolutely love it. The pro at my local course says he has never played the RAZR Blacks, but he is a sold Callaway player, and says that from what he knows about them second-hand, they are very sweet and forgiving, and they look beautiful.
*I know a couple people who play Taylormade drivers, and love them. I never have. I know that Taylormade has a great reputation for making clubs that are easy for beginner and intermediate players to build their game with, so I don't think I could go wrong with Taylormade.
*Nike has a lot of great players in their roster, but I have never swung one of their clubs. I'm not a big fan of adjustable drivers - I'm not good enough to utilize a fixed driver to it's fullest potential - but Nike's irons have a great reputation.
Here are my hangups:
*My local course doesn't have a very big budget, so they keep a dozen putters and a full set of the newest, biggest market clubs from Callaway and Taylormade marked up about 120% and a few beginner sets. The staff are great with technique advice, but they know what they play and aren't very experienced with what they don't.
*I live outside of Roosevelt, Utah. Quite literally, THE closest place for me to demo clubs is about 150 miles away. That's a long way for me to swing clubs I can't afford with little-to-no return on my effort, so my plan is to grab one of these three great sets of improvement clubs and then go get them fitted for me.
Aside from just "Go get fitted", which I am not in a position to do right off the bat, what do you guys think?