Friends of mine have actually given me a bunch of clubs over the last few years.
@Jeremie Boop gave me a VRS driver. I don't like it as much as my gamer, but it's a good backup. Another fellow gave me a pretty decent Bobby Jones 3-hybrid after I bought a sand wedge from him.
As far as stuff from the courses I play, it's much slimmer pickings. I did get a Kittyhawk cap when I went to the Association meeting earlier this week.
I would say I usually loose it before it is ruined. I have had a few that were tore up pretty good from my wedges. Have also had some beat really bad from cart paths.
With 7 - 5 gallon buckets full of good ball and 3 paper ream boxes full of Titleist balls only, I could throw them away after one shot and still have golf balls for the next few years.
The best three are ones that I have played the whole round with and scored one of my lowest scores with. Those are Keepers!!