Are golf club brands really that trustworthy?

Commercialization of golf has been going on for few decades now, and i think it has reached it’s peak these days. Golf gear brands release new and improved golf clubs every year, and designs and patterns are changing fast. Newer technologies make it easier for beginner to shoot better, but those magical golf clubs are simply not accessible to everyone. Those new clubs usually cost a lot, and most budget-constrained golfers are forced to play with inferior clubs, which kills competitive spirit if your competitor is outperforming you simply because of his expensive clubs. So some of my friends, who are in this situation, are quite angry at golf club brands and have considered ditching them at once. That’s what inspired me to do a little research to find out just how important these club brands are.  

 Biggest advantage that golf club brands have, is their control of production and therefore, quality. Brands are responsible for each club they churn out, so they don’t take quality control lightly. If you were to buy unbranded or knockoff golf clubs, you are taking a gamble and there’s much higher chance of it being defective and breaking easily. Because there is no sense of responsibility towards its customers. I also doubt they would have return policy, so in case something went wrong, you’d be stuck with your broken club.

 Another reason for why i think brands are important, is economy of scale. Some massive golf club manufacturers like Callaway and Adams get huge discounts on raw materials and basically everything else, so they’re able to build and sell golf clubs at much lower price than others. I’ve found this guide to be very helpful in helping to pick very best quality irons for golf beginners. Meanwhile, chinese clubs usually manage to beat their price, but only by having lower quality standards and production costs. 

 And third reason, which isn’t exactly game changer for me, but is still important, is the authority of a brand. Marketing teams in these huge golf brands are very good at making their brands synonymous with success and winning. So subconsciously, and sometimes consciously, you really start to associate them with winning, and are addicted to that feeling of pride. You want to buy it and wear it, so it can become manifestation of your identity. I probably didn’t do the best job of explaining this, but i hope at least someone understood.

What’s the best place to buy golf clubs and golf accessories

These days, new online golf stores with different value propositions are popping up every day. So it’s kind of hard to keep track of them all. That’s why i decided that i would document my opinion on which golf stores are worth considering, and which ones aren’t. I’ve not used too much golf stores, but i still think i’m qualified because i have wide range of friends who golf and i listen when they talk about experiences they had with different retailers.

The way that most people do their golf shopping is old fashioned way. And it’s kind of good, because i think golf clubs are one of those products that you need to try out in hand before buying them. Getting them online is sometimes cheaper, sometimes not. We should also account for shipping costs, which can get pretty expensive sometimes. These club sets can weigh up to five to ten pounds, depending on the kind of accessories they come with, so you will be essentially paying for that shipping too. Another advantage that brick and mortar retail stores have, is fitting. When you’re trying out golf clubs in person, you are in power to make sure that the product you land on will be appropriately sized for your body. It’s quite common for online shoppers to end up with golf clubs that are too big or small for their height.

 Next obvious choice is Amazon. Now, i love shopping for golf clubs and accessories on Amazon, because they sometimes have excellent deals which are hard to resist. For example, last summer, i’ve helped my friend get excellent women’s club set for under two hundred dollars on Amazon. It’s not easy to get a deal that good, though. You’ll have to lots of research, but there are ways around that. Read quick tutorials written by golf club experts, like this one about women’s clubs. Granted, the club set wasn’t perfect, but it was great for novice player like her. Then again, despite these deals, Amazon doesn’t focus on selling golf clubs, so in my opinion, it’s can’t match other online retailers who focus solely on golf.

 GlobalGolf, is one of those e-commerce stores focused on golf. Everything about their website is great, including search features, deals, prices and the fact that they sell used golf clubs. They also have great customer service team who are very knowledgeable about golf.

 There are also eBay and craigslist, which are usually used to find good deals on used golf clubs. Both are good for that use, but some products and sellers are not so trustworthy there. You’ll see a lot of Knockoffs and low quality items on both.