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AllbyMyRelf
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Member since Nov 2014
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Beginner buying golf clubs
I’m trying to get into golf, and I’m researching what clubs to get. From what I’ve read, I’ll definitely need to get new drivers, but I’ve gotten conflicting information on irons. I’ve been told that iron technology hasn’t changed much and that I should buy used, but I’ve also been told that the technology for irons has changed so much that new and used irons are night and day (obviously depending on how old the used irons are).

Does this board have any tips? Like if I buy used irons, what the cutoff date should be, brands, etc?


OlGrandad
Auburn Fan
Member since Oct 2009
2424 posts

re: Beginner buying golf clubs
Started with a set of used yard sale clubs. Bogey golf.
After I became a golf addict, I bought new clubs and...........bogey golf.

In my case it was not the clubs.


JohnnyTour11
Mississippi St. Fan
Member since Sep 2011
919 posts

re: Beginner buying golf clubs
Get a set of used Ping’s, maybe the G15 series. Congrats on beginning the most frustrating but most fun hobby you can have. Good luck


PS, don’t get frustrated. We’re playing to have fun and enjoy our free time, not getting paid on TV


diddlydawg7
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re: Beginner buying golf clubs
Ping makes good irons. As does Mizuno. I’d go with Ping G-15s or G-20s. Or Mizuno JPX-800.

Stay away from Taylormade. It’s mostly over marketed garbage. Titleist makes good clubs of course but they are always expensive.

If you’re willing to pay, find a course that does club fitting. You can try out a ton of clubs. They will all be new releases and outside of your price range, but you can go 2-3 models back and find a cheap option that will be similar feel.

For example, if you got fitted, and decided you like the Ping G410 the most, you should know that anything in the Ping G series will feel similar, although not quite as good most likely, From there you can decide which exact model you want based on price, whether it be G-15, G-20, G-25, etc.


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rockiee
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Sugar Land, TX
Member since Jan 2015
24145 posts

re: Beginner buying golf clubs
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Congrats on beginning the most frustrating but most fun hobby you can have.


Just when you are ready to quit for good on a bad day and never pick up a club again, you hit the best shot you have hit so far in your life and it pulls you back in


kywildcatfanone
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Member since Oct 2012
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re: Beginner buying golf clubs
If I were starting out, I would look for a set of ping or calloway clubs, and find used ones if possible to start with to see if you want to stick with it.


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Trumansfangs
Missouri Fan
Town & Country
Member since Sep 2018
2290 posts

re: Beginner buying golf clubs
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Just when you are ready to quit for good on a bad day and never pick up a club again, you hit the best shot you have hit so far in your life and it pulls you back in





Perplexing as it may be, there does always seem to be an abundance of high quality used clubs for sale .




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mingoswamp
Missouri Fan
St. Louis
Member since Aug 2017
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re: Beginner buying golf clubs
Stay away from blade irons. cavity backs are way more forgiving unless you practice a lot. My bag is TM driver & R5 irons with Callaway 3 & 4 rescue clubs. I don't do them justice.

Best golf tip I ever got was I wasn't good enough to get mad over a bad shot.


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DownSouthJukin
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The Cleanly South
Member since Jan 2014
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re: Beginner buying golf clubs
I got back into it last year and bought a set of Taylor Made Rocketbladez. They are definitely game improvement irons. Big sweet spot and high loft. I also bought an M3 driver (440). It has been great. And don't forget some good wedges. I recommend Cleveland. 50 or 52 and 56 should be all you need right now. Wedges and Odyssey putters can be found for inexpensive on EBay. Just make sure you're dealing with a reputable dealer.
This post was edited on 11/20 at 11:41 am


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crispyUGA
Georgia Fan
Member since Feb 2011
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re: Beginner buying golf clubs
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Started with a set of used yard sale clubs. Bogey golf.
After I became a golf addict, I bought new clubs and...........bogey golf.

In my case it was not the clubs.



I can drive the Big Bertha Diablo that I paid under $100 for MUCH better than the Srixon z785 that I dropped a good chunk of change to get. It's funny how that happens. Expensive clubs don't mean much if you don't know how to play.


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Tridentds
Texas A&M Fan
Sugar Land
Member since Aug 2011
13398 posts

re: Beginner buying golf clubs
Buy used. Buy used. Buy used. Find you some used Calloways (or something similar) and learn with those.

Spend more time initially on learning with a 7 iron. Don't pick up a 3 iron until you can hit that 7.



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flyingtexastiger
LSU Fan
Southlake, TX
Member since Oct 2005
1017 posts

re: Beginner buying golf clubs
None of this means s*** unless you find somebody to teach you how to swing an iron. I've never taken an official lesson. I'm 54, have played for for 35 years and still don't make consistent solid contact.

Get a decent set of cavity back, game improvement irons, really doesn't matter the brand at this point. Find someone to give you at least 5 lessons. Thank me later.


Tmcgin
LSU Fan
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Member since Jun 2010
1559 posts

re: Beginner buying golf clubs
get a nice set of cavity back clubs from a Big Box
If you like the game ---get it a nicer set from a pro shop or specialty acct. Get fitted if your unusually short or tall only.....its a racket


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Trumansfangs
Missouri Fan
Town & Country
Member since Sep 2018
2290 posts

re: Beginner buying golf clubs
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Best golf tip I ever got was I wasn't good enough to get mad over a bad shot.






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Buckeye Jeaux
LSU Fan
Member since May 2018
16655 posts

re: Beginner buying golf clubs
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From what I’ve read, I’ll definitely need to get new drivers

Completely disagree on new driver, 3, 5, 7.

You can pick up these clubs used for a small fraction of new prices. And if no one has worn the grooves off the face, then there are just fine. You DO want to stick with the top brands like Taylormade, Titlest, Callaway, Ping... And made in the past ten years or so.

You can easily spend $1000 on new metal/woods. Should be able to get a driver, 3, and 5 or 7 for $200 or so if you don't mind a few scuffs and scratches - which you would put on new ones anyway.

And pro shops often have racks of great clubs in the lost and found that they sell after a year or so.

I'd ask a weekend guy if he could put a cool not-perfectly-matched-set together for 100 or 150. Bet he could.

Check out PGA touring pros bags AFTER the the company reps do the bag checks - almost NONE of them are hitting matched sets of anything.


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