Getting new golf clubs is like Christmas for golfers.
One of the smartest things you can do when trying to upgrade your clubs is buy used.
Obviously you see pictures before so you know it hasn’t been bounced off 500 trees and banged off irons for 50 rounds.
Buying used is smart because you get them a little cheaper than brand new, they have just been played with for maybe a season.
On the other end of the spectrum is selling your clubs online. Pass the favor on and sell your old driver for a few bucks to a guy who wants it. Don’t let it sit in your backyard while your son hits acorns with it.
But buying and selling clubs on eBay, Facebook groups and Craigslist can have its pros and cons.
Here are some of them.
Cheap: Some people LOVE upgrading clubs. So you can get last years’ models for next to nothing. I bought the 2016 M2 driver and 3 wood for 300 dollars. An absolute steal less than a year they came out. I could have bought these both new, but maybe for 300 a piece.
Bartering: People love talking. Talk them down on the price. Sometimes getting to know the guy and not just throwing numbers around helps a lot. People are nice, maybe they will sell it for a few bucks cheaper if you’re on a tight budget.
Money: Selling your old R15 driver for 75 bucks may seem like a bad deal. But think of it as money off your new M2. You would have let it collect dust in your attic for years, instead you got 75 bucks for it.
Bartering: This may be more for selling. You already have your old Ping putter listed for below market value. You have it listed for 50 dollars and 10-dollar shipping. This bozo keeps offering you 40 dollars and won’t leave you alone. This can get really annoying. Sometimes you just got to ignore it and wait for the right guy to come.
Shipping: Finding a box that will fit your old driver is almost impossible. You pretty much have to buy a box, to pay to ship it. So by the time your wrap it in bubble wrap, but it in an absurd looking cardboard box, you only make 50 bucks.
Condition: Sometimes they use fake pictures. I hope this never happens to you. You get the club and it looks like the club just came from the front lines of WW2. Tough hit, be smarter.
Meeting up: The beauty of Facebook groups is that it is local. The negative of that is actually meeting up. Finding a time and location is the hardest thing ever. You would think you were scheduling a wedding. By the time you decide to meet up at Dunkin Donuts at 10am on Sunday, he shows up to the wrong Dunkin Donuts. And then when he makes it there he can’t find you for a good five minutes when you are one of three cars in the parking lot.
Getting new clubs can be fun, but sometimes a hassle.
You decide if the hassle is worth the saved money.