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Golf Equipment 101: How to Know When to Replace Your Stuff
It’s no secret, golfing can become a pretty pricey pastime when you start crunching the numbers. You’ve got to pay for a tee time, clubs, a golf bag, clothes, and balls. None of those things are cheap and all of them are necessary. It’s understandable for anyone to try to avoid having to replace anything, but sometimes you have to.
On one hand, you’ve got equipment companies telling you that you need the latest technology to compete on the course. And on the other hand, you’ve got your spouse and kids to look after.
The reality is, you don’t have to replace your golf equipment every year, especially if you’re tight on cash, but you should learn when it’s time to give up on a club. In this post, we’re going to help you figure that out.
Replacing your equipment can have a drastic effect on your score, so let’s figure out how to lower your handicap.
The big equipment companies are coming out with new, more technologically advanced clubs and balls all the time. Of course, they’re going to urge you to get the best new thing so that they’re making more money.
It’s not all bad, either. The Titleist Pro V1 is a great ball that’s going to help your game and the Callaway Epic Flash will give your drive more speed and distance. We’re not debating the hard work that goes into research and development at equipment companies, it’s obvious.
But, if you’ve got something you like, then you can stick with it. In this article, we’re not going to sell you anything, we’re going to help you look at what you’ve got and try to instill some knowledge of how to determine when it’s time to move on from that driver, wood, putter, or iron.
Keep an Eye on Wear and Tear
Instead of worrying about keeping up with the latest technology, you should instead keep a close eye on the wear and tear that your clubs are going through.
When you’re out hitting balls, make note of when a club isn’t quite doing what it used to and then examine it. If it’s starting to look worn down, then it might be worth replacing, but don’t try to fix something that’s not broken.
How Do You Feel?
So much of a player’s relationship with the club is based on how it feels in your hand and with the motion of your body. Sometimes when you’ve got a set of clubs, you’ll have some you love, some you like a lot and others that just don’t jive. If one has been giving you trouble all of this time, then get something new.
As you get better, your game will change a bit and you’ll adapt to new and better techniques that might change how a club feels as well. You should have clubs that fit with the style of golf you want to play.
How’s Your Game?
Most importantly, if your game needs improvement, then your clubs are a bit part of that. When you’re starting out, a lower-level set of sticks will suit you but as your game gets better, so should your clubs.
You don’t want to be out there with your buddies, lagging behind because your clubs are sub-par. If you know that your game is just as good as theirs but your clubs are keeping you from achieving full potential, then it’s time for a switch.
Use Common Sense
Don’t let anyone sway you to buy the fanciest new golf equipment, but use your common sense when thinking about replacing something. First, determine what your needs are, then ask yourself if you can afford it.
If it’s not going to drain your bank account, then there’s no harm in having a nice set of clubs, balls, and accessories. Next time you’re on the course, examine your stuff and start doing research on what fun new thing you’re going to add to your bag.