Are affordable golf club sets any good? my experience

Golf clubs are is definitely the biggest expense when you’re shopping for golf gear as a beginner. So many different kinds of clubs with wildly varying prices don’t exactly make things simpler either. As a woman, i had to choose between taylormade kalea (review of which you can find here) and simple Callaway Set for women. If there’s one thing all golfers and in general, people can agree on, is that we don’t want to pay more for a product than we have to. That’s exactly why beginner golfers are usually looking for club sets that are cheap and promise to be effective on the golf course. Store brand golf club sets, especially the Nitro blasters at walmart, fit the bill perfectly. There are many other similar club sets sold by other manufacturers, most notable being Strata club set series by Callaway, which is highly rated and reviewed club set on its own. They have affordable as well as pricey options, and the latter is so good that even semi-professional golfers use them sometimes. Based on my basic understanding of economics, these club sets must be lucrative for manufacturers because they get to sell golf clubs in bulk, so costs of producing them are reduced. Consumers, on the other hand, can benefit from affordable prices. So popularity and novice golfers’ curiosity about these clubs shouldn’t come off as surprise to anyone.

You should note that i will be writing based on personal experience of using Walmart Nitro Blasters on the golf course and limited experience of playing with Callaway Strata sets. I do know that Wilson, Adams and other brands have similar offerings as well, but i haven’t had a chance to play with their clubs and quite frankly, i doubt they have anything novel to offer. These two club sets are quite similar as it is, and being recognized as one of the best value club sets on market right now, i don’t see how checking out other options could help our investigation at this point. Anyway, back to the topic – i have used Walmart club set back in the day when i was just beginning to play golf myself. Being straight out of college and not having top-tier job, made me concerned against blowing all my budget on fancy club set. I also didn’t want the process of choosing golf clubs to take too long, and i knew that buying clubs at local sport goods store wasn’t an option, because i would definitely be talked into getting something better and pricier. That’s how i settled on buying my set in Walmart. When it comes to golf club selection, Walmart isn’t the best, but their store-brand clubs sure looked good and came with stand bag. I phoned some of my friends who had been playing golf for years and were familiar with different clubs, they all described Walmart store brand club set as exactly what i was looking for – something that gets the job done and is cheap at the same time.

I don’t play with them anymore, but i did use them on the golf course regularly for two years. Walmart Nitro Blasters are great for their price and do exactly what they promise to do. Obviously, you won’t and shouldn’t expect to get anything great for such low price. On the other hand, if you’re looking for good golf clubs to get you started on a path to growth and gaining experience as a golfer, then they are a catch. As i’ve pointed out probably thousand times already, you shouldn’t expect such cheap clubs to improve your game or resolve swing problems for you, but other than that, they are competent clubs that will let you have fun on the course. Granted, clubs feel a bit cheap, because of their material, probably because they are in fact cheap. I do think that stand bag looks and functions extremely well, so no complaints there.

Callaway Strata set, based on my experience, is more or less similar to the walmart set i’ve described here. Some people say it’s better, and their pricier variation, Callaway Ultimate, just might be. They are made of high quality materials and all the reviews by experienced golfers have only positive things to say about this set. Callaway is also more reputable brand than Walmart’s store brand, so that might be worth considering when you’re trying to choose best golf club set for yourself as a beginner. All in all, both of these clubs are great and you won’t regret purchasing either one of them. Just make sure to avoid knockoff clubs and used clubs. Some people say that buying used golf clubs off craigslist is good way to save money on them, but in my experience, low cost usually is associated with very poor quality.

How to save money on golf gear

 

Over the years, golf has acquired reputation as being exclusively for the rich. That is of course, not true, because many average-income people, including myself, play golf all the time. But it can not be said that golf’s such reputation is undeserved. Golf clubs alone can cost up to few thousand dollars, not to count other accessories and golf apparel. On top of that, you have to constantly keep paying for tee time and other expenses related to maintenance of your clubs. It quickly adds up and all this expense, just for single sport, becomes hard to justify, unless you are financially at least healthy. I am now, but i haven’t always been good with my finances, but i still wanted to play golf. That’s why i’ve figured out few work-arounds and tricks that you can use to play golf with excellent golf clubs without it ruining your finances. I am going to focus on golf clubs, because that’s the most troublesome expense for most people. Golf accessories and apparel aren’t that expensive anyway, so i tend to buy them new. It’s just that you have to know good retailers to buy from, or you might get ripped off.

First off, i wanted to start by saying that if you’re a beginner, there’s high chance that you don’t need expensive clubs at all. Walmart golf clubs or any of the high-rated club sets that you can get from Amazon will be more than enough to get you started. It will take you at least a year until you outgrow them and playing with them becomes boring. At that point, you’ll have enough experience to choose great clubs by yourself. The problem with budget still withstands though. Even with high end clubs, i think it’s better to buy them as a package, instead of buying them individually. Golf club manufacturers tend to make more profit when they sell golf clubs as a package, and because of that, golf club sets tend to be more valuable on per-dollar basis. If golf club sets aren’t affordable enough for your budget, buying used golf clubs might be another viable route to staying within the budget. After year or so, when newer clubs are released, rich golfers tend to sell their clubs at highly discounted price. Clubs that used to cost five hundred dollars when they came out, are being sold for around third of the price, sometimes even less. I think most important individual clubs are hybrids and rescue clubs. If you are confused about them and need advice regarding choosing rescue clubs, check linked article. In my experience, that’s the best time to get your hands on those clubs, which is why i’m always scouring eBay and craigslist for latest deals. It should also be noted that when buying used clubs online, you should be very careful to not end up with a knockoff or battered golf club. Craigslist is especially notorious for this kind of thing. If i could give just one advice on shopping for used clubs online, it would be this : pay attention to seller ratings and avoid sellers that aren’t reputable. Other great online stores for buying used clubs include, but aren’t limited to GlobalGolf and CallawayPreOwned. Both are great and trustworthy brands, and i’ve personally bought many used golf clubs from both of them. I haven’t had or heard any complaints about their service and quality of golf clubs bought from them. 

Are expensive golf clubs worth it?

Common stereotype about golf is that it is rich man (or woman)’s sport and due to its high costs, average people rarely get to enjoy it. That stereotype isn’t exactly baseless, but it’s not entirely true either. Sure, there are many golf sets that cost few thousand dollars, and those sets do improve your golf game by a significant margin, but that margin only becomes important if you intend to play on professional levels. If you want to be a casual golfer who enjoys golfing on weekends, then the difference between high end clubs and regular, affordable clubs isn’t that vital in terms of performing at your highest potential.  Because of this misunderstanding, many beginner golfers often get discouraged from pursuing golf any further, thinking that their bad results is all because of cheap equipment. That’s rarely the case, and in my opinion, they are just impatient and want to achieve perfection without practice. Truth is, it takes months to get familiar with golf and play it properly, even at amateur level. Golf lessons and equipment can certainly help, but they can’t be the only solution. Unfortunately, those beginner golfers who do have the budget to afford these high end clubs, often do purchase them, which, of course, doesn’t solve their problems and only adds to the disappointment. So, in this article, i wanted to discuss what sort of effects do excellent golf clubs have on your game, and whether they are worth the investment at different stages of development as a golfer.

 

Just like with other types of equipment, quality and craftsmanship of golf clubs doesn’t increase proportionally with their price. To put it in other words, for three or four hundred dollars, you can get Callaway Strata Ultimate golf club set. It has everything that you’ll ever need as casual golfer and you should be set for at least few years. On the other hand, when you get to expensive sets, for example, one and two thousand dollar sets, the differences between them start to become bleaker as the price increases. The inability of expensive clubs to noticeably improve your game is further exacerbated by the fact that all golfers are different and no one club can fix their different problems. I always recommend to people to do the research about their playing style and take few lessons to figure out what kind of clubs they need. Sometimes people don’t even bother to get the sizes straight, and play with excellent expensive clubs which aren’t fit for their arm length. Anyone with a bit of knowledge of golf can understand how wasteful that sounds. To elaborate, when choosing a golf club, making sure it fits your body requirements or if not, having it fitted is the most important part of the process.

If you’re a beginner, the most important thing to look for in golf club sets is forgiveness. As i mentioned before, Callaway Strata series is undisputed king of affordable club sets, which is why it is wildly popular and flying off the shelves. This popularity allows Callaway to reduce production costs and make the club sets even better. If you don’t feel like getting Callaway, there are many other brands too. I’ve heard good things about beginners’ club sets by Adams and Wilson. There are pricier options available, too, and you should surely check them out if you’re not tight on budget, but most people are, so we’ll focus on average customer here. If you’re a beginner and want golf iron that is absolute best, i would recommend checking out this GolfClubsGuru guide on choosing irons. Forgiveness means that golf club is built with beginner in mind, so when she or he inevitably makes a mistake, that mistake will be negated, or to say it with other words, “forgiven”. That is the idea behind forgiving clubs and you’ll rightfully hear a lot of experts recommending them to beginners. What a lot of experts don’t say, is that forgiveness very often comes at the cost of accuracy. Still, i think a little bit of accuracy in exchange for forgiveness is a price that is worth paying for a beginner golfer.

One more benefit of buying golf club sets (at least the ones i’ve recommended above) is that they often come with a bag. Golf bags tend to cost about hundred dollars if bought separately, so getting one along with clubs as a combo is definitely a good catch.