One of my most difficult decisions is when to replace one of my wedges. Of all my clubs, except my putter, my wedges are used the most. Mine are showing wear, but I am not sure it is time to try something new.
I have bought new equipment before and use a system that works without fail. I intend to follow it again, however for some reason I think I am leaving something out. Any advice you can give me would greatly appreciated!
Here is a process I have outlined before, but I have updated and modified a few steps. One part has never changed; I never, never, never, pay full price! I know, it sounds difficult, but actually, with very little effort this can be achieved. So here is my strategy:
- Figure out what you want/need. In this case I am looking for a new sand wedge for next season.
- Research, research, and research. I read the hype of manufactures to see what they say, however I actually pay attention to the consumer reviews. This is the most important piece of information you will find. People are more than willing to tell you what they think.
- Wait for it to come on sale. Check Ebay. Check Kijiji. Check Golftown (or other large franchise stores), and check the local pro shop (you would be surprised).
- If possible haggle over the price. The local pro shop will lower their price if you make them a reasonable deal.
- When you find the best deal, buy the piece of equipment. Waiting is not always the best thing to do, however you will know when it is time.
- Probably the most important step – be happy with your purchase. This is very important!
My process of purchasing golf equipment ensures that you end up with what you want. It saves money and reduces impulse buying! I realize it may not be the best way, but it has saved me money over the years and enabled me to buy more of the things I need!
This is where things to awry. I am a Titleist Vokey fan. I have been very happy with my wedges for years. However, with the changes in technology over the past 5 years, I think my narrow-mindedness might prevent me from purchasing the right wedge for my game. Keeping this in mind, when I am in the research step, I will be sure to expand my search to different makers.
Have I missed something? Do you have something that would make my search and eventual purchase better? I am all ears!
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!