Through the years I have owned 5 sets of golf clubs and double the number of specialty clubs. Over 40 years of play, I have only fixed 3 clubs. They were part of a full set of Ping Eye 2 Red Dot that belonged my father. He gave them to me at his passing and I still have and cherish them. Because of their value to me, I retired them many years back in the hopes of preserving them a little longer. I happen to come across these clubs recently and among other things, it start me thinking about the nature the golf club market.
During 2016, all the club manufacturers there were approximately 70 different new clubs for all the manufacturers. In 2015, approximately 47 new clubs were released. I am not professional club maker, however, it find it unlikely that all 117 new clubs have new innovations as claimed by the club manufacturers. With so many golf club releases, is there really any reason to fix your clubs?
Like in many other areas of our lives, golf clubs seem to have become throw away. If we do not like a particular club, we buy a new one. When new clubs are released, some players believe they need (confusing need with want) to have this new technology and find a way to buy it. They believe they need the slightest technology advantage and the club manufacturers have created the illusion that chasing the new clubs is the best path. Personally, I do not follow this illusion and only replace clubs as required.
Once and a while, I see a sign on the side of the road indicating golf club repairs, but I never go in. I wonder what these entrepreneurs charge and if their prices are competitive with buying new clubs; I guess that research will left for another day. In the meantime, I have only fixed 3 clubs in my career and only because they had sentimental value.
Have you ever had a golf club fixed?
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!