It is Time For A New Set Of Golf Clubs

It is time! I have decided to look for a new set of clubs and so the search begins. My current Titleist AP2s are still great clubs, but now is the time to change because of desire, want, and it fiscally makes sense. The challenge is that living in Northern Canada makes it hard to test run clubs without driving at least 3 hours to the nearest golf store. It is only one challenge, but I will overcome it and others.

Deciding to by a new set of irons, fairway woods, and wedges is a big step. The cost will be a factor, but mostly I want a set that hit better than the ones I have now or why change? There is no sense forking out a pile of cash (and it will be relatively expensive for new equipment) if the new sticks do not provide any advantage to my current game.

I have looked on line and I am not convince by the hype I read. Each club manufacturer claims to have the next best thing for my game. However, after buying a new Callaway Rogue Driver 1.5 years ago, this is not always the case. Not all clubs are created equal.

Then there is the fitting. The closest stores are 3.5 hours away and I want to make sure I am fitted by a professional who I have confidence knows how to fit the clubs to meet my requirements. I am not trying to slight anyone int he area, but it is important that I am fitted properly because I will likely have these clubs for many years to come.

I have an open mind for which make of clubs I will buy. I find that it is important not to pre-disqualify any brand. This is a poor way moving forward, but I do know that the field is narrowed down very quickly once I start test driving what is out there for sale.

So, I am getting ready to open my wallet and spend some money on some new equipment. I am not sure how much at this point because I have no idea what new clubs cost. I expect that ‘sticker shock’ might be in my future, but I hope that I am mistake.

Obviously, I will let you know how things go, but for now this is the process I will follow:

  • Step 1:  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.
  • Step 2:   Figure out what I want/need. This is done by test driving lots of clubs and then being fitted
  • Step 3:  Wait for it to come on sale.  Check Ebay.  Check Kijiji.  Check Golftown (or other large franchise stores), check the local pro shop (you would be surprised).
  • Step 4:  If possible haggle over the price.  The local pro shop will lower their price if you make them a reasonable deal.
  • Step 5:  Purchase the piece of equipment.
  • Step 6:  Probably the most important step – be happy with your purchase.  This is very important!

New clubs are in my future. Now it is a process to figure out what I want or need. I want to give a heads up to Rick and Blair; I feel a road trip in our future!

I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!

6 thoughts on “It is Time For A New Set Of Golf Clubs

  1. Jim
    Sounds like you want new clubs. Are you looking for distance? Are you tired of the old clubs? Looking for a new look? Some people simply buy new clubs on a regular basis. You seem to be more thoughtful about the process.
    As you know I recently took two 4 hour sessions at Club Champion to test out all kinds of clubs. Trackman and another swing monitor to gauge speed, trajectory and spin. If you really want a fitted experience this is what you need to do.
    Going into Golftown will be good but not as comprehensive. GolfTec can be useful to help for you. Then there are days where manufacturers show up at the local club. Some online vendors allow a trial period to test it out on the actual turf.
    I recommend Club Champion if there is one up in TO.
    Btw – you don’t live in Northern Canada – Nunavut is northern Canada. You barely live in northern Ontario !!! Make a weekend of it. Go to Toronto and spend a weekend trying out gear. You are planning to be with this gear for the next few years.
    Good luck. 🍀. Let us know what you get.

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    • Linley,

      You are right about Northern Canada. 😁 Sure feels like it some days. Thanks for the tips about being fitted. I am trying to find the best place to make it work. My current clubs are great. However, I am seeing if technology will help extend my distance. I will not buy if there is no I.provement, that just does not make sense.

      Cheers Jim

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  2. A real fitting should have you going through different brands or at least, if you get the fitting done by a manufacturer’s rep at a show or something, different models within brands. The best I’ve been through had me on a swing monitor and also had tape on the sole and face of the club as I hit shots with 3 different versions of a 7 iron head paired with multiple different shafts. That one was my first fitting and it was done by a Cobra rep at a local course that puts on a club day each year so we can test out all the new clubs. I ordered that set that day, about 25 years ago.

    One thing I might mention is that when I did some research not too long ago on the subject, I found that the PGA puts out a list of all the best fitters in every state. I found I had one within an hours drive. They aren’t cheap though. If memory serves, he charged 300 US for a fitting for a set of irons. More if you wanted wedge, woods, and putter fitted too which is what I still want to do. That adds quite a bit to the price but I guess you can’t get a better fitting than trying out all the major brands in the process instead of just one so maybe it’s worth it. By having Cobra do it for me I missed out on that aspect, but I did test all those other manufacturers clubs before having Cobra give me the fitting that day so I felt like I was sure I got the best for me that day.

    Getting a deal is tough with fitted clubs though. I know the basic set up I need now. 1 degree upright. That’s it. But even knowing that, I still need to try out different shafts to see what works best for my swing. So unless my swing indicates something on sale is best, the “deal idea” kind of flies out the window. But getting a free fitting is possible. And I guess, that’s a deal in itself if they do a good job of it.

    There is just one thing that depresses me a bit when I think about new clubs today. It’s getting harder and harder to buy a traditional 3-PW set. Good luck with your purchase. Hope the information above is useful.

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