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!