I have played my Mizuno MP 20s for two seasons now and it is time to trade them in for something better! You know, after two years and about 100+ rounds, there are no good shots left in them. Hence, my decision to change my clubs has come in a whim. I figure that by changing my clubs my game will improve and I should take one step closer to being a scratch golfer!
Of course I am talking with tongue in cheek because I love my Mizunos and changing them is out of the question. When making my big purchase in 2020, I did my research and decided on my Mizunos. But, I will tell you that the research was a difficult one because off all the different choices, advertisements, hype, and pressure sales. It was an interesting ordeal and one where I learned a great deal.
Here is an interesting stat from Golfweek: “Retail sales of golf equipment also surged in 2020, Golf Datatech reported, with $2.81 billion in revenue. That was a 10.1 percent increase over 2019. It gave 2020 the third-highest annual total since Golf Datatech began tracking the industry, trailing only $2.91 billion in 2008 and $2.87 billion in 2007.”
I understand the need for manufacturers to produce different clubs in order to remain viable, but I have to question the theory that golf club technology changes so much from year to year that requires me to fork over a large some of money to purchases new golf equipment. I am confident that my two year old clubs are just as effective as any new set on the market today.
I know of some golfers who chase the next best thing in golf equipment. They spend hundreds and thousands of dollars thinking that a change of equipment will change their fortune on the links. I would suggest that some equipment changes are needed, but if your clubs are less than five years old, they are more than enough of a club for most games. I have a 4 handicap and my clubs will be good for at least another three to five years.
Changing golf equipment is sometimes required. For instances, I hit my 52° and 56° club more than any other. So, I replace this club every three or four years. I assess its wear each year and determine if I need to make a change. Right now I am on year one and will not worry about my grooves wearing out anytime soon.
I used my last putter for about 25 years. My current putter is four years old. I purchased a blade putter from Odyssey. It is a Works Versa 1W 350 gram putter. After 25 years I felt it was time to change and my new putter does make a different in my short game. I have better feel and I still I like the way it looks how the ball rolls off the face. I expect this will be my last putter I will ever buy.
I am not suggesting that golfers should never purchase new golf equipment, but I would offer a bit of advice suggesting that knowing what they are purchasing could save them a great deal of money. Again, if your clubs are less than 5 years old (depending on the make and brand), then they are likely good enough for your game.
One last point would be that if your game has not demonstrated any real improvement, chances are you need a lesson or two. Until this happens, buying new golf clubs may not be the wisest move.
On a side note, this article does not suggest that the reader should not buy new equipment if necessary. It is my opinion on what works for my game and might for yours. You decide.
Want do you think? Am I off base here?
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!