By The Modern Golfer
July 24, 2007

Old vs. New Clubs

Upgrading your golf clubs will help lower your score

There are probably lots of you out there that have been playing the same old set of clubs for a really long time. Hey, nothing wrong with that, some people feel comfortable with their old clubs because they still hit the ball well with them. Now don’t burn me at the stake! I’m not trying to turn you against your trusty old clubs, but I am suggesting that maybe you’ll hit the ball a little better with a new set.

Let me ask you this, why do professional athletes retire? They have a career ending injury, they have a series of aches and pains that don’t allow them to perform like they used to, or they come to the realization that they can’t compete with the young guns anymore. If professional athletes could compete at a high level their whole life then they would do it, but its not physically possible. You see where I’m going with this? Golf clubs are the same way, although your set might have been the cream of the crop when you first got them 6 years ago, they’re probably more like that pro athlete on the brink of retirement today. Here’s the two main reasons you should consider getting a new set of clubs.

1) Wear and Tear. All golf clubs take a beating over the years, it might have been that hidden tree root you hit with your pitching wedge, it could have been that time you duffed a shot and slammed your club against the golf cart, I don’t know. But the bottom line is all clubs develop dents and scratches over the years that’ll have a negative effect on your ball flight.

2) Overuse. Even if you haven’t had any mishaps with your clubs, you’ve still hit about a million balls between practice time at the range and rounds on the course. That much use will cause clubs to break down over time. Grooves on the clubface wear out over time and create undesired hot spots that cause you to hit the ball farther than you want to. This is most noticeable in your short irons because you wont get the spin that allows the ball to gain the necessary height for the shot you want.

And lets face it, the technology today is a lot better than what it used to be. Sweet spots on drivers today are anywhere from 2 to 3 times larger than they used to be. Clubs today are also much more forgiving than they used to be, so that slice into the woods with your old driver might have been on the right side rough with a new one.

Still not convinced? Take these statistics into account. A few years ago the PGA researched how long it took for tour professionals to change clubs, here are the averages that they came up with by 2006: Drivers-Every 2.7 years, Irons-Every 3.3 years and Putters-Every 2.2 years. If you think the average pro changes clubs a lot, Tiger Woods changes his clubs every 6 to 9 months. You know that clubs don’t last very long if the pros change so often. Yeah pros play a lot more, but their clubs don’t take as much abuse as an amateur’s clubs do so the wear and tear is probably pretty comparable. So all you golfers out there that still play with clubs that Fred Flintstone might of had in his bag, its probably time for a change. You never know, new clubs might be the difference in a good round and a great round.

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2 Responses to “Is it Time to Retire Your Clubs?”

  1. Rick Says:

    I currently have a set of Ping I3′s Oversize that I’ve had since 2001.. I think. Would upgrading to new Ping G10′s or Callaway X20′s make a large difference? I would appreciate your option.

    I gave up the game for a while but I’m going to start playing once again. Things have really changed.. but how much is marketing vs. real life score production

    Thanks

  2. Discount Golf World Says:

    Rick,
    The difference in 7 years of technology is tremendous, irons today are much easier to hit and are much more forgiving than they used to be, so yes you will notice a difference. Both of the clubs that you mentioned are at the top of Golf Digest’s 2008 Hot List in the game improvement category with the X-20 being the category leader in performance and functionality. The Callaway X-20 Irons were also the editors choice in the 2007 Hot List and are a proven set of irons. The Ping G10′s are at the top of the 2008 list but are brand new and I haven’t heard a whole lot about them. They both have the same functionality and have a similar top-line look, if you are going to buy for this year I would recommend the Callaway X-20 Irons for the fact that they are proven and well liked in the golf community. Here is a link to the Callaway X-20 product page. If you want to customize your specifications we can order a custom set for you, talk to one of our equipment experts at 1-866-411-4349.

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