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How Long Is Too Long for Buying New Golf Clubs?

March 19, 2015

How Often You Really Need to Upgrade Your Golf Clubs

How long is too long when it comes to buying new golf clubs? Technology changes Buying New Golf Clubsquickly, and so do the ads, but do you really need that new driver or putter every year? We checked in with a few Section Professionals for their advice on how often you really need to upgrade your golf clubs.

Expert Opinions

“My answer is totally dependent on the individual golfer – how much they play and their overall ability,” says Ryan Peterson, Head Professional at The Wilderness at Fortune Bay. “The best way to look at it is by trial and error: if you try out a new club and hit it longer and straighter and it feels good, then maybe it’s time to change. My general guideline is new clubs will show a benefit once your existing set is 3-4 years old, but this is not always true for everyone.”

Over at North Oaks, Assistant Golf Professional Brendan Cody also thinks the magic number is three. “Most experts and golf professionals across the industry would agree that the longest a golfer should go between sets of clubs would be three years,” he says. “Not only does technology improve every year, but more importantly, the golfer is changing. Height, weight, strength, and flexibility are all factors, and being properly fit for clubs every few years is crucial to get the most out of the new technology. This goes for both irons and metal woods!”

Meanwhile, Minnesota Golf Hall of Fame member Don Berry at Edinburgh USA feels that you need to focus on the driver. “I would say if you have a set of irons you love, stay with them, along with your favorite putters and wedges,” he says. “I feel the driver is different. Club companies are making amazing breakthroughs literally each year and generally speaking, each model is usually better than the last one. If your driver is over five years old, it’s definitely time to get with the times – or continue watching your buddies hit it by you.”

5 Signs You Need New Golf Clubs

eBay posted a nice story last year, titled “5 Signs You Need New Golf Clubs,” that is loaded with good information. While they are definitely trying to get you to buy via their website (both new and used clubs are available on eBay), the tips are solid:

1. Your Golf Game Has Changed
2. You Bought Your Last Set Three Years Ago
3. You are More “Senior” Than You Once Were
4. You See Too Much Wear and Tear
5. You’re Not Making Progress

Golf Digest has been famous for the annual “Hot List” of new equipment each spring, but now they also have an “Obsolete List,” that helps you decide when to throw in the towel on that old persimmon wood. One interesting recommendation from that list is that putters never really become obsolete. PGA Tour Professional Scott Verplank is quoted in the story, but you often hear stories of Tour pros that have their own version of Caddyshack’s “Billy Baroo.”

Equipment plays a key role in player enjoyment and performance. Technology advances each year to make the game better for scratch professionals and casual amateurs alike. Your local Minnesota Section Professional is a great resource to review the latest gear and upgrade from your old set of clubs.

Do you have your eye on something new for 2015?

The Minnesota Section PGA consists of PGA Professionals who are experts in the game and business of golf. Our mission is to promote the enjoyment and involvement of the game of golf and to contribute to its growth by providing services to golf professionals, the golf industry, people who play golf or would like to start playing golf. PGA Section Offices oversee the 41 geographic regions throughout the United States and provide the grass-roots network for the nation’s 25 million amateur golfers and with the PGA’s 27,000 members.

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