Do New Golf Clubs Really Make a Difference?


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Do New Clubs Make a Difference?

Most every golfer asks at some point – “do new golf clubs make a difference in your swing or in your scores?” To start, yes, new golf clubs will make a difference. As you might suspect, that difference varies. The quality of golf clubs does makes a difference. However, to really answer this question, you have to consider skill level of a golfer. More experienced golfers are going to get more ‘bang-for-their-buck’ – because they know how to hit each club better and will notice the differences between clubs more than a beginner. 

Don’t let this discourage you from wanting to upgrade your golf set. Everyone will need to upgrade at one point. If you are looking to upgrade your set, evaluate where your weak spots are and what clubs could help you fix the gaps in your game. 

Try not to just think about buying a new driver or new putter right away – you may want to improve other areas of your bag before those. Personally, I believe that your wedges are your most important clubs and new wedges will help most everyone’s game. However, sometimes you may not need to upgrade your clubs, maybe your issue is that you don’t have enough information on the course and could benefit by purchasing a new golf rangefinder or golf GPS watch.

What Golf Clubs Should I Upgrade?

Here is an idea, the next 5 to 10 rounds – try to keep track of the following stats. These will help you identify where you may want to look at upgrading:

  • Hole Score
  • Putts
  • +/- to par
  • Fairways in Regulation (if you miss, mark where your miss is)
  • Green in Regulation
  • Sand Saves
  • Out of bounds

If you take one thing away from this post, just remember that all golfers looking to upgrade clubs will be able to find a club that works for them if they get fit for it. Most golf shops are offering a complimentary fitting service with purchase of a new club. Don’t just run into a golf shop and buy a new club without talking with a fitter about what you are after and trying  a few options out!

Do Expensive Golf Clubs Make a Difference?

Expensive golf clubs can make a difference, but again, it varies from golfer to golfer. Expensive golf clubs are not always expensive because of the marketing behind the product, consider the material being used in the product. The difference in a new Titleist iron set and a Top Flite iron set is significant, most everyone will see and feel the difference. However, the difference between $800 Titleist and $1100 forged Mizuno’s? Far less significant.

The difference between $1000 Mizuno’s and $2000 Miura’s is so small that the price can’t possibly justify the performance. Most owners just buy Miura’s because you want to and can afford the luxury. There is no shame in this! 

Most golfers should stay away from the cheapest option of golf clubs you can find – but that doesn’t mean you need to buy the most expensive either. The used $75 driver and used $250 driver may have significant performance differences, however, the used $250 driver and a used $350 driver may not be as significant.

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Do Golf Clubs Wear Out?

Yes, golf clubs can wear out. Replacing your golf clubs are like the tires on your car. You don’t need new tires every year, but if you did replace them each year, you would notice a difference. It’s the same with golf clubs. The older your clubs are and the more you play, the more they wear out. If you are noticing that your wedges are browning or your irons are starting to develop wear marks, you may want to consider upgrading your clubs with something newer.

Keep in mind that clubs wear out at varying rates. Typically, wedges, short irons and drivers are going to wear out faster than other clubs. The wedges grooves wear out over time and the driver can become ‘dead’ after hitting it enough.

How Often Should You Replace Golf Clubs?

Replacing golf clubs can bring a lot of excitement and a lot of anxiety. You should start by evaluating how much life is left in your clubs. Typically, golf clubs have a good and long life. It really takes a lot to bust a club. There are millions of golfers that play at a 10 handicap on a set of old Ping Eye 2’s. So don’t jump the gun on buying new clubs thinking your old clubs are on the downswing of their life.

However, if you are an avid golfer and play regularly, you may want to invest in new golf clubs every 5 – 7 years. The technology advances in that time frame will help your game more than you may think! If you don’t upgrade your clubs every 8 – 10 years, you are leaving a lot of performance out on the table. The technology jumps are truly incredible. Each year irons are considerably faster and more forgiving. 

Here at, we don’t always reccomend that you buy a brand new set of clubs every few years, it is perfectly okay to visit your local golf store’s used section and find a used model that is still newer than yours. However, as we mentioned above get fit for your new clubs and you WILL see performance improvements.

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