When Is the Best Time to Buy Golf Clubs and Caddies?

When Is the Best Time to Buy Golf Clubs and Caddies?

In this article, we’ll answer these questions:

  1. When is the best time to buy golf clubs?
  2. How to buy your first set of golf clubs
  3. When it’s time to upgrade your golf clubs
  4. How to get the right clubs for your age

Unless you’re living in year-round warm weather climates, there’s a lot less golf being played over the winter months.  To keep sales going strong, that’s when many of the major manufacturers and suppliers of golf clubs and accessories or keep prices nearest to their year-round lows while offering additional incentives.

But is it the best time to buy? It depends.  If you’re looking to buy your first set, replace your gear, or upgrade your game, you might be surprised to know you can find deals in almost every season. Here’s a season-by-season breakdown on when you can find the best deals on golf clubs and some things to consider when making a purchase.

Buying Golf Equipment in Winter 

With fewer players hitting the course, the golf season is wrapping up.  That means this year’s club models are about to become last year’s news.  Just like in the auto business, when the new models hit the showroom, last year’s models get marked down.

Some sellers are looking to clear out their inventory to make room for the new models that they will be selling shortly.

Some of the best deals found on golf clubs and caddies happen right around the holiday season as people shop for gifts for the golfers in the family.  Pricing may not drop a great deal, but you can often find different incentives, such as sales or club member discounts that help the overall pricing.

 

Golf Equipment Deals in Late Winter/Early Spring 

If retailers still have last year’s models on hand, spring is when you’ll likely find the best prices – assuming you’re OK bypassing this year’s latest-and-greatest.  This is the prime time to get last season’s model at its cheapest price, as all the newest models are hitting the shelves as well.

In a cold-weather climate, no one is thinking about golfing during this time of year, so you may be able to find some great deals. Deals will start popping up more frequently as spring nears, and new gear arrives. 

Buying Golf Equipment in Spring

Die-hard golf enthusiasts are in the market all year long.  Casual golfers typically don’t think about their equipment until the weather starts to warm.  As new models hit the stores, suppliers know that demand is increasing as well.  There may be fewer discounts on the new models, but deep discounts on last season’s supply. 

There are also bound to be sales in the week leading up to Father’s Day, especially for accessories such as electric golf trolleys or a remote-control golf cart.

Buying Golf Equipment in Summer 

As we get into summer, demand for new clubs starts to really take off.  Besides casual golfers that are now hitting the links, avid golfers are looking for new clubs, replacing worn-out clubs, and looking for something to add to their game.  It’s typically when most people realize that their gear is lacking, as the weather has warmed up and improved and they’re playing more often. 

Golf Equipment Deals in Fall 

This is the time of year when some stores start trying to sell off their current gear to make way for new models in the spring. Some stores do wait for spring to discount clubs, but Fall is a great time to look for gear.

Buying Your First Set of Golf Clubs

If it’s your first time looking for clubs, it can be confusing.  You’ve tried the clubs at the driving range, used a friend’s clubs, or maybe used your Dad’s old set but now you’re ready to hit the course with your own set.

You may be tempted to buy second-hand.  That may be a mistake.  You might save a few bucks but there’s a good chance you’re getting gear that was designed for someone else.  It may be completely the wrong set for you.  High-end sets, even deeply discounted when used, may sound great until you realize they were built for top golfers and need a practiced hand to use well.

The best advice is to look for a mid-priced full starter kit set of clubs that are manufactured for first-time golfers.  They’ll be a little more forgiving and easier to hit to get you started.  As you start to refine your game, you can always upgrade the set or add individual clubs.

If you’re determined to jump in whole hog with a custom set of clubs, get some advice from the pros to make sure you’re buying the right set of clubs for your level of expertise.

Upgrading Your Golf Clubs

If your clubs are wearing out or you need to upgrade your golf game, you’ve got a couple of choices.  You can wait for the newest model year clubs to hit the market.  Or, you can grab this year’s (or last year’s) models at a lower price.  If you’ve had your set for a few years, anything will likely be an upgrade.

The best deals on the current model year will typically happen in January or February – although you may find deals or door-busters around the holidays.

How Do I Know When It’s Time for New Golf Clubs?

If your clubs are wearing out, you’ve outgrown them, your game’s in a rut, or you’re starting to age, it may be time for new clubs.

Wear and Tear

When you start to notice significant wear or start to notice less-than-perfectly-aligned shafts or see signs of deterioration, it’s time.

Grooves on your irons and wedges usually wear faster than other clubs.  This can lead to a loss of performance.  Check for signs of wear.  If your grips are less than optimal, changing them out annually can help you maintain better control.

Putters are used on every hole, but they also last a long time.  If you’re happy with your putter, you may never need to change it.  Once you get a feel for the weight, feel, and group, you may want to hang on to it and redo the grips when needed.

Of course, if you are one of those that likes to throw their clubs or wrap it around a tree once in a while, you’re going to need to replace them often.

Your Golf Game

If you feel like your game has stalled or you need a change, it may be time for a new set of clubs.  As you’ve gotten more experienced, new clubs can add a new element to your game.  The clubs you’ve had may have been right for you a few years ago, but you might have outgrown them – not just from a size standpoint, but from a touch, feel, and expertise standpoint. 

Plus, new clubs are kind of cool.  They can invigorate you and give you confidence or inspire you to play more frequently.

How Age Affects Your Club Choice

Younger golfers may need to upgrade from that first set, which they may have gotten as a teenager or young adult.  A full adult set can make a big difference in your play. 

While your game may improve with more experience, one thing you can only do so much about the aging process.  As you age, you’ll likely lose swing speed.  If you’re not using the right flex shaft for your clubs, you’re going to lose some of the distance you’re used to.  More flexible shafts will help you maintain – and possibly even increase – your swing speed.  Consider clubs with shafts built for seniors.

So, When Is the Best Time to Buy Golf Clubs and Caddies?

Honestly, you can find deals at any time of the year on clubs and accessories, such as electric golf trolleys or a remote-control golf cart – depending on what you’re looking for.  Most shops have sales at any time of the year, so you can find deals. Try to avoid summer as that’s when demand is highest, and there are typically only brand-new lines to choose from.  Fall and spring are your best bet to get hands-on new gear that may be a season or two old.

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Beware Of Cold Weather And Lithium Batteries!

An early cold shock hit Bend, Oregon a couple of weeks ago. My chainsaw and batteries were in my truck for several nights of below-freezing temps. Upon trying to use my "cooled" chainsaw, it would only run until the saw blade hit the tree! My first thought was that my chainsaw had failed. I replaced the batteries with warm ones from my shop and the chainsaw worked! I also noticed that my charger would not work with these cold batteries. Not until they warmed to room temperature.

Ultimately, both of the cooled batteries charged and operated the chainsaw. I’m a bit concerned about any long term effect that this exposure to the elements might have on the two batteries. Only time will tell.

Do you have a battery-powered chain saw? Perhaps not! But you may own an electric golf trolley that is powered with a 24 Volt Lithium-Ion battery. The reason I’m sharing my above story is that the same thing might happen if you should accidentally leave your Lithium-Ion battery in your car/truck/SUV in extremely cold weather. The results might be troubling.

Lithium-Ion batteries are a wonderful advancement in battery technology, but they need some tender love and care. Your Cart Tek user manual suggests that you always store your batteries in a cool, dark, dry environment and to avoid extreme temperatures. Avoid both hot and cold extremes as best you can and you will get the best life from your battery.

If your golf course is shutting down for the Winter, remember to charge your Lithium-Ion battery after your last use. Always make sure you see the amber LED on your charger. This is the ‘only’ indicator that your battery is being charged. Periodic charges over the Winter is also recommended(Check every 45-60 days). You should try charging your battery every 3-4 months when not in service. If you are concerned about the battery charge, you can test the battery with a volt/ohm meter or with our battery monitor. Either device will give you the status of the battery Voltage.

8 Tips To Improve Your Golf Score

8 Tips To Improve Your Golf Score

Do you feel like your clubs are holding you back? You’re currently thinking that a new set of clubs is what you need to start improving your score. But before you spend your hard-earned cash, here are 8 tips that you should consider before you buy a new set of clubs.

1.) Start a workout regimen.

Ugh, no one wants to go to the gym. I play golf to relax! Well, even just a few days a week can be the difference between having power in your swing all the way through 18. Strength training and cardio are essential to performing well, in golf and in life. There are many exercises for strengthening golf muscles. I would recommend squats and lunges, core work and dumbbell workouts focusing on your arms and shoulders. Find a trainer who can put together a program for you to work on your shoulders, back, abdomen and legs. Then after the strength training, hit the treadmill and work up to several miles without stopping. Remember, it’s important to stretch before and after each workout to prevent injury! The cost of this is probably free as you may already have a gym membership, but you’re just not using it!

2.) Lessons

Individual or group lessons can help you fine-tune mistakes you’re currently making. Lessons can range in price from $50 to $100 or more per hour depending on the skill of the instruction. Often you can get discounts if you have many people getting lessons at once.

3.) Range Time

Considering that Pros like Tiger spend about 2 hours a day at the range, this is a clue to where to spend your time! In the real world, most of us don’t have that much time to be able to commit to golf. So, make a goal to spend two hours a week at the range to better hone in your game. Take this time to go over the input that your instructor gave you earlier.

4.) Launch Monitor

With the developments in technology over the past few years, prices for launch monitors have come down drastically. You’ll be able to collect detailed information about your swing to be able to make minor tweaks to your game. You can get highly recommend monitors for less than $500!

5.) Consider walking instead of riding in a cart

Golf started out as a walking sport. This is why 90% of European golfers walk the course as opposed to riding in a golf cart. When you’re walking the course you can learn a lot from your feet. You get a sense of the lie of your ball. You might feel the fact that the course is wet or dried out so your ball could run into the creek, or sink if you hit too high of a lob shot. All these factors can affect your score.

6.) Walk with a Caddie

If carrying or pushing your clubs sounds like a lot of work, consider hiring a caddie for a round. You’ll get some in-depth knowledge of the layout of the course. You'll feel refreshed because you haven’t wasted your energy carrying your clubs. Typical caddies fees can vary but expect to pay ~$150-$200, plus tip.

7.) Walk with an Electric Caddie

Back in number 5, I mentioned that 90% of Europeans walk the golf course. What I didn’t mention is that 65% of European golfers walk behind an electric golf trolley. Many of those players have lowered their handicaps by an average of 3 strokes, by using a powered caddie. Get the benefits of walking the course, without the strain on your body of carrying your clubs! Check out Cart Tek’s best golf cart, the GRi-1500Li.

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8.) Putting Practice

Bringing Tiger back into the conversation here. He practices for at least 30 minutes a day on the putting green… As the old saying goes, “drive for show, putt for dough”. If you want some tips on how to practice your putting at home, check out our other blog post here.

How to Elevate Your Golf Game

How to Elevate Your Golf Game

Learn how to improve your golf game this season with 4 easy tips. Play better and more confidently knowing that you're improving some aspects of your game with hard work and a lot of practice.

Watch YouTube Videos

Do your homework. YouTube has a plethora of experienced golfers and golf pros waiting to share their knowledge with you. Watching golf videos offers some of the world's most beautiful golf courses as inspiration for your next vacation. They also offer reviews on golf gear and most importantly, instruction on how to improve your swing, stroke, putting skills and overall game. You have a wealth of information at your fingertips and opportunities to learn something new from thousands of videos on all things golf. From getting information on how to play a better game to tips on the best golf courses and golf products, there are hours and hours of videos for learning new things about the sport you love.

Work on Your Short Game

Practice putting and fine-tuning your short game. This will give you more confidence on the course. By working on your short game, you'll know you can tackle more difficult situations on the green. Finish smoothly when you’re putting the ball and practice chipping and making pitch shots. Learn how to use the ball's bounce to your advantage.

Play With More Experienced Friends

If you have friends or family who are more experienced in golf than you, then ask to tag along on one of their games. There is a lot to be learned from people who play at a more advanced level than you. Talk to them about their favorite golfers, courses and pro tips, and be sure to watch their playing technique. Playing with friends, especially better players, is an important part of the game. Listen, watch and keep you mind open to learning new skills.

Practice, Practice, Practice

Practice when you feel like it, but also when you don't feel like it. Practice in the morning, afternoon and at night. Practicing will give you the skills you need and muscle memory to perform your best. Get out and golf at least once a week. Make a habit of practicing every week to improve your stroke and accuracy. Work on your form over and over again. You’ll feel better when you’re on the course and hopefully take your game to the next level.

Hopefully, with these and other professional tips and instruction, you can elevate your golf game this season and enjoy doing it.

Best Drivers of 2019

Best Drivers of 2019

Last month, we reviewed the three best mallet putters of 2019. Next we turn to drivers. If you’re looking to go the distance with your next driver, take your pick from these top-rated drivers. Callaway Epic Flash Flash is the new flagship driver for Callaway, and with good reason. The increased ball speed you will experience from connection was developed by a supercomputer using the latest in artificial intelligence (AI) technology. AI was able to fix age-old problems that occurred from simply not having enough viable research to optimize ball speed. The Flash also includes a stiff club head that creates more face flex, weight savings from a triaxial carbon crown, and a 16-gram sliding weight for adjustable balancing. Cleveland Launcher HB Cleveland Golf is best known for its wedges, but if you need a forgiving and powerful driver, look to this brand as well. The top model 460cc Launcher HB gives you an extremely light hosel, a HiBore crown and Flex-Fin sole design that optimizes impact compression for unprecedented power from this line. The Launcher HB is great for middle- and high-handicap players who are looking for more ball speed. Mizuno ST 190 The ST 190 is the most advanced driver from Mizuno to date. The SP700 titanium face increases the strength of the driver by about 10% over your traditional 6.4 titanium. You save a great deal of weight from the carbon composite crown, and the sole design is created to resemble an accordion for a more forgiving launch. Mizuno also provides a back weight to increase stability on shots that are a bit off center. Srixon Z 785 The Z 785 is designed for professionals by professionals. It is defined as a 460cc club, but its smaller profile gives it a higher workability than the Z 585, Srixon's game improvement club for higher handicappers. The extremely lightweight carbon crown works well with the Ti51AF Cup Face to give you improved speed as well as a low spin flight pattern for greater distance and accuracy. You also have the customization system and quick tune adjustment features to play around with, giving you the opportunity to tweak the loft dynamics and weight on your drive. Titleist TS2 The TS2 is arguably the best driver from the most well-known brand in the game, and that’s saying something. The Speed Chassis alone required two years to upgrade. The SureFit hosel, super thin and lightweight titanium crown, fully adjustable swing weight and customizable face thickness give you one of the most advanced 460cc shapes on the market. The level of forgiveness on this club alongside its great workability means that it’s great for professionals and recreational players who are looking for that perfect piece of technology to improve their game. You can’t go wrong with any of these top-rated drivers in your golf bag - so pick the one that is best for your unique style of play!
Putting Drills to Practice at Home or in the Office

Putting Drills to Practice at Home or in the Office

When the elements keep you indoors and off the golf course, hone your putting skills at home or in the office with these simple daily indoor putting drills. While you can practice on carpet, I recommend purchasing an inexpensive putting mat to most closely simulate the feel, control and speed of an actual putting green.

Distance Control

You can work on your distance control with several different exercises. First, place a something flat and small like a business card or playing card on the mat several feet away, then try putting the ball so that it stops on the card. Second, place a ball on top of a coin on the mat. Putt a second ball towards and as close to it as possible without knocking the first ball off the coin. Finally, just start putting around the room. Find different targets at various distances and practice, over and over again. All of these drills can help improve your putting accuracy.

Straight Line

To work on the straightness of your putt, place a yardstick or a three-foot strip of painters’ tape on the mat. Practice putting the ball from one end to the other along the yardstick or tape to find the sweet spot on your putter. If the ball veers right, then you’re making contact with the heel of putter and conversely, if it rolls left, you’re putting with too much of the toe. Try lining up additional yardsticks or three-foot strips of tape to practice from six, nine and more feet from the hole.

Putting Stance

Keep your putter close by and practice your stance as many times a day as you can in order to build strong muscle memory. Take advantage of the many online videos and tutorials that can help you with the correct putting stance and set-up and then practice in front of a full-length mirror as well as behind the ball. It’s also a good idea to also stretch really well before and after your practice drills.

Try some of these indoor putting drills to improve your game while you’re waiting to get out on the course and check out my previous post for more tips on perfecting your putt. Remember, practice your golf putting drills daily!

Build a Better Winter Golf Training Program

Build a Better Winter Golf Training Program

It’s halfway through winter and you may be itching to get out to make progress on your golf game but there’s snow on the ground and it’s 20 degrees outside. How can you prevent being rusty with your shots and putting once spring arrives? The answer is a simple one: Build a better winter golf training program for your game. Here are several tips for staying at the top of your game over the cold winter months. Hit the Gym. Even just a few days a week can be the difference between having power in your swing and stamina for the game or heading onto the course rusty and out of shape. Strength training and cardio for endurance are essential to performing well, in golf and in life. There are numerous exercises for building and strengthening muscles, including squats and lunges, core work and dumbbell raises. Find a trainer who can put together a program for you to work on your shoulders, back, abdomen and legs. Then after the strength training, hit the treadmill and work up to several miles without stopping. Remember, it’s important to stretch before and after each workout to prevent injury. Practice Indoors. Leave your remote control golf caddy in the garage while you visit an indoor driving range or set up a putting green in your family room to practice because it’s all about maintaining that muscle memory for your swing or put. Many major urban areas have indoor driving ranges where you can work on your swing throughout the cold winter months. If you can’t find an indoor facility near you, then try setting up a putting green at home with a chipping turf mat you can find online. Then practice, over and over again. Take a Vacation. This tip may seem like an obvious one, but it truly is a great way to get in some real practice and continue to improve your game. There are many warm-weather golf destinations to visit in the winter, from Florida to the Bahamas and Arizona to Baja, for some great rounds of golf. It’s also a great way, given the time and expense, to benchmark where you’re at with your game and what you can continue to work on the rest of the winter. Take your own clubs and golf bag on the trip! Watch Lots of Videos. It goes without saying that you can learn by watching the pros. In between your workouts and indoor practice, watch as many videos with professional golfers as possible, studying their technique and learning new tips. There are virtually hundreds of golf videos online and great instructional videos you can purchase as well. With a little bit of planning and a healthy dose of discipline, you can build a winter golf training program that keeps you strong, sharp and in practice for your game come spring.
Three Best Mallet Putters for 2019

Three Best Mallet Putters for 2019

Golf Influence has recently named the top-rated mallet putters for 2019 and they’re all remarkable putters for increasing your putting performance. Without further ado, here are the three best mallet putters of 2019: TaylorMade Spider Tour One of the hottest putter models on the PGA Tour, the new Spider X has been reengineered in three distinct ways for optimal stability and better alignment. • A steel frame combined with a carbon composite sole for extreme perimeter weighting in a more streamlined shape. • Improved True Path alignment technology for increased putting accuracy. • An improved pure roll insert for a better feel and more topspin to help the ball start rolling smoothly, prevent skidding and stay on its intended line. With the enhanced Spider X, TaylorMade has placed the focus on how the putter feels through the stroke, stable while at the same time forgiving, to make putting easier. Golf Influence agrees, stating that “with technological enhancements that aided in creating the most balanced putter on the market, TaylorMade has crafted a mallet that places a strong emphasis on feel throughout the putting stroke.” The Spider X comes in several different options—with True Path alignment, single sightline or single bed—and two different colors, copper or navy. Odyssey Red O-Works #7 The Odyssey Red O-Works #7 scored a 20 out 0f 20 by Golf Digest last year, receiving a gold medal on their “Hot List 2018”. Their line of Red O-Works putters has consistently been among the best on the market and this year is no exception. The O-Works Red #7 is a modified mallet with a double-bend hosel and weighted alignment wings making it beyond compare for arc-stroke putting. The mallet’s clean, attractive red finish is extremely popular among professional golfers Odyssey’s real competitive edge is their Microhinge technology. The steel Microhinge plate with thermoplastic layer molded on the inside provides a great feel, an increased topspin and smooth roll. Odyssey is continuously working on shapes for ultimate performance, but it seems for now they’ve perfected the fanged putter with toe hang “for players who like to feel the face of their putter rotate more in their stroke.” Cleveland Huntington Beach #6 Mallet Putter According to Golf Influence, “Perhaps one of the most underrated producers of quality putters, Cleveland has outdone themselves with the introduction of the Huntington Beach line.” With its classic design, the Huntington Beach #6 putter is a sleek stainless-steel mallet with a precision diamond-shaped mill face in a pattern four times deeper than Cleveland’s previous generation of putters. The deeper milling pattern enables increased friction on impact and a better, more consistent roll. The stainless steel has a softer feel, is easier to bend and can be customized to fit your stroke with an 8-degree range (+/- 4 degree) of lie angle bending. In addition to the #6 putter, the Huntington Beach collection features five other traditional putter shapes. If you’re in the market for a new putter this year, you won’t be disappointed with any of these three top-rated mallet putters and how they improve your performance on the putting green.
Perfecting Your Putt Through Practice

Perfecting Your Putt Through Practice

Have you ever wondered why the pros are so good at putting and wondered how you can get your putting game up to speed? Wonder no more, we have some tips that can help you perfect your putt! Putting can make or break your game, your short game as it’s called. If you can hit perfect long drives and get the ball relatively close to the ball, you must be golden. Unless your short game is on par with your long game, you will continue to struggle. Practice Makes Perfect

It’s important to practice a multitude of different short shots to try to perfect your game. Research shows that spending time from a wide variety of angles and slopes prepares you better for a game. If you’re practicing the same shot repeatedly until you get it right, you might be setting yourself up for failure. While it’s beneficial to practice a swing until your body feels comfortable and knows what to do, this can hurt you. You’re only going to get one shot at it out on the green, so by giving yourself multiple chances to get it right it may not go as planned.

Go out and work on your short game. Take plenty of different shots and mix up the levels of difficulty and distances from which you take the shots. The variety will help you improve in ways you wouldn't if you stuck with only one shot over and over.

Hitting the Ball

It's been discovered that some of the best putters tend to hit slightly upwards on the ball. This adds a little loft to their stroke, and causes the ball to roll forward immediately, and stay in line. For great putting to happen it takes precision. Any small change to the way you hit a ball can jeopardize your shot.

A great tip for working on precision putting is to stack three quarters behind the ball. Keep three quarters in your remote control golf caddie. Align the center of the putter with the middle of the ball. Keep your putter vertical, and not forward. Practice striking the ball right around it’s middle, or equator, without hitting any of the stacked quarters.

If you can consistently hit the stack of quarters, you know that your stroke is low or not moving upward like it should. Once you start to hit the ball consistently here, the ball will roll much more smoothly. Keep working on this drill until you get the loft to your putt that you want.

Putting

Find golf drills that work for you to perfect your putting. Research some additional drills that you think might help. Finding drills like the quarter drill can help you to make small adjustments.