While it’s impossible to definitively determine what the best second-hand golf clubs are, if you’re on the lookout, there are some things worth remembering if you want to get the best deal possible.
First of all, you need to do all you can to ensure the item you’re buying is genuine, as the market is rife with counterfeits. But it isn’t easy, as Dean Cracknell, industry expert and Head of Marketing at Golf Clubs 4 Cash, explained to us.
He said: “We’re incredibly vigilant about the counterfeit market but I think there are enough variables for us to determine whether it's genuine. When we receive equipment, and we kind of book it into our inventory, we do go through a process of determining its specifications.
“We will measure it for length and swing weight and things like that. Total weight is also a good indication of a counterfeit golf club. Quite often they're a lot lighter; the density of the materials they are using are kind of poorer quality.
“And then things like replicating the brand logo is not often the same. Even some of the pantone colours, the colour palette of the brands, be it reds or blues or yellows, they're never exactly the same. But I wouldn't say it's easy.
“If you're buying through places like Facebook marketplace or Gumtree, there is scope for you to not be buying the genuine article. We've got 30,000 Trustpilot reviews at 4.8 stars, we've got 100,000 eBay five star reviews, so we're a reputable dealer. We put the customer first and above and beyond anything else.
“So the likes of ourselves and reputable dealers, we have our own integrity to preserve and also we’re qualified to ensure the inventory we buy is genuine. I think it's more about where you buy as opposed to what you buy.”
In addition, it’s also vital to be realistic and manage expectations. And it's in that space where the best second hand clubs can be purchased according to Dean, who admits the big four brands remain popular even with buyers in the pre-owned market.
“I think the best pre-owned golf equipment is typically items where the condition and price - and when I say condition, I mean things like age and product generation sits in there as well - meets the golfer’s needs. For us, one of our fastest-selling brand and product categories is Ping irons.
“Ping irons have, in a lot of cases, a good amount of residual value. So the golfer selling them gets a fairly good return. But equally, they are a reputable enough brand that people want to buy them and when they see them at a price that is more affordable than new Pings then they tend to sell and turnover quite quickly.
“It's actually not dissimilar to the retail market for new equipment. Our big four brands are the same big four brands that sell new: TaylorMade woods, Ping irons, Titleist wedges, pretty much the same.”
However, Dean is confident that whatever a golfer is looking for, Golf Clubs 4 Cash will be able to satisfy their needs, whether that be something right up to date like the new TaylorMade Stealth driver, or a more niche product from a bygone era.
“If you name me almost any brand or any product that’s spanned the last 30 years, I would hedge my bets that we have it in stock, certainly at the top end. We've already bought a couple of TaylorMade Stealths. At the lower end, it's less likely that we specific clubs in stock at a given price, but we would have comparable solutions.
“So we might not have a Benross that retails at £24.99 but we would have a Ben Sayers or a Nicklaus or a MacGregor for £19.99. With 25,000-plus items, we’re confident we can deliver something that the golfer is looking for.”
Find out if Golf Clubs 4 Cash has what you're looking for by heading to their website or by visiting the specialist team at the store in Edinburgh.
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A lifelong golf fan, Andy graduated in 2019 with a degree in Sports Journalism and got his first role in the industry as the Instruction Editor for National Club Golfer. From there, he went on to enjoy a spell freelancing for Stats Perform producing football reports, and then for RacingNews365 covering Formula 1. However, he couldn't turn down the opportunity to get back into the sport he grew up watching and playing and now covers a mixture of equipment, instruction and news for Golf Monthly's website and print title.
Andy took up the game at the age of seven and even harboured ambitions of a career in the professional ranks for a spell. That didn’t pan out, but he still enjoys his weekend golf at Royal Troon and holds a scratch handicap. As a side note, he's made five holes-in-one and could quite possibly be Retief Goosen’s biggest fan.
As well as the above, some of Andy's work has featured on websites such as goal.com, dailyrecord.co.uk, and theopen.com.
What's in Andy's bag?
Driver: Callaway Mavrik Sub-Zero (9°)
3-wood: TaylorMade Stealth 2 Plus (15°)
Driving iron: Titleist U500 (17°)
Irons: Callaway Apex Pro '19 (4-PW)
Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM9 (50°, 54° and 58°)
Putter: TaylorMade Spider X
Ball: TaylorMade TP5x
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