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Golf club treasure hunting: The annual Fore Golfers Only sale

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As temperatures begin to rise every spring, excitement follows suit for the impending golf season. For a lot of golfers in my neck of the woods—Southern Ontario, Canada—there is one more tradition that can’t be passed up: the annual Fore Golfers Only (FGO) spring clearance sale.

For those who have no idea what I’m talking about, and I’m sure there are quite a few of you, I covered this event extensively last year. You can check out the original piece here: Thrill of the Hunt – Used Club Shopping at Fore Golfers Only

This year started like so many before, pile in the car and make the hour-plus drive for a few hours of treasure hunting. Like opening day at your local muni, the place was packed and people were lined up waiting to see what clubs they might find to fill out the missing hole in their set.

Unlike last year, this was not a trip I made on my own and instead had my wife and dad along for the ride—both avid golfers, like me looking to find that one club that might help save a few shots, and find we did! We scoured the rows of tables, lined up staff bags, and walls covered in putters. It took us a couple of hours to make sure we covered every inch and below is the collection of some of the clubs we found along the way.

The finds

BeCu Ping Eye 2 Classic

TaylorMade RAC wedge

One of Titleist’s GOAT drivers

Speaking of great Titleist clubs…

Mizuno Grad MP…brought me back to high school

Yonex V-Mass irons—not something you see every day

Effective doesn’t have to be pretty

Never seen this putter before in my life

It’s like a Ping B60 and Zebra had a baby

Cobra + Bobby Grace

 

For more information on Fore Golfers Only and the annual sale, check out their website.

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Ryan Barath is part of the Digital Content Creation Team for GolfWRX. He hosts the "On Spec" Podcast on the GolfWRX Radio Network which focuses on discussing everything golf, including gear, technology, fitting, and course architecture. He is a club-fitter & master club builder with more than 17 years of experience working with golfers of all skill levels, including PGA Tour players. He is the former Build Shop Manager & Social Media Coordinator for Modern Golf. He now works independently from his home shop and is a member of advisory panels to a select number of golf equipment manufacturers. You can find Ryan on Twitter and Instagram where he's always willing to chat golf, and share his passion for club building, course architecture and wedge grinding.

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  1. Jack Nash

    Mar 20, 2020 at 9:28 am

    Been there many times. At their shop they have so much equipment stuffed in there you almost have to go down the aisles sideways lol. They also have a range out back to test drive your choice.

  2. Nack Jicklaus

    Mar 19, 2020 at 9:37 pm

    Looks like fun! I like looking at clubs at local thrift stores and pawn shops. Clubs I drooled over as a kid can be had for a few bucks now…

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First of all, I think bunkers are among the toughest of places to find your ball. We see the tour players hit these spectacular bunker shots every week, but realize that they are playing courses where the bunkers are maintained to PGA Tour standards, so they are pretty much the same every hole and every week. This helps the players to produce the “product” the tour is trying to deliver–excitement. Of course, those guys also practice bunker play every day.

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The sand wedge has a sole with a downward/backward angle built into it – we call that bounce. It’s sole (no pun intended) function is to provide a measure of “rejection” force or lift when the club makes contact with the sand. The more bounce that is built into the sole of the wedge, the more this rejection force is applied. And when we open the face of the wedge, we increase the effective bounce so that this force is increased as well.

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  4. On downslope or upslope lies, try to set your body at right angles to the lie, so that your swing path can be as close to parallel with the ground as possible, so this geometry can still work. Remember that downhill slopes reduce the loft of the club and uphill slopes increase the loft.
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