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When purchasing an iPhone 7, rarely does someone pay the $649 upfront for the phone, but rather opts for the monthly $32.41 fee. Then when it’s time to upgrade to the new model, simply trade in the old phone.

Essentially, TaylorMade is bringing this concept into the realm of golf clubs with a program called The Turn.

Instead of paying $499 for a new M1 2017 driver and $1,199 for a set of P-770 irons, it’s allowing customers to finance the clubs over 18 or 30 months and pay a monthly fee at 9.99 percent interest. This program also allows customers to upgrade into newer models after 12 or 24 months.

Here’s how it works.

When you go to purchase a driver or set of irons on TaylorMade’s website, you’ll have the option to pay in full, or enter into the upgrade program through a credit company called Klarna. You’ll first need to apply for credit approval.

Then, you’ll select a a finance program — either 18 or 30 months. Let’s say you purchase a $499 TaylorMade M1 2017 and the 18-month plan. That means you’ll pay $33 a month for the next 18 months, totaling $594.

After 12 months when the new TaylorMade 2018 driver comes out, you have the option to upgrade. TaylorMade will send you a return label and you’ll ship the old driver back to TaylorMade and they send you the new driver. Your payments on the old driver will carry, or roll over to the new driver. If you decide you want to keep the old driver, you continue the payments for the full 18 months and the driver is yours.

(Note: This story has been edited to show the acceptable and unacceptable conditions for upgrading.)

Your old club will NOT be eligible for upgrade if it has any of the conditions below, according to TaylorMade.

  • Clubs with cracked or bent shafts
  • Clubs with dented or cracked crowns
  • Wedges with excessive sole wear and/or groove wear
  • Iron sets that do not consist of 5-8 consecutive clubs, do not have a pitching wedge or do not match other clubs in the set
  • Counterfeit/knock-off clubs

Your old club WILL be eligible for upgrade if it has any of the conditions below.

  • Moderate face and sole wear
  • Sky-marks
  • Chips in paint
  • Paint blemishes
  • Scratches/nicks on the crown
  • Shaft wear

So, what’s the catch?

Well, the catch is that you eventually pay more money — $95 more in the example above — to keep the driver. There are benefits, though.

  1. If you can’t afford or don’t wish to pay the full cost upfront, this gives you the flexibility to pay monthly.
  2. Instead of dealing with the hassle of selling your old driver to buy a new driver, TaylorMade streamlined this process (as long as you upgrade to the new TaylorMade product).
  3. At the promotional offer of around 10 percent interest, you’re essentially saving money against the credit card system, which averages somewhere around 15 percent depending on your banking plan.

For golfers who want to stay up with the newest equipment and don’t necessarily have the cash laying around to support that desire, TaylorMade’s “The Turn” could be a savior. Those interested in entering this upgrade program, it should be noted that the 9.99 percent interest rate is promotional. The standard Klarna interest rate is 19.99 percent, which will raise both your monthly rate and expected total price of the driver.

Still confused how it works? TaylorMade’s Q&A about The Turn may clear up any questions you have.

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92 Comments

92 Comments

  1. Howard

    May 1, 2017 at 1:08 am

    How long until I can get a Taylormade credit card?

  2. 8thehardway

    Apr 25, 2017 at 2:13 pm

    Pssst! Over here… golf balls. I can put you in a dozen Pro V1s for only $5/month ($50 plus 10% interest). After a year you can return them for another box if they aren’t damaged.

    How about golf bags, shoes, gloves? We just want you to keep paying… I mean playing.

  3. LAbillyboy

    Apr 25, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    Moose, Rocco… go help the judge find his checkbook!

  4. Travis

    Apr 25, 2017 at 1:24 pm

    Pretty sure on the site it said if you buy a driver then it for 18 months with the option to upgrade at 12 months.

    Example
    Driver cost: 500
    APR: 10%

    using a fancy loan calculator
    payment: 30.03 per month
    total interest over 18 months: 40.51

    So lets take 2/3 of the interest = 27
    30.03 x 12 = 360.36 + 27 = 387.36 paid for 12 months.

    So you paid ~$387 to play a brand new $500 driver for a year. I believe once you switch to a new club after 12 months then you are “done” paying on the old driver and you start the payment on the new one. I also didn’t see anywhere were they said they would give you money back for you trade in it back in? I assume that money goes to pay off the original balance.

    If you are someone who buys a new driver every year and would normally pay the full MSRP then it doesn’t seem like a bad deal to me if you like taylormade drivers. The only real catch is them being able to end the upgrade program whenever without any guarantees to the consumer.

    • H

      Apr 26, 2017 at 6:25 pm

      Again, did you even READ the eligibility requirements for the replacement upgrade? If you even have a little scratch or dent or a rattle that you didn’t cause, you can’t have the new one, you are stuck with the one you already have. And no significant damage to the sole or grooves? You better never get in a bunker, and if you do, you had better remove them small pebbles.

  5. Edwin Castellanos

    Apr 25, 2017 at 1:15 pm

    I don’t get people changing clubs so quickly. It takes me two seasons to get used to the clubs I just purchased. Now I’ll use them for another 8 more.

    • LAbillyboy

      Apr 25, 2017 at 1:52 pm

      I wear out my wedges in one year and lower irons as well… it’s an annual replacement cycle.

  6. Tom

    Apr 25, 2017 at 1:13 pm

    Interesting all the indignation on here. This is a great idea for TM. Since when is GOLF (in any form) a good financial decision? How good is your decision when sending a dues check when there’s a foot of snow on the ground? Golf is inherently terrible from a finance perspective, this is just one more step in that direction.

    A consumer would be dumb to do this. But history is replete with dumb consumers.

    • Mat

      Apr 27, 2017 at 7:09 am

      Yep. Everyone who’s ever bought a mobile phone on a contract can STFU.

  7. Rocco

    Apr 25, 2017 at 11:46 am

    When you factor in the beating we take from retailers on club trade-ins, this may have some merit.
    I would figure brand loyalty is more of a motivating factor for Taylor Made than squeezing a few extra bucks out of it’s customers. Personally I buy a new driver every year or two anyway, but prefer not to be locked in to the Taylor Made offerings.

    • H

      Apr 26, 2017 at 6:26 pm

      Iy has no merit. Unless the set that you rented from TM this way sits in your executive office suite where you only use the clubs indoors on a launch monitor. And even then, you better not get any sky marks on it

      • Rocco

        Apr 28, 2017 at 10:12 pm

        You’re probably right about that. The golf simulator sits over by the wet bar, so I get to use it quite a lot. Regret I haven’t seen a “‘sky mark’ in about twenty five years but I’ll keep a look out for ’em. Thanks

  8. TheCityGame

    Apr 25, 2017 at 11:14 am

    The article says this, “Your payments on the old driver will carry, or roll over to the new driver.”

    At the website, they say, “Choose to upgrade & start a new payment plan”.

    So, you’ve paid $33 a month for 12 months ($396) and you have nothing to show for it. You’re buying a $400 driver every year without the ability to re-sell it. And you’re just rolling into the new one, and that one might be at 20% interest, not 10% interest.

  9. VA Golfer

    Apr 25, 2017 at 7:41 am

    This is the problem with our society. We don’t exercise self control when it comes to purchasing anything anymore. We finance everything. If you have to finance anything other than your car and your house you can’t afford to purchase the item. Exercise some self control save up your money and pay cash for it once you can afford to purchase it. The banks and creditors are the real idiots here you max out your credit card and are making minimum payments at $5,000 dollars and they up your credit limit to $10,000 how is this helping people to get out of debt. If you can’t afford to pay off the $5,000 how can you afford to payoff the $10,000. They credit card companies need to stop this. TM is just as bad here you want people to finance golf clubs? If you want to make golf more affordable for the masses and save the golf industry this is not the way to do it. I have never not paid my credit card in full every month. It’s not because I am rich either. I just exercise self control when I want something. This new program is a huge mistake!!

    • Brian

      Apr 25, 2017 at 10:31 am

      The banks and credit card companies have very little interest in seeing you get out from under debt. I’ve got a 15-year fixed mortgage at 2.75% and my mortgage company is constantly sending me refi offers. Seriously? I’m likely never going to see an interest rate that low again in my life and they think I’m interested in refinancing?

  10. RG

    Apr 25, 2017 at 1:18 am

    They should put out a line of clubs called the “Loanshark.” What a frickin joke. If you can’t afford to buy a club and pay cash, you don’t need the club, period.

  11. Ethan

    Apr 24, 2017 at 11:32 pm

    Wow, if I was a retailer that stocks Taylor Made product I would be extremely upset. This program can only be done on TM website. Why would anybody want to carry TM products anymore? They are making selling TM products extremely difficult. Sad.

    • birdie

      Apr 25, 2017 at 9:00 am

      Surprise, online shopping is the way of the future

      • LD

        Apr 25, 2017 at 9:38 am

        Surprise, retailers that stock and sell Taylor Made products also have online shopping sites.

  12. Rich Douglas

    Apr 24, 2017 at 10:56 pm

    Only Taylormade would come up with a methadone program for golf smack addicts. Just pay an inflated monthly fee, don’t injure (or alter!) the club(s), and get new ones every year. (Because that’s about TM’s rollercoaster cycle.)

    Please. Don’t. Do. This.

    How often have we see really, truly game-improving change in club design? Ping Eye 2. Big Bertha and Great BB. Perimeter-weighted forged irons (debatable, but cool). Hybrids. Adjustable woods. Slotted irons. Single-length irons. That’s about it. (Feel free to quibble.) That’s almost 50 years.

    I’m no angel when it comes to chasing clubs. (Even now, I have a set of 2016 Ping G irons sitting in the closet because I’m gaming Wishon Sterlings.) But I’ve gone back to my Rocketballz driver–still longer and straighter than the TM M1 I gamed until recently. And I’m sitting on the same wedges and putter for the past 3 years or so.

    Wake me up when the next REAL big thing comes along. In the meantime, please ask TM to get their hands off my wallet. Thanks.

  13. COGolfer

    Apr 24, 2017 at 10:44 pm

    Learn how to properly rycycle the metals and you have yourself something sustainable. Until then, no chance.

    Trying to follow the cell phone model only works if you understand how that model works.

  14. Dave R

    Apr 24, 2017 at 9:44 pm

    Really. Are you kidding me,

  15. moses

    Apr 24, 2017 at 8:47 pm

    With so much great equipment coming out every year and the latest and greatest not any better than the previous year’s model just wait and EBAY!!!!!!!!

  16. ooffa

    Apr 24, 2017 at 8:32 pm

    I am glad to see purchasers have an additional option. If some like plan fine. Those that don’t can bypass it. That’s the great thing about the marketplace. Choices.

  17. Josh

    Apr 24, 2017 at 7:49 pm

    No brainer for TM and a clever idea at that. There’s really no risk for them, they essentially flip the ‘loan’ note after a few payments and end up making more money than they charge at wholesale pricing to retailers. If the customer defaults, the credit company takes care of it, TM already got paid.

    However, they’re not exactly endearing themselves to retailers who already have a spotty and fractured relationship with TM because of such quick product cycles lately and rapid discount schedules.

    If it fails then so be it, can’t fault them for trying to sell their product. I applaud the effort if nothing else, should help pressure the industry to find creative and affordable avenues to get consumers new product.

  18. Caroline

    Apr 24, 2017 at 7:15 pm

    I cannot wait to see how many of the big time CEO types and higher ups in big companies start adding this account to the company benefits plans. Companies are paying Country club dues and high end golf resort fees for the upper management why not putt their equipment on the same plan…

  19. Sean

    Apr 24, 2017 at 6:08 pm

    I would think that most any club returned would not meet the criterium as laid out by TM. Look at what’s required to return wedges…best not play them at all.

    Bad idea for the consumer.

  20. Stevie Gee

    Apr 24, 2017 at 6:01 pm

    How long before Goldman Sachs packages these bad loans to a municipality pension plan near you.

  21. golfraven

    Apr 24, 2017 at 4:36 pm

    Just lookes at the T&Cs and those are a joke. Essentially you can forget that TM will take clubs back if those show any type of wear which would be the case if you play with them on a regular basis – unless you just carry them for show.

    • Jack

      Apr 24, 2017 at 9:55 pm

      And then you are also out the 20% premium on interest payments just to rub some more salt in the wound. Nobody is stupid enough to do this. It’s smarter to just lease a car. Or really, just buy a slightly used club cuz I’m sure they are also charging retail MSRP list prices too.

  22. golfraven

    Apr 24, 2017 at 4:30 pm

    I would understand there would be an added benefit if you wouldn’t pay the 10% interest p.a. Otherwise you are a morron who pays for equipment that will go on sale 6 months later and you pay about 20% more depending on the period. I get it if folks buy cars on credit but golf clubs that cost less then 2K for the entire set and on avarage folks who play longer but either new woods or irons – not whole bag at once unless you start fresh. Please stop this nonsense!!!

  23. Justin

    Apr 24, 2017 at 3:38 pm

    It is kinda iffy. I mean, on one hand, I can see it as one way that could help grow the game. On the other, it’s iffy; would there be that many people so willing to buy the newest clubs, when there are so many options (many at reduced costs)? I mean, an iPhone or Galaxy is one thing- that’s a HUGE market. But golf clubs? I dunno…

    And not to sound like I’m piling on but, how are some of those things avoidable? Dents, cracks, and chips aren’t always associated with neglect. I’ve seen three posts in the last two weeks on reddit of people having their club faces crack within the first week of using their driver. They’d own the club literally a week and not be able to trade it in (though I’d hope the warranty would cover it). And rattles? Those come from something inside the head; excess epoxy breaking off, usually. How is that the customer’s fault?

    And what, pray tell, is “excessive” wear? If you’re a player that is out there 5 days a week, or can practice bunker play, that’s gonna happen through the normal course of use- not from neglect. It just seems a little ticky-tack to me, to lock you into that club(s), regardless if you upgrade or not.

  24. Robert

    Apr 24, 2017 at 1:15 pm

    Do you guys realize how many people pay for clubs with credit cards? Just because you are responsible enough or have the money to pay cash for your clubs doesn’t mean every golfer is. If you already buy clubs with a credit card, this is a good deal as you only pay $396 after 12 months and you get another new driver. The downside to this is their damage restrictions. It means people will have to take care of their clubs which, if you look at any used ads, is a hard thing for a lot of golfers. I’ve been wondering why companies haven’t been doing this for awhile as it’s a booming business for the phone companies. They don’t charge interest on the phones, but they have the monthy fees that essentially replace the interest money they would earn. I would be more surprised if this didn’t work. I would expect every company to come out with something similar within the next 6-12 months.

    • S Hitter

      Apr 24, 2017 at 1:42 pm

      Only if you’re a good player with moderate swing speeds who doesn’t break or scratch the club and always puts the headcover back on!
      Did you even read the caveats? There is no way in hell for a frequent player to be able to met those conditions at the end of the year.

      • Robert

        Apr 24, 2017 at 5:02 pm

        Did you read my whole comment? I covered that.

        • H

          Apr 26, 2017 at 6:28 pm

          Yes, but you insisted that it’s a good idea, comparing to what mobile phone companies are doing. Duh

  25. DJ

    Apr 24, 2017 at 1:07 pm

    perfect option for all those people who bought a $500 TM driver and are complaining when TM puts out new product a year later.

  26. TR1PTIK

    Apr 24, 2017 at 1:01 pm

    I agree with pretty much everyone who has stated that this would be an awful financial decision to make as a consumer. However, I have also said on many occasions how the high price of golf equipment is a major deterrent to anyone who wishes to take up the game. Through this program, I can see how it might be possible for beginners to actually go to a fitting and purchase quality equipment without the upfront sticker shock associated with modern golf clubs. While I’m still a much, much bigger proponent of purchasing quality used clubs to make golf more affordable, not everyone who takes up the game of golf has the knowledge to select a reasonably good fit for themselves. While they could look to a friend or golf pro to help them select a good set, there are many who would refrain from doing so and there’s also the chance that a golf pro would not want to help them if it meant the golfer spent their money elsewhere.

  27. Mark

    Apr 24, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    Seriously anyone who signs up for this scheme needs certified. Like buying a Chevrolet on credit…pay more while the asset depreciates at a 40% in year one. What next? Hire Purchase on a sleeve of balls. Pay cash, get a better deal and annoy the bankers and credit card companies.

  28. Blake

    Apr 24, 2017 at 12:13 pm

    Jesus the amount of meetings and planning that went into this terrible concept was a complete waste.

    • golfraven

      Apr 24, 2017 at 4:44 pm

      Fully agree. This screams Accenture! Sorry monkeys – if you feel offended.

  29. Dat

    Apr 24, 2017 at 12:03 pm

    Just let them go out of business already.

  30. cgasucks

    Apr 24, 2017 at 11:57 am

    What moron would buy a depreciating asset when you can easily buy for a lot less on the used market? You don’t see the other OEMs do that. If they did, they’ve would’ve done it decades ago. TM is desperate to book sales to make their numbers.

    • chinchbugs

      Apr 24, 2017 at 2:35 pm

      I would agree with your statement however the new car industry doesn’t seem like it’s going anywhere… moral of the story…people aren’t wise with money…

  31. Chuck

    Apr 24, 2017 at 11:45 am

    Now I know why adidas is struggling to sell the brand.

    http://nypost.com/2017/02/27/adidas-struggling-to-sell-taylormade-equipment-brand/

    And it has nothing to do with the fact that TM really is making some great golf clubs, three of which are in my bag right now.

  32. bh

    Apr 24, 2017 at 11:26 am

    I’ll stick with my “play 3 generations old” and pick up the new one for $100 in 3 years” method.
    Cash or nothing.

  33. Tom 1

    Apr 24, 2017 at 11:22 am

    they don’t teach that in schools anymore

  34. Steve

    Apr 24, 2017 at 11:16 am

    Taylormade now partnering with Rent-to-Own.

    • Jack

      Apr 24, 2017 at 9:58 pm

      Or more like rent to own nothing except debt.

  35. Jack Nash

    Apr 24, 2017 at 11:14 am

    Taylormade’s new motto. ‘Anything To Stay Liquid”.

  36. Mike Honcho

    Apr 24, 2017 at 11:12 am

    What’s the repo process?

  37. Allen

    Apr 24, 2017 at 11:11 am

    I would not buy a driver or irons by this method however I bet there are a whole lot of people who will buy clubs like this. I think this is smart by TM, they need to generate revenue and this might help.

  38. NolanMBA

    Apr 24, 2017 at 11:03 am

    PayPal Credit offers 0% interest 6 months. I paid my federal income taxes that way this year and invested same dollar amount in a mutual fund. Gotta love debt leverage but 9.99% will be hard to cover unless you know the stock market very well.

  39. AG

    Apr 24, 2017 at 11:03 am

    I think it would be easier if TM just started asking people for their first born.

  40. Former PGA Professional

    Apr 24, 2017 at 11:02 am

    This idea is worse than the Bubble Shaft. #debtisdumb

    • AG

      Apr 24, 2017 at 11:07 am

      At least the bubble shaft was some technology that someone developed… this is just a way for TM to take money from customers ad infinitum.

    • chinchbugs

      Apr 24, 2017 at 2:36 pm

      +1

  41. Tom

    Apr 24, 2017 at 11:02 am

    I actually think this is a good business move by TM. Most people (Americans anyway) aren’t financially responsible enough to see the end result, or they justify it in some way. TM is smart by reacting to the market trends of using high interest credit to purchase luxuries.

  42. GMatt

    Apr 24, 2017 at 10:58 am

    Sounds like a last act of desperation for a company in a financial crisis…. Good Luck to them

  43. Severian2

    Apr 24, 2017 at 10:56 am

    I’m hoping to get a deal to raise the interest to 25%.

  44. Jonah Mytro

    Apr 24, 2017 at 10:54 am

    Who keeps a club in nearly mint condition for 2 years (to get the tradein return)? If it is, i bet you didnt play it that much…

    A golfer will pay $100 more to finance a Driver ($499 vs $594) and have to return it. After paying a premium, you should be able to keep the drive you paid 120% (of cost for. If they want to charge 50-75% of the driver cost, than i would agree that returning it makes sense so TM can resell it on the 3rd party market or as refurbished.

    I dont see this working for TM to sell more clubs..

    RETURN POLICY
    Dented, cracked, chipped, rattling clubs
    Metal woods with significant sky-marks on the crown
    Clubs with cracked or bent shafts
    Clubs with non-factory alterations
    Wedges with excessive sole wear, groove wear, or dings
    Iron sets that do not consist of 5-8 consecutive clubs

    • Chuck S.

      Apr 24, 2017 at 11:30 am

      If they pay the full loan off ($594 in the example) then the club is theirs free and clear. But the example is saying that’s the 18 month price, and at the 12 month mark they are eligible for an “upgrade”. So after paying only $396 you can return the club and start the process over with the newest model. So technically you could pay $100 less than retail, but you have to return the club after a year.

      All in all anyone choosing this option is stupid and irresponsible. If you can’t afford it, don’t buy it. There are plenty of great deals on very recent model clubs where you don’t have to sign up for 10%-20% interest rates to own it. This is super shady even for TaylorMade.

      • birdie

        Apr 24, 2017 at 1:07 pm

        not saying this is a good deal….but youre fogetting the part where TM buys the club back. so if you still owe $200, TM may buy the club back for $250, which would basically mean they’d give you a $50 credit towards the next purchase and waive the remaining debt. of course, TM buyback price will most likely be significantly less than a seller could get on ebay.

  45. Egor

    Apr 24, 2017 at 10:48 am

    You’re a moron if you buy clubs this way.

    Shame on Taylor Made for becoming the Aarons rent to own of golf.

    I have a TM driver, 3w, and 3hy in my bag right now but the replacements will not be TM. I love those three clubs, they are excellent. I will not support a company that enables and encourages people to make stupid financial decisions if I can help it.

    • Tyler

      Apr 24, 2017 at 11:55 am

      How do you feel about TM selling clubs to people paying with credit cards?

    • ROY

      Apr 24, 2017 at 4:42 pm

      So are there any companies you actually do support, cause pretty much all of them want you to make poor decisions. Must be a short walk to work cause I know you dont own a car – those guys are the worst!!

  46. Tourgrinder

    Apr 24, 2017 at 10:45 am

    Wow! This is pretty much how auto manufacturers and dealers have approached their consumers, historically. Try to sell cars with a relatively healthy profit margin, then for those who choose not to pay the price upfront, make more money on the financing of that sale price. Then, in one, two or three years, try to “sell” that same approach to that same consumer all over again with a newer model.
    In early 2015 I purchased what I thought was a great, new driver in the R-15. It’s performed well and it’s still in my bag. However, after I purchased it I felt somewhat taken when TaylorMade introduced their new M1 model less than a year later (more like 6 months later), I believe if I’m not mistaken, in the fall of that same year. I already felt a little bad with having an “obsolete” driver in my bag after only a half year or so, despite it’s good performance. I can’t imagine how I would have felt or reacted if I had been paying 10% interest on the thing as well.

  47. Keith

    Apr 24, 2017 at 10:36 am

    “When purchasing an iPhone 7, rarely does someone pay the $649 upfront for the phone, but rather opts for the monthly $32.41 fee. Then when it’s time to upgrade to the new model, simply trade in the old phone.

    Essentially, TaylorMade is bringing this concept into the realm of golf clubs with a program called The Turn.”

    This is misleading, as the phone companies just break down the cost of the phone into 24 equal payments. You are not financing the phone as there is no interest being charged.

    In this stupid TM deal, not only are you paying for an overpriced driver that will depreciate rapidly, you are paying a ridiculous amount of interest to own it. This is just utterly asinine, is TM going into the payday lending arena or the high risk used car financing arena too??

    Dumb….dumber….dumbest…

    • birdie

      Apr 24, 2017 at 11:28 am

      the phone deals are just as awful. the phone you buy for $700 in 24 installment payments w 0% interest can easily be found online in mint condition for less than half the cost. often even brand new. if you can’t buy something in full you should rethink your purchase. all this does is entice consumer to buy a more expensive product. whats the difference in payments between a $600 phone and a $750 phone when you spread the difference over 24 months? this is the goal of TM, to sell $600 drivers to people who ignore the actual cost and see it only costs $8 more per month.

      in long run, this will drive prices up. i also think the goal of TM is to decrease the liklihood of used clubs hitting ebay. they’ll probably destroy the clubs returned just to limit the used club supply.

  48. Geoff

    Apr 24, 2017 at 10:34 am

    Anyone who opts into this is the definition of a sucker born every minute.

  49. Jack

    Apr 24, 2017 at 10:26 am

    I guess it’s the same thing for people financing new cars. It’s the worst deal ever.

    • Keith

      Apr 24, 2017 at 10:39 am

      If you’re paying interest. Unless you have bad credit you should never pay any interest when buying and financing a car. There’s too much competition and too easy to find 0% financing options.

      • Sam

        Apr 24, 2017 at 11:54 am

        That’s for crappy cars like GM, Ford or Chryslers. You’re not going to find 0% for a BMW, Audi, or Mercedes

        • 3putts

          Apr 24, 2017 at 2:49 pm

          I’ve been leasing Fords for 12 years and find them great vehicles. No service issues and get twice the technology in the car for half the price of the luxury brands. It serves my purpose just like my Callaway clubs. I hope you enjoy your Miuras and your Mercedes. Oh yeah, my oil change is $30 and yours is $200.
          Who made the more proper fiscal decision.

        • Brian

          Apr 25, 2017 at 11:02 am

          If you’re dumb enough to spend German car money on a depreciating asset, you deserve to pay interest on top of it. Have fun when you have to replace that $2400 water pump in your 4 Series.

    • Jalan

      Apr 24, 2017 at 10:58 pm

      You can finance cars for as low as 0.0%. These morons want 9.99% – 19.99% for a golf club. Plus, the car offers more usage and versatility than a golf club.

  50. johnny

    Apr 24, 2017 at 10:00 am

    You would have to be extremely foolish to purchase golf clubs like this.

  51. Brian

    Apr 24, 2017 at 9:57 am

    What kind of idiot would finance, and pay interest, on golf clubs?

    • DrB

      Apr 24, 2017 at 11:34 am

      While I agree that it is a poor financial choice, you might be surprised at how many people purchase golf equipment with a credit card and then wind up paying an even higher interest charge.

      With the exception of a house or possibly a reasonable car, if you can’t pay cash, you can’t afford the purchase.

      • Tyler

        Apr 24, 2017 at 1:32 pm

        You’re right DrB. A lot of people here are ragging on TM for simply partnering with a creditor, failing to realize how many golf clubs Visa and Mastercard have purchased over the years.

      • Brian

        Apr 25, 2017 at 10:28 am

        I guess that really hits on the level of financial stupidity on the part of the average consumer. Would I pay for clubs with a credit card? Yes, if I’m earning points on the purchase. But you can bank on the fact that I have the cash sitting in the bank account before hand.

  52. Keith

    Apr 24, 2017 at 9:51 am

    This is terrible. Paying 10-20% interest on a depreciating asset. If your financial situation is such that you would need to do this type of shark-like financing then you need to be spending (or better yet saving) your money elsewhere.

    • birdie

      Apr 24, 2017 at 11:20 am

      i dislike the program as well, but where did it mention the interest? if its like the cell phone plan, its 0% interest. it just gets people to pay a higher price because they can stretch out the payments and then i’m sure the buyback offer of the ‘used’ 2 year old club is pennies compared to what you could sell it for on ebay

      • Keith

        Apr 24, 2017 at 11:38 am

        “Those interested in entering this upgrade program, it should be noted that the 9.99 percent interest rate is promotional. The standard Klarna interest rate is 19.99 percent, which will raise both your monthly rate and expected total price of the driver.”

        • Matt Gates

          Apr 24, 2017 at 9:06 pm

          I dont know about you guys but I’ve been for a fitting and had a few different options of which the best fitting shaft (usually) comes in at a $200 + upcharge. I’d take advantage of the program to avoid sleeping on the couch…

    • Tom 1

      Apr 24, 2017 at 11:23 am

      Keith I don’t think they teach that in schools anymore

  53. Gsush

    Apr 24, 2017 at 9:49 am

    No one on here keeps the same clubs for 30 months lol

    I can see the appeal for some but it’s not for me. I buy stuff upfront and if I don’t want to pay that much at once I don’t get it simple as that

    If you do this with every club in the bag that’s a lot of money per month

    • Brian

      Apr 25, 2017 at 11:05 am

      Just switched irons last year after playing my previous set for 6 years. My driver was 5 seasons old when replaced and I’ve still got a hybrid in my bag that’s nearly a decade old. The only clubs I change regularly (every two seasons or so) are wedges.

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Details on Webb Simpson’s surprising iron switch

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For essentially his entire career, Webb Simpson has been an old-school blade iron user.

Well, not anymore.

Simpson switched from Titleist’s 620 MB irons into the company’s new T100 irons this week. He spoke to the media on Thursday following his first-round 69 regarding the switch:

“I’ve had a couple of short stints with non-blades in my career but not many.”

“I haven’t been hitting my irons great. Approach to the green is typically a strength for me; this year it’s been a weakness, and I’ve struggled out of the rough. I keep getting told that these the irons I’m playing are better out of the rough, better with distance control, better with mis-hits, and so I guess I was being stubborn but finally listened and I really like them.”

“They’re not a whole lot different than mine the way they look, but we’ve had good results with them so far.”

According to Simpson, his caddie Paul Tesori played a role in Simpson’s intrigue in the new T100 irons.

“Yeah, honestly I hadn’t considered it that much at all. Paul  mentioned it at Wells Fargo after that first round or maybe after I missed the cut on Friday. Then he came to Charlotte last Wednesday and we were doing some testing, and we were seeing some crazy numbers out of the rough with my blades.”

“Thankfully I live on the golf course, so we drove to my garage, picked up this other set — honestly I didn’t know if I had this other set still. I don’t know if Titleist will like this or not, but if I don’t use a set I give it to a friend. I’m trying to spread the word for Titleist, you know. So I might have given to a friend, but I see them in there, we bring them out, and all the numbers we tested were way better.”

“So I still wasn’t certain that I was going to put them in this week so I have both, but yeah, the biggest thing for me is when I look down I want to make sure it looks good, and then after that all I care about is the numbers and how it’s going to perform out of the rough, and so far they’ve passed the test.”

The lesson here for amateurs is to test a range of different irons to figure out exactly what suits your game best. Even the world’s best ball strikers sometimes opt for more forgiveness.

See more photos of Webb’s new Titleist T100 irons here

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Winning Footwear: Justin Thomas’ FootJoy Premiere Tarlow at the ’22 PGA Championship

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Justin Thomas must have been surprised to find himself in a 2022 PGA Championship-deciding playoff with Will Zalatoris given his position to start the day and the apparent foregone conclusion of Mito Pereira’s victory.

After Pereira’s debacle at the 72nd hole, however, JT laced up his FootJoy Premier Tarlow shoes and took care of Will Zalatoris in a three-hole aggregate playoff.

Thomas sported the black colorway of the Tarlow — FJ’s cap-toe inclusion in the Premiere line. The Tarlow is available in white and white/navy as well.

A bit more on the Tarlow’s features, courtesy of FootJoy.

PREMIUM CONSTRUCTION: Hand-selected, premium full grain leather from Pittards offers unparalleled beauty, fit, and resistance to stretching. Calfskin leather detailing delivers an iconic look for players with a discerning sense of style.

PERFORMANCE OUTSOLE: The VersaTrax+ outsole is engineered with traction elements to create an outsole that is perfect for on course performance. Translucent rubber traction elements offer a high end look and feel while maximizing traction with each step you take. The unique anti-channeling traction pattern is designed for grip from any lie or angle.

TOUR-PROVEN TRACTION: Premiere Series is equipped with low profile spikes that deliver stability and support from the moment you step foot onto the course. Pulsar cleats by Softspikes® are the #1 selling cleat in golf and the overwhelming choice of touring professionals worldwide.

LASER STREET FIT: Offers a full rounded toe character, standard fit across forefoot and instep, with a slightly narrow heel.

INSERT SYSTEM: The insert system refers to the type of receptacle found on the sole of your golf shoes. The insert system also determines the type of removable cleat that will fit your golf shoes. This model utilizes the Fast Twist 3.0 cleat system with Pulsar LP cleats. The Fast Twist system was the first ever 3-click insert system on the market. The locking post design secures each cleat with consistent torque for balanced performance.

FootJoy’s Premiere Series Tarlow golf shoes retail for $199.99 are available in sizes 7-15.

 

 

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Best adjustable 3-wood? – GolfWRXers discuss

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In our forums, our members have been discussing adjustable 3-woods. WRXer ‘Dunktotime’ wants to hear from our members on what adjustable 3-woods they consider the best, with WRXers giving their verdict in our forum.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • Duffer222: “SIM2 Max 3 HL. So stupid easy to hit & launch. I finally have a 3 wood I’m happy with. Fuji Ventus Velocore Blue 7S.”
  • BallerNate: “Owned both the SIM2 Ti and Stealth Plus 3W and recommend both very highly! The 2 best 3W’s I have ever owned for sure!”
  • Bmurr7: “I second the Epic Flash Sub Zero.”
  • m3fuz: “Mizuno ST-Z.”

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