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The best golf clubs for the money

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What are the best golf clubs for the money?

It’s a common question golfers ask, and depending on your skill level and budget, the answer can vary greatly. So, to help you figure out what the best clubs for you are, we’ve broken it down into a few categories to help you in the decision making process.

Best golf clubs for the money

Beginner Golfer – Entry-level budget

Getting your first set of clubs is all about maximizing value to get enjoyment out of going to the course or the range and most often involves buying a complete package set. Could you go directly to a high-end fitter to have them set you up with thousands of dollars would of gear? Of course, but it would be like getting handed the keys to a supercar without ever having a driver’s license—drive over a few curbs with a starter car before taking those skills to a four-lane highway.

Now just because you’re looking at a box set doesn’t mean you don’t have options. Wilson, for example, offers various sized sets for golfers based on static height measurements—which is a perfect starting point. It’s important for you to start off on the right foot, and even if they aren’t a perfect fit, the closer you are to the ideal set will make getting started a lot easier and a lot more fun.

The other option is to buy used, and with so many resources available online including used specialty sites like GolfAvenue.ca, you can find clubs in the 5-plus-year-old category that are going to offer tremendous value if you know where to look. This way of shopping for clubs often requires a bit more research to make sure you are buying the best clubs suited for your game, but depending on what you buy, you could get many years out of clubs purchased this way.

Check out the podcast link below for the GolfWRX, On Spec Episode- Building a $500 golf bag:

Play a lot of golf, and looking for value

This is where I believe most golfers tend to fit in, and it is also where you have the greatest number of options when looking for equipment. The idea of value will mean different things to different people, but when looking to get the most out of your equipment, getting fit is going to offer the best long term value for your game.

Depending on where you are buying your equipment, you can still buy “new” but purchase a previous generation model to save sometimes up to 30 percent, and if you are one of the lucky ones that happen to fit into “off the rack” irons and wedges, minus a grip or lie adjustment, then you can once again shop for previous-generation gear and see huge savings while still getting the best equipment for you.

The other option of getting great value and great quality equipment is shopping DTC—direct to consumer. There are a number of brands that have forgone the traditional selling channels and allow you to purchase custom-fit clubs direct for up to half the cost of traditional manufacturers including Ben Hogan, New Level, and Sub 70. These brands offer top-of-the-line gear, but thanks to their marketing approach and streamlined operations you can get fantastic value and high-quality gear built just for you.

Play a lot of golf – spare no expense

If you fit into this category, you are going to have the greatest number of options when it comes to finding equipment. Just like with any consumer product/experience, this approach is the most expensive, but it also puts the highest value on maximizing performance over anything else.

The most common scenario is working with a brand agnostic club fitter and if you are looking for one near you, check out our GolfWRX best drivers of 2020 article for our list of some of the best club fitters and facilities in North America.  Brand-agnostic fitters won’t limit your set by brand and will instead go through every option within your fitting parameters to make sure you are getting the most out of your clubs.

The best golf clubs for the money but will ultimately be based on your budget but the price doesn’t have to be a reflection of the amount of fun you can have playing golf.

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Ryan Barath 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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4 Comments

  1. Steve

    Jul 3, 2020 at 11:16 pm

    Agree…totally useless.

  2. Al

    Jul 3, 2020 at 6:20 pm

    I usually enjoy Ryan’s insight
    This article has no information this time , tho

  3. jay hall

    Jul 2, 2020 at 10:23 am

    What a totally pointless article. Useless, lets bin this writer.

    • Doug Hart

      Jul 3, 2020 at 10:49 am

      Agreed. Pure clickbait. GolfWRX forums are good. Most articles are worthless.

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Cam Smith WITB 2021 (October)

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Driver: Titleist TSi3 (10 degrees, A1 SureFit)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Blue 6 X

3-wood: Titleist TSi2 (15 degrees @16, D4 SureFit)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Blue 8 X

7-wood: Titleist TS2 (18 degrees @19, D4 SureFit)
Shaft: UST Elements Red 8F5 (X)

 

Irons: Titleist T100 Black (4-9)
Shaft: KBS Tour 130 Custom Matte Black X

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM8 (46-10F, 52-08F, 56-08M), WedgeWorks 60T
Shafts: KBS Tour 130 Custom Matte Black (46), True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue Onyx X100 52, 56, 60 degrees)

Putter: Scotty Cameron 009M Prototype

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet Cord

 

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Best Miura irons of all time? – GolfWRXers discuss

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In our forums, our members have been discussing Miura irons. WRXer ‘Texas_Golfer’ wants to know what fellow members consider to be the best irons from the Japanese club manufacturer, kicking off the thread saying

“I’m not really talking about some super rare or high end custom. But of your basic over the shelf Miura irons. Which would everyone say is the best? In terms of feel and performance?”

And our members have been sharing their favorites 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.

  • adamwittman: “Miura 1957 le baby blades. I have played cb57, 57 bb, 101, Miuraism, 1007, 501 tc201, etc. 57 le blade is where it’s at.”
  • Hotdocta: “I still think mc501. Feel amazing.”
  • askaasa: “This photo (above) is from the box fresh condition of my raw 1008s. They look even better now with some wear, and they play even better.”
  • magpies69: “Miura 301. The 1st model, not the newer one.”

Entire Thread: “Best Miura irons of all time?”

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Coolest thing for sale in the GolfWRX Classifieds (10/21/21): Piretti Matera Elite Topline Midnight Edition

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At GolfWRX, we love golf, plain and simple.

We are a community of like-minded individuals that all experience and express our enjoyment of the game in many ways. It’s that sense of community that drives day-to-day interactions in the forums on topics that range from best driver to what marker you use to mark your ball. It even allows us to share another thing we all love – buy and selling equipment.

Currently, in our GolfWRX buy/sell/trade (BST) forum, there is a listing for a Piretti Matera Elite Topline Midnight Edition

From the seller (@Kaexo): “MINT Piretti Matera Elite midnight edition with topline. Will come with weight kit as well. 355g, 365g, 375g. Stock headcover, Piretti pro touring grip. Grip is essentially the black rubber pistol golf pride grip. Only thing I can see is maybe a slight blemish with the finish on the bottom of the face (pic attached). No dings, scratches, or bag wear as its only been carpet rolled. 34″. 70 degrees lie. 2.5 degrees loft. $499 shipped. $150 off when considering the weight kit.”

To check out the full listing in our BST forum, head through the link: Piretti Matera Elite Topline Midnight Edition

This is the most impressive current listing from the GolfWRX BST, and if you are curious about the rules to participate in the BST Forum you can check them out here: GolfWRX BST Rules

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