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Can I build a quality bag of used clubs for under $1,000 using only GolfAvenue.com?

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I’ve always wanted to try this. When I was in high school (1992-1995), the internet wasn’t really a thing. To find the right gear, you would either have to pick your way through used club bins at the local muni or country club or in my case hit up Puetz Golf in Seattle. I remember thinking, even back then, “What if there was a book or newspaper or anything that had it all in one place at my fingertips?”

Well, welcome to now. With multiple sources online to find pretty much anything you would ever want, I wanted to see if I could build a solid bag spending no more than $1,000 (total) using only GolfAvenue.com as my venue.

What shall I end up with? Let’s find out…

*All choices second hand and at least in “good” condition…

Driver: Ping LS Tec 9 degree w/ Grafalloy Bi-Matrix X flex ($224.99)

Why? It’s packed with tech two to three years ahead of its launch, and it might be the only shot to buy something on the cheaper that has new tech built into it.

4-wood: TaylorMade Raylor 16 degree with Dynamic Gold S300 ($29.99)

Why? It’s a classic, it’s cheap, and it’s three clubs in one. 3-wood, 4-wood, and hybrid. With the new balls, it won’t spin all that much as well.

Irons: Ping I200 (3-PW) w/ Nippon Pro Modus3 105X ($549.99)

Why? Simple solid irons with good shafts at a decent price. The tech in these still holds up today, and you can’t argue with a Ping I golf club in any form.

Wedge 1: Mizuno MP T-Series 53 w/ True Temper Dynamic Gold Wedge Shaft ($42.99)

Why?: It’s a Mizuno…and it’s 43 bucks!

Wedge 2: Ping Tour Gorge SS 56 w/ CFS Stiff ($38.99)

Why? Grooves of venom, and for the price, it’s a lot of bang for the buck.

Wedge 3: Ping Glide TS 60 w/ Dynamic Gold S300 ($59.99)

Why? Very versatile grind with great grooves.

Putter: Odyssey Tri-Force #2 ($70.99)

Why? It’s a classic and I used one 20+ years ago…(Where did it go is the real question…)

The grand total…

I failed. But only barely! I went 17 bucks over…

If you are a buy-sell-trader, check out Golf Avenue!  And let us know if you succeed in building a better bag for less money.

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Johnny Wunder is the Director of Original Content, Instagram Manager and Host of “The Gear Dive” Podcast for GolfWRX.com. He was born in Seattle, Wash., and grew up playing at Rainier G&CC. John is also a partner with The Traveling Picture Show Company having most recently produced JOSIE with Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner. In 1997 Johnny had the rare opportunity of being a clubhouse attendant for the Anaheim Angels. He now resides in Toronto, On with his wife and two sons. @johnny_wunder on IG

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  1. RunsWithScissors

    Nov 14, 2020 at 7:02 am

    Seriously, a Taylormade Raylor? Now that is a trip down memory lane. Might as dig up some Powerbilt woods (the kind made out of trees) and an Acushnet Bullseye putter.

    There are way better deals to be found on eBay. Here’s a set I kludged together using recently completed eBay transactions:

    Putter: Taylormade Spider Tour Putter $55.00 + $14.90 S&H
    Wedges: Callaway Mack Daddy4 Set, 50*/54*/58* KBS110 Tour Issue Stiff $100.00 + Free S&H Irons: Callaway Apex CF16 (5-PW) Project X 6.0 $353.00 + $10.00 S&H
    Hybrids: Callaway Apex ‘19 Set #2-18*, #3-20* Catalyst 70 gram 6.0 Stiff $249.00 + Free S&H 3 Wood: Callaway Epic Flash 13.5* PX Evenflow 55g 6.0 Stiff $89.00 + $15.00 S&H
    Driver: Ping G410 Plus 9* Alta 55 Graphite Shaft Stiff $113.00 + $10.90 S&H

    Total cost: $1009 including S&H

    I’d be more than happy to game this set of clubs from eBay.

  2. CdnPlaya

    Nov 13, 2020 at 9:28 pm

    You overpaid on alot of this… I built my set for $1200 CAD, 2017 model year of equipment. Easy when you know what to look for.

  3. Rob

    Nov 12, 2020 at 11:59 am

    Now try doing that when you’re a lefty. So many less options to pick from when it comes to used clubs

  4. Tim p

    Nov 11, 2020 at 6:33 pm

    Golf Avenue sells clubs that are way over priced to what they’re value is. Don’t forget tax and shipping good luck with it

  5. Richard

    Nov 11, 2020 at 3:32 pm

    I enjoyed the exercise. Keeping in the spirit, I tried it out and I think I put a great bag together while staying under the $1000 limit.
    P- Odyssey Metal-X #7 $53
    Dr-Callaway GBB Epic Sub Zero 10° $199.99
    2H-Cobra BiO Cell Black $55
    7W-Cobra SS Hyper Steel $14
    4H/5i-PW-Cobra King F7 Combo steel New $515
    GW-Mizuno MP T series blk nickel 53°/8 $33
    SW-Taylor Made Z Spin 56°/12 $65
    LW-Mizuno MP T5 blk ion 58°/4 $61

    Grand Total: $996 & change

  6. Ben

    Nov 11, 2020 at 10:29 am

    Well, living in France, where it’s not that easy to find good used golf stuff, i bought 4-SW+AW Tom Wishon 575MMC for about 400$ on golfclub4cash in Scotland, a 40$ TM Burner (from 2009, not very forgiving for my slice and a very strange sound, but i am rarely outdriven by my counterparts when i hit it right), a 47$ Ping 913F 13° 3W with diamana D+82 shaft by a french local retailer, and a 100$ SDLR rescue at Golfbidder in England => that’s a 600$ bargain for some quality material i guess – i kept my ping a-blade putter i was offered for my 15th birthday and used the spare money for a little bit of fitting on the new-used irons…

  7. Mike

    Nov 11, 2020 at 8:30 am

    Since it doesn’t look as if there’s any ‘fitting’ involved here, why the heck would anyone pay that much for those irons? If you’re any type of average player or esp a beginner, after hitting those for as month & seeing how unforgiving they are, you’ll quit the game.

    Ever heard of ebay? Callaway pre-owned? I recently bought a 6-AW set of 2019 big bertha irons for about $625. Yes, I paid $100 more but I’m getting a much, much better set of NEW irons.

  8. AR

    Nov 10, 2020 at 6:01 pm

    GolfAvenue prices are a joke. You could build a much better bag setup for far cheaper buying off of Kijiji or Facebook marketplace. Prices are plumetting now as golf season is ending for much of North America.

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