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



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 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 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



  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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2020 GolfWRX Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for the Golfer Looking to get Better



It’s that time of year again, GolfWRX members, the moment we start filling our wish lists with the golf gear we want this holiday season.

The GolfWRX Holiday Gift Guide was created to ensure that our readers give (and hopefully receive) the very best golf gifts on the planet. These gift ideas will suit any budget, and each item was hand-picked by our staff.

In an effort to provide more value and tailored recommendations, we’re presenting our guide as a series this year, targeting “the purist,” “the gearhead,” “the value seeker,” “the golfer looking to get better,” and “the big spender.” (Editor’s note: remaining installments to publish tomorrow)

You know the golfer looking to get better by his/her closet full of every infomercial training aid and a pursuit of forgiveness that would put the most penitent sinner to shame.

Here are our best recommendations for “golfer looking to get better” in your life.

Get a lesson

James Oh

Former tour player and now Southern California based coach to a number of fast-rising players in college and on tour, James teaches not only the swing, short game, etc., but he is also arguably one of the best Golf IQ coaches out there.

Book a lesson here. 

George Gankas

Get on the mat with the hottest teacher in the U.S. and longtime coach to Matthew Wolff and Akshay Bhatia. In a few years, these appointments will be few and far between.

Book a lesson here. 

James Ridyard

Short game teacher to the best—notably Francisco Molinari. A private session with James is expensive, but it’s worth the investment and then some. The best way on the planet to get your short game dialed.

Book a lesson here. 

Marcus Potter

Young and nimble, Marcus Potters career has taken off via word of mouth and Instagram. Schedule an in-person or video-based session with Marcus, and you will be putting like a young Ben Crenshaw.

Book a lesson here. 

Get Better at Home


The hottest training aid in 2019 continued to be fire in 2020 as players are now learning how to utilize it over the winter to hit the ground running in the spring.

Buy here. 

Gankas G Box

If you really want to learn how to rotate like the best players in the world, there is no better and easier-to-use aid in the market. Good indoors and out.

Buy here. 

Get Faster

SuperSpeed Sticks

No longer a secret tool on tour, the SuperSpeed Sticks offer adults and juniors the ability and training program to truly hit it longer. If you want to build true speed and learn how you hit it farther, the SuperSpeed Sticks are a necessity.

Buy here. 

At-home practice facility

If you’ve got the dough to do it, building a Foresight hitting bay at home is almost like cheating. Not only can you dial in your swing, your clubs, and a create sound practice routines, you can also have some fun and play multiple iconic tracks over with your friends in the comfort of your own home.

Buy here. 


Urban Golf Performance

For the SoCal crowd, buying a membership at Urban Golf Performance in Los Angeles puts you in an all-encompassing golf ecosystem that works with your body, your game, your mind and your bag. Its Equinox for golfers—and oh yeah, Collin Morikawa works out there amongst a bunch of other PGA pros and college stars.

Book here. 

For the .com crowd

Me and My Golf online membership

It’s a rabbit hole of tips, tutorials, and insight for golfers of all levels. Arguably the biggest golf platform on YouTube now offers you the VIP experience.

Buy here (7-day free trial).

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2020 GolfWRX Holiday Gift Guide: Golf gifts for the Value Seeker



It’s that time of year again, GolfWRX members, the moment we start filling our wish lists with the golf gear we want this holiday season.

The GolfWRX Holiday Gift Guide was created to ensure that our readers give (and hopefully receive) the very best golf gifts on the planet. These gift ideas will suit any budget, and each item was hand-picked by our staff.

In an effort to provide more value and tailored recommendations, we’re presenting our guide as a series this year, targeting “the purist,” “the gearhead,” “the value seeker,” “the golfer looking to improve,” and “the big spender.” (Editor’s note: remaining installments to publish tomorrow)

You know the value seeker by his/her eschewing of anything that will put a significant dent into the wallet while still getting the most from their game, this includes equipment, practice tools, or anything else you might find filling out a golf bag – maybe even the golf bag itself.

Here are our best recommendations for “the value seeker” in your life.

Tour Edge Hot Launch series clubs

Tour Edge and its Hot Launch line of clubs are one of the undisputed leaders when it comes to offering game improvement technology and value to golfers of all skill levels. The newest Hot Launch 521 Series, which includes the Hot Launch E521 and Hot Launch C521 line, can be broken up into two categories to help players quickly identify which clubs they should most consider, and it goes from drivers all the way down to wedges.

The Hot Launch E Series offers high-MOI, extreme game improvement designs with a singular focus on delivering easy-to-launch performance, which is built around correcting the most common miss in golf: the dreaded slice.

The Hot Launch C Series is designed for golfers who desire classicly shaped clubs that offer optimal launch and spin rates, while still getting all the benefits of easy to hit, forgiving clubs built around maximizing MOI.

Buy here.

Snell golf balls: $28.99 (when you buy 5 dozen)

The premium golf ball market if full of high-end competition from major OEMs, and in the direct to consumer market, there is value to be had at the cost of performance, but with Snell golf balls, you get the best of both worlds.

Founder Dean Snell has been in the golf ball business for over 25 years, and with Snell Golf, you can skip the middle man and go directly to the source—and save money. Beyond just saving money on one dozen, the more you buy, the more you save. When you buy 5 dozen (hopefully that’s at least a season’s worth for most golfers on your list), it breaks down to only $28.99 a box!

Buy now. 

Cleveland Huntington Beach Soft Premier putters: $129

Golfers love milled putters, and Cleveland Golf’s Huntington Beach Soft Premier line proves that you can get a milled putter packed with technology for under $150.

The Huntington Beach Soft Premier line is all about enhancing the looks and feel of the putter while continuing to offer familiar shapes and proven technology. The grey satin finish reduces glare and offers a premium look—without a premium price.

Buy here. 

GoSports Golf Practice Net: $79.99

Practicing your golf game shouldn’t just be a nice weather activity, and whether it’s winter or summer unless you are a member at a club or have already purchased a membership at a local range, buckets of golf balls can really add up.

Buy here. 

Golf Avenue gift card

Golf Avenue is one of the largest online shops for used clubs, and there is no better value when it comes to gear than buying used. They also offer a huge selection of new closeout priced bags, shoes, and accessories to help outfit any golfer with the essentials.

Buy here. 

Imperial hat: >$30

The Imperial brand is over 100 years old, but they never rest on their laurels and are constantly working on new designs and partnering with others to create unique collections. From dogs to donuts they have fun graphics and styles to find the perfect fit for any golfer on your list. You can get what amounts to a premium, custom hat at a reasonable price.

Buy here. 

Linksoul Gaiter Gift Box: $65

When it comes to premium face coverings that are stylish to boot, Linksoul’s offerings are first in class. And with the average price of a quality poly/cotton-blend gater running in the $20-25 range, take advance of the opportunity to snag four for $65.

Buy here.

Caddy Tek CaddyLite V3 3-wheel push cart: $176

There is no better way to enjoy a round of golf than walking the course, and with the Caddy Tek CaddyLite V3 you can do that in style and at a great price. It’s compact and comes with an umbrella holder along with an undercarriage cooler bag to keep your clubs and accessories at your fingertips as you stroll the course in style.

Buy here.

Gogogo ProGS24 Laser Rangefinder: $90

Nobody wants to be the “What yardage did you get?” golfer in your group, and with the Gogogo laser range finder, you won’t have to be! It can measure larger objects up to 650 yards, but also has a “flagpole locking function” to help get you locked onto the pin inside of 150 yards, along with 6X magnification for ease of use. For less than $100, it’s hard to find a better value and more highly rated (4.5 stars on laser range finder!

Buy here. 

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GolfWRX Classifieds (11/23/20): Tour issue TaylorMade M5, Ping G410 LST, Jones Trooper bag



At GolfWRX, we love golf equipment plain and simple.

We are a community of like-minded individuals that all experience and express our enjoyment for 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 – the equipment itself.

One of the best ways to enjoy equipment is to experiment and whether you are looking to buy-sell-or trade (as the name suggests) you can find almost anything in the GolfWRX BST Forum. From one-off custom Scotty Cameron Circle T putters, to iron sets, wedges, and barely hit drivers, you can find it all in our constantly updated marketplace.

These are some of the latest cool finds 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

Member mykdel – Jones Utility Trooper bag

Jones makes some of the nicest carry bags on the market for walkers and this Utility Trooper is in amazing shape and for a crazy good price – best to act fast on this one.

To see the full listing and additional pictures check out the link here: Jones Trooper bag 

Member mupepperbuy – Ping G410 LST driver

The only thing nicer than the G410 LST driver are these pictures of said driver for sale. Even with the G410, the G400 LST continues to be popular with golfers of all skill levels thanks to its low spin performance and stability.

To see the full listing and additional pictures check out the link here: Ping G400 LST

Member Snipzky9 – TaylorMade Tour Issue M5 driver head

Unlike the modern SIM, the TaylorMade M5 was never released to the public in an 8° head – only as a tour issue item, which makes this head particularly rare.

To see the full listing and additional pictures check out the link here: M5 Tour Head

Remember that you can always browse the GolfWRX Classifieds any time here in our forums: GolfWRX Classifieds

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