When to Replace Your Clubs

By Bill Herrfeldt

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There are a number of reasons why you should buy new golf clubs. For one, you have been playing with your old ones so long that they are simply worn out. Or, you may want to replace your clubs because you are getting older and you hit the ball shorter than you used to, and a new set may be a better match for your evolving game. Then again, maybe you'd like to take advantage of the technological breakthroughs that have happened during the past several years.


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  1. Consider buying new clubs if your old ones have seen better days. First, check the grooves on your irons, because you certainly can justify new clubs if they are worn and no longer allow you to work the golf ball as you once did. If the grooves of your clubs are worn smooth, it is impossible for you to impart backspin on the ball.
  2. Look for new clubs if the shafts of your old ones have "gone dead," which will make your golf ball go a shorter distance for no other apparent reason. After playing with your clubs for many years, shafts lose their resiliency and are more difficult to use.
  3. Check your grips, because they will become smooth after you have played many rounds, especially if you are in a warm climate. Also, they can become soft with age, making you miss hit more shots.
  4. Look for new clubs if you want to keep pace with technology. In the late 1980's, when the aerospace industry was in jeopardy, many of its engineers gravitated to golf club manufacturers, which resulted in breathtaking breakthroughs in golf club design. If you have been playing golf with your present clubs for a number of years, it may be time to benefit from improvements and the wider selection of clubs that are now sold.
  5. Think about adding hybrid golf clubs and wedges of varying degrees to your arsenal. Hybrid clubs are much easier to hit than long irons, and wedges of varying degrees will enable you to get close to holes with more difficult positions than you could with your old clubs.
  6. Look for new clubs with shafts that will make playing golf more pleasurable for you, if the game has become a struggle. Shafts have undergone significant improvements, thus increasing their flexibility, reducing their torque (the amount they turn with a shot) and their weight, placing more of the club's weight in the clubhead to improve the 'feel" of the shot.

About the Author

Bill Herrfeldt specializes in finance, sports and the needs of retiring people, and has been published in the national edition of "Erickson Tribune," the "Washington Post" and the "Arizona Republic." He graduated from the University of Louisville.