Club manufacturers make slight changes in the design of their products, because just like the automobile companies, they want retailers to promote their latest and greatest merchandise. Retailers may have inventory of last year's models that they need to sell to make room for the new products, so they have sales. Often, during these sales, a retailer will reduce the price of clubs to a fraction of their regular price so the buyer can save big money. Go to your local pro shop and ask when they plan to put last year's clubs on sale, or watch for ads from sporting good stores, and you'll be amazed at how much you'll save.
Internet and Classified Ads
Year-round, there are websites that offer new clubs at a significant discount. (See Resources for links.) Either they have reduced their prices to draw new customers or manufacturers have reduced the cost of the clubs of the Internet website. In both cases, you will save a lot of money as long as the clubs match your game. In addition, some people choose to advertise their old clubs in the classified section of the local daily newspaper. However, you should physically inspect any used clubs that you buy to make sure they are in good condition and worth the price.
Used Golf Clubs
Some players trade in their last year's clubs for the latest models, so many of those sets show little wear and tear. But just as when you buy a new car, golf clubs are worth a fraction of their retail price once they leave the retailer. Typically, those players will trade in their old models to a retailer and they can be purchased for much less than their original price. If you choose to buy used clubs, be sure to check them for damage to both their clubheads and shafts. Also, make sure there is remaining life in their grips, because new ones will run up your cost.