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2017 Driver Review

Ok so first of all, DRIVERS ARE WAYYY TO EXPENSIVE.  Of all the drivers that I tested, not a single one was less than $400.  That’s a car payment.  But that’s not the point of this blog.  The point here, was to have an unbiased third party perspective on the new drivers on the market.

Where did this experience take place:  Dicks Sporting Goods.  Yes I am aware there are retail golf stores but  I didn’t want to drive that far.

How did we/I formulate opinions:  completely subjective.  Absolutely no imperical data was used during the making of this piece.

The clubs tested:


2017 Cobra King F7

7 out of 10.  Overall one of the better feeling clubs and relatively affordable compared to others reviewed.


2017 Taylormade M1 and M2 drivers

6 out of 10 and 6.5 out of 10 respectively.  Never been more disappointed in a golf club in my life.  I thought Taylormade was the best of the best when it comes to drivers.  It turns out, however, their clubs feel like  wood.  The only reason it is not completely terrible, is because of all the clubs hit, the M2 went the furthest (according to the simulator).  Otherwise terrible.


2016-2017 Ping G series 

8 out of 10.  Best in class.  Ball felt good off the face for both cuts and draws.  Compareable distance to the M2 according to the simulator.  There is a lot to like about this club but it still didn’t blow me away.

On the whole, the experience reviewing these clubs was a disappointment.  I compared every club to my existing driver, a 10yr old Callaway FT3, and there was no difference.  I had hoped there would be a MASSIVE step forward in innovation between the past and today’s drivers.  But there really wasn’t and it has nothing to do with Callaway either because their XR driver blows.  No, in my opinion there has not been any significant innovation in driver performance since weights were introduced to screw up people’s swings.  Perhaps things will change.  But I doubt it.  For now, buy used.

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5 Ways To Afford Golf

 

In our never-ending effort to make golf more affordable we have listed the top 5 ways for everybody to afford golf.

  1. Play public or municipal courses.  While they may not be the most glamourous, they do offer low rates for a round of golf.  In the end, that’s all we’re really looking for.
  2. Buy your clubs online.  There are a bunch of different websites out there that allow you to buy and sell used golf clubs online (enter my plug for affordgolf.sharetribe.com here).  You don’t need the latest and greatest, you just want some nice sticks to go smack the ball around with.
  3. Build it into your budget.  Hey, who the f*** is talking about budgets!? Yea I know, it’s lame.  But if you can carve out some of your cash flow you can find yourself with (and on) a lot more greens 😉.
  4. See if a membership makes sense.  Sometimes it does, sometimes it doesn’t.  As a general rule, if you play more than 40 rounds a year (at the same course), you should look into a membership.
  5. Play in the late afternoons.  Many courses have “twilight rates” which are usually at a steep discount to the regular greens fees.

This concludes the top 5 ways to afford golf.  Please email us at affordgolf@gmail.com if you have other ideas or suggestions.

Something Different in Affordable Golf Rentals, Sales, and Lessons

How often has a parent wanted to get their child interested in golf but has been turned off by the high cost of lessons and equipment?  And how many times has a college golfer been unable to afford the newest set of irons?  Even just once is too much for us. This is why we have created our online marketplace which allows local golfers to rent or sell their unused or old golf equipment to other players. This allows you to make money while lowering  the costs for others.

Help us affordgolf! Sign up at our marketplace and start posting your listings today!

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