Equipment prices are insane this year!

bogeyprobogeypro The Original BogeyproALClubWRX Posts: 3,257 ClubWRX
I know we always complain about prices, but everything is really humping up this year. Irons in the $1300-1400 range. Drivers finally cracked $500. Fairways of $400!



I’m just amazed at it all this year. I got my TMB set used because they were so outrageously priced.



I know that nobody is making you buy new, but this won’t help newcomers to the sport.
Titleist TS3 8.5 
Titleist TS2 15* 
Mizuno JPX 850 2 hybrid
Mizuno MP 18 SC 3-pw
Vokey 54/60 sm7 wedges
Scotty Cameron Futura 5.5m
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  • BrianMcGBrianMcG Members Posts: 2,317 ✭✭
    edited Jan 10, 2019 9:23pm #2
    Walter: Tell me Bobby, why do you play this game?
    Bobby: I play because I love it.
    Walter: Well I play for the money. I have to win. That is why every time we face each other I will always beat you.
  • johnnythundersjohnnythunders ClubWRX Posts: 1,707 ✭✭
    Never ever buy new. Golf clubs depreciate a lot, even with-in the same year. Wait at least a year and then they are resaonable.
    2019bag<br />Mizuno ST 190g with Fuji evo 3 661 stiff <br /> Mizuno st190 3/5<br />hybrids Rogue x 5,6,7<br>Cobra f-max Smackwrap one length 7-gw,Speedback one length sand wedg<br />Toulon Austin <br />Ball Prov1 x or Bridgestone b x
  • leo the lionleo the lion Members Posts: 952 ✭✭
    The used market is where it is at.............A lot of savings to be had on used............or buy new at a discount when the new stuff comes out.



    My entire bag is 'used'...............bought at a fraction of the price of what it cost new...........apart from my treasured Betti QB8
    Driver, Fairway and Hybrid  G400 LST 8.5 Tour Stiff 65, G30 3 Wood Tour Stiff 80 and G 19* #3 Stiff Tour Stiff 90 
    Hybrid  Tour Edge Exotics CBPro U Limited Edition 17* #2 Kuro Kage Stiff 90HY
    Irons  G irons 4-UW AWT 2.0 Stiff white dot +1/2" plus Odyssey Duel Force 56 degree 
    Bag  Hoofer 14 2016
    Putter  Queen Bee #8 
    Balls Titleist ProV1X, AVX and TaylorMade TP5X 
  • LifeStoryLifeStory Members Posts: 304 ✭✭
    all new 2019 club purchases include a bottle of lube.
  • Hester65Hester65 Members Posts: 604 ✭✭
    Inflation... I heard that term once and am using it again
    There's nothing in the rule book that says you can't play drunk.
  • LifeStoryLifeStory Members Posts: 304 ✭✭
    we need to take the power back and force these companies sell us reasonably priced products!



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  • cgasuckscgasucks Members Posts: 2,222 ✭✭
    edited Jan 11, 2019 7:08am #8
    For me, iron and driver prices are reasonable but there were a couple of anomalies I know were really priced higher than average.



    The Mizuno 300s (the one that Vijay won his first Masters with) was priced at $1000 in 2000 and I vivdly remember the R7 Superquad (All Black First Edition) was $700 when it first came out. That club was so special I remember it was displayed in its own glass display case at my local Golftown.



    Thank God for Craigslist, Ebay and BST since I have both of those clubs used at a price that I can afford. My 300s is in my basement and my All Black First Edition Superquad is now my gamer.



    I think there is no reason that newcomers to this game that the price of golf clubs should discourage them from playing since club technology has pretty much plateaued for at least a decade and one can get a decent set of used tour proven USGA conforming clubs for only a few hundred dollars.



    Never in my lifetime has golf equipment have become more affordable.
    Post edited by Unknown User on
    10.5 deg Titleist 905R with stock UST Proforce V2 Shaft
    Titleist DCI 990 Irons (3-PW) with stock Dynamic Gold shafts in S300
    Taylormade ATV 54 deg & 58 deg wedges with stock KBS shafts
    Taylormade V-Steel 5W & 3W with Grafalloy Prolaunch Red shafts
    Ping Anser 2 Stainless Steel Putter
  • gsrjcgsrjc TOC Members Posts: 1,365 ✭✭
    Maybe if I tell a golf company I’m a furloughed Govt employee they’ll feel sorry for me and give me a discount. Seems like they should according to someone.
  • LaymanMLaymanM Cincinnati, OHMembers Posts: 2,123 ✭✭
    Ya club prices are nuts but still some reasonable stuff out there like Srixon and Mizuno irons.



    Not paying $400 for a fairway or $550 for new driver.
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    PING G410 LST 3w PX Evenflow Black 85 6.0
    PING G410 5w PX Evenflow Black 85 6.0
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    PING Stealth Glide 2.0 50ss/54ss/58ss
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  • Kingcat990Kingcat990 European Tailored Golf Socks Members Posts: 3,847 ✭✭
    The yahoo auction is very kind to golfers image/smile.png' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':)' />. I picked up a set of RomaRo BBDV7's (one of the greatest underrated CB's of all time) in 5-P and the 3 & 4 hybrids to go along for next to nothing new in the wrappers. Ended up passing on that deal to a fellow forum member who's using them in league play.



    Try the auctions. And not the ebay ones.



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  • BigHook25BigHook25 Members Posts: 2,293 ✭✭
    I'm actually shocked they weren't raising prices a little bit every year or so. Over the last 10 years, they haven't gone up that much in relation to most other items. As long as your not buying a new set of irons every year or so, it isn't that bad. I get bothered more by very average courses trying to charge $70 to play on the weekends.



    Also, sometimes buying new is cheaper than buying used cause you can get the shaft you want. Buying used you might not find it with the set up you want and it will cost more to buy used and reshaft then just buying the new model.
  • grm24grm24 Western PAMembers Posts: 3,211 ✭✭
    edited Jan 11, 2019 1:28am #13
    bogeypro wrote:


    I know we always complain about prices, but everything is really humping up this year. Irons in the $1300-1400 range. Drivers finally cracked $500.
    Drivers have been $500+ previously. In 2003 the R510TP was priced at retail at $599.99 and higher. Inflation adjusted over $800 in current day money.



    Perhaps a history lesson from 1996 needs revisiting.



    https://www.si.com/v...surely-costlier



    This barrier, however, was broken quietly, indoors and without warning, when

    Ram Golf president Jim Hansberger--wearing a coat and tie instead

    of the traditional fireproof jumpsuit--introduced the Ram FX

    Ti-Forged oversize titanium driver. Suggested retail price: $1,000.



    Or it doesn't, depending on whom you talk to. For more than a

    year Titleist and MacGregor have been selling oversize titanium

    drivers for less than $300--or trying to, anyway. "They haven't

    sold any," says Callaway Golf CEO Ely Callaway, smiling broadly.

    "Ask any retailer." (We did. He's right.) Callaway, on the other

    hand, has shipped 300,000 of its Great Big Bertha titanium

    drivers, which retail for a robust $500
    . Industry giant Cobra,

    seeking to establish itself in metal woods, has trumped Callaway

    by pricing its King Cobra Ti (pronounced tee-eye) driver at a

    mere $367, causing industry experts to conclude that Callaway

    either will lower its price (it'll have to, if everybody follows

    Cobra's lead) or thumb its nose at the competition (Callaway is

    arrogant enough to keep the price up, no matter what others

    charge). At Founders Club, whose Judge titanium driver sells for

    $475,
    metal woods pioneer and company founder Gary Adams

    concedes, "Those people who drive a Mercedes will want to own a

    titanium driver."
    Post edited by Unknown User on
  • Germain00Germain00 Members Posts: 65 ✭✭
    Ouch. I will wait one more year and purchase used.
  • Golf64Golf64 Go Habs Go! Ontario, CanadaMembers Posts: 7,734 ✭✭
    $700 for new drivers here in Canada, plus 13% taxes=$791!?!? Apex/Pros coming in at $1,800?! Going to be an interesting yr. for sales!? image/to_become_senile.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':to_become_senile:' />
    All Mizuno bag for this year.
    ST-190 Driver, 3/5 wood
    919F 4-pw, gw Nippon 105R
    S18 54, 60
    Spider X putter
    TP5(2018)


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  • 73monte73monte Members Posts: 655
    I've been disappointed with equipment pricing for awhile now. Might be just my age showing through though. This is compounded by the lack of any significant innovation, so you fork out big bucks for a few yards or nothing at all really.



    The pricing on fairways and hybrids really shock me though. $400+ for a 3 wood is just crazy. As the previous poster indicated, in Canada it's much worse. Prices aren't proportionate to the U.S. even considering the exchange rate.
    Titleist 917D3 9.5
    Titleist 917F2 13.5d
    Titleist 818H2 17d. hybrid
    Mltizuno JPX-850 forged 4-pw
    Scratch 8620 53d..
    Odyssey white hot tour #2
  •  SwooshLT SwooshLT Members Posts: 7,046 ✭✭
    I just grabbed a mint 2012 Callaway razr fit stock driver for 50....beat ts3, M3 like drums
  • cgasuckscgasucks Members Posts: 2,222 ✭✭
    edited Jan 11, 2019 8:24am #18
    73monte wrote:


    I've been disappointed with equipment pricing for awhile now. Might be just my age showing through though. This is compounded by the lack of any significant innovation, so you fork out big bucks for a few yards or nothing at all really.



    The pricing on fairways and hybrids really shock me though. $400+ for a 3 wood is just crazy. As the previous poster indicated, in Canada it's much worse. Prices aren't proportionate to the U.S. even considering the exchange rate.




    I couldn't agree more. I remember I went to my local Golftown some months ago and saw a hybrid from a major OEM go for over $400 CDN. I couldn't believe my eyes, I thought it was the price for their driver and someone there made a mistake. I checked again and that was the price. All the more reason the used club market is alive and well.



    I personally think new fairways and hybrids should be almost the same price as wedges ($150-$200).
    10.5 deg Titleist 905R with stock UST Proforce V2 Shaft
    Titleist DCI 990 Irons (3-PW) with stock Dynamic Gold shafts in S300
    Taylormade ATV 54 deg & 58 deg wedges with stock KBS shafts
    Taylormade V-Steel 5W & 3W with Grafalloy Prolaunch Red shafts
    Ping Anser 2 Stainless Steel Putter
  • mantanmantan Members Posts: 2,532 ✭✭
    People talk about the prices of golf equipment being somewhat equal 20 years ago when you adjust for inflation. I think the big difference was the game was growing and companies were chasing those dollars. The number of golfers has been in decline for awhile. It seems like a lot several companies have cut back their products or jumped out of the game entirely.



    It's definitely changed my golf buying habits. I still buy drivers new, that's just me. I tend to keep irons for a long time. And when I buy a set, it's usually a closeout model that's on sale. I bought a brand new set of JPX EZ Forged irons for $300 when the new models were out. I've got my eye on a set of Srixon 565s now that you can get a new set fairly cheap.
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    PING Sigma 2 Fetch
    Callaway Chrome Soft TruVis
  • i*windowsi*windows Members Posts: 2,178 ✭✭
    Its insane, just buy used, the performance of clubs has stagnated for the last 5 years or so, plenty of bargains out there. I just purchased a mint set of Srixon z565 irons for 250 euros. New price here was 1100
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    Odyssey O-Works Jailbird Mini.
  • sdandreasdandrea Steve Members Posts: 2,397 ✭✭


    Never ever buy new. Golf clubs depreciate a lot, even with-in the same year. Wait at least a year and then they are resaonable.




    Truth.....

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    Cobra Baffler 5w 19*
    Cobra Baffler 5H
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    PING Eye 2 Gorge 56*
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  • pakpak Members Posts: 135 ✭✭
    It's easy to buy new.Just go to any golf website or retail store and pick up models from 1-2 years ago for 50%-60% of new. Virtually the same stuff with different colors or paint jobs. If you think you're giving up much performance go to the golfwrx archives and search the club you are buying and see how great everyone was saying it was when it first came out.
  • cgasuckscgasucks Members Posts: 2,222 ✭✭
    grm24 wrote:

    bogeypro wrote:


    I know we always complain about prices, but everything is really humping up this year. Irons in the $1300-1400 range. Drivers finally cracked $500.
    Drivers have been $500+ previously. In 2003 the R510TP was priced at retail at $599.99 and higher. Inflation adjusted over $800 in current day money.



    Perhaps a history lesson from 1996 needs revisiting.



    https://www.si.com/v...surely-costlier



    This barrier, however, was broken quietly, indoors and without warning, when

    Ram Golf president Jim Hansberger--wearing a coat and tie instead

    of the traditional fireproof jumpsuit--introduced the Ram FX

    Ti-Forged oversize titanium driver. Suggested retail price: $1,000.



    Or it doesn't, depending on whom you talk to. For more than a

    year Titleist and MacGregor have been selling oversize titanium

    drivers for less than $300--or trying to, anyway. "They haven't

    sold any," says Callaway Golf CEO Ely Callaway, smiling broadly.

    "Ask any retailer." (We did. He's right.) Callaway, on the other

    hand, has shipped 300,000 of its Great Big Bertha titanium

    drivers, which retail for a robust $500
    . Industry giant Cobra,

    seeking to establish itself in metal woods, has trumped Callaway

    by pricing its King Cobra Ti (pronounced tee-eye) driver at a

    mere $367, causing industry experts to conclude that Callaway

    either will lower its price (it'll have to, if everybody follows

    Cobra's lead) or thumb its nose at the competition (Callaway is

    arrogant enough to keep the price up, no matter what others

    charge). At Founders Club, whose Judge titanium driver sells for

    $475,
    metal woods pioneer and company founder Gary Adams

    concedes, "Those people who drive a Mercedes will want to own a

    titanium driver."




    Reminds me of the Tommy Armour Ti100 iron. It was one of the first irons that its clubhead was 100% Titanium. It came out in '96 and retailed for $1200 for steel and $1500 for graphite (which roughly is $1900 & $2400 in today's dollars).



    Too bad that iron was a flop and pretty much killed the original iteration of that company and its management.
    10.5 deg Titleist 905R with stock UST Proforce V2 Shaft
    Titleist DCI 990 Irons (3-PW) with stock Dynamic Gold shafts in S300
    Taylormade ATV 54 deg & 58 deg wedges with stock KBS shafts
    Taylormade V-Steel 5W & 3W with Grafalloy Prolaunch Red shafts
    Ping Anser 2 Stainless Steel Putter
  • mukstermukster Is this the year? North of the 49thMembers Posts: 3,527 ✭✭
    Saw the new Ping Glide forged wedge in Golf Town, will cost CA$312 after taxes. Imagine deciding on a 5 wedge bag setup. image/biggrin.png' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':D' />
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    Callaway Epic Subzero 13.5, Mitsubishi Fubuki Z 65
    Mizuno ST180 5 wood, Tensei Blue shaft
    Nickent 3D 3 hybrid, generic shaft
    Srixon Z765 5-PW irons, KBS Tour V shafts
    Cleveland CBX 50* wedge
    Hogan Equalizer 54* wedge
    Mizuno S18 58* wedge
    Nike Method Core Drone 2.0 putter
  • cgasuckscgasucks Members Posts: 2,222 ✭✭
    mukster wrote:


    Saw the new Ping Glide forged wedge in Golf Town, will cost CA$312 after taxes. Imagine deciding on a 5 wedge bag setup. image/biggrin.png' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':D' />




    Dang...$300+ for a wedge..not a set, but one wedge. What is this world coming to?
    10.5 deg Titleist 905R with stock UST Proforce V2 Shaft
    Titleist DCI 990 Irons (3-PW) with stock Dynamic Gold shafts in S300
    Taylormade ATV 54 deg & 58 deg wedges with stock KBS shafts
    Taylormade V-Steel 5W & 3W with Grafalloy Prolaunch Red shafts
    Ping Anser 2 Stainless Steel Putter
  • BMCBMC Members Posts: 3,586 ✭✭
    You could easily reach scratch with a ten year old driver and a set of Ping Eye 2s. You don't HAVE to spend a lot on clubs.



    On the other hand, I work at an upscale club where members purchase gear and barely look at the price.
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    Cobra Baffler Pro 18* & 23* hybrids
    Titleist 755 irons
    Vokey Wedges 46/54/58
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  • NRJyzrNRJyzr Allez Allez Allez Minnesota, USAMembers Posts: 6,370 ✭✭
    edited Jan 11, 2019 9:05am #27
    grm24 wrote:

    bogeypro wrote:


    I know we always complain about prices, but everything is really humping up this year. Irons in the $1300-1400 range. Drivers finally cracked $500.
    Drivers have been $500+ previously. In 2003 the R510TP was priced at retail at $599.99 and higher. Inflation adjusted over $800 in current day money.



    Perhaps a history lesson from 1996 needs revisiting.



    [url=&quot;https://www.si.com/vault/1996/02/12/209893/titanium-drivers-made-of-this-space-age-metal-may-be-more-accurate-and-longer-theyre-surely-costlier&quot;]https://www.si.com/v...surely-costlier[/url]



    This barrier, however, was broken quietly, indoors and without warning, when

    Ram Golf president Jim Hansberger--wearing a coat and tie instead

    of the traditional fireproof jumpsuit--introduced the Ram FX

    Ti-Forged oversize titanium driver. Suggested retail price: $1,000.



    Or it doesn't, depending on whom you talk to. For more than a

    year Titleist and MacGregor have been selling oversize titanium

    drivers for less than $300--or trying to, anyway. "They haven't

    sold any," says Callaway Golf CEO Ely Callaway, smiling broadly.

    "Ask any retailer." (We did. He's right.) Callaway, on the other

    hand, has shipped 300,000 of its Great Big Bertha titanium

    drivers, which retail for a robust $500
    . Industry giant Cobra,

    seeking to establish itself in metal woods, has trumped Callaway

    by pricing its King Cobra Ti (pronounced tee-eye) driver at a

    mere $367, causing industry experts to conclude that Callaway

    either will lower its price (it'll have to, if everybody follows

    Cobra's lead) or thumb its nose at the competition (Callaway is

    arrogant enough to keep the price up, no matter what others

    charge). At Founders Club, whose Judge titanium driver sells for

    $475,
    metal woods pioneer and company founder Gary Adams

    concedes, "Those people who drive a Mercedes will want to own a

    titanium driver."






    When you adjust for inflation, irons today are cheaper than irons some 50 years ago. A set of MacGregor VIP irons in the 60s would be over $1,600 today.



    A set of Ping ISI were $699 in 1996. Thats about $1140 today. Seems fairly close to the cost for a set of iBlades today?



    A lot of folks complain loudly about TM and their product cycles, but they can claim considerable responsibility for saving us from Callaway pricing. Imagine paying $800 for a driver these days, with a crappy stock shaft.
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    2h:  TM Stage 2 Tour, Nv105 stiff -or- 1 iron: Maxfli Revolution, DGS400
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  • scomac2002scomac2002 Inside the Starters' Hut Members Posts: 5,607 ✭✭
    And here I was thinking that wedges were still reasonably priced compared to woods and irons. You can still get Vokey SM6's NOS for $139.87 + tax, lots of choice and the hot new Cleveland CBX for $135.98 + tax.



    Maybe the new pricing on woods and irons is doing us a favour in that the used market should perk right up with folks far more willing to pay a fair price for good used kit? This isn't the first time the equipment has peaked in pricing. I have heard lots of stories around the club about fellows forking out over $1000 for a set of Eye 2's and over $700 for a Callaway Big Bertha Ruger Titanium driver back in the 1990's
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  • MattyO1984MattyO1984 Members Posts: 4,914 ✭✭
    Agreed, the creep up the last year or so has been crazy. The RRP of a Titleist 915D when they came out four years ago here in the UK was £379.99. The TS drivers four years on have an RRP of £500 which is what about a 25-30% increase in four years. I know that things become more expensive but that is a large jump in the space of four years.
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    Titleist 915Fd 15 Stiff Rogue Black
    Titleist 915Hd 17.5 Stiff Diamana S+
    Titleist 714 AP2 4-PW Stiff KBS Tour
    Titleist Vokey SM6 50.08 & 54.10
    Titlesist Vokey SM7 60.04
    Scotty Cameron Futura 5S
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  • 73monte73monte Members Posts: 655
    cgasucks wrote:

    mukster wrote:


    Saw the new Ping Glide forged wedge in Golf Town, will cost CA$312 after taxes. Imagine deciding on a 5 wedge bag setup. image/biggrin.png' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':D' />




    Dang...$300+ for a wedge..not a set, but one wedge. What is this world coming to?




    You can argue all day about the minute improvements in drivers, and irons, but wedges are without a doubt performing worse since the groove rule change. Paying more, significantly more and going backwards makes no sense. We can still play modified box grooves, but good luck finding them anymore.
    Titleist 917D3 9.5
    Titleist 917F2 13.5d
    Titleist 818H2 17d. hybrid
    Mltizuno JPX-850 forged 4-pw
    Scratch 8620 53d..
    Odyssey white hot tour #2
  • puttingmattputtingmatt puttingmatt Summer/ Michigan-- Winter/ FloridaMembers Posts: 5,130 ✭✭
    cgasucks wrote:


    For me, iron and driver prices are reasonable but there were a couple of anomalies I know were really priced higher than average.



    The Mizuno 300s (the one that Vijay won his first Masters with) was priced at $1000 in 2000 and I vivdly remember the R7 Superquad (All Black First Edition) was $700 when it first came out. That club was so special I remember it was displayed in its own glass display case at my local Golftown.



    Thank God for Craigslist, Ebay and BST since I have both of those clubs used at a price that I can afford. My 300s is in my basement and my All Black First Edition Superquad is now my gamer.



    I think there is no reason that newcomers to this game that the price of golf clubs should discourage them from playing since club technology has pretty much plateaued for at least a decade and one can get a decent set of used tour proven USGA conforming clubs for only a few hundred dollars.



    Never in my lifetime has golf equipment have become more affordable.




    As a former 300s owner, I can tell you that this driver did not sell for $1000 new, But what a local brick and mortar golf shop

    Does with pricing after VJ won with it, who knows.


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