Why do you buy new clubs?

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I have been thinking about this for a long time. As someone who plays high level amateur golf competitively, I need equipment that will get the job done time and time again. I've always been a guy who likes to tinker, and try the latest and greatest. But after hooking up with a good club maker/fitter who knows his stuff really well, I'm beginning to look at equipment buying a lot differently.

I've never been so comfortable with every club in my bag right now. Every club I have confidence in, and does exactly what I expect it do every time I swing it.

I'm buying strictly for performance from now on. That means keeping what I have in the bag now for a really long time unless something is noticeably better for my game.

That being said, what motivates you to buy new equipment? Do you like having the latest and greatest? Do you like to tinker? Or if you found 14 clubs that you absolutely loved, would you be less inclined to change?

I'm curious to what the forum says on this topic. I believe that we tinker to find something that's better but once we've found it, what happens?

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  • DFS PFDDFS PFD Members  1665WRX Points: 888Handicap: 1.8Posts: 1,665 Platinum Tees
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    Tinkering for the sake of tinkering, but when something fits, it stays for a long time. My M2 Tour FW won't be going anywhere and neither will the new Flash SZ TD.

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    SIM 8* Ventus Black 6X
    G410 LST  HZRDUS Smoke Hulk 6.5TX 60g 
    Epic Flash SZ 15* Tensei PW 80TX
    2-PW Ping Blueprint DG X7
    55* SM8 Raw
    61* SM8 Raw
    L.A.B 2.1 

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  • flip flappyflip flappy Members  1017WRX Points: 195Posts: 1,017 Platinum Tees
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    kacer, I'm like you. When I have something that is working I stick with it. After playing used irons for a few years I got fit 4 years ago for Ping i E1 irons and still play them. I finally decided in December of '18 to go to a Ping G400 Max over my less forgiving 913 D3 which I had played for several years. My Cobra 3 wood has been in the bag for I'm guessing 5 years. With all this being said, I would probably switch around more if I was like I was in my early 30's. Single with no children and business was great. Not as much money at the end of the month as there used to be.

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    Ping G400 Max 10.5
    Ping G400 5 wood
    Ping i-e1 4-U Nippon 105 Stiff
    Cleveland 588 RTX CB 52, 56&60
    Cameron Squareback 1 Studio Select
  • NDGolfer13NDGolfer13 Members  1424WRX Points: 323Handicap: GolfPosts: 1,424 Platinum Tees
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    On -, @gbartwrx said:

    Gots to chase the dragon! It's a sickness for sure.

    This. I change even when things are working. However, it brings me enjoyment. If I devoted time to practice and lessons and fitting could I be scratch???? Maybe close but that’s not what drives me. I enjoy messing with gear.

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    M5 Kiyoshi Purple
    TM M4 16.5 VA Composites Drago 75
    Epon AF901 19*/22*
    PXG 031X Proto CTaper 125 5-P/Ping I500/I210 KBS Tour 125 5-P
    PXG 0311 Forged 50/56/60-Scratch 1018 50/53/58
    Rife Deep Blue

    FOR NOW...........
    All Clubs subject to change relative to my last bad round of golf......
  • ChipNRunChipNRun Members  2282WRX Points: 524Posts: 2,282 Platinum Tees
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    On -, @kacer said:

    I've never been so comfortable with every club in my bag right now. Every club I have confidence in, and does exactly what I expect it do every time I swing it.

    I'm buying strictly for performance from now on. That means keeping what I have in the bag now for a really long time unless something is noticeably better for my game.

    I'm not playing as well as you are, but I'm of the same attitude as you. I may buy a used club if I think it might help, but I trade it in if it doesn't work.

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    What's In The Bag *...

    Driver: Calla XR16 Pro 10.5° (set open) / Fuji Evolution II TS Speeder 665 R-flex 63 gr.
    FWs: Tour Edge XRail 4W + 7W / GraphiteDesign G60 R-flex 60 gr.
    or Calla Alpha 815, set 16° + 20° / Fuji Motore Speeder 665 R-flex 62 gr.
    Hybrid: Cobra FlyZ 3H 19° + 4H 22° / Matrix VLCT Altus Lite flex 73 gr.
    Irons: Tour Edge CB Pro Tungsten 4i - PW** / KBS Tour 90 R-flex 101 gr.
           4i refitted with SteelFiber 780 HLS Hybrid shaft R Flex 75 gr.
    Wedge: Calla MD3 48°/8.SS + 54°/12.WS + MD.PM 60°/10  | KBS Tour R-flex 110 gr.  | Note: MD4 58°/8.C-grind may replace MD/PM
    Putter: Ping Sigma G Tyne (face-balanced) / 34" w. Ping Pistol PP60 grip (stock)
    Bag: Sun Mountain Three 5 stand bag
    Ball: Calla SuperHot - orange
    * Either 7W or 3H left out, depending on course and season.
    ** Wedges: 46°and 48°are competing for bag space.
  • PingistheanserPingistheanser Columbus, OHMembers  333WRX Points: 219Handicap: 10Posts: 333 Greens
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    I buy new clubs because I like to tinker. I know that deep down they arent going to suddenly transform my game but its fun to try new clubs.
    Im kind of to the point now where I dont tinker as much. I know what works for me and what I like, so I see little reason to change.

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  • Millhill88Millhill88 Members  566WRX Points: 126Posts: 566 Golden Tee
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    Cause I can...

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    Driver: Titleist 917 D3
    3W: Titleist TS2
    5W: Cobra F9
    Irons: Titleist AP2 718  4-PW
    Wedges: Titleist SM7 @ 54 & 58
    Putter: Cleveland Frontline Elevado
  • Big A HGBig A HG Members  686WRX Points: 213Posts: 686 Golden Tee
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    I buy when I feel I'm making more than just a tiny improvement. However, this can snowball a bit. Last fall I finally replaced my Cobra L4V driver which was at least 10 years old with a Rogue Sub Zero. My irons became 10 years old this winter and are still in the bag with no plans of going anywhere (Mizuno MP-62s). My fairway wood and hybrid (Titleist 909F and 909H) are also that old. Once my driver was replaced, I had the wrong feels going on with my fairway wood and hybrid, so I ordered a new fairway wood recently after a demo day (Epic Flash Sub Zero). Also, my 60 degree SM5 Vokey hasn't been as spinny lately, so ordered a new pair of new Cleveland RTX 4 wedges (56 and 60). Most of this will be in my bag another decade or so, though.

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  • KC13KC13 31st StateMembers  538WRX Points: 212Posts: 538 Golden Tee
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    I think its the allure of potentially having the best bag possible.

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    Driver: TaylorMade M5 9* set to 8.25*, Aerotech Ti-fiber Tour 70 F5 tipped 1/2"
    Woods: TaylorMade M2 15* and 18*, Fujikura Speeder Evolution II 757X
    Irons: Srixon Z 785 4i-PW, True Temper DG TI X100
    Wedges: Titleist SM7 Raw 50/54/58, KBS Tour 120g S
    Putter: Scotty Cameron Studio Select Laguna 2
    Ball: Srixon Z-Star 
  • mchamden1mchamden1 Members  521WRX Points: 98Posts: 521 Golden Tee
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    I tell people I have two hobbies...golf and golf equipment

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    Ping G400 Max 9*// -work in progress-
    Callaway Super Hybrid 16* // Tensei Orange S
    Ping G25 Hybrid 20* // TFC 189F S
    Mizuno 919 Forged 4-GW // KBS Tour V
    SM7 Raw 56.14* 60.04* // S400
    Black Lab BL-1 // Mid Slim 2.0
  • mokedaddymokedaddy Members  1354WRX Points: 185Posts: 1,354 Platinum Tees
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    Because shiny new stuff is cool.

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    TM M6 9 GD Tour AD GP 6x
    TM M6 15 GD Tour AD TP 7x
    TM M6 18 GD Tour AD VR 8x
    Ping I200, IBlade 4-P KBS TOUR V 125 power spec
    Ping Glide 2.0 - 49ss, 55ws, 60ss KBS TOUR V 125 - Heel grind, WRX grind
    Byron Morgan DH89 SSS 350g KBS CT TOUR BLACK
    Best Grips leather grips
    Snell MTB-X yellow
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  • jvincentjvincent Members  1516WRX Points: 802Posts: 1,516 Platinum Tees
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    On -, @kacer said:

    That being said, what motivates you to buy new equipment? Do you like having the latest and greatest? Do you like to tinker? Or if you found 14 clubs that you absolutely loved, would you be less inclined to change?

    I'm curious to what the forum says on this topic. I believe that we tinker to find something that's better but once we've found it, what happens?

    I am also a tinkerer. I buy new clubs for three reasons:
    1. I need to because they are showing signs of wear or are damaged.
    2. I want to because I am tired of what I am playing and want the new shiny.
    3. Something new has come out that I am interested in trying.

    Putter is the most stable. I haven't changed that in years. I usually keep irons in play for about 7 seasons or so. Wedges get replaced more frequently because of wear and tear. Driver and FWY has been a bit of a revolving door for the last few years.

    I am an unapologetic shaft HO. I will try new shafts a lot. Sometimes they make it into the bag, sometimes they end up in the shaft graveyard in the work room.

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    Cobra SZ 9* : Tour AD TP 7-S
    Cobra F9 Tour 4-5W : Tour AD TP 8-S
    Cobra 3U set at 18* : Nippon Modus3 120-S
    Srixon Z785 4-PW : Nippon Modus3 120-S
    Cleveland RTX3 50, 54, 58 : Nippon 115-S Wedge
    Piretti Potenza 370g : Breakthrough Technology Stability Shaft - 34"

  • JustsomeguyJustsomeguy Members  1257WRX Points: 231Handicap: 15Posts: 1,257 Platinum Tees
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    Because golf is fun and the universe is a cosmic joke.

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    Cobra F9 10.5* Project X Evenflow Blue 65, R - CAMO!
    Titleist 915F 15* Diamana S+ Blue 70, R
    Cobra F9 18.5* 5w Project X Evenflow Blue 65, R
    Titleist 915H 21* Diamana S+ Blue 70, R
    Callaway Steelhead XR 5-AW Recoil 660 F3, R
    Vokey SM7, 56*/8 M Grind, Recoil ZT9 460 F3, R
    Miura 1957, 59* C Grind, Nippon Modus 110, Wedge Flex
    Cleveland Smart Square Blade
  • BubbtubbsBubbtubbs Members  571WRX Points: 145Handicap: 7Posts: 571 Golden Tee
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    I only change stuff when I have to, because it no longer fits my swing, flex change, want to loft up/down, etc
    I had an R15 TP I was never fit for and a fitting showed that the TS3 - while barely longer on flush drives - was almost 20 yards longer on mishits and the dispersion was much, much more predictable.

    I'm still rocking a 5 year-old 3w, 10 year-old 3h and 9 year-old irons. This probably won't change for a good while, though I'm due for new wedges next year.

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  • JeffreySpicoliJeffreySpicoli Members  1957WRX Points: 471Posts: 1,957 Platinum Tees
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    Why does anyone have a fetish?

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  • MuskieCyMuskieCy Center CutMembers  411WRX Points: 158Posts: 411 Greens
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    Simple,....I probably don't need it,....but I want it.

    Plus, buy last years stuff. 25% the cost, 99%+ the same as the latest.

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  • longballjslongballjs New JerseyMembers  1516WRX Points: 149Handicap: 2.4Posts: 1,516 Platinum Tees
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    For almost 20 years I played titleist 962b’s. For 10-15 I used a studio select Newport. For a decade I played a titleist 905s and 906f. I never really felt I was losing out on much until my practice time and round total diminished as a result of career, family, etc. then I sought more forgiveness, got ap2s, an r15 then a subzero, now an m5, an Evnroll er5 which does rotate with the studio select when they misbehave. I’ve gotten more new clubs in the last 4 years than I did in the last 20. That said, my handicap is as low as it ever was, playing once a week and no practice. I’m happy with everything now...until I’m not.

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    Titleist ProV1 Experience 7/12/17-7/13/17

    TaylorMade M5 with speeder 667 xstiff
    Titleist 915 Fd 15 with diamana d+80 xstiff
    Titleist 909h 19* with voodoo stiff
    Titleist ap2 716 4-gw with Amt x100
    Vokey sm6 54, 58 with Amt x100
    Scotty Studio Stainless Newport 2
  • dubbelbogeydubbelbogey Members  578WRX Points: 295Posts: 578 Golden Tee
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    I don't like to tinker with my own bag. It's not that I think I've found the optimal set, but that I've found a set that I can trust and be predictable, so I stick with it. All my gear stays in the bag a very long time. But that said, I'm virtually certain I could change up the product mix pretty dramatically, and I'd adjust just fine provided the general fit (loft, lie, length, weight) and club blend were in the right ballpark.

    I do like to have fun hitting other clubs at demo days or when my buddies let me hit their sticks, but it's always just out of curiosity and never that I'm looking for something with that next bit of "edge" to help.

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  • DivinDaveDivinDave Longview TexasMembers  609WRX Points: 128Handicap: 13.8Posts: 609 Golden Tee
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    I change clubs, or something about my clubs purely based on Feel.
    If everything is going great with my game, all is well. If it aint, I usually will do some tinkering on some level. It might be a simple a changing my grips, or getting the lofts and lies checked, or a whole new driver, (which I did in Feb).... Like right now, Im feeling I might need different shaft in my irons. Ive been fighting the urge to reshaft them for a while.

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    Experience - What's leaned just after you needed it most
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    On -, @MuskieCy said:

    Simple,....I probably don't need it,....but I want it.

    Plus, buy last years stuff. 25% the cost, 99%+ the same as the latest.

    That's a serious discount. They're still selling the F8 and M3/4 for 3-400 CAD here, not quite 50% off.

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  • RainShadowRainShadow Tucson AZ (for now)Members  4217WRX Points: 513Handicap: 8.2Posts: 4,217 Titanium Tees
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    All alone on the road to perfection- Warren Zevon

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    Ping G400 10.5 (9.5) Hzrdus Yellow 75 5.5
    Callaway Rogue 17* 4wd Atmos Blue TS 70  
    Ping G410 19*, 22* & 26* Tensei CK Pro Blue 80
    Cobra Forged Tec Black 6-GW SteelFiber i95CW R (2019 Forged Tec Modus 105 R trial run ) 
    Vokey SM7 50/8 F
    Vokey SM7 54/8 M 
    Vokey SM7 58/8 M 
    Toulon Madison H1 neck (L)/ Bettinardi BB1/ '16 Tiki
     Wilson Staff FG Tour/ Bridgestone Tour B RXS / ProV1
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    This site is to blame. I never had a problem until I became more active here.

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    G410 LST Rogue Fairway | 915H 2 | 718 T-MB 3,4 | 716 CB 5-PW | Vokey SM6 52, SM7 58 | Cameron SS 350g
  • Frisco KidFrisco Kid Members  239WRX Points: 125Posts: 239 Fairways
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    I don’t change often but when I do, it’s usually all in in a specific OEM. I was a Callaway guy when I first got serious about golf. Then I was a Titleist fanboy for years...shot my best score of even par with their gear. Then last year I went all Ping. I haven’t sniffed par but have consistently shot lower scores and my index is down to a 12. I wish I could just try a piece of gear from a mfr here, would be a lot cheaper but my OCD is all or nothing.

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    Taylormade M4 Driver Atmos R
    Taylormade M4 3HL Atmos R
    Taylormade M4 5 lFW Atmos R
    Taylormade M3 4H Tensei Blue R
    Honma TW X Forged 5-11 Vizard Shafts
    Ping Glide 2 54, 58 wedges
    Odyssey O Works 2
    OUUL Gator cart bag
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    On -, @BM5D said:

    I hate money.

    you stole mine but, yes.

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  • jll62jll62 MinneapolisClubWRX  2382WRX Points: 631Handicap: +2.2Posts: 2,382 ClubWRX
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    I also play competitive amateur golf at a high level, but I still love to put new stuff in the bag. Part of the enjoyment I get from the game is playing new gear, so I have no problem putting it in the bag if the performance is at least the same as what's in there. For the past few years I tried to stick with the same gear (clubs that fit very well), but I found this backfired and I actually bought more equipment than I might have otherwise done.

    At the end of the day, I invest a lot of time and effort into my game and want to have great competitive results, but I simply like to play new gear. It's a delicate balance, but I can't do one without the other.

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    TaylorMade M5 8.0, Diamana Kai'li 60S, 44.75"
    TaylorMade M5 Rocket 3, Tensei Blue X, 42.5"
    TaylorMade SIM Max Rescue 19, Fujikura Atmos Blue Tour Spec 8X Hybrid
    TaylorMade P790 3, Nippon Modus 130 stiff
    TaylorMade P750 4-PW, Nippon Modus 130 stiff
    TaylorMade MG2 52, DG S400 Tour Issue
    TaylorMade Hi-Toe 58, DG S400 Tour Issue
    TaylorMade Itsy Bitsy JDay Proto, 34"
    TaylorMade TP5

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  • bogeyprobogeypro The Original Bogeypro ALClubWRX  3554WRX Points: 430Handicap: +1Posts: 3,554 ClubWRX
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    i buy new clubs because I like new clubs.... duh I play the all about the same (if properly fitted). Too much good stuff to not try it all.

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    TaylorMade SIM max driver 
    TaylorMade  M6 3 wood
    Mizuno JPX 850 2 hybrid
    Mizuno MP20 HMB 3-pw
    TaylorMade Hi Toe  52
    TaylorMade MG2 58 
    Scotty Cameron 5.5m
  • RogerinNewZealandRogerinNewZealand Maungakeikei Auckland New ZealandMembers  2846WRX Points: 284Posts: 2,846 Titanium Tees
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    Titleist to blame.
    If they release the 620 i will get fitted and keep 5 plus years.Its Consumers Choice and there is a lot of Great Product out there !

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    2020  17May 

    Ping Rapture 2006 10.5
    Cleveland Launcher FL 3wd
    with 60gram PLPlatinum
    Titleist 904F 7wd steelshaft

    MP100=33  pw 98765

    54 SM Vokey 2006
    60 RTX2
    ProPlatinumMidSLT

    17May back at Range
    re learning to hit a ball again
    rusty but accurate.




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  • HertsjoatmonHertsjoatmon A in golf theory, D- in golf practical HertfordshireMembers  342WRX Points: 115Handicap: 18Posts: 342 Greens
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    1) im still relatively new to golf so as my swing improves / evolves, my requirements change.
    2) trying new clubs is fun and I like to experiment

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