By Paul Myers
New golf drivers can be fun to shop for – and expensive to purchase. While most golfers love to try out the new technology on the market and see what it can do for their game, few enjoy actually pulling out their credit card to buy the club. If you are a golfer who always wants to have a new driver in the bag that you can show off to your friends, it will be a big help if you know where to look for some good deals.
Following are three different possible ways to save money on the purchase of your next new golf drivers.
Buy Used Online
This is a relatively popular option, and is certainly a good way to go, especially if you don’t mind playing clubs that are not the most recent models. Many of the used clubs you are able to find online will be at least from last year, if not older. With as rapid of a release as some companies have, you may even find heavily discounted drivers from released just a few months ago. That doesn’t mean that they can’t work great for you, but you need to know what you are looking for and pick out one that is best for you. An upside of this strategy is that you will be shopping for new or like-new golf drivers that aren’t currently getting all of the marketing attention – meaning the prices could be significantly lower than the brand new models. Be sure to do your research before making the purchase and find out how much the club has been used, what shaft it has, etc.
Trade in to the Manufacturer
If you are a golfer that stays loyal to a single club maker as you switch from model to model, you might be able to take advantage of the buyback programs that some companies are offering. Check directly on the website of your favorite club company, such as TaylorMade or Callaway, and see if they are offering a program to give you a discount on a brand new golf drivers when you trade-in your old ones. This method might not get you quite as much of a discount as you can get from buying a used driver, but you will have the benefit of getting a brand new club directly from the manufacturer…and you get some credit from your old one.
Look for Promotions
This plan won’t save you money on the purchase so much as possibly get you bonus products when you buy the driver. For example, golf shops or the club companies themselves will occasionally offer a deal where you get a free gift card when you buy a new golf driver, or get a big discount on buying a second club. One likely place to find these kinds of promotions is at your local golf shop. Take a trip around (or call) to the golf stores in your area before you buy new golf drivers to find out what might be available.
Even if you have your mind set on a specific driver, you don’t necessarily have to pay full price. As long as you are willing to consider used clubs, or to shop around for a promotional deal, you may be able to get the club you have your eye on for significantly less than full retail price.
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