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Where To Buy Cheap Used Golf Clubs

Looking for affordable golf clubs to improve your game? Check out these tips for where to buy cheap, high-quality used golf clubs.

In this age of $600 drivers, $350 fairway woods, $400 (and up) putters and the price of everything else golf going through the roof, now is a perfect time to find some alternatives to buying new.  If you’re at all like me, the sheer sticker shock can be daunting, often sending you scurrying to the dark recesses of the internet or, God forbid, the even darker recesses of someone’s garage sale to find a hidden gem.  

Before you start scouring your neighborhood for garage sale deals, let’s discuss some better options for those of us on a budget.

Benefits Of Buying Used Golf Clubs

Before you start your search for the where and how of used clubs, let’s take a look at the why.  There are so many reasons to buy used: huge selection, prices that are significantly discounted and my No. 1 reason—technology doesn’t usually change THAT much year over year.  That means you can typically find last year’s clubs for a steep discount and still take advantage of incredible tech.

Even better, if you know the right places to look, and if you know the specs of the clubs you need (see below for more on this), you can walk away with an incredible deal and still have money left over for a few rounds of golf (or a few rounds AFTER golf).

Places to Buy Used Golf Clubs In Person

These are fairly unlimited but for the purposes of this article, I’d strongly suggest you consider buying online.  Sure, you may randomly find a deal on a 20-year-old hybrid at a garage sale or a wedge set that someone hasn’t used in a few years (Cleveland 588 Tour Action? Sweet!), but it’s hard to say for certain what you’re really buying.  All of the sites listed below have some sort of guarantee and a vetting process as well. Unless you can 100 percent vouch for the seller of the clubs, I’d suggest a large dose of Buyer Beware.

1. Garage/Yard Sale/Thrift Store

We’re grouping these together as they’re all the same idea: you have to sift through a lot of stuff that you DON’T want in order to find a thing that you MIGHT want.  

Pros: 

  • Unbeatable price options. 
  • Often gently used. 
  • You get to handle the product in person before deciding on buying. 
  • You get to meet your neighbors, which is always nice.

Cons: 

  • Typically the product is many cycles old (often a decade or more). 
  • You have to weed through a lot of hay to find the needle. 
  • You have to meet your neighbors, which isn’t always nice.

2. Craigslist

Although this is technically online, most of the purchases happen face-to-face, therefore it’s under the “In-Person” umbrella. Craigslist is one of those places some people swear by and, just as often, one people swear at.  

Pros: 

  • Great deals can be had.
  • Often in decent shape, as most people selling on Craigslist seem to be less enthusiastic golfers, and therefore clubs have been used infrequently.
  • Hands-on period at the point of purchase.
  • You get to meet someone new and that could be exciting.

Cons:

  • Despite there being lots of options, the chances of it being a great fit for YOU are slim.
  • People’s price expectations might be out of touch with reality (“but I paid $500 for this three years ago so it’s still worth at least $450!”).
  • You have to meet someone new and that could be … interesting.

Places To Buy Used Golf Clubs Online

As you’ll see below, there are so many incredible places to source high-quality used clubs. We’ve highlighted a few that we’ve had great experiences with and are near-universally trusted by buyers (and sellers) across the globe.

1. ebay

At the peak of Used Club Mountain, at least as far as selection goes.  Ebay has been the go-to for many, many golfers looking to pick up a used club or an entire iron set for years. 

Pros:

  • Essentially every company is represented, from Adams to Yonex, and every KIND of item is represented, from shafts (of every different flex and type) to bags (cart, stand, Sunday, etc.).  
  • Easy-to-use interface encourages people from all over to list their items and, because of the auction feature, you can often get a great deal on something you’re looking for.
  • Auction feature means you might get a steal on an item worth considerably more.
  • The “Buy Now” option simplifies things if you know what you need and what you’re willing to pay for it.
  • Lots of excellent, trusted sellers from all over the country (world) and shipping is often reasonably priced.
  • Ebay tends to side with the buyer in any issues with delivery of goods.

Cons:

  • Having to trust that the item is 100 percent as described can be a risky proposition.
  • Cannot get hands on the product until after received (and paid for) to verify quality.
  • Auction feature means you may get in a bidding war with someone and end up paying more than you were hoping to.

A large word of caution about buying (in particular) on the ‘Bay: buy from sellers with a good reputation. There are plenty of sellers with thousands of reviews and 99-percent (or above) positive ratings—this is what you’re looking for.  While you COULD find a deal with a first-time seller (and if you’ve sold on eBay, then you were a first-time seller once upon a time), when buying something that’s inherently not cheap, I’d go with someone with a verified positive rating.  

Also, if bidding on an item, set a limit for yourself that you’re not willing to go past. If the item hits that mark, let it go. There’s nothing worse than getting in a bidding war with someone and realizing you could have gotten it elsewhere for less—after winning the bid. 

2. GolfPartnerUSA

What we love about Golf Partner is the sheer number of top-quality items from all the top brands, combined with the fact that all their used clubs are inspected and rated by at least two professional inspectors. 

Pros:

  • Inventory updated every week, often multiple times per week.
  • Huge selection of high-quality inventory.
  • $25 flat shipping fee on orders under $300, free shipping on orders over that.
  • Pictures in listing show actual inventory, not representative photos.
  • Large selection of Japanese OEM products.

Cons:

  • U.S./Canada only.
  • Return policy is complicated.
  • Not as large a selection as some of the others on our list.

3. Global Golf

GlobalGolf.com is another incredible option when searching for the highest quality in used clubs. Odyssey, PING, TaylorMade …  if you can think of the company, they have the clubs.  It really is a one-stop option as they sell apparel, bags, balls, shoes, accessories, etc.  

Pros:

  • Incredibly varied choices of products, new and used.
  • Used options are certified pre-owned under a six-point inspection process.
  • Easy-to-understand rating guide (“Mint” all the way down to “Poor”).
  • “Second Chance” (open box) items run the gamut from apparel to bags, shoes to tech and accessories.
  • 12-month guarantee against manufacturing defects.

Cons:

  • Lots (and LOTS) of text/emails if you sign up for newsletters.
  • Constantly some sale going on; can get confusing about when the best time to buy something might be.
  • “UTry” program only available on new items, not used.
  • “USelect” program seems like it’s generating fairly generic recommendations.

4. 2nd Swing Golf

Whether you’re looking for clubs with ultra forgiveness, ultra spin or just ultra discounted, 2nd Swing Golf should totally be on your list to check out their offerings.  

Pros:

  • Over 115,000 used clubs.
  • Top-notch trade-in program, often with additional incentives on top of value of trade-in.
  • Free fitting with the purchase of a club (yes, even used) if shopping in one of many physical stores.
  • If shopping online, they offer a “Tour Van Phone Fitting” with one of their fitters.
  • Trade-in payment options include store credit, check or Paypal.

Cons:

  • Sheer volume of options can be overwhelming.
  • Signing up for emails/texts for discount codes leads to a lot of messages.

5. Callaway Pre Owned

Don’t let the name fool you: it’s not just Callaway clubs here. Although, if you are in the market for Callaway clubs, there’s no better place to get them used (and often new), at the best possible quality.  

Pros:

  • A super-intuitive and easy-to-use chart for every club shows the exact condition of the club you’re considering.
  • Being able to sort by club and stiffness and then choose the shaft that appeals to you and then to select what quality of “used” you’re willing to pay for,makes this an incredibly useful addition to the buying procedure.
  • Their Price Protection Guarantee means that if the price drops within 14 days of your purchase, they’ll adjust the price (at request).
  • Ninety days to try the club in the real world and if you’re not happy, they’ll buy it back.
  • Although the name only says “Callaway”, non-Callaway inventory is available and covered by the same warranties and uses the same easy-to-use “quality chart.”

Cons:

  • Non-Callaway offerings (COBRA, Titleist, etc.) not nearly as robust as competitors (not a huge surprise).
  • Constant barrage of emails/texts once you sign up.
  • No free shipping unless orders over $199 and membership in their Rewards Club.

L.A.B. Outlet 

One that is often overlooked is the L.A.B. Outlet, where they offer some pretty significant discounts on “blemish” putters that don’t meet the rigorous standards of the company.  Assuming you’ve taken advantage of L.A.B.’s free online fitting, keeping an eye on the outlet is a good way to snag one of the hottest putters for a great deal.

Pros:

  • Often upgraded shafts in the configuration you need for the same price or lower than “stock.”
  • Blemishes are often imperceptible to an untrained eye.
  • Discounts are substantial.

Cons:

  • You need to know your exact specifications before perusing their inventory.
  • Selection can be extremely limited, especially for less common lie angles.
  • All sales final, barring a 90-day manufacturing defect warranty. 

Tips For Buying Used Golf Clubs

Now that we’ve covered some of the top sites to find some incredible deals on used equipment, let’s get into some quick tips that will make the process that much easier.

1. Research The Brand And Model

The easiest way to make your life that much easier is to know what you’re looking for BEFORE you start looking. Are TaylorMade clubs tailor made for you? Do you regularly have a PING fling? Are you in a tizzy for all things Mizzy (Mizuno … stick with me here)?  Having a sense of clubs that you’ve hit well in the past or that you know would suit you well will give you a huge head start. Do some comparing, perhaps using MyGolfSpy’s Most Wanted testing from the year prior to see what stacked up well in the category of your choice.  Pick your top three and then start doing a deep dive to see if you can find a deal on one of those. 

2. Check The Condition Of The Clubs

Most of the sites listed have some sort of “certified” process to guarantee the quality of the club. We can’t stress this enough in order to get the right used golf clubs into your bag. There’s nothing worse than going through all these steps only to receive a club that looks like it’s been run over, left out in the rain and then used to chop down a tree. One thing I will note: A LOT of companies undersell the quality of the clubs. I’ve heard from multiple people while researching this article that the clubs they got that were described as “good” or “like new” were in fact brand new and still in a wrapper. 

3. Consider Purchasing A Club Fitting

If you don’t know what club you need, how can you possibly know what club you need?  I know that’s super circular but I think you get my point.  Before you can start searching for the right driver/putter/iron set for you, you need to actually know what the right set for you is. While it may cost you a few bucks to get a proper fitting, consider it part of the cost of getting the exact right club(s) for you. Also, if you go for a fitting with this year’s clubs, most likely the tech hasn’t been upgraded SO MUCH that last year’s (or even two years’) model will give you 95 percent of the benefit of the current year’s. This way you can dig in and find the perfect length/lie angle/shaft combination for YOU.

4. Look For Sales And Discounts

It can be a bit overwhelming but one of the ways to find out when a site is having a big sale is to sign up for emails or newsletter options. You will probably get a TON (as mentioned in a lot of the “Cons” lists) but they always let you know when big sales (and not so big sales) are going on. Lots of these sites will give you bonuses on trade-in items (some as much as 100 percent on top of the regular value, exclusions apply), a coupon code for being a first-time buyer, closeouts, major deals on holidays, etc.  If you’re looking to buy from one of the sites, doing a quick search for coupon codes for that site would be well worth your while.

Conclusion

In no way is buying used clubs “easy”—just look above at all the things to consider and you’ll know it’s not.  Hopefully, with some of the tips we’ve provided and some of the sites we’ve mentioned, you’ll be better equipped (see what I did there?) to tackle the task of getting yourself some sweet new(-to-you) clubs for this upcoming season, all while saving some much-needed coin. 

Did we miss any great sites you all use?  Let us know in the comments below!

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      Rick

      2 months ago

      I went to Global Golf one time. And I will never go back. They don’t have actual/real pictures of any of the used clubs. It’s all stock (generic) photos, which are useless. How are you supposed to see the actual condition of the items you’re buying. You can’t.

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      Phil Sykes

      3 months ago

      Great article! Another really good one is “Facebook Marketplace” in your area. What I like about this is you can negotiate and possibly trade. Callaway pre owned if you catch it right is fantastic. Got a 2 ball OG Odyssey putter with the stroke lab shaft a year ago. It looked brand new when I got it and I paid $115. Dicks used is a funny one too. Not sure they always know what they have. Got a Mizuno ST 190 Fairway several years ago when they were new and it had a Fujikura Atmos TS Shaft for $100 and it looked brand new. The shaft alone was worth $200. Just recently a Titleist TS2 Fairway with a quality shaft in great condition. Paid $109 at Dicks and even the guy working there said the price was ridiculous. You get to hit everything there too, which is nice.

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      MarkM

      4 months ago

      I buy a lot of my clubs via eBay (including from Global Golf). Have never had a bad experience, but you’ve got to research the sellers and never buy deals that are “too good to be true” because they usually are.

      I also highly recommend the L.A.B. Outlet store, IF you know the specs you need. There selection is limited but they keep restocking and you just have to be patient. My MEZZ.1 was over $200 under retail and had no blemishes at all.

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      Dean

      4 months ago

      Funny you mention Craigslist (that nobody uses anymore) and not Facebook Marketplace. I think that’s the de facto neighborhood shopping spot these days.

      Reply

      Bob G

      4 months ago

      Rock Bottom Golf is good.

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      Will

      4 months ago

      Thanks for the great info. I personally have purchased many clubs from Callaway PO and been very happy.

      Reply

      Critter

      4 months ago

      Anywhere other than 2nd Swing !!! Take any ridiculous price, then double it… that their pricing plan! I honestly think several major golf club companies/manufacturer were behind the creation of 2nd Swing Company? Nothing nor nobody has driven up the cost of clubs more than 2nd Swing! Potential sellers on Ebay now base their asking price off of 2nd Swings outrageous prices! Sadly most New Golfers don’t know any better and keep them in business.

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      Bob G

      4 months ago

      Rock Bottom Golf is good.

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      Robert S

      4 months ago

      Shopgoodwill.com
      Use advanced search:
      Sports, sporting equipment, golf
      ALWAYS check shipping cost
      Highest bid wins!

      Reply

      hckymeyer

      4 months ago

      Missed perhaps two of the bigger online places with perhaps some of the best prices. Golf forum classified section (yes wrx is biggest and ours is on hiatus due to a forum update) but still a great place to both sell and purchase used clubs without the retail markup. The other is the golf club traders group on Facebook. It currently has over 166k members and is very active.

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      ROB PERSON

      4 months ago

      Great article ans resource. I read your reply about not being able to list every pre-owned retail dealer out there. Good point. There are dozens!!!

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      Chris Gent

      4 months ago

      I second the CPO recommendation. Combined, I have 3 Tensei White AV shafts that would have been $750+ new that I paid less than $300 for in my driver, 3W, and 3H. I also have multiple other finds from there, including a Ventus VeloCore 7X Black for my son’s driver for $145 and a $400 driver shaft for my wife that we got for $20 (2-3 year old model now, so more like a $200 shaft now…but new, it was a $399+ shaft) that have been absolute steals…but the best ever was an Epic Flash Tour Certified Driver head in 8.5* loft that was listed as “like new” and came wrapped in the tour player’s original wrapper w/ his spec sticker still on it. I’m still firing bombs with that thing and haven’t found a replacement yet in years of trying.

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      OldJoe

      4 months ago

      Lots of good info (though aforementioned exclusion of WWG is a SMH). I would add that local golf shops (Rex Golf in Jacksonville a great example) have several benefits: run by pros and managers who really care about establishing a long term relationship with their customers. They often get Tour Issue, upgraded shafts or boutique brands in trade, none of which PGA Value guide credit or recognize. It is a top option to get great clubs at fantastic prices from guys that give a darn (my last pre-owned JDM iron deal prompted the manager to take the clubs from my grubby hands and check the lies and lofts, suggesting on point adjustments: no charge!

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      HeftyLefty

      4 months ago

      I have had mostly good experiences with Global Golf and Callaway Preowned. However, what is needed are places like Golfbidder and GolfClubs4Cash in the UK where you can actually see and feel what you are buying. PGA Superstore and Golf Galaxy have used clubs. Some are better than others. If you are left-handed, good luck.

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      PHDrunkards

      4 months ago

      Where is WorldWideGolf???? As in, Roger Dunn/GolfMart/Edwin Watts all under the same umbrella? Their 90-day satisfaction guarantee for full store credit. They have stores you can walk in to look for decent used stuff, they take in trades, and also do online for all the normal stuff. And they have repair departments.
      The number of times I’ve swapped shoes on credit is record-breaking, I can tell you.
      But I get it – they don’t throw you a bone, do they, MGS? lmao

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      GolfSpy SAM

      4 months ago

      In order to not list every site on the interwebs, we had to narrow our focus – but you’re right! WWG is awesome! Insinuation of pay-for-play aside, thanks for the suggestion!

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      PHDrunkards

      4 months ago

      Good excuse, but you literally list 2, as in TWO things here for “places to buy in person” – TWO doesn’t come anywhere near “every place under the sun” as it were, so yeah, great excuse!!!

      OldJoe

      4 months ago

      Plus Watts and other Worldwide Golf sell demos at deep discount, new irons and wedges that customers didn’t want in their set for ridiculous low prices (o bought a new Mizuno Pro gap wedge with upgraded shaft for under $50). Besides the 90 day full credit benefit, these stores are managed by owner/operators who are much more willing to throw in an adjustment or grip or deal than the golf big boxers that just double PGA value guide for their trades.

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      JBR

      4 months ago

      Beware of counterfeit clubs. I used to see people bringing multiple sets back from China to sell on eBay. Hard to tell the difference on looks alone but they’re definitely not the same. One colleague bought a “brand name” titanium driver that dented the first time it hit a ball. Another guy contacted a manufacturer to see if a different weight would improve the performance of a new hybrid only to be told the weight he wanted to replace was not one they made. Both clubs looked good but were junk.

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      Robert Johnson

      4 months ago

      I have had unpleasant experiences with 2nd Swing and best experiences with Callaway Preowned and Global Golf. No issues buying through eBay but as another responder said, make sure there are photos, an accurate description. And I always contact the seller to verify what I would be getting (shaft flex, for example).

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      easy- e

      4 months ago

      Mikes Golf Outlet is one of my favorites. They have heads and shafts separate as well as complete clubs.

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      D C Davis

      4 months ago

      Mike’s Outlet was a terrific place to buy excellent clubs at great prices. However, Mike’s has recently been sold. Time will tell if the new owners keep up the reputation of Mike’s.

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      dp

      4 months ago

      Their inventory of left handed wedges was abysmal when I was there about a month ago. Driver/wood/hybrid selection was still great and the new putting green is a big upgrade over what they had previously.
      If you know how to build a golf club, Mike’s is a great resource for cheap, mid-high end shafts.

      Wasn’t aware Mike sold to someone. Can’t find any mention of it on google and Mike B is still listed as owner on every site I checked.

      Teepee22

      4 months ago

      Good article. Enjoyed it. Keys: have the specs of what your after and only buy if actual pictures of products. Knowing the shaft specs that work for you helps is 2 or 3 different brands. The actual pictures helps offset the wide range and varied condition ratings that differ site to site.

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      Tom Lassar

      4 months ago

      I have been a 2nd Swing customer for over 30 years. I am a professed club junkie and they are my dealer.
      They can’t be beat for new or used clubs.
      Fortunately I live near the Scottsdale superstore which is a used clubs candy store !!
      Their trade in values are the best and their used club prices are awesome.
      If I can’t find it at 2nd Swing, my next default is E-Bay or ProClubs, but I have found their prices to be higher.

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      Mike

      4 months ago

      I have shopped at 2nd Swing Delaware site since they opened years ago. Almost NEVER are their used club prices lower than eBay. In fact, when I’m at 2nd swing & I find a club that I like, the first thing I do is pull up eBay on my phone & check what comparable clubs are selling for. But having said that, 2nd Swing selection is immense & you can actually hit the club in question, something you can’t do on eBay.

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      Critter

      4 months ago

      bless you… guess you have money to burn! 2nd Swing pricing is beyond ridiculous !

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      McBurdie

      4 months ago

      Try the Whatnot app also. App is better than the website. But you can get great deals on used golf stuff there.

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      Thomas A

      4 months ago

      My last two purchases on Callaway Pre-Owned were pretty awesome. One Odyssey #7 White Hot super stroke shaft for $150, brand new. And one Korea addition Epic GBB with a Graphite Design shaft for $210, brand new in the wrapper.

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      Scott

      4 months ago

      I purchase the majority of my clubs used except for my iron sets
      I do a lot of my buying on eBay
      I have only had one bad experience so I consider myself lucky
      I have bought from 2nd swing too
      I do find 2nd swing is a little high priced compared to other sites,but they do have discounts every now and then.
      The most important part of buying online is:
      DO NOT BUY anything without the actual pic of the item
      If you can do this, you will come out ahead most of the time.

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      Brandon smith

      4 months ago

      eBay is the best
      2nd swing is terrible

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      Tom S

      4 months ago

      I’ve had very good experiences at the 2nd Swing in Wilmington, Delaware.

      Reply

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