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Are Cheap Golf Clubs A Good Affordable Substitute For Brand Name Hybrids?

We'd all like cheap golf clubs, but we know the cost of sacrificing quality. Do discount options exist that offer the same performance as name brand sets?


Deciding upon how much you need to spend on your golf clubs is always an agonizing decision for any golfer.  That’s because it’s difficult to know just what you’re looking for, or what it means to get a cheaper set of clubs.  Golf is a pretty crowded type of field, and you’re going to find that there is a ton of different types of equipment out there.  What you need to play, and how much you want to spend is really up to you, but there are some subtle differences you want to be aware of when it comes to cheap golf clubs versus a brand name club.

Basically, when you’re looking for cheap golf club sets, you’re going to find that there are a few fundamental differences in construction from club to club.  It’s important to realize that what you’re going to get here is sometimes a lesser product than if you were buying clubs from Callaway or Nike, but that’s not to say they aren’t still of a good enough quality.  Here are some of the top things that you can compare, to see what sorts of cheap sets are going to be the most ideal for you:

1) Cheap golf clubs typically feature close to the same quality of materials.

This is true of just about any type of clubs, because of the way in which they are constructed.  What you’re always going to find with your golf gear, is that they are typically made from the same types of metals no matter which sort of club you buy. Take a set of Callaway Big Bertha irons for example.  They are going to feature a thick and pure solid steel construction.  The same is true of cheap golf club sets, only they typically use a lesser grade of steel, or just a lesser quantity.

However, it is also important to realize that that slight jump in the quality of the material can still make a big difference.  Two things that you’re going to notice about the cheap set is going to include that on the one hand they just aren’t going to be quite so durable.  Then on the other hand, they just aren’t going to be able to put as much raw power and force through the ball as a brand name set might be able to do.

2) Level of customization.

Pretty predictably, you’re going to find that brand name sets are going to have the edge here.  That’s because they actually let you custom order the clubs that you want based upon any type of standard that you need to make them perfect for your stance and swing.  But while cheap golf clubs may not afford you the same opportunities, what they are going to do is ensure that you’re going to be able to choose enough customization that you can get them about at the level you want them for ordinarily play.

While there is not as much opportunity to literally nitpick and figure out what your loft should be, as well as the flex of the shaft, you typically have a few choices.  This way you can still choose the angle of the club face, and the flex of the shaft to be about as close to what you would like as possible.  This still means that you can play golf well, and you’ll find that you won’t be very many strokes over what you would be even with the best clubs that money can buy.

3) Amount of club choices.

Here is probably the only real problem with most cheap club sets. The main difference between how the cheaper sets are made and how the name brand ones are crafted, is just that name brand companies have more money to work with because they are better known.  That means with cheap clubs they usually only offer you the basics, so you can’t find a more complete set for all of your golf course needs.  That means you’ll have to make due with a more basic amount, so you’ll have to improvise with irons that you may not have used otherwise, and the same is true with fairway woods, and so on and so forth.

4) But cheap golf club sets are always going to be money saving assets.

Though, despite the flaws or the pain in trying to find a set that works for you, you’re going to find that they are always worth the investment just on the sheer amount of money you’ll save. You can get a good off brand driver for around the area of $50, whereas a Callaway Big Bertha will cost you a few hundred at least, if you want a custom new club.  That’s what makes these really ideal for beginners, or the perfect type of cheap golf clubs to go after if you’re not that well versed yet in the game of golf.

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