Quality golf clubs is an important matter.
I understand that, so I want to ask you a question: ever hear of Kifaru outdoor gear?
Kifaru is an uber-expensive, ultra-high-end brand. Part of their tagline:
Made in America, bred in the back country, and galvanized in combat, you won’t find tougher, better built outdoor gear.
They literally test everything- be it tipis or backpacks, for a long damn time before bringing it to market.
They charge a lot of money for their made-to-order stuff. For example, an MTO Nomad (a tactical backpack; non-affiliate link) sells for $246. That’s a lot of dough, but they know they’re worth it.
Apparently, many people do, as well.
Call me crazy, but I like to think I’m kind of doing the same thing, but with golf clubs.
I test as many clubs as I possibly can. Quality golf clubs is what I’m about. Also, it helps me feel like less of a club ho’.
You’ve seen all the pictures I’ve posted, right? When I tell you a certain brand will work for you, I’m not bullshitting you, because I’ve used it.
Remember this one, from when I wrote about putting dents in some of my drivers? Can you see that bit of wear on the leading edge, where the face meets the sole?
That’s from 100+ 18-hole rounds and 150+ hours of range sessions, the majority inside during the winter months. The black PVD finish doesn’t help, because that finish wears faster- regardless of whose name’s on the sole.
Speaking of that particular driver, the head sells for $59.95 (non-affiliate) on Hireko’s website (EDIT: Sadly, it’s been discontinued…).
“Whoa whoa whoa!” you might be saying. “How am I supposed to believe that a $60 head compares to a $300 name-brand driver”?
That’s because they’re both likely made in the same place. There are very few foundries that do that sort of work in the world, so there’s going to be overlap.
How this relates to me is, I’ve tested that head for a long, long time. I know that, outside of a piss-poor attempt, that club will deliver.
How this relates to you, dear reader, is that when I tell you something works, it really works.
If you’re on the fence about a purchase, or outside influences (birth of a child, buying a house, etc.) are preventing you from splurging on golf gear, I can tell you if that lesser-known club is going to work for you or not and be easy on the wallet.
The great thing about places like Hireko, or, if you decide to buy from me, is that the cost of the club is almost entirely dependent on you. Let’s use an example:
You come to me, wanting a 4-PW set. After going over things with you, we decide that the Acer XS Pro irons (the model after my XF’s) are going to work. You don’t want to spend a lot on shafts or grips, so I recommend the Apollo Standard Stepless shafts and Karma Velour (“tour velvet”) grips. The costs break down like this:
- 4-AW (8 heads @ $9.95 each) = $79.60
- 8 shafts ($4.00 each) = $32.00
- 8 grips ($1.19 each) = $9.52
Cost of components = $121.12
Now, I double the cost, to cover my labor, electricity to run the tools, and minor components (ferrules, tape, epoxy, etc.), which brings the total to $242.24… for a set of 8 irons!
Of course, I could be a real dick and triple the cost, as many do… but I don’t see me doing that when my objective is getting more people into golf. But let’s say I do; that means that set now costs you $363.36- still less than what you’d pay at a retail shop.
And the thing is, they’re still going to be high-quality clubs. How do I know? I’ve used them- even the shafts and grips.
But what if you had your heart set on something like the KBS C-Tapers? Well, 8 shafts at $36.95 each equals $293.20. Adding the cost of the heads and grips brings the total to $382.32 for the components.
Double that, your cost is $764.64. Triple it, $1,156.96. Does that sound better?
It’s all a matter of perspective. The cost to you is what you want it to be.
Wanna know why I chose those two shafts?
Pick what you like, what you can afford, and get out there and play.