March 18

Should I Upgrade My Golf Clubs After Reaching a Scoring Goal?

Golf Club Fitting


When is it a good time to “upgrade” your golf clubs?

I’ve read and heard “should I upgrade my golf clubs after shooting <insert score goal here>>” many times.  But is it always a good idea?  What could you get out of it?

There’s this thing I see that people feel the need to make changes once they hit certain milestones in their golf game.  Personally, I don’t think it’s necessary.  Golf clubs are wants, not needs.

Before the pitchforks and torches come out, let’s dive a little deeper.

Let’s start off by being perfectly Frank here: I run Green Lantern Golf as a business, and businesses are in business to make money, right?

I mean, at GLG alone, I have:

But on a personal level, I feel I’d be doing you a disservice by pushing and pushing you into a buying decision that you might not really need.  Maybe I’m too ethical?  I dunno… but my conscience doesn’t allow me to sell you BS; hell, that’s the exact opposite of my “No-BS Golf!” approach!

As an aside, this is why I highly, highly recommend bringing in your current club (or clubs) when you go get fitted.  The current club is a baseline, and any changes to the specs or set makeup should reflect as a positive change against the baseline.

When you go to buy golf clubs, the combination of head, shaft, grip, and build specs need to create a change that’s:

  • noticeable,
  • repeatable,
  • and positive.

Why spend the extra money if you don’t have to?

And that’s where the “should I upgrade my golf gear” stuff comes into play.  If you don’t have to, you might still want to.

Don’t go off the deep end

Let’s say you just broke 100.  That’s awesome, something that very few– at least, those that actually keep track of that stuff- do.  What’s more, you did it with one of those $200 “starter” sets.  Is spending four to ten more times that on golf clubs going to push you over the edge to get to 90?  What happens when you do get there?

Golf clubs are tools to play a game

This isn’t rocket surgery.

Get yours on Amazon!

Speaking of tools, let’s look at this from a different perspective: home tools.

How often do you buy something, like a chop saw?  They can run over $100 easy.  Now let’s say you start to get pretty good at cutting wood; do you go out and buy a new, more expensive chop saw?  Or, do you keep that chop saw until it dies?

The same can be said for golf clubs- you can play to your heart’s content with your current set.

There shouldn’t be any pressure to change your gear, just because you started shooting better scores.  In theory, you can play with your starter set until you decide to buy new clubs.  Or, if you get a set from someone like me, your clubs will be fitted and built to last for as long as you decide to keep them.

There’s a major key phrase in that last couple of sentences:

Until you decide

When/if the time comes that you decide you want new clubs, you gotta do it smartly.  That means, get them custom-fitted to your swing and body type.

The real way to “upgrade”

Brands don’t matter.  If you were to come to me and wanted to buy clubs, you wouldn’t get the option to go with the Big Brand Names.

But you know what?  The stuff I’d sell you is just as good.  I know because I use it.  After the fitting, you’d know it, as well.

The real way to upgrade isn’t to focus on the names.  Focus on the fit.

Think of it this way: if you went and bought a driver but didn’t bother to get it fitted, there’s only a slim chance that it’ll actually perform better than the current “starter set” model.  And that’s including the fact that the more expensive model has a real titanium face.

Why is that?  There are different ways, really…

  • The new driver could be too long (the usual culprit)
  • It could be too light
  • It could have the wrong loft for your swing/swing speed
  • The grip could not feel good to you
  • The shaft could be the wrong flex

And that’s just five ways.  No matter how much more you spent on just that one club compared to the cost of your whole starter set, if it doesn’t fit your swing, you’ll struggle with it.  Not much of an upgrade, is it?

Deciding to upgrade your golf clubs is a personal choice, not a score choice

You could literally decide tomorrow that you want new clubs.  If you can afford it, why not?

Maybe you can only afford to do it piecemeal.  That’s OK, too!

You don’t have to wait until you reach a scoring milestone, though.

I’m gonna end this with two questions: have you ever been custom-fitted?  If not, why?  Let me know in the comments!



About the author 

Justin Blair

Justin Blair is the founder of Green Lantern Golf. When he isn't bringing his 10+ years of excellent craftsmanship experience to golf club fitting, building, and repair, he's geeking out about Star Wars (he's watched them all about 8,437 times!) and things like the MCU and LOTR, he's drinking mead and craft brews. If you wanna know more, check out my About Page!

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