The 9 Best Places to Buy Golf Clubs in 2020

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The Rundown

Best Overall: TGW

"Their massive inventory is broken down by player type, club type, and 13 brands."

Best Budget: Dick’s Sporting Goods

"The 'Best Price Guarantee' states they’ll match costs with other qualifying retailers."

Best for Certified Clubs: Callaway Golf Preowned

"Each club comes with a certificate of authenticity, as well as a conditional guarantee."

Best for Variety: Golf Galaxy

"Offers all things golf, including custom golf clubs, complete sets, and more."

Best for Custom Clubs: True Fit Clubs

"Provides specific recommendations based on each golfer's needs."

Best for Package Sets: Worldwide Golf Shops

"Has one of the most robust inventories of club package sets."

Best for Used Clubs: Golf Avenue

"One of the largest online golf retailers of pre-owned equipment."

Best for Experts: PGA Tour Superstore

"Emphasizes browsing clubs by manufacturers like Cobra, Callaway, Odyssey, and others."

Best for Discounts: Rock Bottom Golf

"Offers major discounts on everything from individual clubs to iron groups."

Our Top Picks

01 of 09

Best Overall: TGW

PING Mens G410 SFT Fairway

Courtesy of TGW
https://www.tgw.com/golf-clubs/fairway-woods/ping-mens-g410-sft-fairway 

Originally called The Golf Warehouse, this family-owned operation out of Wichita, Kan. is one of the first online retailers for golf clubs — in addition to more than 30,000 other golf products. The site often has 24-hour flash sales with an average of $100 off most golf clubs and free shipping for any order over $99 (with some exclusions). Their massive inventory of clubs is broken down by player type (men, women, kids, and left-handed golfers), club type (including used and custom clubs and club sets), and 13 brands including Callaway, Wilson, PING, and Srixon.

Sorting and filtering between clubs is easy and lets you narrow your selections by size, grip, flex, and loft, among others, though it could use a club comparison tool. Descriptions and stats are clearly spelled out, and the site also handles Q&As. Detailed user reviews offer overviews of the product’s performance, as well as star ratings on characteristics such as distance, workability, and forgiveness, making it easy for a prospective buyer to gather information.

02 of 09

Best Budget: Dick’s Sporting Goods

TaylorMade M6 Irons – (Steel)

 Courtesy of Dick's Sporting Goods
https://www.dickssportinggoods.com/p/taylormade-m6-irons-steel-18tymmm6stl4pwwxxirn

A popular brick-and-mortar sporting goods store, Dick’s Sporting Goods covers a variety of club brands, types, and complete sets with a "Best Price Guarantee" that states they’ll match costs with other qualifying retailers — so you're always guaranteed the lowest prices. You can also arrange for a free, in-store pick-up an hour after you purchase your clubs online, or arrange for free, fast shipping to your home. In addition to competitive pricing and a robust selection of clubs, their website also provides helpful buying guides on subjects including custom golf clubs, how to find the right golf irons, and how to select a driver or hybrid club. Filter options cover the gamut, from star-rated user reviews by verified customers to club features, brands, price, and gender, to name a few. The site also offers a handful of Dick’s-exclusive clubs. All products include detailed descriptions, along with recommendations on comparable clubs and easy access to the reviews/star ratings. For good prices on new, top-of-the-line clubs, Dick’s is hard to beat.

03 of 09

Best for Certified Clubs: Callaway Golf Preowned

EPIC FLASH FAIRWAY WOODS

 Courtesy of Callaway Golf Pre-Owned
https://www.callawaygolfpreowned.com/golf-clubs/fairway-woods/fwoods-2019-epic-flash.html

Legions of online retailers offer used clubs, but sometimes buying second-hand clubs can induce anxiety over whether they deliver on promises. And that’s exactly what Callaway combats on their certified, pre-owned online store. Naturally, this site’s inventory focuses on Callaway clubs — and each one comes with a certificate of authenticity, as well as a conditional guarantee. You also get a 90-day buy-back option, and if the price lowers within 14 days of purchase, they’ll refund the amount at your request. They also offer other brands, including Cleveland, Cobra, Mizuno, Titleist, and TaylorMade. Shopping filters are a bit limited compared to other sites but does include filters for gender, hand, price, and details such as loft and shaft flex. Product info and user reviews/ratings are also robust, and the related items section allows for smart, horizontal views that help you narrow down your selection of clubs. You also benefit from Callaway Rewards and can qualify for free shipping.

04 of 09

Best for Variety: Golf Galaxy

Titleist TS3 Driver

Courtesy of Golf Galaxy
https://www.golfgalaxy.com/p/titleist-ts3-driver-18ttlmts3drvrhzrddrv/18ttlmts3drvrhzrddrv

Golf Galaxy might not have the retail footprint of its parent, Dick’s Sporting Goods, but they more than make up for it with specificity: as its name implies, the store and online retail site offers all things golf, including custom golf clubs, complete sets, and a full array of drivers, fairway woods, hybrids, irons, wedges, and putters. You also get a best-price guarantee as well as easy, one-hour pickup (or free shipping). The site offers a bit of selection and buying tips and some expert advice, but the emphasis here is on club stats. Each product includes variables on loft, hand, bounce, and shaft, buoyed by user reviews and a Q&A feature.

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05 of 09

Best for Custom Clubs: True Fit Clubs

Callaway Mavrick Fairway LH

Courtesy of True Fit Clubs
https://www.truefitclubs.com/fairway.html

 

For more than 25 years, True Fit Clubs has been offering customers custom golf clubs (without an in-person retail experience) through their Golf Club Fitting Wizard, which provides very specific recommendations for the optimal club length, shaft weight and flex, trajectory, shaft spin, and swing weight based on each golfer's needs. Built around a four-pronged data set (your physical characteristics, swing dynamics, strength, and shot tendency), the tool has helped create custom-made clubs for more than 10,000 golfers since 2005 and boasts a “95 percent” accuracy rating. Start by selecting the club type from all the usual suspects, and then work through more than 15 brand options for the head, shaft, and grip. It should be noted, however, that this isn't the most customer-friendly online experience for browsing or evaluating. They don’t have any user reviews/ratings at the product level, with little additional information per club part — but web searches by product name should help flesh out those details if you’re unsure or want additional insight.

06 of 09

Best for Package Sets: Worldwide Golf Shops

Cobra Women's XL Speed 13PC Package Set

 Courtesy of Worldwide Golf Shops
https://www.worldwidegolfshops.com/cobra-womens-xl-speed-13pc-package-set/100006885/product

Worldwide Golf Shops is the parent brand of some smaller brick-and-mortar shops (more than 80 across 20 states), and have been in the industry for more than 50 years — with one of the most robust inventories of club package sets. Complete sets offer the convenience of scoring an entire kit (bag included) without having to fuss with finding each club and are often less expensive than building up your own set. They offer kits for left- and right-handed juniors, men, and women golfers across 13 brands, with filters for price, shaft flex, shaft material, size, and color. Rather than a persistent chatbot/window, Worldwide Golf Shops offer customer service via email or toll-free number, and their competitive prices come with a low-price guarantee and 90-day satisfaction policy. Customer reviews/ratings may be lacking compared to some other online retailers, but detailed information on each set should be enough to scope out the ideal kit, while recommended products on-site let you comparison shop. Get free shipping on orders more than $99.

07 of 09

Best for Used Clubs: Golf Avenue

COBRA KING F8 BLACK DRIVER

Courtesy of Golf Avenue
https://www.golfavenue.com/us/cobra-king-f8-black-driver 

Founded by two college students, Golf Avenue started out on eBay in 2006 before graduating into one of the largest online golf retailers of pre-owned equipment with more than 75,000 clubs in its inventory. Driven by a passion for the sport, the site offers options for every type of golfer, from the casual part-timer to the budding low-handicap expert. PGA pros evaluate each and every club before it’s accepted for sale, and then each one is steam cleaned, photographed from various angles, and carefully graded to offer as much transparency as possible.

They carry all the major brands, including Callaway, TaylorMade, Titleist, and PING, and sell clubs both by club type and as complete sets. Prices vary based on the club’s overall condition but generally hover about $100 less than retail. You get all the expected filter options, including shaft material, brand, player type, loft, flex, and price. Better yet, you can also narrow your search by the clubs’ conditions: new, like new, very good, good, and fair. Each club includes the date of manufacture and a decently-detailed description, though other retail sites have more information if needed. User reviews are from verified customers. A 30-day return policy adds a degree of comfort, and shipping fees are waived on purchases over $150.

08 of 09

Best for Experts: PGA Tour Superstore

TITLEIST SCOTTY CAMERON SELECT LAGUNA PUTTER

 Courtesy of PGA Tour Superstore
https://www.pgatoursuperstore.com/titleist-scotty-cameron-select-laguna-putter/1000000021318.html

This clearinghouse for all things PGA Tour-related offers clubs for golfers of all levels, but experts with ambitions to reach tour-level playing would do well by choosing this online retailer. In addition to breaking out clubs by type, they also emphasize browsing the clubs by manufacturers like Cobra, Callaway, Odyssey, and others, recognizing that experienced golfers have brand loyalties. The site offers complete sets, sale items, and premium pre-owned clubs, with filters sorted by color, flex, brand, loft, length, and price. A robust, product-level user review/rating library helps cut through the market-speak, and all club stats — from descriptions to its tech specs — are easy to read. There's also a Q&A feature and free standard shipping when you spend more than $99.

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09 of 09

Best for Discounts: Rock Bottom Golf

Callaway Golf- GBB Epic Star Driver

Courtesy of Rock Bottom Golf
https://www.rockbottomgolf.com/golf-clubs/drivers/callaway-golf-gbb-epic-star-driver/

 

You can count on Rock Bottom Golf for major discounts on everything from individual clubs to iron groups to entire club sets. This deep cost-cutting comes in the form of lower-priced, open-box and return clubs, pre-owned clubs with a 30-day “playability” guarantee, and a section on the site dedicated to clearance items with a 50 percent price cut. They also offer cash for your old clubs, though the buy-back pricing is pretty modest. Browse by club type or brand, and filter by brand, flex, loft, price, and condition (new, used, and open box). The product details are fairly robust and include specs on various flex patterns, grip, and loft. And while the user review library reads fairly scarce, it’s easy enough to source that information elsewhere. Easy access to their online Golf Glossary helps break down some of the golf jargon, too. All clubs come with a 90-day guarantee and most ship for free.

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