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Golf Gift Ideas: Valentine’s Day Edition

Ah, love is in the air. Can you smell it? Probably not. If you’re like most people in America right now, your nose is stopped up or running like a faucet. Gotta love flu season. Even if you can’t smell the roses, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. At Golf Club Brokers, we’ve done the leg work and picked the perfect pair of golf gift ideas for you to give your loved one this year.

Driver Drink Dispenser

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Worried that your loved one isn’t hydrating enough out on the course? Worry no more. This 48 oz insulated beverage dispenser has got you covered. It can be filled with any beverage of choice and will stayed chilled or warm for all 18 rounds. Perfect way to keep the juices flowing and save a few bucks.

UroClub

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What goes in must come out.

It’s the 12th hole and the Driver Drink Dispenser is near empty. All that sweet tea had to go somewhere. Now your loved one needs somewhere to go too. Unfortunately, most golf courses do not have a solution to this dilemma. Worry no more. Developed by a urologist, the UroClub offers a discrete way to keep your loved ones from jail time for indecent exposure. For now it only comes in a one size fits all model.

 

Hold on, Wait a Minute:

Thinking maybe those aren’t quite the perfect gifts you were imagining? Instead of gifting them another #1 Golf Dad tie or a golf bag shaped pen holder, let us suggest a few more things.

  1. Golf Lessons: Whether we want to admit it or not, every golfer could benefit from a lesson or two. Before you sign your loved one up for lessons though, do a little research. Don’t just take hire the first instructor that comes up in a search. Call your local course or one of your significant others golf partners and get a recommendation.
  1. Golf Morning Out: If you have kids, it can be difficult to find the time to do some of the things that you never thought twice about before they were around. Offer to watch the kids or cover another one of their responsibilities to ensure they have time to play a round or two.
  1. Golf accessory: A new box of balls or a new glove can also make a great gift. It’ll get a lot more use than the tie or pen holder. If you’re not sure what balls or glove to get, just check your loved one’s bag to see what they play with. Keep the receipt just in case.

 

No matter what you decide to give as a gift this Valentine’s Day, we hope that you and your loved one have a great time!  If you’ve ever given a strange or awful gift, or if you’ve ever received one, please let us know in the comments below.

 

Have any used clubs you need to get rid of?  Not only are we gift planners, we’re also golf club buyers.  Check out our site to see the cash values we’re offering for your used clubs.

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Guaranteed Way to Buy Your Golf Game

 

Christmas has come and gone. You’ve returned the clubs you got under the tree that were not even close to what you had asked for. Now you’re scrolling through all the new releases for the year with visions of a perfect swing and a low handicap.

It’s January. A time for new beginnings. A time to put your money where your swing is. A time to buy your golf game.

Yes, that’s right. I said it. It’s time to buy your game.

First though, you need to stop looking at all those new clubs. There is always great new technology coming out, but all the twisted faces in the world aren’t going to help your swing if you’re constantly shanking the ball 30 yards to the right.

You need to re-evaluate your game, not your bag.

Take Lessons

You’ve heard the horror stories: “I paid 50 bucks for the pro to sell me a $15 grip and to hit balls for 30 minutes.” Yes, that would be a waste of your hard earned money. Here are a few ways to help ensure you’re getting a good instructor.

  • Ask for recommendations from friends or members from your club
    • We all have different learning styles (visual, auditory, kinesthetic). Find an instructor that fits your style. A great instructor will be able to assess the way each student learns and adjust their style to your needs.
  • Cheap isn’t always bad and pricey isn’t always good
    • Don’t judge a lesson by its price. Some instructors may be great players, but can be awful teachers. Look for a highly recommended instructor.
  • Talk to the instructor before you take lessons
    • Once you’ve found a possible instructor, ask them any questions you have about how the lessons work. Let them know what you’re looking for, and see if that’s what they’re offering.
  • Try different instructors
    • Different instructors are going to have different strengths. Look until you find the right one for you. You’ll be more successful switching out instructors than you will be switching out clubs.

Practice

  • Practice between lessons
    • Take what you learn from your lessons and practice on the range. It’s just like learning a language or an instrument. If you don’t practice, you will not improve.
  • Hit more than just your driver at the range
    • You use your driver less than your putter during an average round. When you’re at the range, practice as if you’re playing a hole. Start with your driver then move to a wood or an iron. It’s a lot more realistic than swinging your driver 100 times and leaving the rest of your clubs cold in the bag.

Get Out and Play

It’s time to put your hard work to the test. Golf is just as much of a mental game as it is skill. Get out and play. It’s one thing to swing when there are no strokes on the line, but it’s another when you’ve got a steak dinner riding on your score.

 

The point of lessons and practice is for you to enjoy the sport you love even more. Get out and play. Take a half day every other week and play a round. Wake up early on the weekends and get out with your friends and family and have fun.

If you have any other tips or tricks on how you found a great instructor, please leave them down in the comments below.

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5 Reasons to Keep Golfing This Winter

Fires are lit, coats and gloves are on, and your clubs are snugly stored in the garage for safe keeping for the next three months. Wait? What? Who told you that you had to press pause on working your handicap down? If anything, a long winter break is going to drive your score up. You need to toss your bag back into the trunk and get out and swing.

 

Cold wintry days don’t make for ideal playing weather, but we’ve got five reasons why you should keep golfing this winter as the thermometer drops.

  1. Cheaper Greens Fee

While this benefit does not apply to all courses, there are a number of clubs that drop their fees over the winter months. Less demand, lower prices. Check with your local club to see their winter rates.

  1. Less Crowded

This goes handed in hand with the first benefit of golfing in winter. Beautiful, sunny days bring more people outside. In effect, you’re stuck waiting to tee off on each hole. Winter weather, however, cuts the crowds and your wait time.

  1. Winter Golf Rules

Take advantage of Winter rules:

**Note: Each club varies as to which winter rules they allow and the exact details of each rule**

  • Preferred Lies – Adjust the lie of your ball. Distance allowed is determined by local club. Remember to mark your ball before you pick it up and do not move further than allowed by club.
  • Embedded Ball – Typically relief is entitled only near closely mowed grass through the green. Some clubs allows free relief in the rough as well during the Winter.
  • Cleaning Your Ball – This rule allows you to mark your ball, clean it, and then keep playing.
  • Casual Water – If water is visible under your feet or the ball when you make your normal stance, this rule entitles you to free relief.
  1. Deals on clubs

Winter can be the perfect time to get a new set of clubs. Golf retailers have to clear old inventory to make way for the next season’s new releases. This allows you to try clubs you’ve been interested in without breaking the bank. To save even more, look for deals on used clubs. If they were released the same year, you know they don’t have more than a single season of play in them.

  1. Get ready for spring

“The only way to improve your swing is to take a three month break and not practice” – said no golfer ever. You might not be playing your best over the winter months, but not playing is almost guaranteed to make your feel rusty come Spring time.  If nothing else, head to the range a few times a month to keep your head and your body in the game.

Just get out and have fun this winter. Remember to dress warm and comfortable.  Also, make sure to tell the club house to have a large hot chocolate waiting for you when you finish your round.

 

If you have any tips or tricks for playing through the cold, leave them in the comments below.

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How to Save on Golf Gifts this Christmas

Now that Thanksgiving has been consumed and digested, there is no escaping the cold hard fact that Christmas is almost here. The decorations and artificial trees littering the aisles at retail stores before Halloween had you suspicious.  Now the non-stop 24/7 Christmas tunes don’t let you forget.

 

Christmas is a wonderful season and there is great reason to celebrate. For some, however, it can also be a time of broken hearts and broken bank accounts. We’re not Love doctors and can’t help you with romance.  With a few quick tips, though, we will help you keep your wallet fat and happy.

 

Shop Used Golf Clubs

 

A quick search on www.statista.com shows that the average American spent $750 on Christmas gifts last year.  This year we’re on track to spend close to $900.  If you were hoping to buy a loved one or friend a new driver, that wipes out over half of your budget.  It doesn’t have to.

 

A brand new, never hit Titleist 917D2 is going to cost you $500. A quick search on eBay shows a used one in good condition is going for around $320.   That’s $180 in savings!  Paying more doesn’t equate to caring more.

 

Just like buying used doesn’t mean you care less.  It’s the exact same item and you’re showing the same amount of affection with a lot more wisdom.  You can even buy a smaller additional gift with the money you saved.

 

Tips On Buying Used Gifts

 

  • Know what gift the recipient wants.  If there is a particular club they’re needing, find out the specs and search for their present using that information.

 

  • Only buy from experienced sellers.  Check out their reviews and make sure you’re not buying from a fly-by-night kind of company.

 

  • Buy from a seller that offers a 30 day return policy.  As long as you purchase the club a week or two before Christmas, you’ll still have plenty of time to return the gift if need be.

 

If you have any other tips or tricks that you use to help save money over the Christmas-Gift-Buying season please leave them in the comments below.  If you’re looking to purchase clubs for a gift or for yourself, click on the link below to view our inventory.

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5 Ways to Avoid Getting Ripped Off on eBay

There it is. A 5″ x 5″ x 50″ card board box. The 72 hours you’ve been waiting for it to be in your hands has felt like 72 days. You slice through the tape, throw the bubble wrap on the ground and do a little happy dance to the bursts of the pops. Inside was the driver you just ordered from eBay. You can’t wait to get to the range and start driving to the moon.

 

At the range, all of that excitement is deflated in a single moment. It’s not when you drive the ball 100 yards. That’s actually a little better than normal. It has nothing to do with the slice that nearly took someone’s head off. You’ve been slicing balls like bananas since the beginning. It’s when your buddy lets you know your club is a counterfake! You’ve been duped. You feel dumber than the time you threw your Scotty Cameron in the lake after missing a 2.5 foot putt.

 

What do you do to avoid the fakes and the scammers? Stop shopping online altogether? Continuing shopping and hope for the best?

 

I’m going to walk you through 5 ways you can protect yourself and your wallet from the dastardly evil-doers that are polluting eBay.

 

  1. Avoid sellers from China

Have you ever searched for a club on eBay and had a listing come up for 30-40% less than what everyone else is selling it for? Does the deal seem too great to be authentic? It probably is. Not all sellers from China are peddling fake clubs, but unfortunately eBay is full of them. Your best bet is to not let the deal of a lifetime leave your wallet dry and you stuck with a junk club.

 

  1. Be of weary stock photos

Stock photos are not an absolute deal breaker. Many sellers will use them to list brand new items. There are even some legitimate sellers that use stock photos on used items to save time, but that leaves you buying a club sight unseen. Scamsters will use stock photos for a couple of reasons.

#1 If they took actual photos of the the counterfeit clubs they’re selling, you’d easily be able to compare them to the real thing and see the difference.

#2 Sometimes they’ll list the counterfeit item as used to help make the listing seems less suspicious. It’s as if they’re trying to say “Look at these clubs, someone used these before so they can’t be fake.” Then you get your box and it’s a brand new, unused waste of your time and money. While stock photos shouldn’t immediately send you running, they should tingle your spidey-senses. Use them as a red flag and know that you could be receiving an item in less than expected condition or less than authentic condition.

 

  1. Check feedback

“Seller took two weeks to ship.”

“Seller never shipped my item!!!”

“Club is 100% counterfeit!”

You’ve probably seen the above or similar feedback left on sellers accounts. RUN! The items they are selling might be real, but you’re taking a big risk buying from a seller with horrible customer service. You may get your item, but you could be waiting for weeks. Don’t expect them to resolve any issues that may come up without eBay intervening. If you like trading money for headaches, then ignore my advice and spend, spend, spend.

 

  1. Avoid sellers without a return policy

No other company I’ve dealt with has a return policy quite like Walmart:

Man: “I’ve worn these jeans for the past two months, but they’re just not working out for me.”

Walmart: “We can accept a return!”

Do not expect that same return policy from other companies. It’s unrealistic. Shopping from sellers with no return policy can be risky, though. If they’re selling an item as is, does that mean it’s been tested at all?  Have they done an inspection of the item to see if there are any flaws or defects? If the item arrives in condition other than described, how are they going to handle it? From my experience, sellers without return policies fall into two groups: Scammers and inexperienced sellers. Scammers I don’t want to mess with, and you take a risk dealing with inexperienced sellers.

 

  1. Know your rights as a buyer

Item arrived not as described?  Seller completely unresponsive? Lots of negative feedback you missed before buying? eBay works hard to protect buyers.  Click here to read and learn about all of the policies eBay has in place.

 

Use the comment section below to let me know other methods that you use to protect yourself while shopping on eBay.

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