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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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Complete Guide to Project X Flex Codes

Have you ever wondered what the number designation on your Project X shaft means? You know, the 5.0, 6.0, 6.5 and so on printed on the shaft. These numbers correspond with flexes from “regular” to “extra stiff plus”. While the flex is sometimes written on the shaft, many times it isn’t, leaving only the number to inform you of the flex. The only problem? The flex that corresponds with each number often changes based on the shaft model. And the power of Google can fail you as you search for a cohesive list of all of the flex code meanings. Even the Project X website lacks any kind of compiled guide, and only some of the individual shaft product pages reveal which numbers go with which flex.

Not to worry. We’ve created an extensive list of Project X shafts and their flex codes. We’ll update the list as more shafts are released in the future.

Project X Flex Codes

Original Project X Rifle Irons

Tapered

  • Regular – 5.0
  • Regular Plus – 5.5
  • Stiff  – 6.0
  • Extra Stiff  – 6.5
  • Extra Stiff Plus – 7.0

Parallel

  • Regular Plus – 5.5
  • Stiff – 6.0
  • Extra Stiff – 6.5

Original Project X Woods & Hybrids

  • Regular Plus – 5.0
  • Stiff – 5.5
  • Stiff Plus – 6.0
  • Extra Stiff – 6.5
  • Extra Stiff Plus –7.0

Project X 95 Flighted Irons

  • Regular – 5.0
  • Regular Plus – 5.5
  • Stiff  – 6.0
  • Extra Stiff  – 6.5
  • Extra Stiff Plus – 7.0

PXi Irons

  • Regular – 5.0
  • Regular Plus – 5.5
  • Stiff Plus – 6.0 
  • Extra Stiff – 6.5

Rifle Irons

Parallel

  • Senior – 4.0
  • Regular – 5.0
  • Stiff – 6.0
  • Extra Stiff – 7.0

Tapered

  • Senior Plus – 4.5
  • Regular Plus – 5.5
  • Extra Stiff – 6.5

PX LZ Steel Irons

  • Regular – 5.0
  • Regular Plus – 5.5
  • Stiff – 6.0
  • Stiff Plus – 6.5

PX LZ Tour Graphite Irons

  • Regular – 5.0
  • Stiff – 6.0

PXv Tour Graphite Woods

  • Stiff – 5.5
  • Stiff Plus – 6.0
  • Extra Stiff Flex – 6.5
  • Extra Stiff Plus – 7.0

Project X Black Woods & Hybrids

  • Stiff – 5.5
  • Stiff Plus – 6.0
  • Extra Stiff – 6.5
  • Extra Stiff Plus – 7.0

HZRDUS Woods & Hybrids

(Woods available in Black, Yellow, and Red models. Hybrids available in Black model.)

  • Regular Plus – 5.5
  • Stiff – 6.0
  • Extra Stiff – 6.5

HZRDUS T1100 Woods

  • Regular Plus – 5.5
  • Stiff – 6.0
  • Extra Stiff – 6.5

EvenFlow Woods & Hybrids

(Available in Black and Blue)

  • Regular Plus – 5.5
  • Stiff – 6.0
  • Extra Stiff – 6.5

It’s important to note that there has been much discussion around the designation of flex for Project X versus other shafts. A “stiff” flex from one shaft producer will not always equal a “stiff” flex from another. While these codes are accurate based on the flex that Project X indicates, your mileage may vary on how well the feel of the shaft matches the maker’s designation.

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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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Love Stress and Wasting Time? Sell Your Clubs on eBay or Craigslist!

Save Time and Stress with Golf Club Brokers

I know what you’re thinking.

You have a set of clubs or maybe a driver that you need to sell but you’re not sure which route to take. You’ve considered posting it on eBay or Craigslist… though you know there’s always the risk of unreliable buyers or other bumps down those roads. Then, you had the idea of selling it to a friend, but your friends never seem to want what you have when you have it. And finally, you’ve reluctantly thought about pawning it outright to a company that buys and sells golf clubs.

A company like Golf Club Brokers.

But let’s be honest. When it comes right down to it, you’re going to make less money selling your clubs to Golf Club Brokers than you would if you listed it yourself.

So why choose Golf Club Brokers over selling your golf clubs on eBay or Craigslist? Because your time is worth it.

Let me explain exactly what I mean.

I’ve been selling on eBay for nearly two decades and if there’s one thing I know, it’s that eBay can be a complete pain in the neck.

I don’t need that stress and neither do you.

And just in case you think it really isn’t that big of a deal, consider the time it takes to sell on eBay:

  • Cleaning your clubs – no one wants to buy beat up, muddy clubs
  • Taking clear, well-lit photos
  • Slogging through the process of listing your item – writing a detailed description, creating a shipping/return policy, etc.
  • Waiting for your item to actually sell – all while the value drops

But that’s just to get your clubs out the door. What happens when your buyer messages you and says, “I just got your clubs but I’ve decided they aren’t right for me. I’d like a refund,” or “These clubs are nothing like what you advertised! I want my $%#@ money back!” or even better, he just leaves negative feedback with no explanation at all.

Then you have to wait for your returned clubs to get back to you and go through the whole process again.

Oh, and don’t forget those lovely eBay and Paypal fees.

So you start off thinking, I’ll make more money selling my golf clubs on eBay. But at the end of the day, is that extra $20 really worth all of the wasted time, stress, and frustration that you’ll have to deal with?

Surely there’s a better way.

“I’m with you,” you may be thinking, “I don’t like eBay either. But what about Craigslist? There’s a lot less red tape dealing with Craigslist.”

And you’d be right.

With Craigslist you don’t have to worry about fees or eBay’s selling policies. But it hardly saves you hassle or time. In fact, Craigslist may be more obnoxious than eBay.

Think about all of the issues you have to deal with when selling on Craigslist:

  • Waiting days, weeks, or even months for a buyer to actually bite – all while the value of your clubs slowly drop
  • Getting a message, only to respond and never hear from the person again
  • Waiting in the Wal-Mart parking lot until you finally decide that your ‘buyer’ isn’t much of a buyer after all
  • Meeting people you don’t know whose every move inevitably makes you uncomfortable
  • Finally selling your clubs but then getting a text or email a few days later asking for a refund

And that’s in addition to the time it takes you to clean your clubs, take pictures, and post your listing.

Selling your golf clubs on Craigslist is hardly better than selling them on eBay.

That is, if your time and stress levels matter to you.

But what are your other options?

May I recommend Golf Club Brokers?

Now, I know I’m biased. After all, I do work for Golf Club Brokers. But I’m going to be as objective and honest as possible here.

These are the issues you’ll have to deal with when selling your clubs on Golf Club Brokers: You won’t make quite as much money as you would on eBay or Craigslist.

But what would you save by selling to Golf Club Brokers?

  • SAVE TIME spent deep cleaning your clubs to prepare them for a photoshoot
  • SAVE TIME spent taking and uploading well-lit, properly framed pictures
  • SAVE TIME spent writing a description of your clubs
  • SAVE TIME spent waiting for someone to finally make the purchase
  • SAVE THE HASSLE of waiting for someone you don’t know to finally show up so you can sell your clubs
  • SAVE THE HASSLE of dealing with disgruntled buyers and negative feedback
  • SAVE THE HASSLE of eBay and Paypal fees

The reality is, with eBay or Craigslist, you’re going to end up spending hours trying to get your clubs sold and money in your pocket. With Golf Club Brokers, you won’t spend more than a few minutes.

Just choose your club from our convenient drop down menu, get an instant quote based on its condition, fill out a short contact form, print out your shipping label, and drop your club in the mail.

That’s it.

And within 24 hours of receiving your clubs, your money will be on its way into your wallet.

Your time is worth more than the handful of extra dollars you’d make trying to sell on eBay or Craigslist. Don’t shortchange yourself.

Golf Club Broker’s What-You-See-Is-What-You-Get Price Guarantee

When you sell your clubs to Golf Club Brokers, you can be confident that you will receive the exact amount that’s quoted on our website. We promise that what you see is what you get – no hidden fees or red tape. It really is as easy as filling out a form and dropping a box in the mail. And if you aren’t completely satisfied, we will ship your clubs back to you at absolutely no charge.

Save time and save stress: Sell your clubs with Golf Club Brokers.

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Best Used Golf Clubs of 2017

As 2017 comes to a close, the promise of new golf clubs in 2018 is just around the corner. While many players will spring to try out the latest and greatest, the equipment released this year remains capable as ever. Maybe you’ve been playing with the same old clubs for a while, and are ready to try out some of the latest technology. Or maybe you finally have the extra cash to upgrade, but don’t want to jump right to the newest 2018 models and their price points. As we pointed out recently, buying used clubs is an excellent way to save money while still receiving great value.

Prices on used 2017 clubs will only continue to drop as the 2018 models are released. That makes the releases from this year the perfect path to a less expensive yet impactful boost to your game. But where to start? Thankfully, months of playing with 2017 models has allowed plenty of time for critical feedback and ratings online. We’ve compiled a list of some of the best clubs from this past year based on reviews from Golf Digest, Golf WRX, and Golf.com. For this list, we’ll look at drivers, fairway woods, hybrids, and irons.

Best 2017 DRIVERS

Callaway Great Big Bertha Epic/Sub Zero

Callaway’s driver innovation proved to be a huge hit, the green color-scheme standing out almost as much as its ability to increase ball speed. Golf Digest gave the club 5/5 stars for Performance, Innovation, and Look/Sound/Feel. The majority of GolfWRX users voted the GBB Epic and the Sub Zero version as the drivers of the year. Golf.com called it “A buzz-worthy bomber with rare distance and standout styling” and “One of the top drivers in its class.” And while we can’t personally endorse the playability of the club, it was one of the fastest sellers of the year for Golf Club Brokers.

TaylorMade M1 2017

Noted by Golf.com as one of the best all-around performers, the M1 2017 received praise for its level of adjustability and consistency. As with the Epic driver, Golf Digest gave M1 top marks in Performance, Innovation, and Look/Sound/Feel. GolfWRX ranked it as the third best driver of the year, just behind the M2. It was noted for giving testers some of their best numbers out of all tested 2017 drivers.

Best 2017 FAIRWAY WOODS

Titleist 917F2

The 917F2 was deemed a worthy successor to previous Titleist fairway woods, with GolfWRX stating in their review that it would be an easy transition for anyone who has used Titleist models before. Their review claims that the club is one of the best all-around fairway woods on the market. Their users rank it third among 2017 models. The 917F2 is one of only two 2017 woods to receive full marks from Golf Digest, and Golf.com calls the club “one of the best models tested”.

Callaway Great Big Bertha Epic 

The other fairway wood that got 5/5 in Performance, Innovation, and Look/Sound/Feel from Golf Digest is the Great Big Bertha Epic. The Epic was a unanimously named the best fairway wood of the year by all three review sources. The Golf Digest review calls it “dynamite on a stick”, remarking that it was powerful but effortless to hit. GolfWRX users voted the GBB Epic as the best fairway wood of 2017. Golf.com ends their review with this high praise: “Nearly universally loved, the Callaway GBB Epic is the top model tested. It’s powerful, playable, accurate and looks great.”

Best 2017 HYBRIDS

Hybrids were more of a mixed bag when it comes to reviews this year. Few really stood head-and-shoulders above the rest. While there were certainly some that were notably better, our three review sources were mixed about which was best. So instead of us highlighting two standouts, take a look at a handful of hybrids that received positive reviews:

  • Titlelist 816H1/H2
  • Cobra King F7
  • TaylorMade M1 2017
  • Mizuno JPX 900
  • Callaway Apex 2017

Best 2017 IRONS

In most reviews of irons, reviewers like to separate sets into two categories: players, and game-improvement. For this list, we’ll share the consensus top one or two sets for each category.

Players

Ping iBlade

The iBlade is the only Players iron from 2017 that Golf Digest gives five out of five in Performance, Innovation, and Look/Sound/Feel. Golf.com states that the iBlade “is rock-solid across the board, with a clean look, plenty of forgiveness and traditional Ping reliability.”

Titleist 716 AP2

Many of the compliments for the 716 AP2 are about the similarity to last year’s model. Testers were pleased that Titleist didn’t do too much to change it from the previous year’s model. While advancements were still made, the company was careful not to mess with the features that players’ were happy with. Golf Digest says that it was on of the top irons tested.

Game Improvement

Callaway Apex CF 16

The consensus #1 game improvement iron, according to all three review sources. Golf Digest gives exceedingly high praise, stating that “if there were a Mount Rushmore for game-improvement irons, this one would be on it.” Golf.com deems them best in show. And GolfWRX users voted it as the best game improvement iron of 2017.

 

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*Please note that these clubs have not been tested and reviewed by Golf Club Brokers. This is simply a compilation of reviews from other reputable websites.

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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.