Does Resale Value Factor Into Your Golf Club Purchases?

Don’t let the potential resale value of a golf club be a reason to purchase one.

Are you deciding between a standard stock club(s) straight off-the-rack verses a custom made club(s) because the standard stock club will have a greater resale value?  If so, you should think about this. You are going to take a huge loss regardless compared to what you originally paid for them when you trade in your clubs.  After all, who ever takes in the trade-in has to make a profit to resell your set.  Sadly but true, clubs equipped with stock offerings (length, shaft, grip) will have a higher resale value than those that have been customized or altered slightly from a manufacturers standard specifications. After all, you or the buyer will have to find another customer that fits your specifications or cut the price so the player have afford to have to modified to his or her specs.

Another very important consideration, there is a very good chance the standard stock club will not fit you for length, lie, and shaft type or grip size. If so, you will never be able to hit the clubs to your full potential.  In that case your investment is not a very good one and not a valid excuse to opt for the stock setting for the higher resell value.  The bad part is maybe there is only one specification that is different than the stock offering such as the length 1/2” longer, lie 2 degree flatter or the grip midsize instead of standard and the cost of the upgrade may be minimal, if at all.

When you buy a custom suit, the idea behind that investment is that you intend to use it because you know that it fits and not because of the potential resale value.  After you get your use out of the custom fit suit (or out grow it), you are only going to donate it to charity, give it to a fellow friend or family member that it might come close to fitting (they can have altered) or throw it away if it badly used.

Golf clubs should have the same amount of consideration when buying them – the intent that they will work the first time you take them out.  If you are unsure if a stock club will fit, don’t buy the whole set.  You can buy a single club first.  If it fits, then you can buy the rest of the clubs around it.  In the unfortunate event it does not fit, you are not out much and in many cases the club can be altered to fit for a nominal fee. Don’t let the potential resale value of a golf club be a reason to purchase one.


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  1. Mr. Blair M. Phillips says:

    Absolutley BUT I understand that in todays economy(alot less disposeable income) that not many golfers have the means to purchase “new” excellent quality golf clubs. Now, I don’t mean to offend Hireko or anyone who advertises with Hireko but there is “alot” of really well built “used” golf clubs out there! A new set of shafts and grips that been fitted to a “used” set of excellent quality irons and “your away to the races!”
    I play 1969 Mens r/h stainless steel Achushnet “Finalist” bullet back irons and they cost me “less than half” of what a good quality set of irons would today, even after new shafts and properly fitted. Friends have asked me if I ever decide to sell them to call them. Their willing to give me “more than” it cost me to put purchase and rebuild them. I have my own theories on why this has happened but this is not the place to write about it but “in my opinion – look to well manufactured used clubs and then purchase new Heriko shafts along with proper fitting and you will have clubs that hold or increase their “trade-in” value.

  2. Ray. Dionne says:

    I have been building clubs for about twenty years and confidently so. If you know anything about materials and CAD designed club heads then you will be quite comfortable using club heads falsely called knock offs.
    I have heard some golfers say that losing money is the reason for not buying off brand clubs. Simply put a brand name set may cost $700.00 and sold for three hundred is a $400.00 loss. Hireko clubs built from the same materials may cost $400.00 and given to someone for nothing whould be the same loss. Club component suppliers employ Proffesionals to test the equipment to ensure the playability is equal to brand name clubs so that golfers of every level can be sure of there equipment.

  3. Stu Bragg says:

    I have to whole heartly agree with Mr Phillips I do basically the same thing he does. I currently play a set of 1970 Macgregor VIPs i have updated to TT S 300 shafts. I have 5 sets of vintage Macgregor blades one set of 66 Tourney “black face” customs I have a used set of Rifle 5.0s in. I have my own loft and lie machine and do my own work.

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