Buying Used Golf Equipment: Are second hand golf club worth the money?

Buying Used Golf Equipment – Are second-hand golf clubs a good idea?

Whether you are just starting your golf journey or maybe you are a low handicapper on a budget, buying second-hand golf clubs can be a good solution for anyone.

We asked The Social Golfer Editor, Ian Mullins, to give his thoughts and views on the benefits and downsides of investing in pre-owned golf clubs.

Here, he looks at the best websites in the sector and what to look out for when buying second-hand clubs.

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With the cost-of-living crisis now in full swing, many golfers are now turning their thoughts to finding more ways to cut the cost of their golf to a minimum. 

And with new golf clubs getting more expensive due to the recent rise in inflation, is now the time to consider buying used golf clubs?

The history of buying used golf items on the internet

Back at the start of the internet, a very clever chap called Pierre Omidyar started a website called AuctionWeb. 

It was in 1995. 

That website went on to become the worldwide phenomenon that is eBay. Fast-forward 30 years and that company now turns over $10 billion a year.

However, since that day, the digital age has grown somewhat, and there are now plenty of options for buying golf clubs cheaper than in a high street store.

Where are the best places to find pre-owned golf clubs?

Let’s start with the obvious options:

  • Search an auction-based website for the specific item you want.
  • Visit an online store, with reliable and honest, positive reviews.
  • Look at refurbished golf clubs via a recognised retailer.
  • Search a Charity Shop or Thrift store for a bargain.
  • Check social media ‘marketplaces’ which are often geographically local to you.

Alternatively, you can speak to your Pro Shop about discounted or old stock clubs. 

While these are not strictly ’second hand’,  they may be cheaper than visiting your local golf emporium.

Popular Auction sites include eBay & i-bidder/golf.

Popular used golf club retailers include:, GolfBidder, Golf Clubs4Cash & Facebook Marketplace

Top things to consider when buying used golf clubs?

Let’s start with some terminology.

Essentially, the term Second-hand, used, pre-owned, and/or pre-loved all mean the same thing. The clubs have been used and have been owned by one or more person.

However, ‘Restored’ or ‘As new’ clubs, while they fall into the same category as above, have been returned to their former glory. 

This could include the heads cleaned and reset, repainted, and the shafts or grips may have been replaced.

What are the things you need to look out for?

  1. Ensure the seller has a good track record of sales. Check reviews and the location of the seller.

  • With the rise of review sites such as Trust Pilot, Feefoo, and ReeVoo, many companies have invested in professional review writers. Check the total number of reviews any individual has given before believing what they have said. N.B. Some of the second-hand retailers have invested heavily in their own reviews, so read or watch these before making a purchase.
  1. Ensure the product you are buying is legitimate and not fake.

  • Golf clubs have been one of the biggest sectors in which counterfeit goods are being made. In fact, some golf professionals can’t even tell the difference between the real and the fake golf clubs. One retailer I came across provides a Certificate of Authenticity with every club.
  1. Consider the returns policy.

  • Some retailers and auction sites do not allow you to return the goods, if for any reason they are not what you imagined, do not perform as stated, or, indeed, are not in the condition mentioned in the sale. Ask if the clubs come with a 30-day ‘Try before you buy’ option.
  1. Check the postage or delivery cost.

  • This is often an area where many people get caught out. While the item or product itself appears to be good quality and affordable, the cost of delivery is bumped up (to ensure the seller gets the best price).
  1. Do the clubs come with a warranty?

  • This applies more to the online retailers rather than the auction sites, but ask if there are any guarantees to either the paintwork, the shaft, or the grips.

Buying Golf Clubs Online

Now, there is a lot to be said for buying brand-new golf clubs. 

They are well packaged, faultless and no one else has had their grubby mitts on them. And there’s nothing to worry about if there are any flaws. Just return to the store.

If buying new golf clubs isn’t an option for you, just be aware, that buying second-hand comes with its own pitfalls.

Serial Number on Golf Club Hosel

So, we’ve put together a list of 5 things to look out for…

1 – The images the seller posts will always be the best possible they can take. They are often taking ‘from above’ too, so feel free to ask for additional images.

2 – Ask for proof of purchase e.g., did they buy the club originally or did they buy it pre-owned?

3 – Ask for the product or serial code number often found on the hosel (see image).

4 – Check the grips are in good order. It is expensive to get clubs regripped – in excess of £100 for 9 clubs and can be as much as £200 depending on the quality of the grips you prefer.

5 – Price. You have heard the old age ‘If it seems too good to be true, it probably is’, so stop and pause before hitting ‘buy’. 

You may never see your money again. 

Thoroughly inspect the clubs if you can, before purchase.

Bidding on Golf Clubs via an Auction site or Retailer

I’m often asked if it’s okay to buy golf clubs online, and my answer is always the same: yes, it’s perfectly fine. 

However, like any type of purchase, do your research and read reviews. 

One of the most common things I hear when talking to amateur golfers, is that they ‘need’ a new driver or putter. 

My response is always the same, “Could Tiger Woods drive the green with your clubs?” and the answer is invariably… ‘Yes‘. 

So, it’s not the clubs that are the problem is it.

Here are 5 questions I always ask myself before making any purchase:

  • Do I really need it?
  • Is the price competitive?
  • Is the product quality at the standard I want?
  • How much would it be new?
  • What is the returns policy?

Most golfers prefer to buy from a local golf shop, meaning that can test the clubs, and get a feel for their weight and performance. 

Many like to have them Custom-fit and crunch their numbers (See our blog on Club Gapping) but purchasing online is still a good option. Especially if you are on a budget or just starting the game.

In fact, if you are a beginner, I would insist you buy second-hand golf clubs.

Certainly, until you are proficient at striking the ball. 

In the meantime, use the spare cash you save on having golf lessons. 

And while it’s often advisable to purchase golf equipment from an authorized dealer, it is okay to buy clubs online.

By following these tips, you can safely purchase golf clubs online.


By Ian Mullins