Mistakes to avoid when buying used golf clubs

Common mistakes to avoid when buying used golf clubs

There’s nothing wrong with buying used clubs. In fact, purchasing second hand golf clubs is better for your wallet and the environment! However, just like when purchasing anything second hand, there are certain things you need to avoid to make sure that you are getting your hands on top quality goods for your money.

At Cash Fore Clubs, we are advocates of buying second hand golf clubs, so in this article, we are going to run through the common mistakes that people make when looking at preowned golfing equipment.

Not doing your research

You wouldn’t buy a brand new set of golf clubs without researching them first, so why do it when buying second hand golf clubs. Make sure you have researched both the club and the seller. Read reviews, look at photographs and have an understanding of the club’s original RRP before agreeing on a price for a second-hand club. You don’t want to hand over money for something that is in bad condition, or is a counterfeit!

Using non-reputable sellers

Following on from the previous point, make sure that you are purchasing from a reputable seller. Read reviews from other buyers, and ask to see the clubs in person (if possible) before parting with any money. Better still, purchase from trusted used golf club retailers, such as us here at Cash Fore Clubs. We thoroughly inspect every club that we stock to ensure that it is real and in good condition, so we take the guesswork out of it.

While you can’t always see a club in person before buying it, important things to look out for are:

  • Touchpoints being off: If the grip looks too small and smells like cheap rubber or the headcover feels flimsy, look elsewhere. 
  • Wrong badge or colours: Another sign of a counterfeit club is an incorrect colour. Golf club manufacturers choose specific brand colours that stand out and are difficult to replicate, so if the branding and colours aren’t quite right, it usually means the club isn’t real.

Check the specifications with the seller

There’s no point buying golf clubs that don’t match your specs, so it is always worth double checking the loft, length and grip of the club with the seller before buying it.

This attention to detail ensures that the golf clubs are tailored to your individual playing style, skill level, and physical attributes. By double-checking these specifications, you not only enhance the overall efficiency of your swing but also minimise the risk of purchasing equipment that doesn’t meet your requirements. 

The seller should have these specs to hand, but if not, they should be easy to check.

Where to buy the best pre-owned golf clubs

We’ve already mentioned, the safest place to purchase second hand golf clubs is through a reputable vendor. At Cash Fore Clubs, we sell new and second hand clubs, all checked by a qualified PGA professional. 

You can come and try out our range of clubs at our Chippenham store before you buy, and we also offer a 30-day money back guarantee, meaning you can create a bespoke set of clubs that work for you and you can change them as you improve!

We also offer our golf simulation service, meaning you can compare your performance when using different golf clubs.

Our collections of second hand golf clubs includes equipment from top brands such as Callaway, TaylorMade and Titleist, and whether you are in search of drivers, irons, wedges, or putters, our comprehensive range of different types means that you can build your entire bag with second-hand clubs from us.

How Cash Fore Clubs can help

Your perfect bag is just three steps away!

STEP 1: Find the used golf clubs you like, add them to your basket (use our advanced club search or build a bag feature to help find your perfect clubs)

STEP 2: Pay in full, or choose one of our flexible payment options.

STEP 3: Enjoy your new golf clubs, with the reassurance of a 30-day satisfaction guarantee.

Unable to find the golf clubs you have in mind? Use our innovative wishlist feature to let us know your specific preferences, and we’ll source the perfect clubs for you. Additionally, you have the option to trade in your current clubs. This allows you to seamlessly upgrade your set, ensuring that your equipment evolves alongside your skills.

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CFC Condition Guide


5  – BRAND NEW – never been hit.
4 – VERY GOOD – This club has been hit a handful of times, may have a few very minimal marks.
3 – GOOD – This club has been used for a few rounds, shows signs of use but no major dings or chips.
2 – FAIR – Well used, still in completely playable condition but will show signs of wear and tear. Minor stone chips may be visible on the sole.
1 – POOR – This club will have heavy play marks, paint missing, with visible dents and chips.

NOT SELLABLE – major dents or stone chips on playing surface of club.


5  – BRAND NEW – still in wrapper – never been used.
4 – VERY GOOD – Have been hit a few times, but could still pass as new.
3 – GOOD – No major marks, but may show light signs of use, for example light scratching.
2 – FAIR – Signs of wear and tare, but no major bag rub and no rust marks. stickers may be starting to peel.
1 – POOR – Very visibly used with various age-related marks. Shaft sticker may be peeled or missing.

NOT SELLABLE – major bag rub or major pitting and rusting of shaft.


5 – BRAND NEW – As it says on the tin, this grip is brand new, with protective wrapper still in place.
4 – VERY GOOD – 
As new and completely clean, would only have been played a handful of times.
3 – GOOD
 – Played with, showing some minor imperfections, but have plenty of golf left in them.
2 – USED – Well used, with some more obvious imperfections. Still playable, but will likely need replacing fairly soon.
1 – POOR – Needs replacing with rubber shiny and splitting.

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