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SADNES5
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Please do one thing, you will thank me. Get 2-3 lessons. You might not even know what you're doing wrong, but shit. I got lessons as a gift when I started - moonshot ahead of the curve of my friends who started at the same time. You'll spend more time enjoying the game than trying to figure out what's wrong half the time. I still suck, but I suck less than I would without lessons.

For clubs, stay on the higher side of cheap. Find a brand you like and go hit a few dozen balls for each club. Nail your distances. Enter into as many beer (company sponsored) tournaments as possible and you never know - might just win a brand new driver before you buy one.ย 

Sunbunny31
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Sr Sales Executive
YES!ย  Lessons!ย  ย  If you don't know what you are doing, you will only reinforce bad habits and poor play.

Also, LEARN GOLF ETIQUETTE.ย  ย  Even if you play like a beginner, have excellent course manners, and you won't induce the ire of other players and foursomes.ย  ย Don't be "that guy" who chews with his mouth full or has his elbows on the table and ruins his deal because he's a slob.
Boudreaux
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Regional Sales Executive
Spot on here! Get fitted and take some lessons. I took lessons for several different pros and a lot of those guys can really only teach one style of swing and you, just like me will probably never be able to duplicate that swing. You want to find a pro that can make some little tweaks to your swing to make it a better swing. Etiquette is really important too as well as understanding the rules of the game.

Getting fitted will make big changes for your game, and make it a lot more fun for you, and the group playing behind you.

Have fun, play well, and hit 'em straight!
Boudreaux
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Regional Sales Executive
2nd Swing Golf is also a great option when buying used. Prices will vary depending on condition, but a great way to get some good equipment without paying full retail.
bayshark
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SDR
thanks! Will definitely try and get some lessons in
1nbatopshotfan
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Senior Director, Enterprise Technology
Buy Tour Edge. You can get fitted with a full set for around 5/600 bucks. Itโ€™s a steal. Solid brand just donโ€™t have the name of the big boys.ย 
TennisandSales
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Enterprise Account Executive
love this thread. as someone who has purchases a $100 set 10 years ago Im looking at upgrading but have no idea what to get.ย 
I can shoot around 85 consistently now but idk what the next level up on clubs would be haha.ย 
UrAssIsSaaS
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SaaS Eater
Go get fit. Especially if youre shooting in the mid 80s with a $100 set from 10 years ago. Its the best investment you can make in your game.

Im going to sounds like a douchebag here but for context I am a 6 handicap and play a fair amount. I did my first club fitting about 7 years ago when I was in your same position and it instantly knocked like 5 shots off my game. My misses were all way tighter and ball striking was more consistent.ย 

If you play with any regularity youll see a huge jump by putting clubs in your bag that are meant for you.ย 

If youre going to get fit, have any idea of what you want your new clubs to help you improve (ie gain distance, increase accuracy on mis hits etc). That will help guide the fitter along with just hitting a variety of clubs/shaft options on a trackman. Its super fun and will make a big impact on your game.ย 

Based on what you are saying something lile a Taylormade stealth or P790 might be a good option or Titlesit T200. But seriously, if you want to improve, put the right stuff in your bag.ย 
TennisandSales
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Enterprise Account Executive
amazing! exactly what I needed to hear. thanks for the direction!

UrAssIsSaaS
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SaaS Eater
Idk if are a member of a club or live near one but Titleist often hold team fitting events at nearby clubs that you can go to. I just got fit for new stuff 2 weeks ago and it was a great experience.

If thats not an option go to a golf galaxy type place that does fittings and they will get you dialed.

If youre into data at all, its a super fun experience too, helps you understand your swing really well.ย 
TennisandSales
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Enterprise Account Executive
I will for sure be doing this! If you get fitted, do you have to buy clubs right then and there normally?
UrAssIsSaaS
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SaaS Eater
The short answer is no, a lot of places will charge for the fitting and then put that money towards the clubs when you order. And if you dont order then you just pay whatever amount for the fitting.

For me personally, when I go, Im going with the intent to order clubs so I have always placed the order right there after figuring out what I hit well and want to put in my bag.ย 

TennisandSales
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Enterprise Account Executive
yeah that makes sense. im going to have to put a nice pitch deck together to get this expensed approved by the family CFO.....aka my wife.ย 
UrAssIsSaaS
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Asking for forgiveness is always easier than permission
nomdeguerre
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VP of Channel Partner Sales
Getting fitted is a great idea and investment in your game. I would just add that I would stay away from any brand led events, as they will find that their clubs is the best option for youโ€ฆ big surprise right? I would also be weary if retail stores like golf Galaxy. Firstly, Iโ€™m not sure I would have great faith in their staff abilities. Second, they may have certain programs going on where they are rewarded for selling certain brands. I think the best option is to find a GolfTech location. Get a lesson or two, as to get familiar with the coach and for him to get familiar with you and your swing. After that I would book and pay for a fitting with that coach. They will not know you and your swing and will be in a better position to fit you for the best set. Also they typically do not make in money from recommending specific clubs. Just my two cents. Good luck!
Pachacuti
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They call me Daddy, Sales Daddy
I have a cheap set I play with locally. When I travel and play I typically rent. That way I get to bang up my cheap set learning and play with a set I wouldnโ€™t really buy cause Iโ€™m too cheap.
SADNES5
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down voters are marketing spies
Bingo. I'm not nearly good enough to bring my home set to conferences/meetings and like playing rentals to find banger clubs I'd never think of spending money on.
nomdeguerre
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VP of Channel Partner Sales
It is very difficult to say without knowing more about the sets youโ€™re looking at. As a beginner itโ€™s definitely a good idea not to spend a lot of money on a set. However, it is also not a good idea to buy a super old and/or difficult set to play with. Golf is hard enough, donโ€™t make it harder than it is by having a blade set from the 70s. One option is to go to golf Galaxy and look at the used equipment section where you can sometimes get a set that is only a few years old for very little money.
Justatitle
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Mid Market AE
Ok, been in the game since I was 4 years old and worked at a course for 7 years. I will tell you what I tell anyone that is starting in the game. You must not make the mistake of buying shitty golf clubs or else you are just making the game of golf harder on yourself. Iโ€™d recommend that you buy through eBay. I put a set together 2 years ago for my friend doing this and it ran him ~600. Any clubs that are 5-10 years old will do and people will let them go for a steal. I hope you find this helpful
UrAssIsSaaS
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SaaS Eater
I could not agree more. This is great advice. I also started playing when I was young and worked at a course for 8 years. If you are seriously thinking about picking up the game dont buy shitty clubs. Used game improvement irons on ebayย  will make a huge difference. Its worth spending a bit more.

The game is hard enough, dont make it worse.ย 
Notmyrealname
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SDR
Buying a set in good condition for that price is a good start. No point spending $1000 on a set of irons to slice it into the trees. Start cheap, learn, get good, invest in equipment.ย 
Mobi85
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Regional Sales Manager
Wilson makes some good golf gear, if you can get a used set of irons that are a full cavity set that offer forgiveness (5-PW) with a 3 or 4 hybrid. <br><br>Starting out there is no need buying a brand new set. Then try and find a used driver and 3 wood. Donโ€™t worry about name brand as much but just get something that is adequate. Probably a 10.5 degree driver. <br><br>Lastly where I would spend the money would be to go and get a few lessons to get your basics down and then go have fun
jefe
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Head of Sales
Black Friday/Boxing Day - full set of irons. Grab a driver or two as well.ย 
FinanceEngineer
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Channel Sales Director
To get sized, and every couple of years, go back in and see how you are doing. Might need a couple of new shafts or clubs all together. Also, get sized for balls too, those make a difference.
JohnnyDamone
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AE Inside Sales
Costco has a banging golf set, I think like a Callaway-literally full set with bag for under 800. If youโ€™re not a member, just buy gift cards and then you can use the gift cards to checkout.

Also shameless plug check out Stix golf. They rock and I use them myself
GDO
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I m getting the Wilson pro staff sgi tomorrow for 100โ‚ฌ
NotCreativeEnough
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Professional Day Ruiner
doesn't matter what you buy, you're going to trash them. And you won't know how to use nice stuff anyway. Buy cheap clubs, use the difference to pay for lessons, use them until you break them, then slowly upgrade individual pieces.ย 

Added benefit to this is it keeps your investment low in case you don't end up getting super into it and only play a round or 2 then never pick them up again
Corpslovechild
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Inbound Sales Manager
In this economy...... buy both. YOLO you can sell them for more in 6 months.ย 
bigsalesguy1
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SAE (Senior Account Executive)
You're on the right path. Start with the "hand-me-down" clubs and then invest in a lesson or two before you begin actually playing. Then after you get a feel for your swing you should start looking to upgrade the clubs. Iย  find Ebay really helpful to get nice clubs on the cheap. I have two Titleist Vokey wedges from Ebay and love them.
beachNsales
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Former golf pro of 10 years. Go to PGA tour super store or talk to a local pro at a course, buy a used cheaper set. Don't get shafts that are too stiff. Any big brand of the last 10 years is going to be good, the shafts will make a huge difference. Also go to take a few lessons to get your grip, posture and setup in the right place.ย 
IYNFYL
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Enterprise SaaS AE
Start of with Ram clubs if you are new as they are solid and Max at $200 for a full set. Work your way up once you get better as the clubs donโ€™t really make that much of a difference if you suck
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