The Idea of Switching Clubs

The Idea of Switching Clubs

Before this weeks BMW Championship, news surfaced that Tiger Woods had went back to his old Scotty Cameron putter after trying out two other ones this year. This got me thinking, should you change clubs, and if so how often?

If you are using clubs that are in terrible condition, then yes, I would say it is finally time to switch it up, but if you are someone who likes to switch them around every year this question more so applies to you. What makes you switch them in the first place? I think that is the most important question that needs to be answered.

The thing is, buying the newest model isn’t always the best decision, it will take time to get comfortable with them, not to mention any other adjustments that need to be made, possibly to your swing. Not only that, what happens if you give up on your new clubs, now what? Do you go back to your old ones, and if you do will you doubt yourself every round you use them?

I am not saying that you shouldn’t buy clubs, I think you just need to ask yourself why you are doing so…and for the sake of your game I hope it’s not just because you want the newest clubs. Look at Tiger, he went back to his old reliable putter he has used all these years, by no means is it the newest putter…but it works for him and he has decided to go back to it.

I guess that’s what I am trying to say, use the clubs that work for you no matter how old or new they are. This is all easy for me to say because I rarely ever buy news clubs as I like my set the way it is, and I play well with them. Now, that could always change if my game ever suffers (hopefully not), but once/if that day comes I am completely fine with what I have.

I encourage you to re-consider and think twice when looking at purchasing new clubs, it might look nice and feel good to buy them, but will it improve your game? That’s the real question.


How often do you change your clubs around? Have you ever gone back to older clubs after trying out new ones? Let’s discuss in the comment section below!

4 thoughts on “The Idea of Switching Clubs

  1. Sebastien

    I switch my clubs (irons) up ever 5 to 7 years. My driver lasts about 4. I do plenty of research and purchase quality clubs. Right now I hit the Titlist AP2s. I love them and do not think I will be trading them in anytime soon.

    There are many players who chase the new technology. It is not something I do and in fact avoid. First, I choose not to afford it and second the technology does not change that much from year to year.

    If you have old clubs (as 10 years) it might be time to upgrade. Technology has changed extensively in that time and new clubs would definitely help you game. Great question and on many amateurs struggle with.


    1. Well said Jim. Glad to hear that you do plenty of research, I think that is really important when buying clubs. I am also glad that you acknowledge how there really is no drastic change year to year on the new model of clubs.


  2. Sebastien, if players would put their hard earned dollars towards instruction rather than new equipment, they’d improve much quicker. I usually replace my irons every 10 years and am even less frequent on the woods. Still playing with the same Ping Answer putter that I was in the mid 1980s, so I’m the last one who is guilty of chasing the newest thing.



    1. Exactly, I find the value of instruction is much greater than going to GolfTown every year and just buying whatever is new. Saw this a lot when I was playing in tournaments and it seemed as though people had new clubs in their bag just for the sake of it.

      Nothing wrong with keeping that putter in the bag, whatever works!


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