Sometimes, we don’t know what we’ve got until its gone.
In the never ending quest for finding the best performing golf clubs, enthusiasts like you and I sometimes go through phases where we buy and sell golf clubs like no tomorrow. We have a hard time finding that perfect driver that combines distance and accuracy and lands you in the fairway nearly every time. We search long and hard for the purest feeling irons with just the right trajectory that will hit every green. We salivate for the latest model wedges that will spin the living crap out of the latest and greatest golf ball we just bought. Sometimes we find what we’re looking for, many times we don’t.
Thinking back over the last 1-2 years, I think I must have let so many good golf clubs slip away. Either the urge to try something newer with the hope that its better or just for the sake of change. Though I have to admit changing too frequently has never been much of a help to my game’s consistency. The truth is now, looking at all the clubs I have let go, there are many I wish I still had and kept. Some golf clubs simply for sentimental or collectors value or some simply because they were that good. Of course we don’t realize it at the time until we let that golf club go that we may have lost what we were looking for in the first place!
The true economics of it is, golf is an expensive sport. Most of us cannot afford to stockpile all the gear we’ve ever owned and when it comes to getting new gear, usually its goodbye old clubs. Also my better half would kill me if she saw 20 drivers, 20 sets of irons, 20 putters and so on cluttering the house. So I am still on the quest to finding the perfect clubs but I do realize that it is probably a never ending challenge. Something newer, more high tech, deemed to be longer, straighter and more accurate will always be coming to the market.
I do admit though that changing golf gear is very addictive and can very fun. For a golf fanatic there is nothing better than being able to try and test all the latest and greatest equipment, especially here in Japan. The temptations are enormous when it comes to new clubs and shafts and even accessories but, I still look back and there are definitely clubs I regret letting go (see picture above for a small sampling).
So here is my poll for the week to all of you GTI Readers.