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Austad's Golf vs Taylor Made Golf

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Get Your Golf Clubs at Worldwide Golf Shops Today! Golf remains one of the most popular sports in America. According to Golf Digest, there are nearly 26 million people who hit the links every year in the United States alone.

It may also surprise you to know that their research shows that more beginners are coming from the millennials' age group than any other. Whether you are a seasoned pro or a newbie, having the right golf clubs makes all the difference between an ace and a mulligan.

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4 stars
Austad's Golf

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Features:

Selection of approximately 400 golf clubs

Free shipping on orders over $99

Returns accepted within 20 days, minus 20% restocking fee

Want to "Play Better and Have Fun"? Do you like shopping at family-owned businesses? If you answered "yes" to both of these questions, you may be interested in buying your golf clubs at Austad's. In business for more than 50 years, this South Dakota-based retailer aims to bring golf's best products to its customers - at the best prices.

Austad's hopes to earn your business with their "Triple Guarantee": service, fit, and low price. Like some of the retailers we reviewed, they allow customers to try out clubs and return them in used condition if they're not a good match. However, Austad's does limit that period to 20 days (compared with 30 days offered by competitors), and you will also have to pay a 20% restocking fee. Also, your return will only be an exchange or store credit, not a refund.

If you should find a lower price on your golf clubs at another retailer, Austad's will match the price before you place your order or refund the difference if you make the match request within 14 days of your purchase.

So, how should you go about finding the right golf clubs for your game? Start with one of three options: Shop by Type, Shop by Player, or Shop by Brand. Whichever one you select, you'll find a range of options on the left side of the page, to help narrow down what you need according to these criteria:

  • Category
  • Manufacturer
  • Price
  • Size
  • Bounce
  • Flex
  • Grind
  • Hand
  • Length
  • Loft
  • Model
  • Shaft
  • Color

Once you've selected a golf club that interests you, you can add it to your wish list or add it to a list to compare with other products. Be sure to choose your options from the dropdown boxes (for example hand, loft, flex, shaft).

Austad's has a solid reputation: an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau and numerous positive customer reviews that compliment the company for quality service, competitive pricing, and following through on their Triple Guarantee when needed.

Although we'd like to see their playability guarantee changed to match up with their competition (such as a longer period of time and no restocking fee), Austad's does a great job of keeping customers happy with a broad selection of golf clubs, price match guarantee, and overall attention to their customers. We recommend them for your next purchase of golf clubs.

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3.5 stars
Taylor Made Golf

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Features:

Selection includes about 110 clubs

Free shipping on all orders if you create a user account

Returns accepted within 30 days on new/unused items

As one of the most recognized names in the golf industry, TaylorMade has been helping players reach their potential since 1979. Their tour players include Tiger Woods, Justin Rose, and Jason Day; when shopping for your clubs on the TaylorMade site, you can see exactly which golf clubs these pros use and buy them for yourself.

Of course, if you're looking to buy your clubs directly from TaylorMade, it should be no surprise that you won't find any other brands! Fortunately, their selection is wide even though they only carry TaylorMade clubs - you'll still have more than 100 to choose from. Be sure to create a user account; this will entitle you to free shipping on all orders, which is a nice way to save a little bit of "green" before you hit the green.

One thing we really love about the TaylorMade site is the Club Selector Tool; you'll find it under the Shop drop-down at the top of the page. You'll need to select "Find Irons", "Find a Driver", or "Find Wedges"; from there, it'll ask you to specify if you play right- or left-handed, your handicap or typical score, typical course conditions, and other details of your average playing experience. You'll then get a recommendation based on your unique profile.

And, if you wish, TaylorMade also has a custom shop; we were given the option to customize at the end of the Club Selector Tool process. You can create the exact golf clubs you like, all the way down to choosing the shaft material and manufacturer. Personalization options are also available for golf balls, bags, and hats.

Now, if you're familiar with TaylorMade, you probably already expect the price tag. If not, be prepared to spend anywhere from $200 to over $1000 for a single club. You might be able to find what you need for a little less by looking at the Sale category, under the Shop heading; we found a number of clubs discounted by $100 or more when we shopped the TaylorMade site.

This retailer offers a few unique ways to make your purchase more affordable. First, TaylorMade has an upgrade program named The Turn, which allows you to finance your clubs with 12 or 24 equal monthly payments. At the end of that period, you can either continue to pay for another 6 months and then own your clubs outright, or you can upgrade to the latest equipment and continue with a new payment plan. Alternately, you may be able to trade in your clubs and be issued a store credit towards your next purchase.

Another plus is that the prices on the TaylorMade site were the same as or better than what was offered by retailers offering a variety of clubs. In other words, you may save money buying directly from TaylorMade - especially with the free shipping and financing options - rather than trying to find a lower price at a golf warehouse-type store.

In general, the only reason TaylorMade doesn't rank higher in the list is because many golfers want a range of products, not just one specific brand and its accessories. Especially for new golfers, TaylorMade may be too pricey for starting out - but for those who are already dedicated to the brand, this could be the perfect place to shop.

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Every golfer can benefit from starting with a club fitting: a one-on-one session with a certified specialist who can match the right equipment to an individual's height, swing speed, and average trajectory. For those who don't have access to such professionals in their area, there are even services online that allow golfers to enter their basic body measurements and performance statistics to determine the best drivers, putters, and wedges for their unique style.

If you already know exactly what you need, consider shopping for your golf clubs online. You'll find the very same equipment offered in local pro shops, but often at a significant savings. And, of course, most of these online retailers carry an extensive line of extras, such as bags, balls, shoes and other apparel, making it a time-saving one-stop-shop for all of your golfing must-haves.

When considering the various stores that offer golf clubs, there are several factors to keep in mind as you shop:

  • Product Availability: How many golf clubs does the store carry? Do they offer many different brands or just a select few? How wide is their selection of accessories?
  • Price: How do the prices compare with other online retailers and your local golf shop? Is shipping included? Are there any discounts or membership plans available that could save you a little more?
  • Reputation: What is the business' track record with respect to customer service? Are customers typically satisfied with both the shopping experience and the quality of the golf clubs they buy? Is the company accredited by the Better Business Bureau?

TopConsumerReviews.com has reviewed and ranked the best Golf Club stores available today. We hope these reviews help you find the right golf clubs for your next trip down the fairway!

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