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Callaway Golf vs Golf Outlets

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3.5 stars
Callaway Golf

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Features:

Selection includes around 130 clubs

Shipping is free on any order

Returns of new, unused equipment allowed within 30 days of shipment

Since 1982, Callaway has sought to provide golf clubs and related gear that is "Demonstrably Superior and Pleasingly Different". Consisting of four main brands - OGIO, Odyssey, Toulon Design, and Callaway itself - the company has had hundreds of tournaments won by pros using their equipment, including Phil Mickelson, Michelle Wie, and Henrik Stenson. And, Callaway's famous Great Big Bertha driver was named "the greatest club of all time" by Golf Digest.

Using the site is easy. Starting with the Products tab, you can quickly find your way to the pages for Drivers, Wedges, and other clubs. Not sure what you need? No problem! Each category of club has a Selector Tool right at the top of the page; answer a few questions about your style and typical course, and you'll be guided to the best choices for your particular player profile. We really like how each club comes with customer-written reviews, so that shoppers can tell at a glance what other golfers have to say about the real-world performance of Callaway's clubs. The reviews specify the accuracy, feel, quality and distance, along with a profile of the golfer him/herself - so that you'll know if the reviewer has a profile similar to yours (age, level of expertise, handicap, usage frequency, and so on).

Also, under the Products heading, you'll find another great feature Callaway offers: the Trade In! Trade Up! Program. Believe it or not, your trade-in is not limited to just Callaway brands. You can trade in up to $2500 in equipment each calendar year, which goes a long way towards buying new golf clubs.

Callaway is one of the few retailers we found that also offers a rewards program. It's free to join, and you can earn points on your purchases as well as by visiting a Demo Day, interacting with them on their website, and so on. You can redeem your points for assorted Calloway gear, like golf balls, towels, and even stand bags.

Pricing is competitive - we didn't find lower prices on any other site, so along with the rewards program and free shipping on all orders, you'll probably save money buying directly from Callaway than from a general golf clubs retailer.

But, because Callaway only sells their own products, you'll obviously be out of luck if you're looking for brands like Titleist or TaylorMade. This lack of variety may be a turn-off for some shoppers, especially those who like to mix-and-match what's in their golf bag. However, Callaway's reputation and customer perks make them a great choice for people who are loyal to the brand.

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1.5 stars
Golf Outlets

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Features:

Selection includes approximately 125 clubs

Shipping starts at $6.99

Returns accepted within 30 days of purchase, minus 20% restocking fee

Golf Outlets of America has one mission: "to provide golfers in America and around the world the best possible value golf equipment". Along with golf clubs, they also offer apparel, accessories, bags and more.

Selection at Golf Outlets is quite limited. At the time of our review, they were offering approximately 80 different clubs for men, both right- and left-handed. In women's clubs, they only offered right-handed options, and only nine different clubs at that. For juniors, the selection was less than two dozen. The available brands were also slim: Confidence, Forgan, Palm Springs, and Lind were the only brands, with no familiar names like Callaway or Titleist.

Golf Outlets also doesn't seem to have any particular expertise when it comes to the sport. They have no brick-and-mortar locations, no helpful blog offering insights on equipment or technique, and no opportunities to order custom clubs.

You probably won't save money shopping at Golf Outlets, either. We found no options for free shipping, although their fine print does say that some items may ship for free. Shipping starts at $6.99 for UPS Ground. We also found that other online retailers of golf clubs tend to have Golf Outlets beat; unfortunately, Golf Outlets doesn't offer any kind of price match that would help them be more competitive with other sellers. Finally, while you can return your purchases within 30 days of your order, you should expect to pay a 20% restocking fee.

As we could see in the store's URL, Golf Outlets USA is operated by Shop247, which has an A+ rating as an accredited business with the BBB. However, we weren't quite so impressed with the customer complaints we found that referred to poor quality of items received (both through the Golf Outlets site and that of Shop247), difficulties contacting customer service and getting an acceptable resolution, and so forth.

With so many retailers of golf clubs on the market, Golf Outlets fails to impress. You're more likely to find what you need - and at better prices - with one of the higher-ranked businesses in our review.

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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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