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WORLDWIDE GOLF SHOPS

For over 50 years, Worldwide Golf Shops - including sub-brands Roger Dunn Golf Shops, Edwin Watts Golf Shops, Golfer's Warehouse, The Golf Mart, Van's Golf Shops, and Uinta Golf - has been satisfying golfers' needs for top-notch equipment at affordable prices.

When it comes to golf clubs, you won't find a better selection. Worldwide Golf Shops makes it extremely easy to find what you're looking for: from the main page, choose the type of club you need (driver, iron, putter, and so on), the brand you want, or - if you're feeling brave - choose the red "Shop Now" link. Fortunately, you'll be able to sort through the 1000+ golf clubs by a variety of categories:

  • Player: Men, Women, Junior
  • Category: Drivers, Fairways, Hybrids, Irons, Wedges, Putters, Package Sets, Demo Clubs
  • Brand: More than two dozen, including Callaway, Titleist, Bettinardi, TaylorMade, and XXIO
  • Hand
  • Flex
  • Length
  • Shaft
  • Set Makeup
  • Price Range

Prices range from $24.99 for a U.S. Kids putter to almost $2400 for a Callaway 8-piece iron set. Worldwide Golf Shops does offer a low-price guarantee for most authorized online and brick-and-mortar retailers, ensuring that you won't pay more when shopping on their site. Shipping is also free for all orders over $99.

If you need to make a return, you'll have 90 days to do so. Unfortunately, the Returns page doesn't specify whether or not Worldwide Golf Shops accepts returns on used products (like some of their competitors do).

Want to do a trade-in? You can do that! On the Trade-in page, enter the dexterity, manufacturer, club type, model, shaft type, and condition, and you'll be given a real-time estimate for the trade-in value of your clubs. Once you've sent them in - with shipping costs covered by Worldwide Golf Shops - and the information you've entered has been verified, you'll get an e-gift card that you can apply towards any purchase at their online or retail locations.

Worldwide Golf Shops has one of the most well-rounded sites for golfers of all levels. Check out all of the links under the Leading Edge heading at the bottom of the page; you'll find videos, articles, even podcasts that share your love of the sport and can help you improve your stroke, technique, and knowledge.

Finally, this retailer has a first-rate reputation when it comes to customer service. As an A+-rated business with the BBB, Worldwide Golf Shops demonstrates a commitment to their customers; this dedication is also visible in the numerous customer reviews that praise the quality of the equipment, the proactive service received by company employees, and overall satisfaction with the shopping experience.

If you're looking for the best selection, attention to customer service, and expert-level knowledge when it comes to golf, you should absolutely consider buying your clubs - and any related gear - from Worldwide Golf Shops.

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PINEMEADOW GOLF

Founded in 1985, Pinemeadow Golf features golf clubs that are known as "clones": ones that have a similar look and feel to recognized brands like Callaway and PING. They also carry their own proprietary designs, as well as traditional golf gear like balls and clothing.

To get started, we highly recommend using the Custom Fitting Wizard; you'll find the link at the bottom of the page. You'll be asked to enter various information, such as your swing speed, floor-to-wrist height, and your handicap. From there you'll get a personalized recommendation for the flex and length they recommend; your results will save automatically, and any custom fit options will default to your specifications.

Otherwise, you can go directly to the Browse All Products tab, to look for the golf clubs you'd like to consider. You'll probably notice right away that Pinemeadow's prices are much more affordable than many other retailers'. Remember, this is due to the fact that most of what they sell is a "clone", meant to compete with the name-brand clubs. For example, as you browse the products, you may spot a fairway wood that is comparable to a Callaway model or a driver that imitates the features of a TaylorMade design.

Once you've selected a club, you'll be able to customize it according to your gender, desired flex and length, shaft, and grip. We liked how each option was clearly shown in the dropdown boxes, and there were no surprises with which selections added to the total price of the golf clubs.

Customers report fantastic performance with these "clone" clubs, making it affordable to play at a higher level and improve their skills. In fact, many of Pinemeadow's customers report that they are playing better than they did while using the name-brand equipment.

Pinemeadow Golf also has an excellent reputation, including an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau with zero customer complaints - an amazing track record for a company that has been in business for 28 years. They truly stand by their products, as demonstrated by a standout guarantee: not only do all of their clubs come with a one-year warranty, but they are also backed by a 100% satisfaction promise. "Play it, drive it, or putt it and if you're not happy, return or exchange it." We didn't find any other golf clubs retailer that was willing to offer returns on used merchandise.

Although their selection is quite a bit smaller than other retailers of golf clubs, Pinemeadow Golf earns very high marks for affordable pricing, quality equipment, and fantastic customer-friendly policies like low-cost shipping and satisfaction guarantees.

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IN THE HOLE GOLF

InTheHoleGolf has been in the industry for more than 10 years and offers one of the internet's best inventories for all things golf, including clubs, balls, bags, training aids, clothing, and much more. This retailer is headquartered in Jackson, Wyoming.

When it comes to golf clubs, you'll find a wide range of brands, including the following:

  • TaylorMade
  • Callaway
  • AdamsGolf
  • Cobra
  • Mizuno
  • Cleveland Golf
  • Tour Edge
  • Wilson
  • Bridgestone Golf
  • Power Bilt
  • HiPPO
  • Paragon
  • Bob Burns
  • Williams Sports

From the main Golf Clubs page, you can either shop directly by brand or by club type. With so many options, we'd have liked to see more robust possibilities for sorting through the choices; currently, the site only offers the ability to narrow down the selections by price or brand.

In general, prices compare favorably with those of other retailers. You can also click on the Outlet tab at the top right corner of the page, to see what golf clubs might be in stock at a discounted price. InTheHoleGolf does offer price matching; if you find something on a competitor site for a lower price, contact InTheHoleGolf before placing your order to request a price match.

Shipping is also free on orders over $75 for deliveries within the lower 48 United States.

InTheHoleGolf offers one of the most customer-friendly guarantees on the market: 60-days money-back or exchange, even if you've used the clubs. Starting from the day you receive your order, you can try your clubs for almost two months. If, for any reason you're unsatisfied, you can return your golf clubs "no questions asked" and get a refund or return credit.

We were also pleased to see how favorably InTheHoleGolf comes out when looking at customers' experiences. At the time of our review, the Better Business Bureau gave them an A+ rating as an accredited business. Better yet, hundreds of customers praised InTheHoleGolf for attention to detail, excellent service, and overall satisfaction throughout the shopping process.

While some aspects of the site could use some attention - such as a blog that has had no entries in over a year - the positive reviews by shoppers were very current and demonstrated that InTheHoleGolf continues to be a solid choice when shopping for golf clubs and other gear.

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AUSTAD'S GOLF

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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TAYLOR MADE GOLF

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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CALLAWAY GOLF

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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GOLF TOWN

Golf Town is one of the most respected golf superstores in all of Canada. First opened in 1999, this retailer seeks to help players at all levels to improve their game.

The selection at Golf Town is impressive: more than 400 golf clubs to choose from in 23 brands, including industry-favorites like Titleist, TaylorMade, and Cobra. Unfortunately, Golf Town limits their fitting/recommendations to their in-store services; we would have liked to see an online tool that helps shoppers figure out which clubs are a good fit for their height, handicap, and other characteristics.

Keep an eye out for extra savings: at the time of our review, there was a pop-up offering $25 off an order of $150+ if we signed up for their mailing list.

Golf Town does allow for returns up to 60 days after purchase. They, like most other retailers of golf clubs, expect that the clubs will be in new, unused condition when you return them. Bear in mind that you are responsible for the costs of return shipping; because Golf Town is based in Canada, these return costs could be more expensive than with a US-based business.

Like their competitors, Golf Town does have a trade-in program. However, they require golfers to bring their equipment into a retail location instead of allowing them to ship their clubs in.

Overall, Golf Town sounds like an excellent choice - if you're Canadian. But, if you're from the US, you may find it easier and less expensive to shop with a retailer that caters to American golfers, especially if you wind up needing to make a return.

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THE GOLF WAREHOUSE

Kansas-based TGW, formerly known as The Golf Warehouse, has been delivering the internet's widest selection of golf clubs since 1998. You can also find an excellent selection of related merchandise, such as bags, balls, apparels, and even electronics like GPS watches.

TGW's brand list is long, and includes the following:

  • Callaway
  • Cleveland
  • Cobra
  • Mizuno
  • Odyssey
  • PING
  • Scotty Cameron
  • Srixon
  • TaylorMade
  • Titleist
  • Wilson

For each category of golf club - drivers, putters, wedges, and more - pay close attention to the helpful links offered on the main product page. You'll find links to buying guides, video reviews from other players, and other tools to help you choose the right golf club for your needs.

Also, the filter options on the left side of the page can narrow down the possibilities. You can sort out the available clubs by brand, gender, right- or left-hand, loft, flex, price, and top-rated items.

Although their everyday prices are very competitive, TGW sweetens the deal by offering a low price guarantee. If you find a golf club priced lower on another retailer's site, you can either contact TGW prior to placing your order or within 14 days of your order's ship date. The only caveats are that you can't combine a price match with any other offers, and the price match must not be lower than TGW's actual cost for the item.

TGW is one of the few retailers we found that offers return possibilities for clubs that have been used and come up short. They call it the "Mulligan Club Playability Guarantee", and they guarantee that they'll give you a credit of up to 90% of the value of the club. However, there's a fairly lengthy list of caveats you should be aware of: the original purchase has to be at or above certain price points (such as $450 for an iron set, $240 for a driver, and so on), and you can only make four returns per year. This guarantee is extended to 90 days for custom club orders, and they'll give you 100% back in store credit if you decide that the clubs don't suit your needs. Again, bear in mind that it's a store credit, not a refund.

Also, like most of our higher-ranked retailers of golf clubs, TGW does have a trade-in program. Their interface is better than most: you can choose your club type, brand, model, and shaft type right on their website, and you'll get a trade-in value displayed in real time (instead of having to look it up on a price chart or wait for them to receive your clubs). Your trade-in value will be issued as a gift certificate that you can redeem on your next purchase.

All of these things made us want to like TGW, but when we started looking into the overall customer experience, we were very disappointed. We found review after review complaining about TGW. These complaints included incorrect orders shipped and returns refused, lack of response from customer service representatives, orders charged to credit cards and then cancelled with no explanation, and orders cancelled because the product wasn't actually carried any longer by TGW. In fact, it was difficult to find a customer with good things to say about their buying experience.

Having a great selection and customer-friendly perks only goes so far; neither of those does any good if TGW doesn't deliver. For that reason, we recommend that you consider buying your golf clubs from a more reputable retailer in our review.

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GOLF OUTLETS

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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Golf Clubs

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.

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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