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I’ve had ones that were fine. I have had couple of others that weren’t good but I was able to return them. 

D- Tour Edge EXS 220

4W- Sub 70 949X

Hybrid- Sub 70 949X

Utility- Sub 70 699 U  21 degree

Irons- Sub 70 749 5-PW

Wedges- Sub 70 286 50+54, Tour Edge 1 out 58 degree 

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Taylormade  Stealth 2  10.5*   Fujikura Ventus 5 S (tipped an inch)  @ upright /9.75*

Taylormade Stealth 2    HL 16.5* 3 wood Fujikura Ventus     6 S 

Taylormade Stealth 2   7 & 9 woods   Fujikura Ventus   7 S

Taylormade P7MC  5-PW  Aerotech Steelfiber  95 gm  R 

Tileist SM09 54 & 60* wedges

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13 minutes ago, THE GOLF GUY said:

So with my Taylormade Stealth 2 (10.5*) I compared it with the Q10 Max and I thought that the Stealth outperformed the Q10.

So back to the original question, a year isn’t enough time for technology to make a difference but with someone playing an M4 or M5 there might be enough progress in technology to help and be worth the money to update . Thanks 😊 

The OP didn't say how old his clubs were,  he simply asked if buying last years model would be acceptable.    You even indicated that you felt you got better performance from an older model so you supported what the OP was asking.

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Taylormade  Stealth 2  10.5*   Fujikura Ventus 5 S (tipped an inch)  @ upright /9.75*

Taylormade Stealth 2    HL 16.5* 3 wood Fujikura Ventus     6 S 

Taylormade Stealth 2   7 & 9 woods   Fujikura Ventus   7 S

Taylormade P7MC  5-PW  Aerotech Steelfiber  95 gm  R 

Tileist SM09 54 & 60* wedges

Ping Anser    

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I have bought a couple of used clubs off marketplace. They were cheap enough that I could resell them when they weren't for me.  Except for this TM burner 2.0. I can't stand this driver, and neither can anyone else, so I guess I was the sucker this round on it...heh

 

I'll agree with above. When I get fitted, it will arm me with enough knowledge to know what won't work for me.

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Just an old newbie golfer, trying to learn and improve 1 club at a time.

 

 

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Of course the new stuff grabs attention, but there is normally nothing wrong with the previous seasons gear. 

Sometimes it's harder to get fit for it properly because standard or stock options are only available which doesn't always work for all, but on general no reason to not take advantage of the deal!

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Buying last year's clubs can be a great way to update the bag on the cheap. I've been doing that a long time. Back in the old days, I'd play clubs for a decade until they were well worn. Nowadays, since the technology race began, I update every few years. Most of the time, you can buy leftovers still in the plastic for a massive discount.

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3 Wood: Ping G430 max Alta CB 65 s

Hybrids: Ping G430 19, 22, 26 Alta CB 70 s

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Wedges: Mizuno S23 54, 58 KBS HI-REV 2.0 115

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I have played both and pre-owned clubs are just fine. I've had to change shafts in pre-owned irons and made money selling the old shafts then what the new shafts cost. I do recommend you look at the BUY SELL TRADE sections in this and other forum sites

I'd rather be play golf than just about anything else.

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20 hours ago, Hacker60521 said:

Hello! I’ve had this thought rattling around in my head for a while and I’d really appreciate the expertise of this group.

I’m fascinated that as soon as 2024 versions of clubs come out, the “mint” and “like new” clubs from last year are significantly reduced. For example, if you go to an online used club seller, a Taylormade Stealth 2 in “mint” condition is about $100 less than a new one from PGA Superstore. Two questions for the group.

1. What are your thoughts on buying one year old “mint” or “like new” clubs?

2. Would your thoughts change on buying used if it was a driver (including fairway and hybrids), irons, or putter?

Thanks in advance!

I would buy used as long as the set up was correct fit for me. Problem I find is club fitting companies usually only sell the latest gear. 

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20 hours ago, Hacker60521 said:

1. What are your thoughts on buying one year old “mint” or “like new” clubs?

2. Would your thoughts change on buying used if it was a driver (including fairway and hybrids), irons, or putter?

Thanks in advance!

1. I’m not sure I know at “mint” or “like new” means. Are we talking about clubs that have like fewer than ten rounds on them?

What I have done is buy previous model clubs (fairways, hybrids and irons) that have been demos. As a lefty, I’ve noticed that demo models don’t have the same mileage on them as their RH counterparts. I don’t know if they would qualify as “like new” but because they haven’t really left the bay, they are pretty shiny, and I’ve been able to hit with them first before committing, something I can’t do with an online seller.

2. As for whether I would buy used … Putters, I would, yes, if there was a model I really wanted but couldn’t afford new, for example, the Cobra King 3D Printed Grand Sport (no real rational reasoning behind it, it’s just shiny).

Woods, irons, maybe but probably not online. I follow an FB buyer/seller/trade group, and I’ve never pulled the trigger with them. Just too many specs to worry about. I always worry someone’s leaving out a detail unintentionally like “-2° flat” or “7-iron loft was bent to 32°.” I suppose I like fewer unknowns.

I might do it for wedges if I’m looking for a particular loft and bounce that can’t be found in shops anymore. It’s hard to screw up a wedge, right? 🤔

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If you are looking to save money, great way.  Buy previous year new models from reputable online discounter.  Do not recommend eBay.  To many fakes on eBait.  ha..ha.. First go to fitter get your numbers on the model you want.  Once you get the clubs take them to a local repair shop and they can set up the clubs to meet the numbers from you fittings.  Normally about $5 a club.  Takes a few minutes to to set up the correct lies +/-.  I purchase new clubs every other cycle (four years).  I use to buy secondhand clubs, but nothing like a properly fitted set of new clubs.  Just me. I do not keep old set, sell it to friends and they a glad to get.  Buying old wedges is a gamble.  After a year of use (or about 75-100 rounds) they loose they edge and value.       

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Assuming they are the right fit for you (loft, shaft, etc), then I definitely do not have a problem with it.  Despite all of the grandiose claims every year from the OEM's, there is just not that significant a change year to year.  Today to 10 years ago - sure. But year to year it is very incremental.  I am totally ok with it and do it myself sometimes. 

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I say go for it! I’ve done this before. I try to check out the club quality with my own eyes and if truly like new then it should still be good!

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3W: Lazrus 3 Wood, regular, 15°, 43.5"

3H: Lazrus 3 Hybrid, regular, 18°, 40.75"

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52°W: Lazrus, 52°, 8°, 35.25", D4, Milled face, Forged head, steel

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60°W: Lazrus, 60°, 10°, 35.25", D4, Milled face, Forged head, steel

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Finding your numbers are the first step to success . Once you know then purchasing pre owned can be a great way to save a few bucks . Also you can negotiate with a used item where a new is price protected . 

Not loyal to one brand , I’ll use whatever works

 

 

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If they are something you are interested in and have hit them I think go for it.  Almost every club I have bought has been a previous year. With how far the tech has come there is little difference from one year to the next. 

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driver: Taylormade Stealth Plus

3W: Taylormade M3

3H: Taylormade M3

4H: Taylormade M3

5-GW: Mizuno JPX Hot Metal 919

56: Vokey SM8

60: Vokey SM8

Putter: Scotty Cameron Newport

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21 hours ago, Hacker60521 said:

Hello! I’ve had this thought rattling around in my head for a while and I’d really appreciate the expertise of this group.

I’m fascinated that as soon as 2024 versions of clubs come out, the “mint” and “like new” clubs from last year are significantly reduced. For example, if you go to an online used club seller, a Taylormade Stealth 2 in “mint” condition is about $100 less than a new one from PGA Superstore. Two questions for the group.

1. What are your thoughts on buying one year old “mint” or “like new” clubs?

2. Would your thoughts change on buying used if it was a driver (including fairway and hybrids), irons, or putter?

Thanks in advance!

You can always get something retrofitted.  I play with someone who buys clubs and then brings them to truespec golf to get retrofitted into them.  He did it with his whole bag.  He says he reduced is price by half.  He would  spend a lot of time at demo days.  When the clubs went on sale he would buy them.  Then get them retro fitted.

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Most of my equipment is pre-owned. It's very important to make sure they have the right spec. If you find a few options, it's better to pay a little bit more for the one that suits you the most. 1 year old is nothing for golf clubs unless the owner is a PGA pro.

I would say you could buy a good 20 year old putter and it will perform the same as a new one for the same price

If you have the chance, I'd find a good fitter that tells you the best specs for your swing and doesn't try to sell you the newest $600 drivers

Good luck!

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This is what I tend to do to try to save some money. I bought last year’s models of my current irons set. There were new, but highly discounted. Stores like Callawaypreowned, from what I can tell, will sell things that are older models and list them as “like new” for cheaper even though they can be brand new, never hit. I’ve bought several clubs like that. 
 

As far as new technology, I don’t think there’s usually much of a difference year to year (at least not enough to warrant me buying new clubs every year). 

Golfing for fun. 

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