There are many different reasons why you may want to sell your used clubs. Maybe you’ve outgrown them. Maybe you don’t like the way they feel when you swing them. Maybe you want an updated model or shift from a regular shaft to a stiff one.
There’s also plenty of people who may not want to buy new clubs and may want to upgrade one or two in their bag. The used golf club market can be difficult to navigate but very fruitful for you.
I did a ton of research on this topic. Here are my findings.
How to Buy and Sell Used Golf Clubs
The good thing about trying to buy or sell used clubs is that there are plenty of different avenues you can look at. You can try to sell them online. You can try and sell them in person. You can even hold a yard sale and have people come and take a look at them.
This also works for buying them. Maybe you want a specific degree of wedge but know you probably don’t need a brand spanking new one. There are a ton of ways for you to find them. Whether or not you think it’s hard is based on your expectations. You may need to lower them when it comes to price, but you will be able to make some money back when you sell them. Hopefully, you can use that money to replace that club that you’re selling.
Where to Buy and Sell Used Golf Clubs
Used golf clubs can be bought and sold online and in person. When buying used clubs, look on website auctions, local retailers, and even online golf stores. If you’re selling used clubs for cash, selling them through an online auction (such as eBay, Craigslist, or Facebook Marketplace) may be your best bet. Many retailers also have trade-in programs if you’re looking to purchase new clubs.
Good Places to Sell Used Clubs
I’ve listed out several places to sell used clubs below and indicated what payment they offer. I also assigned a value to each (1-5), ranking them based on how much return you can expect for your used clubs.
I will go into details on each location further down in this article.
|2ndSwing.com||Cash or Store Credit||4|
|Golf Galaxy||Store Credit||3.5|
|Dick’s Sporting Goods||Store Credit||3.5|
|PGA Tour Superstore||Store Credit||3|
|Local Pro-shop||Store Credit||3|
I then got quotes from the online stores that I could for a TaylorMade M1 driver and put some ranges for the online auctions (based on current listing prices).
- 3Balls.com: $120.78
- GlobalGolf.com: $120.78
- 2ndSwing.com: $96.06
- Golf Galaxy: $96.06
- Dick’s Sporting Goods: $96.06
- PGA Tour Superstore: $41.00
- eBay: $100-$125
- Craigslist: $75-$125
- Facebook Marketplace: $75-$125
- SidelineSwap.com: $75-$125
- Local Pro-shop: $75-100
- Yardsale: $25-$75
11 Places to Buy and Sell Used Golf Clubs
eBay is still one of the best places to sell or buy used clubs if you’re okay doing business direct with someone else. It’s easier than ever to use, as eBay allows you to pay via PayPal. You will have to pay a small fee to list a club if you are selling (roughly 10-12%), so keep that in mind. There are also shipping fees (both for postage and packaging), which you can either factor into your price and have the seller pay, or you eat the cost yourself. You don’t pay fees when buying.
You’ll have better luck selling entire sets, as you can help out beginners looking for a set to start with. However, there’s still a market for individual clubs. You can use the “Buy It Now” option for the quickest selling or set an auction price. But you want to make sure that you choose a reserve price, so people aren’t buying your clubs for much less than they are worth.
2ndSwing.com has a great online program for both trading in or selling clubs for cash. They also have a great selection of used clubs you can buy. You can look up the value of your clubs with their online tool. You plug in the brand of clubs you have, type of club, and which series or model, and it spits out a quote right there. Easy.
You get the same amount of money whether you decide to trade in or sell for cash. They pay you via check or PayPal, or you can take store credit.
They have good customer service, with online chat. Shipping is free if you buy clubs from here. You can also buy a variety of other golf essentials like GPS devices, apparel, and more. There are also a few 2nd Swing stores around the United States.
Yes, Craigslist is still a viable option for buying and selling in-person. In-person is a great option since you can actually hold and see the product. You can create your own listing on Craigslist and set up pickup or delivery between you and the person you choose to sell to. You can add the pictures in and set the price. It is up to you to negotiate payment terms and meet up with the buyer or seller to come with safety risks.
I honestly would recommend Facebook Marketplace, as it’s become more popular and seems a bit safer–however, definitely check Craigslist. You might get lucky.
3Balls.com has the best deal if you’re looking to trade in for store credit. They don’t offer cash payment. They frequently run deals, so you can get some good savings if you know what type of clubs you’re looking for. Shipping is free if your clubs are worth more than $99. Otherwise, it’s $7.99. You can get bonuses on your trade-in clubs for some premium clubs (up to 30% more), so that can help boost the value.
5. Big-box Retailers
Big-box stores like Golf Galaxy, PGA Tour Superstore, and Dick’s Sporting Goods are all places that buy and sell used clubs. If selling, you typically won’t get the best deal, but it’s a no-hassle, convenient way to get rid of clubs.
None of them pay cash, but rather store credit which you can use for any purchase (not just new clubs). I’d recommend Golf Galaxy or Dick’s, as they pay almost DOUBLE what PGA Tour Superstore pays.
You can find some pretty good deals buying used clubs, too. Many are used demos that the stores use for customers to test in-store or during a club-fitting.
6. Local Pro-shop
While checking in for a round, you probably have seen that a lot of golf courses have clubs, balls, tees, and apparel for sale. If you’re in the market to sell some of your individual clubs, you may have good luck at a course, as they are more likely to take a single club and try to resell it. It’s also a great place to find some individual clubs if you’re building up a beginner bag and don’t need cream of the crop set right off the bat. They may offer some trade value if they are willing to bargain, but you shouldn’t bank on that. The good news here is that you don’t have to worry about shipping, and you can try multiple courses to see which ones are willing to deal.
7. Facebook Marketplace
An easy way to sell items in your area is by listing them on Facebook Marketplace. If you’re not familiar with the process, it works similar to Craigslist. You list products for sale on their online auction, negotiate with buyers and meet in person for the transaction. It’s easy to message back and forth with a buyer/seller directly over Facebook Messenger.
Be careful of scams and do your homework on what to expect for the cost. It’s easy to get ripped off. That said, you can really find some great deals on here if you’re patient. I’d recommend this over Craigslist these days. It’s a bit safer and more popular.
8. Yard sale
This may seem like an antiquated way of selling or buying clubs, but people still peruse yard sales for clubs. This is a great option if you’re looking to set somebody else up with clubs, like your child or friend, as you can piece together a set from old options.
You can also bargain with the seller, as they probably are just looking to get rid of the clubs. You obviously won’t get to see beforehand what your options are, and they may not have what you’re looking for, but you’ll definitely save a decent amount of money.
SidelineSwap.com is an online marketplace like eBay dedicated to sports equipment. It’s easy to find both used and new clubs on it. You can also buy all kinds of golf gear, from shoes to balls to apparel, on this site.
Finding clubs by brand is extremely simple, and the selling aspect is easy to use. You need to take some pictures to list it, and shipping is a breeze, as the buyer pays for it. The buyer can choose to pay the price you’ve set, or they can make an offer. This can help you get the price that you want from either a buying or selling aspect.
GlobalGolf.com is amazing for both selling and buying used clubs. It’s online-only, but their trade-in value is the best you’ll find. They give you store credit — no cash deals. It’s free shipping over a $99 trade-in. $7.99 shipping for under $99. You can also sell golf tech like GPS and rangefinders, which is pretty cool.
As for buying used clubs, you won’t find many places with a larger selection, with over 125,000 used clubs for sale. You can also try out clubs or GPS devices for 14 days for a small fee before purchasing them fully. Plus, you’ll get free shipping and returns on the U-Try trials.
Goodwill is another good place for buying used golf clubs, especially if you’re bargain hunting. It’s also great for anyone looking to flip clubs and sell on eBay. There are some great deals to be found. You’ll mostly find older models, which can be good if you’re new to the game. You can’t sell clubs to Goodwill. However, you can donate to them.
What to Look for When Buying Used Clubs
When buying new clubs, there are a few things to keep in mind to make sure you’re getting clubs in decent shape.
- Pay close attention to the club head, shaft, and grip. The head should not have any gouges or dents, but minor scratches and cosmetic issues are normal. Examine the shaft to make sure there are no cracks. Shafts tend to start splitting or cracking at the bottom (near the club head). Lastly, grip condition can many times indicate how old they are. If someone says the club is nearly brand new, but the grip is worn down, you’ll know it has had more use.
- Look for touch-up pain on the shaft and club head. This could be a warning sign that someone is trying to cover something up.
- Ask for detailed pictures (if purchasing online)
How Much You Can Get for Selling Used Golf Clubs
When selling clubs, expect to get 50-75% of its current value. A 5-year old driver originally purchased for $500 may now be worth about $250. Expect to sell or trade in this club for about $125. You may be able to get more if you sell directly to consumers (on an online auction vs. a big box store).
You’ll probably profit more from selling a full set of irons versus individual clubs. If you have individual irons to sell, you might have a better chance of selling on eBay versus a retail store.
Should You Sell or Trade-in Your Used Golf Clubs?
This really all depends on if you’re looking to get rid of your clubs or want to use them as a bargaining chip. Chances are, if you want to move on from a club, you’re looking to replace it. Going to a golf retailer or a local course to trade in clubs to buy new ones makes a lot of sense. Many online golf websites give you this option and can even offer bonuses for those who choose to trade. You won’t be able to trade if you’re selling person to person, so you should aim for the best price you can get back.
Wrapping it up and heading to the clubhouse
There is a market for buying and selling used clubs, but you need to know where to look. There are plenty of websites that allow you to buy, sell, and trade in used clubs, so be sure to pick the one that’s right for you and can help you with options like bonuses or free shipping. If you only want to upgrade a single club, a used route is a smart one to look into. Feel free to discuss it with your local golf course to see if they’re offering any deals for trade-ins. One man or woman’s trash can become your treasure.