A discerning golfer knows that the right gear can help take strokes off their score. But finding the best deals online can seem like a quagmire to rival the most grittiest of water hazards.
Luckily, there are some times of the year that are ideal for scoring big savings on the gear you need to get the most out of your game.
- Amazon Prime Day
Amazon Prime Day is an amazing time to upgrade your golf gear. The 48-hour sale features a mix of discounts including some of the best online deals on clubs, bags, balls and accessories.
The best way to navigate this quagmire of savings is to make sure your priorities are in order. Make a mental list of the values you hold dear, such as sustainability or buying local and then look for items that reflect those principles. Then, for any riskier purchases (like a new set of clubs without a fitting or expert advice) hit the pro shops to see what’s in stock so you can return anything that doesn’t work.
You’ll find lots of gear to score in this sale, including our picks for the best golf shirts, shoes and more.
- Black Friday
For larger golf gear purchases like bags, shoes and clubs (and the requisite tees and balls), the best strategy is to go out in person and shop around at pro shops or equipment stores before you buy anything online. This reconnaissance spree not only serves to ensure you’re not jinxing anything, but also helps you gauge whether what you want is worth the money and what isn’t.
While nothing replaces practice and focus, the right gear can help you look and feel like a pro and make your game more fun, even if your score is in triple digits. So don’t be afraid to splurge on that nice, clean and comfortable Nike performance belt while it’s up to 57 percent off or this snazzy quick-drying golf polo from Amazon-favorite M Maelreg for nearly 40 percent off.
- Cyber Monday
Although it’s technically not a holiday, Cyber Monday is the first weekday after Thanksgiving that retailers hold sales online. It’s a great time to score deals on golf bags, apparel and shoes, especially for those items you don’t always think about, like insect repellant, divot repair tools, ball markers and electrolyte powders.
One caveat about shopping for larger, more personal gear, like clubs, is to visit a few pro shops and equipment stores before making any purchases online. This reconnaissance spree will help you get a better sense of the size, fit and feel of your potential purchase, and will make it easier to return anything that isn’t quite right.
Also, before you go crazy buying all the stuff you don’t need, be sure to stock up on your favorite polo and quarter-zips while the prices are at their lowest.
When it comes to shopping for golf gear online, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the options. This is why it is important to make a list (mental or physical) of your values and priorities when shopping. For example, do you prioritize sustainability? Or is it more important to find items that are Made in the USA? Getting your values in line can help you make the right purchases and limit your waste. When it comes to larger purchases like clubs and bags, it’s a good idea to take your time to try them out before buying them online. Closeouts are a great place to find some of the best bargains on these items. Check out this compact WhiteFang practice net, for example, which is currently on sale.
- Holiday Sales
Whether it’s golf shoes or new apparel, the best bargains are usually available during holiday sales. That’s because the upcoming holidays provide motivation for shoppers to refresh their wardrobes. St. Patrick’s Day and the week leading up to it are great times to find Irish-themed gear, while Easter clothing often makes its way into major sales. Other holiday sales to look for include the Saturday before Christmas, the post-Christmas sales period and the early New Year’s discounts. For larger, more expensive equipment purchases like bags or clubs, make a point of stopping by your local pro shop or equipment store to test out the gear before buying it online. That’ll help you avoid the 3 a.m. regret that can come with impulse buys. This WhiteFang practice net is a great example.