I get an ad from callawaypreowned.com in my inbox today, and if you buy any i-Mix driver head, you get the shaft for free. So I get an FT-iq for $90 - and the $70 shaft is free. So my only defense against being completely nuts for buying another driver is that Callaway is insane for these prices.
So I won a driver from Golfsmith when Phil won the masters - I don’t have it yet, should be coming any time now—but I just ordered a new (preowned) driver. I must be insane. I like having a number of drivers in case one need to go to timeout, but the fact is that usually I get onto one and into the groove with that driver and I rarely change up. I will go to a driver of a different setup to see if that will solve a current issue - so I have 9 degrees, 10 degrees, draws and neutrals, - the new FT-iq and the FT-ix coming from Golfsmith are both 11 degree, because I am hitting too flat lately - one of them will be draw and one will be neutral.
I think I got a deal (well a deal anyone can get) - but I keep wondering why are people buying new drivers?
The FT-iq was released in mid-2008. The complete driver (not interchangable parts) sold for $500 new. The i-Mix head was $400, and the shafts were $100+. Now, 2 years later, you can buy BRAND NEW FT-iq drivers for $199 from Golfsmith - yes the setups may be difficult to find in the way you want, but you can get used for $160. Then in a sale like this, get it for $90.
I watch these guys that I play with pick up the new drivers for $300-400 and have to wonder, what is that getting them?
I could make an argument on new irons. Those drop by about $25-30% over two years. Even used, the cost for Taylormade or Callaway is going to probably be 40% at least of the original retail. Further, irons get beat into the ground, they get dirt and sand embedded into them, the grooves wear down, the face gets tarnished. I will buy new irons - but no longer a current model new driver.
My 2-year old FT-i driver has been used for 120 rounds, it was slightly used before then. Lets say it has 1500 drives on it. - If you look at the face of it, it still looks new - except for the occasional red line transferred from sharpie to ball to driver. It just doesn’t seem like a driver which is used second to the putter ages very much with use.
Do you buy new drivers (out-of-season models or current) or used? Why?