How to Buy Wood Golf Clubs

Like if this guide is helpful
How to Buy Wood Golf Clubs

Wood Golf Clubs are important pieces to any golfer’s bag. The right wood club can mean the difference between your best round of golf and throwing your bag into the lake in frustration. When searching for the right Wood Club, golfers should research all available options before making a purchase.

There are two types of Wood Clubs:

Each has a specific purpose. Choosing a wood golf club should be a careful and well thought out process. Learn the difference between a driver and a fairway wood, their materials and the best times to use them. Become educated before buying a wood golf club at a sports shop or online.

The Driver

The Driver and the putter are the two most used clubs in a golf bag.  Choosing the right driver can get your round of golf off to a good start.

  • Called the One Wood. Historically, drivers were made of hardwood. This is why they are called woods.
  • Club head made of metal and composite fibres. No more wood. Modern drivers are made entirely of metal or a composite of metals and synthetic materials.
  • Longest club in a golf bag. Up to 48 in/121.9 cm in length.
  • Largest club head. Max of 460cc in volume.
  • Hits the furthest of all clubs. Because of their long-distance shot characteristic, large heavy woods are often called drivers.
  • Drivers are typically used at the tee, the first and furthest shot in a round of golf.

Fairway Woods

Fairway woods are specialty clubs. A golfer often has more than one of these in their bag. Each for a different type shot.

  • Shorter length than drivers.
  • Mid range distances from the tee to the hole, a fairway wood may be used instead of other type clubs.
  • Most often used in the fairway, or rough, as a second shot. Gets more power in the rough grass. Easier to get out.
  • Made of components like steel, titanium, and graphite.

The style and the quality of the club head varies from manufacturer to manufacturer. Typically, a golfer chooses his club head based on ability, power, and general feel.

Woods and Their Numbers

Listed below are common wood types, their corresponding number, descriptions of how each one is used, their loft, and the distances each type typically achieve.

Type

Description

Loft

Distance

1- Wood

This is the Driver. The longest club in a golfer’s bag.

8 to 11 degrees

230 to 250 yards

2-Wood

Can be used as a second club on a par-5 or as a driver on a long par-4.

11 to 13 degrees

220 to 240 yards

3-Wood

Can be used as a driver on par-3 holes or as a second club on a par-4. Also used to lay up before a hazard.

13 to 16 degrees

210 to 230 yards

4-Wood

Some golfers use a 4-wood to the exclusion of a 3- or 5-wood. This allows them to add an extra wedge to their bag.

14 to 16 degrees

200 to 220 yards

5-Wood

A 5-wood doesn’t see much use in modern golf, with golfers preferring to use a 4-wood or a hybrid.

15 to 19 degrees

190 to 210 yards

While higher wood numbers indicate increased club accuracy, it also indicates a reduction in overall distance. Any wood of any number can easily be found on eBay.

Wood Parts and Their Effect on Performance

The Wood Golf club is composed of two parts:

  • The Shaft
  • The Club Head

Knowing the parts of a wood club and how each effects the power and performance of the club allows golfers to make better choices when choosing clubs.

The Shaft

Most of the power from a Wood shot comes from the shaft. The torque is wound up in the shaft on the backswing then released as the club head whips back down and strikes the ball.

  • Composed of steel or graphite (carbon fibre)
  • Range from 34 to 48 inches in length.
  • Greater flex means greater drive distance. The flex of the shaft helps determine overall driver club head speed.

Graphite is lightweight, enabling the golfer to hit longer shots, but is less durable. of the two, but graphite is more popular among golfers today.

Steel shafts

  • Strong shaft. Won’t break easily after repeated swings, short of extreme rust build-up or a frustrated golfer wrapping their golf club around a tree.
  • Stiff. Less torque than graphite.
  • Less power. More accuracy. Good for shorter woods. Don’t twist or whip as much. Creates straighter more accurate shots.
  • Best for shorter woods.
  • Steel shafts generally are the less expensive. Graphite costs more.

Graphite Shafts

  • Best for driver, longer woods. Big flex means more power. Driver needs the most power of all clubs.
  • Made of carbon fibre composite. 
  • Flexible. More torque than steel.
  • More power. Less accuracy.  The flexibility of graphite for the distance clubs overrides the increase in torque.
  • Dominant type of shaft for almost all of today’s woods.

The table below summarizes the advantages and limitations of graphite and steel shafts.

Factor

Graphite Shaft

Steel Shaft

Weight

Generally lighter

Generally heavier

Feel

Little vibration

Significant vibration

Flex

More

Less

Distance

Greater

Shorter

Price

Higher

Lower

Shot Result

Higher, more spin

Flatter, more roll

 

Budget can be the number one determinant when it comes to shafts, since the prices can range all over the spectrum. As you can deduct from the table above, for woods, graphite is the most popular among golfers. 

The Head

The Accuracy of a golfer’s swing centres on the club head. Composed of a club head and a striking face, the centre of gravity of a fairway wood is located back further from the clubface than on an iron or hybrid club. 

Accuracy comes from the shape of the club head or Loft. This is marked in degree of angle.

  • Shallow loft degree hits the ball lower and farther.
  • Steep loft hits the ball higher and shorter.

Each type of wood has different loft angles.

Driver Head

  • Low loft. Typically ranges from 7 to 12 degrees. Hits ball lower and farther.

Fairway Wood Head

  • Steep loft. Typically bigger range from 12 to 20 degrees. Higher more accurate shots.
  • Many loft variations for different distances and situations.

Modern club heads are made of lightweight metals, such as titanium, allowing for larger head sizes.

Grip Features

The materials used in grips can significantly impact both the quality of play and the life of a grip. Grips must be monitored for wear and should be replaced when they become worn and slippery (or as soon as they start negatively affecting the quality of play). Clubs generally require new grips every year. If golf clubs are used fairly regularly they will need frequent re-gripping.

Environmental factors also have an impact on grip life. Most grips are made from soft, porous materials that are susceptible to heat, dirt, and oils. Grips lose much of their effectiveness long before they become hard and shiny. Even casual use can cause enough degradation to warrant new grips.

This table describes the four most commonly used types of golf grip materials.

Type

Benefits

Drawbacks

Cord

Durable, "all-weather" grip.

Rough on hands. Wears out golf gloves faster.

Rubber

Durable, tacky (maintains grip for sweaty hands and in wet weather), easy to clean, inexpensive, and lightweight.

Corded rubber is rough on hands and loses tackiness with cleaning.

Synthetic Blends

Softer grip for casual players. Provides a more comfortable swing.

Susceptible to wear and environmental conditions. Usually too soft for those who tightly grip their clubs during their swings.

Leather

A traditional look, tacky, and soft to touch.

Expensive. Not very durable. Poor playability in wet conditions.

Often, grips are made from a combination of these materials, which partly explains why there are so many grip choices on the market. Too many choices is not necessarily a good thing. It can further compound the problem of finding the right grip. 

The Right Wood Golf Club at the Right Cost

In an expensive sport like golf, budget is often a big factor for most amateur golfers. Here are a few tips on getting the best value out of your Wood Golf Club.

  • Top drivers cost between £185-370.
  • Top fairway woods cost 20% less.
  • Shorter woods are less expensive than longer woods.
  • Cheap Drivers can be found for £22. This is good enough for a beginner.
  • A weekend golfer needs only a driver and a midrange Fairway Wood to have an enjoyable round of golf.
  • Expensive clubs won’t help beginners.

How to Buy Wood Golf Clubs on eBay

eBay offers thousands of different wood golf clubs, including drivers and fairway woods. eBay sellers are known for their competitive pricing and their unbeatable reliability. The advantage of buying on eBay is the wide selection and flexible payment options.

You can buy both new and pre-owned Golf Woods. New is more expensive. However, a new wood club on eBay has very competitive pricing to a brick and mortar shop.

Once you know what type of fairway wood you want to purchase, go to the Sporting Goods portal. From there you can go to the Golf > Golf Clubs > Wood portal. The Categories list on the left side of each eBay page helps narrow down the wood listings by item brand, loft, flex, and gender. You can also find links for right- or left-handed clubs, and more.

When searching through listings, carefully review all the data. Make sure the item matches what you had in mind. Look over the photographs a couple times. Feel free to Ask the Seller a question if you want additional details. Visit the Buying Tips page for more information.

Once you’re ready to buy, either place a Bid, Buy it Now, or put down your Best Offer. Buying with PayPal will ensure the transaction will go smoothly. eBay users are protected by the Buyer Protection Program.

Conclusion

Choosing a wood golf club means picking the right club for the buyer’s individual needs and budget. Different wood clubs have different purposes. Drivers for the first shot and long range off of the tee. Low number woods for greater distances and higher number woods for greater accuracy. A good club also has the right material for the right shot. Steel for shorter shots. Graphite for longer shots.

However, the buyer shouldn’t just buy the most expensive club. The best club is the one that best fits the buyer’s specific needs. Whatever the buyers needs, there are thousands of wood golf clubs on the market today. Finding the right wood golf club is simple and easy on eBay.

Have something to share, create your own guide... Write a guide
Explore more guides