August 13, 2013 at 08:37 PM
MikeLAGUNA NIGUEL, CA
I was just fitted for AP2 irons with KBS C-Taper X flex shafts +1/2, 2 degrees upright. In researching it appears that I could buy almost new irons (hit 5 times, same lie), brand new shafts for my specs and have them put into the clubs for a much lower price than buying everything brand new. Additionally, shafts coming out of irons would be KBS Tour, X flex same length.
My question is what issues I am introducing in going that route vs. buying brand new? I want to purchase the right way but also could use the extra money to upgrade driver/ fairways.
Thanks in advance.
Cameron DNewport, RI
If you are buying them anywhere other than an authorized Titleist retailer, you bring in the possibility of purchasing a counterfeit set. One other issue is that there won't be any warranty associated with the second hand set.
Lou GSan Diego, CA
Concur with Cameron.
The cost of reshafting the club is approx $17 labor plus the price of the shaft and grip (assuming a Titleist grip is a bit more pricey - about $12-15). I believe the cost of a Project X or KBS Tour Shaft is about $36 each. So let's say about $65 per club for the shafts and whatever price you paid for the irons (the low price for a set of AP2 irons is $450 or so on eBay). $115 per club with price of the irons plus the reshaft.
The cost of a set of AP2 irons is $1000 or so. That's $110 per club.
Thanks for the feedback, makes sense. It doesn't appear that the $ savings associated with building vs. buying a set of irons to my specs will be significant enough to offset not having a warranty or not knowing the history of the used the clubs.
The time when it makes better sense to reshaft is when you are doing it to a set of clubs you already own (then the club cost is $0).
The $17 labor is $5 to pull the head, $10 to assemble, $2 for grip install.
I had a set of Eye 2 irons (5-PW) that I had reshafted to TT Lite XL regular from a mixed bundle. I was able to get the install for free since the shipment was delayed. The price of TT Lite XL is about $9/shaft. I was charged for a regrip/cut. The cost per club was $25 including pull head, shaft, grip install and shaft cut.
Also, in buying used clubs, you should already know what shaft works.
Haven't registered for Team Titleist yet?