Smart spending: The best ways for high-handicap golfers to invest in their games

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Spending in the right places can help dial in your potential.

In golf, as in real estate, you always aspire to a better neighborhood. Movin’ on up — aka improving your handicap — requires many things, and one of them is money. The cliché that you can’t buy a better game? Nonsense. Spend wisely and you’ll be primed to ascend the leaderboard this season. I created three sample plans — based on skill level — for a $5,000 budget to get you thinking clearly about how to use your golf cash more wisely on the fairways and in the pro shop. First up, here are the best ways for a high-handicap golfer to invest in their game.

The best ways for high-handicap golfers to invest in their games

$200-an-hour instructor, 20-lesson package: $3,000*

— Work on the basics, create a routine
— Develop a game plan and a practice schedule
— Emphasize short-game basics: chipping, pitching, bunker play
— On-course sessions to improve strategic understanding
*Many pros, like me, will offer package discounts to committed students

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Four dozen Srixon Q-Star Tour Yellow golf balls: $100

A good ball at a good price — and easier to find in the rough.

Putter fitting and putter: $460

Minimize three-putts with a custom-fit flatstick.

Sun Mountain Speed Cart GX pushcart: $250

Walking the course more is a great way to improve fitness and focus.

Sun EyeLine Golf putting mirror: $60

A better stroke is the quickest way to shave strokes.

Linksoul gear: $232 (Printed Anza polo, $78; Desert Stripe polo, $78; Boardwalker shorts, $76)

Look the part and you might just start playing the part.

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Linksoul 4-way Stretch Boardwalker

$65
This soft lightweight 6 pocket heathered boardwalker short is built with a brand new material meshing polyester, spandex and cotton. Two front and back pockets each feature mesh pocket lining, while small accessory pockets sit below the front waist and at the back left leg.
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Theragun Mini: $199

Speeds muscle recovery after beating all those balls.

Zen Golf, by Dr. Joseph Parent: $19

Helps high handicappers deal with their foozles and shanks.

Topgolf Platinum Club Membership: $100 (monthly)

Pints, pizza and practice for you and a friend. Sharpening your game should be fun!

Joey D Golf Fitness Live Virtual Training: $200

Great place to start optimizing your body for golf.

True Knit II golf shoes: $140

You’re upping your golfing hours, so let’s get the footsies comfy.

True Linkswear True Knit II

$140
The True Knit II offers lightweight construction, a sock-fit feel, and exceptional breathability for all-day comfort. These spikeless sneaker golf shoes are versatile for warmer days on the links or everyday wear.
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Sticks: $200

More speed equals more distance. This training aid will increase both.

GOLF x Ahead bucket hat: $40

Extra sun protection… and maybe a free bowl of soup?

Total: $5,000

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