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. So 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. Here are the best ways for a mid-handicap golfer to invest in their game.
The best ways for a mid-handicap golfer to invest in their game
$200-an-hour instructor, 10-lesson package: $2,000
— Refine mechanics
— Dial in the driver
— On-course game plan and strategy
Tournament and/or league fees: $132
There’s nothing like competitive golf for feedback on what your game needs.
Six dozen Titleist Tour Soft golf balls: $210
High-quality “fresh eggs” without breaking the bank.
MNML V2 carry golf bag: $249
Fewer ounces to hoof can mean fewer strokes — and a healthier back.
All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy a linked product, GOLF.COM may earn a fee. Pricing may vary.
MNML x GOLF Stand Bag
J. Lindeberg Brad polo: $100
Contemporary fit and style. Look good, play good.
Gapping session: $75
Spend an hour with a pro or fitter learning your exact yardages.
Bushnell Tour V5 rangefinder: $300
After your gapping session, it will prove even more handy.
Bushnell Tour V5 Patriot Pack Laser
SuperFlex Golf Fitness Kit: $75
Easy-to-use bands and workout handles, great for improving strength and flexibility.
Adidas S2G golf shoes: $100
These comfy kicks say “I’m a player.”
Wedge fitting and three wedges: $700
It’s time to start taking advantage of those scoring opportunities.
Driver fitting and new driver: $889
It’s time to start setting up more scoring opportunities.
Perfect Putting Mat: $170
Roll it better with the practice mat used by the pros.
Want to overhaul your bag for 2021? Find a fitting location near you at GOLF’s affiliate company True Spec Golf.