I don't know if I have posted a story on these two drivers before on this site, but I am posting it now as it's a good story that explains WHY you should NOT buy online clubs if you NOT going to replace the shaft. Or at the very least, have the shaft Spine and FLO aligned. Please read my story and let me know what you think.
Recently Dicks laid off all 500 of their PGA pros. One reason is that a lot of golfers TRY clubs at Dick's and other golf shops, and then BUY the clubs online at a discount, Good to SAVE money on the club, but it's a BAD way to buy clubs. I'll give you one perfect example of why this is true.
A few years ago I was in Golfsmith looking for a used driver. I found TWO drivers of the make and model I prefer, so I DEMO-ed both of them on their launch monitoer. They were the EXACT same make, model. loft and shaft and flex. Only difference was that one had some Paint Chips along the edge of the crown where is meets the club face.
On hitting the driver with the paint chips, I was hitting it nice and straight and with pretty decent distance. When I hit the driver with the good paint job, it hit it with a BIG fade, more like a Slice to be honest. I then went back and forty between the two clubs. Every time I hit the one with the paint chips, I liked the way I hit it. Every time I hit the one with the good paint, I hit a nasty fade or slice.
After doing some thinking on the two drivers, I decided to buy BOTH, since the total price was under $100, and it was my favorite make and model of driver. So I went home with my two new toys, and went to work on the one I was hitting a fade/slice with. I pulled the factory shaft, did a Spine and FLO alignment on it and re-installed it in the head. Next day I went to the driving range with both drivers and repeated my testing. First thing I noticed when I hit the driver with the good paint and now Spine and FLO aligned shaft was that now I was hitting it BETTER then I was hitting the driver with the bad paint chips. The ONLY thing that was different now was that the shaft had been properly aligned in the head. EVERYTHING else was the same.
This test of two identical drivers shows how two clubs of the Exact same make and model in the same loft and flex, can perform DIFFERENTLY for the same golfer. This is why you should NOT demo a club in a store, and then BUY that same make and model online for less. You may be buying the same make and model club, but you are NOT getting the same club you tested and liked.
After I got home from my range session I pulled the shaft from the driver with the bad paint and did a Spine and FLO alignment on the shaft, Turns out the shaft was "pretty" close to being properly aligned as it was. But after doing a little fine tuning I was able to get it perfectly aligned and the next range session showed me even better ball flight and a more solid feel with the shaft Spine and FLO aligned.
Bottom line is that when you buy a club online, you have NO IDEA of how it will performed compared to the same make and model you hit in the store. So if you TRY a club in the store, and LIKE it, Buy it in the store, And buy the one you HIT, not another one of the same loft and flex that is still in the wrapper. BUT what you TRY. You might pay more, but you'll get a club you can hit.