Ok, I'm actually here to ask for specific suggestion for upgrading my gear. But I figured we'd be best served by a general thread on the topic of equipment. So here's my situation. I've been playing (with varying frequency) for close to a decade now. Just about all of my equipment... bag, irons, woods, etc. was used when I bought it back then and I haven't really upgraded much since. I played somewhere around a dozen rounds in 2010. I usually shoot somewhere in the 95 to 105 range (not counting the odd mulli... ). I have no clue what that means vis-a-vis handicap. Basically, I'm a hack... one step up from a beginner and playing with beginner's equipment. Well, I'm looking to change that this winter, with a view to sucking just a little less this coming year. I'm particularly interested in getting last year's (or the year before's) models new, but unused/unsold. I'm most certainly not interested in throwing $1000 at a small handful of clubs. So I'd like to hear your suggestions. Where do you get good gear that will work for your height/style of play without paying an arm and a leg? If you could suggest a single piece of equipment that made a huge difference in your game, what would it be? The current order of "need" in my head goes like this: Shoes (I currently play in sneakers and hear these will make a big difference.) Driver (I currently play with a 15yo Aluminium driver. No, really.) Sand and Flop wedges (I lost both toward the end of last year) Woods (I'm playing with old crap woods, but I don't hit woods all that often) Irons (Playing with an old, but functional set of Snake Eyes) Bag (the self-standing mechanism is finally giving out...) Balls (I've literally bought a dozen balls in a decade. Every other ball has been found while wandering the rough/woods for my oft errant shots.) So how the hell do you replace everything without your wife "teeing off" on you, so to speak?