Golf might not be the cheapest sport to play and get any good at fast, but there are ways to cut corners - especially if you're prepared to play with equipment that hasn't just been born.
Lessons with a PGA professional - or watching GolfMagic instruction videos - can often prove the most prudent play if you're looking to cut the handicap quickly, but there's no question freshening up your golf bag every few years is the next best step to improve.
Every season, golf clubs become more forgiving, easier to hit, longer and more aesthetically pleasing than ever before, and come fuelled with vastly improved shafts to help cater for all different ages, abilities and swing speeds.
Yes, new equipment comes at a price, but can you really put a figure on finding more fairways and greens, or chipping closer to the pin and holing more putts? That decision likely rests on how seriously you take your golf.
Having tested just about every bat and ball on the market that money can buy down the years, we've compiled a list of what we consider to be the best golf products offering the most bang for your buck - some are new for 2017, while others are several years old and now down in price.
If you're currently playing with blast-from-the-past products that were launched in the 80s or 90s, and you've 110% made the decision to dedicate or even re-dedicate yourself to the sport, we cannot recommend highly enough the following products in this feature.
Let's start at the top end of the bag, working all the way down to those shoes...
BEST VALUE FOR MONEY: DRIVERS
TAYLORMADE M2 DRIVER (2016)
AVAILABLE FROM: £219
KEY FEATURES: LONG, FORGIVING, SOUNDS SUPERB
COBRA FLY Z DRIVER (2016)
AVAILABLE FROM: £149
KEY FEATURES: POWERFUL, ACCURATE, HEARTY SOUND
PING G DRIVER (2016)
AVAILABLE FROM: £299
KEY FEATURES: LONG, STRAIGHT, VORTEC TECHNLOGY STABLISES HEAD, GREAT SOUND
WILSON STAFF D300 DRIVER (2017)
AVAILABLE FROM: £249
KEY FEATURES: EXCELLENT FORGIVENESS, LIGHT SHAFT GREAT FOR SLOWER SWINGERS