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Old 08-10-2009, 02:34 PM   #46
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I bet you can too. What's your HC?
From what you were saying we're in the same ballpark. I was at about a 6 at the end of last summer but haven't played much this year due to a new baby coming into our lives.

If I went out right now I'd probably shoot right around 80, my touch on the greens would suffer. Always takes a few rounds to get that back.
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Old 08-10-2009, 02:39 PM   #47
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Should the all go relatively the same height though, or are some meant to give a higher lift on the ball?
The peak height that the ball reaches, believe it or not, doesn't vary all that greatly from club to club. There's some variance but not that much. What changes is how fast the ball gets up in the air.

A 9 Iron is a high-loft club, and thus will pop up in the air very quickly. A 3 Iron is a low-loft club and will take longer to reach its peak trajectory. But it also travels further than the 9, taking longer to reach the peak.

So if you're hitting the clubs the right way, the trajectory of the ball as it falls towards the green should be about the same whether you hit a 9 or a 3. What makes holding a green so tough with a 3 Iron and so easy with a 9 has more to do with the spin on the ball than the trajectory.

Sometimes a 9 iron or P wedge is called for when you have a tree 40 yards in front of you and you need to get up over it.
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Old 08-10-2009, 03:01 PM   #48
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Have to say I totally disagree with what Schneed has said in this post. If you watch the pros play yeaterday the announcers commented about hitting longer shots into the greens with a lower trajectory and them bouncing through the green. What he said might pertain to his game but I'd say most golfers hit a 9 iron much higher then a 3 iron.
Depends, there are tons of ways a pro can hit a 4 Iron. They can cut it and take it high or draw it and keep it low to bore through the wind.

There's a difference, but if you're hitting your 3 Iron only half as high as you're hitting your 9, then you're not hitting your 3 correctly.
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Have to say I totally disagree with what Schneed has said in this post. If you watch the pros play yeaterday the announcers commented about hitting longer shots into the greens with a lower trajectory and them bouncing through the green. What he said might pertain to his game but I'd say most golfers hit a 9 iron much higher then a 3 iron.
The difference isn't the height it is the trajectory and ball speed. It will go a similar height but a 3 iron will maintain velocity on a high plane for a longer time while a 9 iron will reach peak height quickly and come down sooner (due to a loss of efficiency in energy transfer because of the greater angle of the face of the club). Throw a ball straight up at x speed and it will reach a certain height and come straight down in the same spot as it was launched. Throw the ball out towards the horizon at a slightly greater speed (accounting for energy loss) and it will reach a similar height but come down much further away of course and take a bit longer to reach the ground. Plain physics. Of course golf shots don't all take place in a vacuum and there are dozens of variables that contribute to the height and speed of a struck ball.
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Old 08-10-2009, 10:36 PM   #50
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SS - as others have said, work your way from pitching wedge back up to 3 wood. Leave the driver in the bag until you are comfortable hitting the 3 wood consistently. When I first started out, I hit 5 wood off the tee because I was consistently in the fairway with it.

For me, I'm much more comfortable with my odd number clubs so if I go to the driving range, I'll leave them in the bag and hit wedge, 8, 6, 4, 3 instead of wedge, 9, 7, 5, 3 (I always hit wedge and I'm very clumsy with my 3 iron). I might hit my last 10-20 with my driver, but take my time in doing so to unwind a bit.

And if your driving range has it, go hit off the grass. Those turf mats are great for consistent lie, but you won't have that consistency when playing on a course.

And for reference I'm about 175 with my 5 iron and 150 or so with my 7 iron. I remember when I first started being around 150 with my 5 iron...
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Old 08-11-2009, 11:17 AM   #51
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Had arm surgery and can't play this year, but I usually do.

I'm not very good but it's fun. Although, I'm a very good putter...just getting to the green takes a while.
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I'm curious if anyone in here plays golf? I just started playing a month ago and I'm having a blast so far. I'll need to buy my own clubs pretty soon, any recommendations?
I've been playing for 12 years. I love it and play to about a 12. My best suggestion is to get with a known local pro who isn't too expensive and take lessons. He'll also show you how to buy clubs and get fitted. DO NOT get caught up in buying expensive clubs at first. Invest in your swing, not your clubs.
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Old 08-11-2009, 11:44 AM   #53
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My biggest problem right now I'll have a great front or back but just cannot seem to play a full 18 even keel. Last week I shot a 44 on the front and a 37 on the back and the week prior I had a good front and a bad back. I'm shooting in the low 80's but just cannot hit enough good shots to get me in the high 70's. I have had two eagles this summer because I'm hitting my driver very well. Its fun ragging on guys who spend $400 on a driver and I'm hitting it 30 to 50 yards past them with a knock off driver that cost $85.00.
LMAO...I play with some guys that have $500 drivers and can barely hit it 200 yards. I play with a 1996 or 97 set of King Cobra woods and hit my 5 wood well past their drives....And it's all because I got with a good pro and he showed me how to swing with my body and not my hands and arms. If I put my woods on ebay I probably wouldn't get $85 for the whole set. lol.
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Old 08-11-2009, 11:54 AM   #54
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No, my 9 goes about 150. I don't really hit my pitching wedge unless it's a longer chip, I just take some off of my nine or I hit my sand wedge. My 7 is around a solid 170-175 and I hit my 5 iron 210 last week on a second shot at a par 5.

I will say that I do have a long and very hard swing that I have toned down some in the last few years and will probably have to keep doing so as I get older, but right now at 23, I hit the ball a pretty long way.

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Avg 5 Iron: 200 yards
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Style of Play: For the fun of it
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Golf Mechanics: Good
Training: Infrequent Lessons
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This ends up pretty much the distances that I hit my clubs. I tend to get a little bit more out of my driver when I hit it really well than they're strong, but other than that I can't argue.

I've never tried to check the distance on my wedges because I have trouble taking full swings and hitting them straight.
Good lord.... and I thought I was long. I see you're up in Balt. Have you played Bulle Rock?
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Old 08-11-2009, 12:26 PM   #55
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Good lord.... and I thought I was long. I see you're up in Balt. Have you played Bulle Rock?
I only ever played Diamond Ridge while living there. I haven't played in about a year. (Moved to Annapolis, away from my golfing buddy, a little less money lying around) I really wish I could get out more. I only work half days Fridays and this thread is giving me the itch again. I'm playing in a golf tourney at the end of the month, so I should get back out there.

EDIT: Your post just reminded me to change my loc to Annapolis.

I think I might try to play Renditions one day relatively soon.
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Old 08-11-2009, 01:36 PM   #56
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Just read through this thread. SS, you've gotten some good advice here.

I used to play so much more than I do now. I've been working a ton this summer (everyday but Sundays), so I've only played a few times this season. My iron play is still solid and my putting is steady, but boy do my driver, 3, and 5 wood suck right now. I've been hitting my 3 iron off the tee. Better to go 220 yards in a straight line than a 300 yard slice.

I'm probably a high 90's golfer right now. Ick. About 8 years ago when I was playing at the University of Florida course 2 or 3x a week (back then it was $14 for 18 holes with a student ID), I would break 90 pretty often. Even had an 85 once. Those days are long gone unfortunately.

Hey Angry, we still gotta get out and play sometime. Even if it's just a quick 9 at Sligo Creek.
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Just read through this thread. SS, you've gotten some good advice here.

I used to play so much more than I do now. I've been working a ton this summer (everyday but Sundays), so I've only played a few times this season. My iron play is still solid and my putting is steady, but boy do my driver, 3, and 5 wood suck right now. I've been hitting my 3 iron off the tee. Better to go 220 yards in a straight line than a 300 yard slice.

I'm probably a high 90's golfer right now. Ick. About 8 years ago when I was playing at the University of Florida course 2 or 3x a week (back then it was $14 for 18 holes with a student ID), I would break 90 pretty often. Even had an 85 once. Those days are long gone unfortunately.

Hey Angry, we still gotta get out and play sometime. Even if it's just a quick 9 at Sligo Creek.
Name the time and place and I will see what I can do. BTW I got 4 extra tickets to the O's game on Friday night. I am just trying to give them away.
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I only ever played Diamond Ridge while living there. I haven't played in about a year. (Moved to Annapolis, away from my golfing buddy, a little less money lying around) I really wish I could get out more. I only work half days Fridays and this thread is giving me the itch again. I'm playing in a golf tourney at the end of the month, so I should get back out there.

EDIT: Your post just reminded me to change my loc to Annapolis.

I think I might try to play Renditions one day relatively soon.
If you get around to it go out and play South River. It's right near Annapolis. That is one tough golf course.
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Old 08-11-2009, 02:40 PM   #59
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Its funny with my game I hit my short irons long and my long irons shorter compared to longer hitters. For example I hit my 9 150 to 155 but my 4 only 200 but I do crank my driver 250 to 280 and sometimes 300 when I'm feeling good standing on the box. My putting is better but it comes and goes. If I start off hitting some putts I'm usually good for the round but if a start off missing stuff it seems the hole gets smaller and smaller as the round goes on.
that's about how far it hit my 4 and that's pretty long. remember we're not pro's. lol. the average golfer can't or won't even try to hit a 4 iron. if it's a nice hot sunny day i can get my drives out to about 300. but what's the old saying? drive for show and putt for dough....it amazes me how great tiger is from 10 feet and in... and that's how you score.
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I think I might try to play Renditions one day relatively soon.
I've played there twice (2 of my fraternity brothers worked there right after college) and it's an awesome course. From what I remember (I played there back in '02), I used just about every club in my bag.
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