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Old 08-12-2009, 11:43 AM   #61
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I've been playing for about 15 years now, and I purchased some Wilson Deep Red Fat Shaft irons about 8 years ago. They were about $500 at the time, and considering that I'm still using them, it was a good value. If you're a "middle of the road" kind of guy, I'd look into these -- although golf technology changes quickly, and they could be outdated now.

In general, I'd get steel irons and graphite woods. I don't like graphite irons, because they flex too much and are more delicate -- seen too many graphite irons broken on trees. Also, my graphite woods are stiff graphite. In the end, it comes down to personal preference.
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Old 08-12-2009, 11:49 AM   #62
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Another tidbit:

Look to buy your gear online -- the savings are ridiculous.

I purchased a 450cc Deep Red II graphite driver for $165 (retail $400+).

I also purchased a Pelz sand wedge for $65 (retail $120+).

Both were brand new, in the wrapping.

I also gotta say, the Pelz wedges are awesome. This is about the only club I would recommend hands-down over all others.
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Look to buy your gear online -- the savings are ridiculous.
A lot of pre-owned stuff is practically brand new, so if you are unsure, buy used.

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Old 08-12-2009, 02:55 PM   #64
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I was given a set of clubs. Just need to buy a bag now
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Ogio makes sweet bags, but they're expensive.
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Old 08-14-2009, 01:37 PM   #66
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Practiced some with the pitching wedge this morning. Started off poorly, failing to get it past about 80-90 yards but then I settled in and was able to start consistently hitting it about 115 yards with pretty good loft...but more often than not it would hook to the right, couldn't keep it straight
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That'll happen. Keep working at it. I used to be a slicer big time. No matter what club I swung, it was going right. Now I have a slight fade and can actually keep the damn thing in the fairway most of the time.

The big thing to remember is working on keeping the ball straight. Once you start hitting the middle with consistency, the distance will come. My Dad was probably a 12-15 handicap when he played, but his back kept him from playing much. On a typical Par 4, he used to be 3 wood/3 wood/low to mid iron to get on the green. But he was always in the middle of the fairway.
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Practiced some with the pitching wedge this morning. Started off poorly, failing to get it past about 80-90 yards but then I settled in and was able to start consistently hitting it about 115 yards with pretty good loft...but more often than not it would hook to the right, couldn't keep it straight
It's probably obvious, but this is basically caused by an open club face when you strike the ball (if you're right handed).

This can be corrected a couple ways:

1.) Try to setup with your club face slightly closed

2.) Don't rotate your forearms/wrists during the swing (i.e.: don't open the club face during your swing)

3.) Rotating your hips through the ball during your swing will make it harder to swing open-face (your pelvis should be pointing to where you want to shoot just before the club strikes the ball -- back swing, forward swing while rotating hips, hips face forward just before club strikes the ball).

Of course, I'm no pro and others might have some better advice.
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So much for going out tomorrow, the skies are black right now.
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So much for going out tomorrow, the skies are black right now.
Yeah, my family and I picked a BAD week to head to Ocean City. I was looking forward to playing with my 16 month old niece in the water but I dont think that's happening.
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Yeah, my family and I picked a BAD week to head to Ocean City. I was looking forward to playing with my 16 month old niece in the water but I dont think that's happening.
The only thing Bill will do is give you some stellar waves, pretty choppy Saturday, nice and glassy on Sunday. And the fact that he's weakening is a plus...

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Whats a good way to start learning golf? I was told by my new boss that if I ever want to work the day shift I better pick up golf.
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Whats a good way to start learning golf? I was told by my new boss that if I ever want to work the day shift I better pick up golf.
Some would tell you to take lessons right away or you're screwed for life. But I've only recently started playing and the only "professional" advice I've gotten is tips from the guys on this site, a buddy of mine, and my father-in-law. The most important thing I've learned so far is how to grip the club and that's made a world of difference.

Now that I know how to grip the club I'm getting out to the driving range two or three times a week and getting the muscle memory down. And I'm having a blast. Next summer I might take lessons (time and money depending) because I want to get comfortable enough to actually play 9 or 18 holes. I could probably play some now, but I want to be better first. But up until now I haven't taken any official lessons but from the little I've learned I've learned enough to go out there and have a good time.
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You will find.........few accomplished golfers who do not or have not had the good sense to find a good pro and take a few lessons. Put your money in lessons not equipment (that will not aid you). You will NEVER regret it........
AND well intentioned friends and relatives frequently do more harm than good because what works for them will not for you
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You will find.........few accomplished golfers who do not or have not had the good sense to find a good pro and take a few lessons. Put your money in lessons not equipment (that will not aid you). You will NEVER regret it........
AND well intentioned friends and relatives frequently do more harm than good because what works for them will not for you
My clubs were given to me as a gift, so I didn't pay anything for that.
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