Official Golf Thread

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by Piobaire, May 22, 2010.

  1. Piobaire

    Piobaire Not left of center?

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    Thanks for the advice guys. Agreed, no piece of equipment will make anyone a good golfer without some basic technique and I plan to work on that. However, I've found the right equipment often makes learning faster and less frustrating, so I'll pop for whatever clubs the instructor finally suggests. If I come across a nice set used, I'll scoop those up, but won't be afraid of a new purchase either.

    We'll be out there tomorrow with our no-name irons. Duck, Matt, duck and cover. [​IMG]
     
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    pauliodotnet Senior member

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    good golfer is mental.

    the swing is mechanics, its easy - it's knowing the strength and what you are planning to do. making sure you never move your swing differently.

    golf is a mental game. the mechanics can be learned easliy. I played in college 2 years, 4 years competatively after.
     
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    leftover_salmon Senior member

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    golf is a mental game. the mechanics can be learned easliy.

    Well, easily with thousands of hours of practice.

    Anyways, bedtime for me seeing as how I have an 8am tee time tomorrow morning.[​IMG]
     
  4. StephenHero

    StephenHero Black Floridian

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    I only play 1-2 times a year. I only carry 6 clubs. I usually hit an iron off the tee.

    fairway wood
    5-iron
    7-iron
    9-iron
    pitching wedge
    putter
     
  5. archetypal_yuppie

    archetypal_yuppie Senior member

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    just hit bucket after bucket of balls. if you're relatively young, eventually your body will figure out timing, and how to generate power.

    AVOID MATS! they don't punish you for all kinds of fuck-ups, and can fuck up your game. practice on real turf if at all possible.

    equipment is almost irrelevant, except for shaft stiffness. make sure a pro gets you set up correctly for that. but as a beginner, reg irons are almost surely fine. if you can hit a 3 wood more than 225yds, a stiff shaft would be appropriate for your graphites.

    i suppose cavity backs are prob best for beginners. i detest the shit out of them, but its prob just cause i've been playing blades forever.

    the bets advice i can offer is to not go around buying new clubs every other year like 90% of the jackasses out there. its the golfer, not the club, and you have an adjustment period to deal with for no gain.

    my newest club is about 10 years old (putter), and i got all of them in high school except my 3-wood (middle school).

    me:titlest 990s 2-P, cleveland berillium nickel SW, STX putter (light!!! i hate scotty camerons), titanium Taylor made burner 3wood, titleist driver - i forget the type, whatever was normal around 1999-2000, extra stiff shaft.

    hit balls, hit balls, hit balls.

    oh, and be ready to hit when its your turn.

    unforch it appears its hard to get really good once you're older. i was a scratch by high school - after that its like riding a bike. played for the first time this year today, haven't hit any balls either, and broke 80 at least... only play like 10-20 rounds/year now that i live in nyc.
     
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    dganderson Senior member

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    I love golf. I've been playing ever since I was about 9 years old (currently 27). The most rewarding and frustrating game that I've ever been a part of. I'm currently hitting a Ping Rapture V2 driver 8.5 degree with a 75 gram stiff graphite shaft, a Taylor Made R7 3-wood with a stiff flex graphite shaft, an old Nike CPR 19 degree Hybrid 2 with a stiff flex graphite shaft, Ping 4-SW G5 irons with steel AWT x-flex shafts, Callaway 60 degree wedge and a Scotty Cameron Red X putter. I would suggest looking for a set of Ping G5 irons if you can find them. My local PGA Superstore has a few sets for sale in the mid $300 range.

    I was actually at the driving range today practicing with an old 1-iron that my dad has. He used to use it for Spring and Fall golf when we lived in Canada because of the wind. I think I'm going to add it to my bag.
     
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    denning Senior member

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    Played my first round of the year last week. Considering our golf season is from May to September and I hadn't hit a club until the night before playing I shot a respectable 85. Hoping to get into the low 70s consistently this year.

    Driver - Calloway FTi
    KZG forged blades
    Cleveland wedges
    Cleveland putter

    All purchased for less than $750 canadian.
     
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    Piobaire Not left of center?

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    My god, Pings are for big timers. Rapture V2 irons about double the price of Adams a7OS irons. Both are top level super game improving irons.
     
  9. itsstillmatt

    itsstillmatt The Liberator Dubiously Honored

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    My god, Pings are for big timers. Rapture V2 irons about double the price of Adams a7OS irons. Both are top level super game improving irons.
    The G series is enough. The Raptures are too expensive and not really comparable IIRC.
     
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    Piobaire Not left of center?

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    The G series is enough. The Raptures are too expensive and not really comparable IIRC.

    Are they as game improving? I know practicing my swing is the best game improvement but I want all the equipment help I can get.

    Also, suggestions for Mrs. Piob? Same equipment just fitted for her? Or one of the various "ladies" models?
     
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    itsstillmatt The Liberator Dubiously Honored

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    Are they as game improving? I know practicing my swing is the best game improvement but I want all the equipment help I can get.

    Also, suggestions for Mrs. Piob? Same equipment just fitted for her? Or one of the various "ladies" models?

    G series is super game improvement, IIRC. Rapture is high tech expensive gear. Multi material etc. I also really like Callaway. They make fantastic clubs for men and women.
     
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    Piobaire Not left of center?

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    G series is super game improvement, IIRC. Rapture is high tech expensive gear. Multi material etc. I also really like Callaway. They make fantastic clubs for men and women.

    Quick pricing puts G15 at or maybe slightly less than Adams. Nice call; thanks. Callaway = Big Bertha?

    The Ping customizing fit system seems pretty slick.
     
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    Don't recommend forged clubs to beginners though. Very unforgiving.


    What???

    You must mean blades are bad for beginners...? Most blades are forged, though. Forging is the just process of stamping the club from a chunk of metal, rather than pouring/molding it. It will really only effect the feel of the club. Forged clubs are said to have a more 'solid' feel at impact.


    I played competitive golf from 13 til 19. This is the first year I haven't, actually. Miss it, but I just don't have the time anymore.

    I play with Titleist DCI 962 irons. Old, but trusty as ever. I've never been please the with look of new cavity backs--they are too clunky. I'll probably pick up a new set after college. Right now I don't play or practice enough to justify it.

    Find a club that looks and feels right to you. Avoid any affiliation with name brands. I made that mistake when I first picked up the game (I just had to have a set of Titleist blades like the pros). I play with a set of 13 year old clubs and used to ( [​IMG] ) be a scratch golfer.
     
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    nootje Senior member

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    played nationally for 3 years, turned pro at 19, played and taught a few years and realised I liked playing more then teaching. Started studying and dramatically cut down on golf. These days I get in one round a month or so, still around scratch.

    in the bag:

    rusty ping anser I cannot part with
    vokey 60.06
    titleist 54 degree davis love the third wedge (refinished twice, love the thing)
    bridgestone j33b true temper x100
    three wood gets switched a lot, cant find one that I like
    driver is a bridgestone j3 with a graphite design ys 8.1 stiff thats been trimmed as an extra stiff. plays at 43,5 inches.


    clubs I still regret selling
    mizuno mp33's , I was an idiot for selling these
    titleist pt15, the only three wood I could hit consistently..

    pio, get a decent game improvement set so you cant blame your equipment when training. Other then that dont spend too much on it as your preferences will change quite a bit over the first 4 years.
     
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