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Official Golf Thread

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

  1. dganderson

    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.
     
  2. denning

    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.
     
  3. Piobaire

    Piobaire Senior member

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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.
     
  4. itsstillmatt

    itsstillmatt Senior member 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.
     
  5. Piobaire

    Piobaire Senior member

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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?
     
  6. itsstillmatt

    itsstillmatt Senior member 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.
     
  7. Piobaire

    Piobaire Senior member

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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.
     
  8. LucasCLarson

    LucasCLarson Senior member

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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.
     
  9. nootje

    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.
     
  10. dganderson

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    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..


    I love the mp33s--great clubs!

    Funny thing about the pt15. The pt13 was the only strong three I've ever felt extremely comfortable with over the ball. The new Titleists aren't bad, but nothing will beat the PT, IMO.
     
  12. StephenHero

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    I went to work on my putting today. I'm not a great putter. I can't decide whether I should rotate my feet along the line of the putt, keep my feet aimed straight at the pin with a rotation of my putter's blade through impact, or a combination of both. It feels unnatural to twist my alignment and then hit every putt straight through because it disorients me from the pin, but I'm under the impression that pros do it like that.
     
  13. archetypal_yuppie

    archetypal_yuppie Senior member

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    What is all this "game improving xyz" shit? Is that a new mantra I haven't yet heard? Ala Adam's "right sized" tiny woods, which then got much bigger....
     
  14. bdeuce22

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    shot a good round today in preparation for my charity outing thursday.

    and booked a trip to northern MI for a weekend of golf in a couple months. northern MI is very underrated in terms of golf courses.
     
  15. Piobaire

    Piobaire Senior member

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    Very windy here today and made it hard to concentrate. Some very nice shots but I tend to get thin towards the end of the bucket. Two days running this happened. Need to think about that.
     
  16. leftover_salmon

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    Shot a 97 today. Not bad for the 2nd round of the year though it did bring my handicap up to a 17 (from a 16.4). Though given that I started last year in the 22-range and got down to a 16, I'm hoping to get down to a 12-14 handicap this year.
     
  17. pscolari

    pscolari 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:


    titleist 54 degree davis love the third wedge (refinished twice, love the thing)

    titleist pt15, the only three wood I could hit consistently..



    Nice setup nootje.

    You can pick up the PTs on ebay currently for pocket change compared to 00-01 when Tiger was using them. I also remember when Titleist came out with the inspired by series or tour series wedges. I always wanted the Faxon one that was ported. Sucks being a lefty and having maybe 60% of the options righties get.
     
  18. Douglas

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    Frustrating game. When I lived in CA, I played a fair amount, never a lesson. I got "decent" I guess; never kept track of my handicap but used to hit low 90s consistently, broke 90 a few times. I decided a few years ago I really wanted to be good. As a coordinated, athletic guy with good muscle memory developed from years of swimming and other sporting pursuits, I decided to take a lesson. There was no reason I couldn't hit in the 70s if I put my mind to it, right? So I took a lesson. Biggest mistake ever. Well, biggest poor coaching selection probably. This is about how it went down. Instructor: Take a few swings for me, let me see what you've got. Me: Swing, swing, swing, swing Instructor: Looks good, you have a nice swing for a guy who's never taken a lesson. I notice you don't ever really release the club though. I want you to swing, again, but this time, think about [three new ideas, which we'll call] A, B, and C. Me: OK, swing. Instructor: Better. Now, swing again, but this time think about D, E, and F. Me: OK, swing. Instructor: Good. You did D and E well, but you missed F. And it's like you forgot about A and B. Swing again, but remember all six things, and also, try doing G and H as well. Me: Ok, swing. [By this time, who knows where the ball is going.] Instructor: Better on G and H, pretty decent on A, C, D, and F, but the rest were off. Now swing again, but also I, J, and K. Me: [​IMG] [​IMG] And so on and so forth, me swinging once, and him introducing 2-3 new concepts or ideas with each swing. 15 minutes into the lesson, I had swung the club 15 times, and had 45 new things to remember. By the end of the hour, I was so screwed up I had no idea what I was doing. I didn't play again for about 4 years. He totally ruined it for me. I quite literally had no desire to set foot on a golf course. Finally, last year, I got an invite to play Caves Valley, which is about the nicest club in the Baltimore area (hosted a US Senior Open a few years back) so I went out and practiced a bit and bought a new driver and 5-wood. Really surprised myself - I played very well. We got rained out about 12 holes in, but I was probably 6 over or something. I was on pace to play the greatest round of my life. Caddy was huge though - probably responsible for knocking 5 strokes off my score alone. Haven't played since, but I got invited to go back to Caves July 4 weekend, so I have to go back to the range and try to figure it out again. My new woods are nice, Taylor Mades and I can hit them very nicely. Irons are some really, really old "Tour Made Scorcher" brand (Taylor-Made Burner knockoffs) that are probably 20 years old now; I bought them secondhand off some guy I knew when I was a teenager. But they work.
     
  19. nootje

    nootje Senior member

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    Nice setup nootje. You can pick up the PTs on ebay currently for pocket change compared to 00-01 when Tiger was using them. I also remember when Titleist came out with the inspired by series or tour series wedges. I always wanted the Faxon one that was ported. Sucks being a lefty and having maybe 60% of the options righties get.
    thanks, and ill probably will go through the ebay route for the pt. might even pick up the 20 degree version as well, the 2 iron is a bit too macho for me these days [​IMG] I just dont have any desire to go through the trying fase with new clubs again. I remember that faxon wedge, seen it perhaps once in all these years..quite a rarity..
     
  20. MrG

    MrG 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.


    I learned this the hard way on Saturday. Every other time I've been to the range I've hit really well for someone who is just learning, but that all seemed to completely go away Saturday morning. From my first few swings I got it in my head that something wasn't quite right, and I shot like crap for the rest of the time I was at the range. It was like I caught a case of the yips, and it was ridiculous. The best balls I hit on Saturday would have been low-average on the other days I've gone. The guy who is teaching me kept saying "you're right there; it's just like there's one little piece missing."

    Here's hoping I have a short memory and the next trip gets me back on track.
     

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