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  1. Piobaire

    Piobaire Not left of center?

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    Par three courses can be fun. Don't even bother bringing your 460 cc driver though.

    No kidding. I've got the theory on iron/wood choice, but far, far from having my personal distances dialed in. Still, what do you figure? A 6 or 7 iron off the tee? Five at most?
     


  2. kwilkinson

    kwilkinson Having a Ball

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    No kidding. I've got the theory on iron/wood choice, but far, far from having my personal distances dialed in. Still, what do you figure? A 6 or 7 iron off the tee? Five at most?

    Last time I played a par 3, I was still in HS and rather weak, so I was hitting my 3I on the longer holes. It all just depends on what length you're hitting on certain clubs.
     


  3. Piobaire

    Piobaire Not left of center?

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    Last time I played a par 3, I was still in HS and rather weak, so I was hitting my 3I on the longer holes. It all just depends on what length you're hitting on certain clubs.

    When I get a good shot off using the 7 iron I bring to the range, it's about 130-150. You're probably right, a 3 iron for the "long" 180 holes. Maybe even a 5 wood?
     


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    Thomas Senior member

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    When I get a good shot off using the 7 iron I bring to the range, it's about 130-150. You're probably right, a 3 iron for the "long" 180 holes. Maybe even a 5 wood?

    If you're not consistent with a club at 180, I'd rec you play the approach as a two-shotter for the pitch/putt practice. 180 is just long enough to get you into all sorts of trouble as a beginner - and the last thing you want at this point is to get into the habit of blowing it into the weeds. Psychologically it can be crippling as a beginner.

    FWIW, 180 for me was a 5-iron.
     


  5. kwilkinson

    kwilkinson Having a Ball

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    FWIW, 180 for me was a 5-iron.

    We get it, you've got a longer iron shot than I do. WOW. We're all so impressed, ya big jerk. Let me guess, you have two nuts too?!?!?!
     


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    Piobaire Not left of center?

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    If you're not consistent with a club at 180, I'd rec you play the approach as a two-shotter for the pitch/putt practice. 180 is just long enough to get you into all sorts of trouble as a beginner - and the last thing you want at this point is to get into the habit of blowing it into the weeds. Psychologically it can be crippling as a beginner.

    FWIW, 180 for me was a 5-iron.


    You're probably right on that strategy.

    My pro put me into regular stiffness clubs. It's a lesson he's teaching my body, albeit probably an expensive one. One of my main problems is I want to, his quote, swing like I'm using an axe. I want to really muscle it. When I do that, I do not keep my head level (it goes up on the backswing and is clearly visible on the video he takes) and then I make inconsistent contact with the ball. He's really working on the "just swing the club and let the ball get in the way" type philosophy.

    So the result is when I maintain form, my club head speed is slower than what I'm actually capable of generating. The idea is to get the correct mechanics ingrained and then, a few years down the road, I'll be able to unleash but keep proper form. So there's the expensive part: the eventual re-shafting to a stronger flex.

    Speaking of which, had no idea the high tech now common in golfing. He has two video cameras on you for practice and some pretty cool software for playback, where he can get all John Madden on pointing things out. Then this iron with something wrapped around the shaft, and takes tempo, headspeed, toe down, kick angle, etc. Then the tape on the bottom of the club to see how you make contact. It's pretty interesting.
     


  7. kwilkinson

    kwilkinson Having a Ball

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    IMO the guy is spot on. Learning to hit the ball cleanly and effectively will prove much more efficient and make you a happier, better golfer over time than learning how to hit the ball with muscle.
     


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    We get it, you've got a longer iron shot than I do. WOW. We're all so impressed, ya big jerk. Let me guess, you have two nuts too?!?!?!

    I think everyone I ever played with has a longer iron shot than you. Including Mrs. Thomas. Just sayin.

    As for the nuts...actually I do have two (differently-sized, so it's more like 1 3/4, but I digress), now that you ask, but I get the feeling yours has seen a good deal more action than mine recently. No point in having any if you don't get to use them sometimes. =(
     


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    kwilkinson Having a Ball

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    I think everyone I ever played with has a longer iron shot than you. Including Mrs. Thomas. Just sayin.

    As for the nuts...actually I do have two (differently-sized, so it's more like 1 3/4, but I digress), now that you ask, but I get the feeling yours has seen a good deal more action than mine recently. No point in having any if you don't get to use them sometimes. =(


    Well then hand one of them over. Mine's getting tired. [​IMG]
     


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    itsstillmatt The Liberator Dubiously Honored

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    I'll be jumping in the cart heading to the range in about half an hour. Not sure if I will just practice or play, though.
     


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    You're probably right on that strategy.

    My pro put me into regular stiffness clubs. It's a lesson he's teaching my body, albeit probably an expensive one. One of my main problems is I want to, his quote, swing like I'm using an axe. I want to really muscle it. When I do that, I do not keep my head level (it goes up on the backswing and is clearly visible on the video he takes) and then I make inconsistent contact with the ball. He's really working on the "just swing the club and let the ball get in the way" type philosophy.

    So the result is when I maintain form, my club head speed is slower than what I'm actually capable of generating. The idea is to get the correct mechanics ingrained and then, a few years down the road, I'll be able to unleash but keep proper form. So there's the expensive part: the eventual re-shafting to a stronger flex.

    Speaking of which, had no idea the high tech now common in golfing. He has two video cameras on you for practice and some pretty cool software for playback, where he can get all John Madden on pointing things out. Then this iron with something wrapped around the shaft, and takes tempo, headspeed, toe down, kick angle, etc. Then the tape on the bottom of the club to see how you make contact. It's pretty interesting.


    Interesting to note that I've seen long-drive specialists practice with whippy-shafted drivers - mostly to practice their timing - and they still hit it long and straight with those. So I wouldn't get all starry-eyed about having stiff shafts. Besides, you can always replace the shafts down the road and keep the clubheads.
     


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    Well then hand one of them over. Mine's getting tired. [​IMG]

    I'll see if she'll let one of them out of her purse.
     


  13. Piobaire

    Piobaire Not left of center?

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    Interesting to note that I've seen long-drive specialists practice with whippy-shafted drivers - mostly to practice their timing - and they still hit it long and straight with those. So I wouldn't get all starry-eyed about having stiff shafts. Besides, you can always replace the shafts down the road and keep the clubheads.

    Yes, I would much rather make consistent contact and hit straight than occasionally get an extra 10-15 yards. I'm sure those I eventually hit the course with would prefer it too. [​IMG]
     


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    Going out to the Colonial today to watch golf, drink beer and ogle women. [JulieAndrews]These are a few of my favorite things [/JulieAndrews].


    nice one
     


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    tropics Senior member

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    clubs, all taylormade except ping putter

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    and to keep it style forum related:

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