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Old 01-20-2013, 08:14 PM   #26
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So...suggestions for getting into it? I need a set of clubs I think. My set is in questionable repair, and a few are missing. Can I use my partial set to get through the first few lessons? And is it better to eventually get a used set of nice clubs or a new set of cheap clubs?

I don't want to spend 'real' money on something I suck at but kinda like. Plus I don't know how often I'll play. I always have either time or money. Never both...
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Old 01-20-2013, 08:46 PM   #27
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Yeah. Used in the beginning is the way to go. It may not matter what clubs you have for lessons in the beginning as all thats going to happen is fundimental swing mechanics.

When you want a set... buy used. Get the ball going straight... because straight is better than distance right now. A couple hundred will get you a decent set if you look hard enough.
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Old 01-20-2013, 09:21 PM   #28
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Try to buy something name brand a few seasons old. The chinese crap that comes in the beginner sets isn't worth the metal its made from. Luckily the golf world is filled with mooks that have too much money that buy the newest thing every spring, so anything a few years old is dirt cheap.

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Old 01-20-2013, 09:25 PM   #29
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Thanks for the advice. I actually got curious enough to go dig up my clubs. They're taylor made. I bought them used almost a decade ago. They're missing the putter, a #2, and I never liked the driver.

I'll probably wind up signing up for lessons in a few weeks, and use those for a while.

Can I just buy the ones I'm missing, or do the irons only come in sets? i know nothink!

For some reason, I thought they were worse than that.
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Old 01-20-2013, 09:32 PM   #30
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Honestly, you probably dont need a 2i. For most people its an odd-duck club that spends its time living in their bag. You could most likely find one used at Golf Galaxy, or on eBay if you're dead set on having one. Or you could buy a hybrid instead- my set has no irons below a 6, because I love my hybrids to death.
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So, start by telling us what you do have and model of TMs. Putter is a flat stick, doesn't matter. You can get them wicked cheap.

2i? Don't need it. Hybrids are much easier to hit.

When you played, what did you usually score? What's your weakness in the game?

Also, driver? Start by only keeping a 3w in the bag and maybe a 5w, and learn to hit your irons straight. Driver is usually the most inaccurate club in the bag.
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Old 01-20-2013, 09:49 PM   #32
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What exactly is happening with your wedges?
Inconsistent contact on less that full swings. Everything from hosel rockets to off the toe and bladeing it over the green.
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Old 01-20-2013, 09:51 PM   #33
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Replace the all clubs (whole bag)that were taken out off the garage. Just got a RBZ driver, TM Cb irons. TM 4hybrid. I've got a bunch of wedges and putters I can use and still got the v-steels 3-&5(which I like better than the r9s).

Was just about to place a big order at JPM Coachworks too! It's going to have to wait.
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Old 01-20-2013, 10:02 PM   #34
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Inconsistent contact on less that full swings. Everything from hosel rockets to off the toe and bladeing it over the green.
Hit a whole basket of range rocks using just one wedge. Work on placement between your feet and just 1/2 swings (9 to 3 drill). Get the 1/2 swing chip down. Get a feel for that. Then, same club, work on 3/4 swings.

Most of the time, the ball is too far forward in stance. Start by playing it a couple inches inside off your back foot. Many times, having it in the middle will cause a lot of blading because the bottom bounces off the ground.

Just try that for a little bit. Don't hit any other clubs at the range other than that one wedge. Also, what degrees?
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Old 01-20-2013, 10:12 PM   #35
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Single digits is tough, especially 4 points in that short time and 8 in 2 years. Good luck!

Then I am planning on take a few lessons in March.

Goals are to play more and break 80.
He can probably do it if he doesn't try to be a hero Always play to the middle of the green and rely on putting.

Where are you gonna take lessons?

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I'll probably wind up signing up for lessons in a few weeks, and use those for a while.

Can I just buy the ones I'm missing, or do the irons only come in sets? i know nothink!
I'd trade them in at one of the big golf shops towards a newer used set. Something more advanced in terms of tech. But this all depends on exactly which TMs they are and with which shaft flex.

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2i? Don't need it. Hybrids are much easier to hit.
Or a 5 wood

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Inconsistent contact on less that full swings. Everything from hosel rockets to off the toe and bladeing it over the green.
It could be something as simple as the club itself. How it feels, how the club is weighted, differences in the shaft flex.

Or it could be you being handsy, flipping and/or guiding the clubhead, instead of trusting your body. Does this apply to pitch shots and chipping too?
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Hit a whole basket of range rocks using just one wedge. Work on placement between your feet and just 1/2 swings (9 to 3 drill). Get the 1/2 swing chip down. Get a feel for that. Then, same club, work on 3/4 swings.

Most of the time, the ball is too far forward in stance. Start by playing it a couple inches inside off your back foot. Many times, having it in the middle will cause a lot of blading because the bottom bounces off the ground.

Just try that for a little bit. Don't hit any other clubs at the range other than that one wedge. Also, what degrees?
Not sure the degrees on my PW but I think it is 48, also have 52, 56, and 60, I usually leave the 60 at home it seems like I never use it for anything.
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This is my next...



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Old 01-20-2013, 11:32 PM   #38
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I just hope to be able to golf some. I just started last year, and really enjoy it. I still suck, but I was getting better before the courses closed for the winter. My wife is going back to school, so funds will be tight for the next few years.

I would like to get into the 80s on the local courses (in the 90s now).

And my putting really needs to improve. My wife puts great. Me, not so much.

I am a member of the "Fairway Preservation Association". That would be another goal: hitting the fairway more often.

I bought an Optishot last fall, and have been using it with Tiger Woods 08 golf. Lots of fun. But when they updated the software a week or so ago, I cannot use Tiger Woods anymore, just their courses (which they sell you one at a time).
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So, start by telling us what you do have and model of TMs. Putter is a flat stick, doesn't matter. You can get them wicked cheap.

2i? Don't need it. Hybrids are much easier to hit.

When you played, what did you usually score? What's your weakness in the game?

Also, driver? Start by only keeping a 3w in the bag and maybe a 5w, and learn to hit your irons straight. Driver is usually the most inaccurate club in the bag.
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I only played in scrambles at work outings, and even that wasn't but a couple times. I absolutely suck, like starting from scratch. I had 1 lesson in college before losing my internship and thus golf money. I've been to driving ranges a handful of times since, but that's it. That's why I know nothing about any of this.

They seem to be an old set of Taylor Made Burners. The shaft is labeled "s-90"...

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Inconsistent contact on less that full swings. Everything from hosel rockets to off the toe and bladeing it over the green.
Are you psyching yourself out when addressing these shots? Confidence, muh'er ****er.

The cool thing about wedges: super convenient practice.

Spend the $2.00-4.00 for a dozen-or-so wiffle golf balls from Walmart or Target and go to town in your living room or basement when you're bored. You need minimal space. Pick an area of wall, or even the blinds on your sliding glass door (my preference, or a coffee can if I'm watching T.V.). Carpeting or a rug sorta kinda simulates some turf friction, and since they're not full shots it's pretty difficult to break anything. Start your swing small- 15 back from set-up, to 15 forward of set-up, obviously working your way up to a higher degree but no more than 90. Don't worry about distance. From all of this, your preferred ball position and distance-from-feet is going to work itself out from the repetition.
And keep in mind that you're not going for power, but for svelte form and finesse because you are in fact a smooth mother ****er.

I have a feeling that the dirty martinis are affecting my writing and communication prowess, but hopefully my point is conveyed at least generally. Listen to KC.

Make practice convenient and do it lots.




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-Win the DPRK Open.
-And maybe slay some underfed NK Commie buh ho' while I'm there.

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Old 01-24-2013, 02:01 PM   #41
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Live streaming video of Torrey Pines on cbssports.com right now (if your work doesn't block it like mine does )

Trying to decide if I want to go back to my belly putter this season or stick with my short mallet. Leaning towards the belly putter; especially after forking over the cash for it 2 years ago
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Anyone following what's going on at the PGA Show?

http://www.GolfWRX.com > Forums > Tour and PreRelease > 2013 PGA Show

All the little juicy details and photos... as they happen. Crazy coverage this year.

When you look at the Callaway booth, their backdrop, full of phrases, is covered with text from various discussions and Q/A sessons Callaway has had live with memebers there.

It really is the #1 golf site right now, at least in my mind.

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Old 01-24-2013, 03:46 PM   #43
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My main goal this year is to get the speed on my putts more dialed in, on every putt. I think this is going to be rather easy and a big win, it's just a matter of stopping to THINK about the speed a good bit first, and then feeling it out and executing it. Half the time (sometimes .. I'm drunk) and just shrug at it and slap it 10 feet past or leave it way short. None of that this year, unacceptable. If the speed is right the line doesn't matter so much, it may not go in most of the time which is fine, as long as it's close for a 2 putt I'm thrilled. I started working on this towards the end of last year and with just a little thought it paid off big so far.

I retooled my bag last year, from 1991 ping zings 2-L and just one 3w. I am starting to come out of the "new equipment funk" and am hitting the ball well again. I totally lost my swing for about a month there, scary stuff, but as long as I do a couple things I know better to do, it's all good.

Also if I could learn how to DRAW the driver and my fairway woods a bit that would be nice. I draw all my irons and wedges (can fade if need be), but I often just slice the woods, especially the driver... any quick fix for slice to draw with the longer clubs?

what's in the bag to start the year:
D - taylor made r7 460 (soon to be replaced I think, well used)
3w - taylor made ti bubble 2 (favorite club <3 )
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ping zing putter (<3)
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whoa .. i wonder where that ball went .. that is IF he somehow got the face to square up in time ..
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whoa .. i wonder where that ball went .. that is IF he somehow got the face to square up in time ..
You're not familiar with Jamie Sadlowski? He's 5'11, weighs 165, and does this to the golf ball.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_u0rDVwbVo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VDThOdPizOM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V890tot3_O4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tk2BltF_Pgo

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whoa .. i wonder where that ball went .. that is IF he somehow got the face to square up in time ..
Do you even long drive bro?
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Isnt that caused by the progressive scan in the camera? And nhat... nice irons.

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Old 01-24-2013, 07:37 PM   #49
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That's caused by wrist angle and lag. He's a beast. Probably wont be walking by the time he's 40 though...
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Old 01-24-2013, 08:42 PM   #50
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yes i know who he is .. he broke the golf simulator thing on the golf channel

and no i do not long drive, but when I don't slice it into the woods it will be about 280-300

bro
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