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Old 04-21-2015, 03:02 PM   #21
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^ good advice - note you can get a really decent set of irons for under $300 - check out tgw.com - that's where I get most of my stuff
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Old 04-21-2015, 03:55 PM   #22
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I've always splurged and bought new clubs but you can find deals on Craigslist and then just have them re-gripped.
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Congratulations DM! I have never wasted my time entering club championships when I have been a member as I have 4 or 5 blow up holes that kill me. But I can do well in the cash skins games. Last fall I won 3 out of the 4 skins in a one day tourney pocketing close to $300. That really ticks the good players off when they shoot around par and neither place or win a skin. While a guy shooting 83 takes home the most loot!


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I play in a skins game most days. Today I shot 76 and didn't win a thing. I don't have a problem with that. It's just part of that game. I didn't make any birdies, so there was no way I was going to win anything.

I have a different strategy when I'm playing stroke play, it's not have any blow up holes. Skins you just let her rip.
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I always shoot a 76. Sometimes it's just after 14 holes tho.
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I think you have it backwards.

1) Spring for new clubs. Today's clubs are so much more forgiving of slight mishits... well worth the money. IIRC I spent about $1k for middle of the road clubs when I retired and noticed a big difference.

2) Try a 2-3 day golf school to reboot your game. What I found is that it screwed me up for a while until I decided what they tried to teach me to incorporate into my game and what to stay with the old way I was doing it.
My pro told me if he fits clubs to my old swing, I will need a new set again. If you are doing lessons, I think you should make the swing changes first, then fit the clubs to the new swing - or old if there was no change
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I play in a skins game most days. Today I shot 76 and didn't win a thing. I don't have a problem with that. It's just part of that game. I didn't make any birdies, so there was no way I was going to win anything.



I have a different strategy when I'm playing stroke play, it's not have any blow up holes. Skins you just let her rip.

I would have to cheat to shoot 76. I can play 6-7 holes and think "I could play senior tour" then reality hits every time after an OB snap hook, quickly followed up with a bogey....


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Way to go. Your own PPS will feel sweet each time you pull into it.


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I think you have it backwards.

1) Spring for new clubs. Today's clubs are so much more forgiving of slight mishits... well worth the money. IIRC I spent about $1k for middle of the road clubs when I retired and noticed a big difference.

2) Try a 2-3 day golf school to reboot your game. What I found is that it screwed me up for a while until I decided what they tried to teach me to incorporate into my game and what to stay with the old way I was doing it.
Thanks pb4uski...I might just do that. My wife keeps telling me to get lessons but I keep thinking I could get better on my own with tips on Golf Channel and Golf Digest...but my game hasn't gotten any better. Gotta try something different.
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Thanks pb4uski...I might just do that. My wife keeps telling me to get lessons but I keep thinking I could get better on my own with tips on Golf Channel and Golf Digest...but my game hasn't gotten any better. Gotta try something different.
without video, you can't watch your swing so you either need a pro and/or a camera - you could have one of several problems - bad grip, poor stance, lack of one piece takeaway/rotation, coming down with the arms instead of the legs, coming out of posture during the swing etc

have a pro use a video to compare your swing to a tour player
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As a plaque an old co-worker had on his wall:
If it goes left it is a hook, if it goes right it is a slice, if it goes straight it is a miracle

I might have that left/right mixed up, but the point is made.
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...If it goes left it is a hook, if it goes right it is a slice, if it goes straight it is a miracle ...
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I think you have it backwards.

1) Spring for new clubs. Today's clubs are so much more forgiving of slight mishits... well worth the money. IIRC I spent about $1k for middle of the road clubs when I retired and noticed a big difference.
I never buy the new year model clubs, IMO they are way over priced. Wait a year or so and the prices drop by about half. While I agree there is a big difference in the clubs today compared to those from 20 or more years ago, especially woods and hybrids, in most cases there is very little difference in the clubs that manufacturers put out from one year to the next. Buy last years models and you can save a bundle on a top of the line set of clubs.
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I agree with you that last year's model are much better values. When I said 'new" it was in the context of the poster's "K-Mart special .... used Callaway driver and used Taylor Made rescue" clubs, not new like in current model year.
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