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As a relatively new player, my wife had similar paralyzing fears when she first started playing. Here are a few: 1. She preferred to ride along with me on hole #1, then begin her round at #2 tee box. Only if there was absolutely nobody within her view would she tee off on #1. 2. She had this impression that all golfers, except her of course, were similar in skill level to those we see on TV. She was a big golf watcher and has gone with me to WGC at Firestone several times as well. Took about 3 years of me stopping her on the course to watch other players with much less fortunate swings than hers. 3. She literally freaked out on her first round of golf on a course with houses/condos lining the fairways. "HOUSES??!!! YOU DIDN'T SAY ANYTHING ABOUT HOUSES ON GOLF COURSES!!!" As luck would have it, I wasn't paying attention when she air mailed a green from inside 100 yards with her 7-wood! Ball cleared the green, the street and came to rest in the front yard of a homeowner who happened to be in the driveway washing his car! 4. During her 5th year of playing was the first time she agreed to be paired up with anybody other than me. From the forward tees, she can bomb 'em way past me on occasion. She can bomb 'em past most guys when the forward tees provide her with a reasonable advantage. Finally, some confidence after 5 years of playing the game. 5. She broke 100 for the first time this year. This is her 7th season playing. She counts 'em all, thoroughly enjoys the game and swears like a sailor at just the right time. So there you have it. A woman who began golfing later in life, playing in a male-dominated activity and enjoying it to the fullest ... most of the time! And just remember, golf is supposed to be FUN!!! Enjoy the time out there. Dave
Agree 100% (I'm working on it). This is what I meant in the rest of my paragraph when I said there would be no chance for any real improvement with a my old swing. I think the expression "polishing a turd" applies to trying to play good golf with a bad swing. And speaking of getting older (I'm 54), I think a bad swing could conceivably cause more physical damage to our bodies (I'm not a Dr., I just play one on the Internet).
One consideration is how you use your wedges. If you hit the GW for full shots, you might want to have the same feel as your PW and numbered irons. If you use GW/AW and higher wedges mainly for partial shots, you might want to have the non-PWs as specialty wedges. If you're mostly partial shots, you may want a different shaft than with your irons. And, it varies by iron set. The X20 matching AW was hard to control on distance, while the Nike Vapor Speed and TM SLDR AWs worked quite well. End conclusion: go with what works for you. You find this out by testing clubs.
I don't really have a target; I just go out and try to play to the best of my abilities. Target implies I'm actively shooting for something, which I'm not, especially considering I usually don't pay attention to my total score until after the round.