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About mikeblas

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  1. Advice for getting started

    Thanks for your note, Boston. I'm not sure I understand your anecdote, though. Are you saying that beginners' sets are shorter than regular sets? If I buy the +1 beginner's set that the pro fit for me, it's actually shorter than a regular size set?
  2. Advice for getting started

    I went to a golf shop and met a very nice pro. He showed me some clubs, answered a ton of questions, and essentially gave me a 20 minute lesson -- I used some clubs at the indoor video driving range, and we talked about the differences in some of the equipment. It was quite a great experience. I found out that I should swing +1 clubs because of my height; they're lots more comfortable. I'm still a bit baffled at the range of available equipment, though. We looked at three beginner sets -- bag, driver, putter, irons and wedges -- and they ranged in price from $200 to $400. There are single putters that cost $200, and single drivers that cost $400. What's the difference? How can one putter be worth as much as a beginner's set? How can one beginner's set be worth twice another?
  3. Advice for getting started

    Yep, I've heard that golf is about the short game. And I can understand that -- it's in the short game that accuracy and control matter the most. That fact doesn't explain why you'd want to learn the short game first, though. Your explanation -- about developing better swing habits -- does.Yep, I've heard that golf is about the short game. And I can understand it -- that's where accuracy matters more than anywhere else. That doesn't explain why you'd want to learn the short game first, though
  4. Advice for getting started

    Sure. But why is that?
  5. Advice for getting started

    Right now, Costco has a set of Taylormade clubs that appears to retail for about $1000 on sale for $600, including a bag. I'm not sure about the club selection, though it seems like it's otherwise a great bargain. There are new Adams Golf sets that seem reasonable for about $400 direct from the Adams Golf website. I'm wary of borrowing clubs because I think that success at golf has to do with consistency. It'll be hard to be consistent if my foundation is changing at all times. A lot of guys have suggested starting with small swings and working up. (One guy made the suggestion for times, in fact. LOL.) What's the basis for this suggestion? Would a pro start me out that way, too? I agree that it's hard to find someone I'd mesh with -- not that I'm difficult, just that it's easiest to learn from someone when you've hit it off with them. How do I find pros to interview? Thanks again for all the tips and suggestions! :)
  6. Advice for getting started

    Thanks! :) I've spent time with borrowed clubs at the driving range a few times -- from junk clubs at the range to friends clubs that I borrowed from their bags. I really enjoy hitting, and that's good I think because I realize that the best way to be good at golf is to practice. I've not spent much time on the course. I've only played once with some friends at a short par 3 nine-hole course. It was lots of fun and very informal, but I learned a lot and did quite well. I'm thinking of buying a used driver, then a couple of used irons. If I don't spend much, I can take these to the range and get used to them and try to develop some consistency. If I find I don't have the time or interest, I can bail out without having spent too much. My main worry is developing bad habits without instruction. Should that be a concern? I figure if I'm comfortable with a swing and haven't spent a lot of time at it, then a good instructor should be able to help me change it.
  7. Hi! I've been thinking about starting to golf. I must say that I'm completely overwhelmed by my next step. Equipment selection is terrifying; there seem to be lots of crazy gimmicks, and clubs seem to go out of style. I don't need any of that crap, though I don't want to buy anything that makes me feel frustrated. I think I'd be thrilled to buy some used clubs -- whatever was top of the line three or five years ago should be more than adequate and pretty cheap for me. The selection on CraigsList around here seems pretty crummy; lots of junk. The used sites on the internet seem to price things quite expensively, with less of a discount than I'd expected for last years' gear. Where are good places to look for used or out-dated equipment? I'm also a little surprised at not being able to find beginners' resources. I've found some advice about choosing clubs. I've read that I want high-loft and regular flex, for example. (Do I have it right?) Should I start with lessons, or just go to the range and hit? Should I get fitted at a shop, or just buy used? Do I have any business trying clubs out at "demo days" at the shops? Most importantly, what are good resources for doing my own reading? Thanks for your help.