Re: Your opinion of Clone Clubs
Originally Posted by mikelz
Just a word to the wise, Mike - 'trolleys' are also slang for underpants, in some parts of England...
Handle with care!
On the original subject...
I started playing with an ancient set of clubs I bought for £50. Then I bought a second-hand set of Cobras for £250. I decided to sample titanium heads and graphite shafts through a Confidence driver I bought for £50. It worked, so I bought the Mizuno for £250 - and not surprisingly, it's better. As my current Callaways are better than the Cobras that replaced the 2nd-hand set.
By spending little at outset, I found out - relatively cheaply - if the game suited me. It did, and I invested more. Luckily, the club I'm a member of has a wide social mix, with a wide variety of clubs on view. Anyone who wants to play the game and observes the rules is welcome - we judge people by their characters, not the badge on their equipment. I've seen people play very well with Powerbilts, and very badly with Taylor Mades and Callaways. It's who they are and how they play, not what they lug about, that matters.
I, too, mix with mid and low handicappers - as low as 1 handicap, which I believe is pretty good. Up until I came across this discussion, no-one has ever mentioned anything about trolleys, carts, buggies or anything similar. It's entirely a personal preference, same as, say, Odyssey putter over Scotty Cameron.
Really, who cares, so long as buggies, trolleys and carts are kept off the greens and the tees?
Personally, I use a trolley. I can still hit the ball over the last few holes because I haven't knackered myself - that's my personal preference.
Oh, and are our players good? Well, both our men's teams (singles and pairs) won their leagues last year. Ladies did pretty well, too. Among our notable scalps was Ferndown GC, a long-established club in Bournemouth, where Peter Allis learned his trade. So yes, we're good. And we can mix freely with the highest in the land - despite using trolleys!