Hello everyone...newbie here! This is great site full of great advice. Thanks for letting me be a lurker until now!
My kids are now @ the age (9 and 12), where both are seriously interested in getting into golf. The good news for me is this means going back up to 20+ rounds per year vs the last decade or so of 2 or 3 per.
A little background...I've played golf since I was 13 (now 45). When I stopped playing frequently, my handicap was around 20. Now if I were keeping track, it'd probably be closer to 25. My goal is to seriously work on my game now that golf will be back @ the forefront of our summers. My personal objective is to be @ 15 within the next two seasons and south of that within three. Yes lessons/clinics will be a mainstay to achieve this. Distance or shotmaking has never been an issue, consistency is my achilles heel (given my on/off approach to the game).
I still play my trusty set of black dot Karsten II irons (circa late 70's) and have always loved them. The set is in great condition (new grips, re-conditioned club heads, and zz lite shafts (in the early 90's). I've gone through plenty of fairway woods and drivers in this time, but have always stuck to my irons. Needless to say, I'm like a kid in a candy store now. I've swung the G15's and i15's. My initial feeling with the G15's is that I couldn't "feel" the bad strikes like I'm used to feeling with the Karsten's. The i's..on the other hand...feel very similar to my Karsten II's.
For those who may have had experience with the early Pings, my three questions are simple:
1) Will I find that the i15's have advanced enough to make a difference, or should I just hold onto my cash and invest in more clinics? I'm leaning towards pulling the trigger. After all,,,,30 years of development (even on Pings)..has to have made a difference.
2) Am I looking @ the 'right" Ping irons given my goal is to improve improve improve, but recognizing I have a long way to go?
3) Are there any other clubs outside of the Ping family that you can recommend I try out - which are similar?
Thanks in advance for any advice you have!
Edited by bje9876 - 2/8/11 at 7:00pm