I played 15 years ago. Children, jobs, moves, etc. and now I am starting over. After a car accident in December, miracle to be alive, I was having a terrible time walking. ... knees and lower back. My rheumatologist told me to go hit some balls and see how it felt in the knees/back.
I went to the local driving range and got a large bucket of balls. Brought my 3 wood and 5 iron. Hit about 20 or so and then started working on not shanking, slicing, killing the lawnmower guy - as was my signature years ago - by paying attention to the information my buddy gave me on my swing. After 25 or so more balls it started working. I was launching 180yd drives with the 3 wood. Longer after a little more practice. Strait as an arrow. But my alignment sucked.
As I was pondering the alignment thing, and watching others working on their swing I noticed a guy that was crushing his drives. So I watched a minute or so and noticed that he was hitting those balls with what looked like an older Chevy. The club was so incredibly huge.
I looked around a bit more and nearly everyone had one of these ginormous drivers. Some were hitting them well. Some not so much.
I noticed that my 3 wood was about the size of the 5 hybrids that I saw. Hmmm. So I asked. What's the dealio? Why are all of these drivers so big...The guy working at the range said it was more forgiving and advanced and ... well he spoke fast and used words I had little concept of ...
Long story shortened...The day after I hit that large bucket of balls, taking 2.5 hours to do so, my knees felt better than they have in several months and my lower back wasn't screaming.
I don't care about crushing the ball. I got the 3 wood up to about 205-ish by the end of the day and that is fine. I would like to update my bag, and not for a lot.
I have a no name driver, 3 wood, and 5 wood (that is actually wood). I used to have a Burner Bubble 10.5 but it was stolen years ago. My irons are Mizuno blades with stiff shafts. Well Mizuno knockoffs. Love em. I was breaking the 180yd marker by the end of the practice with the 5 iron. Putter is a Mizuno. Dunno how much I like it...but will use it for a while longer.
What I hope you can help with is narrowing down my selections. I like Taylor Made, but that is mostly all I have used. Open to others. What do you suggest? Money is an issue...I will probably need to buy used. Haggin Oaks, local range, has nearly every driver from last season on sale for 100.00 ea. So please weigh in with your thoughts and please give reasons for me to look at your club selection. :)
Thank you in advance
Edited by MrFreeze - 4/23/11 at 12:42am