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Gday, 

 

I've been playing golf for a few years now, I'm generally a bogey golfer, but I can shoot lower when I'm in the zone :p My dad bought a set of clubs off ebay (just a cheapie dunlop set, no more than $180), and I've been playing with these for a few years. I've replaced the putter, and added a sand and lob wedge. 

 

Of the original set, the 3 wood cracked, and the driver head broke off. I got an RBZ 3 wood for christmas, and now I'm looking into buying a driver. However, I'm very stingy when it comes to money, and so I'm looking to buy online, as the prices are far far cheaper than in store. Local stores charge about $50 for a fitting, which is taken off if you buy the club there. But buying a nice driver online would save me approximately $100, and this is money I'd rather spend on playing.

 

Essentially, my question is whether getting fitted is completely necessary, and should I simply do my research, and buy a decent driver online? Because I think that I'm probably able to hit any club fairly decently, especially these modern drivers. For what it's worth, I've hit a buddy's R11S driver a few times, and I loved it.

 

I hit the ball a normal height, and I've got a slight tendency to fade the ball, but I can work it both ways. 

 

Thanks for your help!

post #2 of 5
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Originally Posted by MiseryBusiness View Post

Gday, 

 

I've been playing golf for a few years now, I'm generally a bogey golfer, but I can shoot lower when I'm in the zone :p My dad bought a set of clubs off ebay (just a cheapie dunlop set, no more than $180), and I've been playing with these for a few years. I've replaced the putter, and added a sand and lob wedge. 

 

Of the original set, the 3 wood cracked, and the driver head broke off. I got an RBZ 3 wood for christmas, and now I'm looking into buying a driver. However, I'm very stingy when it comes to money, and so I'm looking to buy online, as the prices are far far cheaper than in store. Local stores charge about $50 for a fitting, which is taken off if you buy the club there. But buying a nice driver online would save me approximately $100, and this is money I'd rather spend on playing.

 

Essentially, my question is whether getting fitted is completely necessary, and should I simply do my research, and buy a decent driver online? Because I think that I'm probably able to hit any club fairly decently, especially these modern drivers. For what it's worth, I've hit a buddy's R11S driver a few times, and I loved it.

 

I hit the ball a normal height, and I've got a slight tendency to fade the ball, but I can work it both ways. 

 

Thanks for your help!

Then call the demo of your buddies club a "fitting" and go get that one online somewhere for a deal!  win-win. :)

 

You have to be honest with yourself about your priorities.  I mean, I would say getting fitted is paramount, but I am willing to spend some extra money to know that my problems are all me, and not poor fitting clubs.  You might not have that problem.  Also, I can't actually quantify how many strokes the fitted clubs save me.

 

It's a peace of mind thing.

post #3 of 5

Go into your local golf shop and hit several different drivers on a launch monitor.  Try different types of shafts:  low launch, high launch, light, heavy, etc.  Find a head that suits your eye (i.e. white vs. black looks very different at address).  Once you have an idea, shop online for something that fits the profile that you like.

 

You don't have to pay for a fitting and buy a driver on the spot.  But I do think you should at least try out a few different shaft types, especially on the driver where shafts can be so different from one manufacturer to the next.  And it's just too easy not to do it.

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Originally Posted by MiseryBusiness View Post

 

... Essentially, my question is whether getting fitted is completely necessary, and should I simply do my research, and buy a decent driver online? Because I think that I'm probably able to hit any club fairly decently, especially these modern drivers. For what it's worth, I've hit a buddy's R11S driver a few times, and I loved it.

 

I hit the ball a normal height, and I've got a slight tendency to fade the ball, but I can work it both ways. 

 

Thanks for your help!

It depends on what you're trying to accomplish with your golf game. From your post, it appears you want to increase your golf activity.

 

Also, it depends on what you have available locally. If you're in a high golf area with a choice of decent used clubs, you might be able to compare vs. get fitted. If you have, say three drivers you like, you can do a side-by-side comparision - hit 5-10 balls each - get some launch data, and buy the driver that worked best.

 

This saves you the money of a fitting. But, if you want to play in tournaments, you might want to get fitted so you know the ideal head + shaft characteristics for you. And, you could use the fitting info as a starting point when you upgrade your irons.

 

Just a thought.

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Historic note: Back around 1970, I used to caddie for an American engineer who had won a furry kangaroo hide golf bag on a trip to Australia. It was a sharp looking bag to carry - except on rainy days...

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post #5 of 5

I'd go demo a few drivers first to see what impact the different ones have on your particular game.  We are all different and what works for one person may not work for another.  Then based on that you can always go to a store and have it fitted to your particular swing.  Might be worth having a look at the various rental and demo sites that are out there.

 

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Originally Posted by MiseryBusiness View Post

Gday, 

 

I've been playing golf for a few years now, I'm generally a bogey golfer, but I can shoot lower when I'm in the zone :p My dad bought a set of clubs off ebay (just a cheapie dunlop set, no more than $180), and I've been playing with these for a few years. I've replaced the putter, and added a sand and lob wedge. 

 

Of the original set, the 3 wood cracked, and the driver head broke off. I got an RBZ 3 wood for christmas, and now I'm looking into buying a driver. However, I'm very stingy when it comes to money, and so I'm looking to buy online, as the prices are far far cheaper than in store. Local stores charge about $50 for a fitting, which is taken off if you buy the club there. But buying a nice driver online would save me approximately $100, and this is money I'd rather spend on playing.

 

Essentially, my question is whether getting fitted is completely necessary, and should I simply do my research, and buy a decent driver online? Because I think that I'm probably able to hit any club fairly decently, especially these modern drivers. For what it's worth, I've hit a buddy's R11S driver a few times, and I loved it.

 

I hit the ball a normal height, and I've got a slight tendency to fade the ball, but I can work it both ways. 

 

Thanks for your help!

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