Hey everyone. New to the site. Fairly new to the sport.
A little background: I got the bug last May and have not looked back since. I just turned 40 and I have no idea what took me so long. I love the game..... I think... haha. Really, I do... wait... yea... I'm pretty sure I like it most of the time. My first round last year was a 116. I started breaking 100 after a month or so and started breaking 90 after 3 more months. Best round was an 83 on a par 71 with a slope of 117. Anyway, I bought some cheap clubs off of ebay Cleveland TA7's and a Cleveland Launcher DST 10.5*. All clubs have regular flex shafts.
First question: I am currently club shopping. And it seems to me that the guys working at Golf Galaxy and Golfsmith just seem to push on me what they may or may not have alot of in stock... I dont know. It just seems really impersonal and nonchallant. Is this how it is? Or should I try a mom and pop place?
Second question: I hate how I can feel the clubs flexing when I swing. I feel that my hands are way ahead of the club head at where impact should be. Needless to say, I have grown some confidence with my swing and I swing hard but with my current clubs I get a lot of pushes and slices. Would stiffer shafts really help? AVG swing speed with driver is 98 MPH according to the Golfsmith machine.
Third question: I have hit some of the new adjustable drivers. Both of the people assisting me have been pushing some of the more adjustable (R1, 913, etc...) where I am kinda favoring the PING G25. Mainly because its only slightly adjustable and I am worried that if I had a driver that could adjust in 168 different ways, I would start tinkering too much with the driver instead of my swing. What have you guys found. Are these super adjustable drivers good for a player or do they become swing crutches?
Forth question: Shafts. I want to get clubs and shafts that help me to get a higher ball launch/flight. I hear this is a part of it.
Fifth question: How helpful are lessons. I am and always have been very good at sports. Baseball was my best as I played in college and some years after. I usually pick things up to where I am above average in a short time. This little game of golf is the hardest thing I have ever played. Hands down.
Thanks in advance for any input and thanks in advance for reading my book I just wrote. I have been reading through this site for months and have finally joined due to the simple fact that I love the game and could talk about it for hours and there seems to be some decent players on here that I could learn a thing or 2 from.