Originally Posted by flopster
It really shouldn't bother you but I kind of see the point of seeing some ones ignorance about what it really takes to play this game be sort of annoying.
Ignorance = annoying? I think some of you guys forgot how it was to start out.
Consider the scenario, businessman that's never played golf is invited to golf outing by his boss. He decides he doesn't want to look like an idiot in front of his boss so he walks into his local golf store to buy some new clubs and get some lessons. Do you honestly think the salesman is going to sell him a bundled set for $100 if the guy seems willing to pay for more? Of course not, salesman has him try out some of the latest and greatest SGI irons, most forgiving driver and woods plus a $150+ putter.
A newbie isn't on TST or other forums to know that he'll probably hit a used $200 set of Diablo Edges just as well as the $800 set of Ping G25's. The sales guy isn't going to tell him that a used R11 is just as good the new SLDR or R1.
I think in most cases newbie golfers (if they can afford it) buy what the sales person sells them or what their buddies play.