Hello all, I am a new member and just joined. Wanted to introduce myself and ask a few questions. Played golf a bit when I was in middle school and high school but nothing serious. Mostly just going out with my grandparents. I am 34 years old and hadnt touched a club in 17 years until this past summer. I actually got back into it because I went to Buffalo Wild Wings and got seated in front of large TV playing the British Open this summer. I forgot how fun golf was. I went to Dicks Sporting goods after my meal and bought a cheaper set of topflight golf clubs Driver, 3 wood, 4 and 5 Hybrids, 6-W irons and putter.
Started out by going to driving range 3 or 4 times to hit balls and hitting wiffle balls in yard a fair amount. Went this past weekend to driving range, course was slow so I decided to play 9 holes. After 9 I wasnt tired and was having fun so I went back to clubhouse and paid for the other 9 holes and played 18. Got a 135 keeping strict score. I had a blast. Fast forward a couple of days, I had to get back out, I took a vacation day off work and went to course, played 18 holes and had an absolute BLAST!!!! I scored a 123 this time keeping strick score. Now its 40 degress and snow is coming so I think I will have to wait till spring but I am HOOKED!!!! Couple of questions:
Having a hard time teeing off. Once I get the ball in play, I am much better hitting from fairway or even the rough with an iron or hybrid than I am off the tee. Is this unusaul? When I use the driver I slice terrible to the right (I am right handed) When I tee off with the 3 wood it is better but sometimes I have a hard time hitting solid. Sometimes I pop it up or pull the ball hard to the left. Why is it that I can hit super solid in the fairway or rough with my irons and hybrids but am having so much trouble off the tee?
How do I get rid of the slice with the driver?
Is 135 and 123 ok for starting scores or am I terrible LOL?
I only have a generic Wedge, I had a hard time the two times I got into the sand trap, will another type of wedge be better?
I am afraid I am terribly addicted already, I cannot wait to get back on course, hoping I can get out one more time before the winter sets in. Thanks all for any tips or advice re: above questions and thanks for patience with the newb questions.