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Hello everyone,
New guy from Washington that is getting the bug again.

I am looking for some advise and guidance. I use to play when I was much younger and really had no idea about what to do. Never got lessons from a pro but that being said the lessons I did get where from my grandfather who's philosophy was "if you can't hit a 7 iron well, there is no real reason to swing a different club." So that kinda sums up my lessons.

I have been reading a ton of threads the last couple of weeks and the one thing that seems consistent is that a noob should get lessons before getting fitted. That's cool I get the reasoning behind that. But what about the noob ( like myself) that do not have clubs to take to a lesson? I have been going to a range with a 7iron I picked up from the goodwill.

Should a find a cheap set to take lessons with and then get something better or would it be smarter to get a nicer set of standard length that I can take to lessons and then get fitted for later? I am 6'-3" and feel that I am making adjustments to my stance, grip and swing with the crappy club I have now to get it to go some what straight and have a consistent distance of 140 to 145yds. Not trying to kill it, but just to be consistent.

Thanks in advance guys! a1_smile.gif
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Originally Posted by Knoja View Post

Hello everyone,
New guy from Washington that is getting the bug again.

I am looking for some advise and guidance. I use to play when I was much younger and really had no idea about what to do. Never got lessons from a pro but that being said the lessons I did get where from my grandfather who's philosophy was "if you can't hit a 7 iron well, there is no real reason to swing a different club." So that kinda sums up my lessons.

I have been reading a ton of threads the last couple of weeks and the one thing that seems consistent is that a noob should get lessons before getting fitted. That's cool I get the reasoning behind that. But what about the noob ( like myself) that do not have clubs to take to a lesson? I have been going to a range with a 7iron I picked up from the goodwill.

Should a find a cheap set to take lessons with and then get something better or would it be smarter to get a nicer set of standard length that I can take to lessons and then get fitted for later? I am 6'-3" and feel that I am making adjustments to my stance, grip and swing with the crappy club I have now to get it to go some what straight and have a consistent distance of 140 to 145yds. Not trying to kill it, but just to be consistent.

Thanks in advance guys! a1_smile.gif

 

 

Welcome to TST.

 

Actually starting with a 7i seems like a good idea. Getting a full set of clubs now that you have made some progress seems a good idea as well. Even if you get super cheap ones it will help you get some variety.

 

I started with a set of "Zevo" clubs from golfsmith. The only regret is that I didn't buy them used from a goodwill store.

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Originally Posted by Knoja View Post

Hello everyone,
New guy from Washington that is getting the bug again.

I am looking for some advise and guidance. I use to play when I was much younger and really had no idea about what to do. Never got lessons from a pro but that being said the lessons I did get where from my grandfather who's philosophy was "if you can't hit a 7 iron well, there is no real reason to swing a different club." So that kinda sums up my lessons.

I have been reading a ton of threads the last couple of weeks and the one thing that seems consistent is that a noob should get lessons before getting fitted. That's cool I get the reasoning behind that. But what about the noob ( like myself) that do not have clubs to take to a lesson? I have been going to a range with a 7iron I picked up from the goodwill.

Should a find a cheap set to take lessons with and then get something better or would it be smarter to get a nicer set of standard length that I can take to lessons and then get fitted for later? I am 6'-3" and feel that I am making adjustments to my stance, grip and swing with the crappy club I have now to get it to go some what straight and have a consistent distance of 140 to 145yds. Not trying to kill it, but just to be consistent.

Thanks in advance guys! a1_smile.gif

 

You can take some static measurements which will give you some indication of what size clubs you will need etc, then maybes get fitted to see if you need loft and lie angle etc adjusted at a later date once your swing has developed a bit??

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Originally Posted by Knoja View Post


I have been reading a ton of threads the last couple of weeks and the one thing that seems consistent is that a noob should get lessons before getting fitted. That's cool I get the reasoning behind that. But what about the noob ( like myself) that do not have clubs to take to a lesson? I have been going to a range with a 7iron I picked up from the goodwill.

Should a find a cheap set to take lessons with and then get something better or would it be smarter to get a nicer set of standard length that I can take to lessons and then get fitted for later? I am 6'-3" and feel that I am making adjustments to my stance, grip and swing ...

 

 

Go to your local Golfsmith-type place and check out the Used Club/Trade-In section. When the Sales guy comes around, tell him your story. Try to find a 7I and/or a 9I that's 1/2" or 1" longer than standard. Go with a Brand Name (Titleist, Callaway, Ping, etc) cavity-back. Even if it's 10+ years old, it's gonna better than a non-Brand Name stick. Shouldn't cost ya more than $20 a piece. Ensure the grooves are still "decent" and that the grip isn't greasy.

 

Bang those clubs at the range for half a dozen sessions over a couple weeks. If/when you become somewhat proficient, head back to the store (or Pro Shop) and buy a used full set of similar "forgiving" irons. $200 - ish. 

 

 

 

 

 

Then you're off and runnin'. Trust it, hit it, find it. And, most importantly, have fun.

 

 

 

 

Bubba Watson never took a lesson. A million golf lessons exist Free online. Or grab  Ben Hogan's Five Lessons  book on eBay for $5.

 

Everyone's swing is different.

 

 

 

 

 

B-)

 

 

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Bubba Watson never took a lesson. A million golf lessons exist Free online. Or grab  Ben Hogan's Five Lessons  book on eBay for $5.


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I used to read golf digest and other magazines and just try to integrate one tip every other practice round. I think alot of just basic golf is just like basic math the more you do it the better you will be.
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