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post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 

So I am new to golf and this site. This is my first post.  I have played several rounds this year.... but very limited rounds over the last few years.   

 

Any time I play I have to borrow clubs.  I don't have my own.  I would like to invest in my own set of clubs as my interest is beginning to grow and I would like to play more often.  So the questions I have are this.  I do NOT want a junky 150$ set of beginner clubs But I am not looking to spend a Grand on a set either.   I would like to get totally set up for around the $500 range (irons, wedges, woods, driver, putter, bag). I am thinking probably my best way to go is something like this...

 

http://www.dickssportinggoods.com/product/index.jsp?productId=19082426&ab=TopNav_Golf_MensGolfClubs_CompleteSets&cp=4413989.4414118

 

I have the train of thought of get a mid range set then I can build on it piece by piece as my game improves.  I have looked on CL and there is nothing much in my area.  I have went and looked at "certified pre-swung" clubs from both Calloway and Taylormade.   But for the the price range I am looking there does not seem to be much of anything special.

 

What does anyone thing about the Tight Lies set?  or another set you suggest?  or is there something else I should be looking at????

 

Any input would be much appreciated.  Thanks!!!

post #2 of 10
The maltby playability factor may interest you. The fellow goes to the trouble of ranking all these irons toward the purpose of describing how easy it is to play them. I dont think anybody would agree with all his assessments completely, but the fellow is close enough to be considered a predictable or consistent guide through the offerings.
post #3 of 10

I would suggest you get a couple of playing lessons, and work with the pro to help you get a set of clubs appropriate for  you. Ask golfing friends for advice on a good pro who could help you do this.

 

If you buy a set from Craig's List, you don't get to hit them first, and may end up paying quite a bit of $$ to get the clubs tweaked to fit you.

 

A pro connected with a golf shop might be able to help you find a quality used set, as golf shops get decent clubs as trade-ins all the time - they need to sell them to get their $$ back.

 

On the other hand, a beginner's set of boxed club gets many people started, as long as the beginner's sets fits you and your swing. It you test them and they fit your swing, or can be tweaked a little, this will get through the first couple of seasons.

 

But, being that you have the golf bug, you may want to go with the quality used clubs. 

post #4 of 10

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Originally Posted by 4overPAR View Post

 

http://www.dickssportinggoods.com/product/index.jsp?productId=19082426&ab=TopNav_Golf_MensGolfClubs_CompleteSets&cp=4413989.4414118

 

I have the train of thought of get a mid range set then I can build on it piece by piece as my game improves.  I have looked on CL and there is nothing much in my area.  I have went and looked at "certified pre-swung" clubs from both Calloway and Taylormade.   But for the the price range I am looking there does not seem to be much of anything special.

 

What does anyone thing about the Tight Lies set?  or another set you suggest?  or is there something else I should be looking at????

 

Not bad for a complete set with everything you need.  You can also piece together a pretty decent set for around the same price, but it may take watching for a few sales.  Below is just whats available now at Dick's....

 

1.)  Driver  (Cleveland Classic XL Driver $99 or Cobra Amp Cell $150 or Taylor Made Stage 2 $150)

2.)  3 wood (Cleveland Classic $99 or Ping G15 $109 or Cobra Amp Cell $99) 

2.)  Irons (Wilson Reflex on sale $199 or Taylor Made Burner 2.0 for $299)

3.)  Wedges  (Many iron sets come 4iron - Approach wedge - usually around 50-52*)  - only need a SW from there and standard 56* would be fine.... but not needed yet... 

4.)  Putter (Can find these used everywhere, just make sure it fits you) CHEAP... $50 Really good putters...

5.)  Great stand bags brand new ($99.... personally I like the Ping 4 Series for $129)

 

Total -  $627

 

or

 

Cleveland Classic Driver/3 wood, Wilson Reflex Irons, $99 bag (too many choices of good bags at that price), $50 Great used putter

$550 ish..... 

 

Either of these are great to build on IMO... 

 

PS.... As a beginner.... DO NOT feel like all your clubs have to be from the same manufacturer...  Just look at peoples signatures around the forums... Go with what you like best for that type of club...

post #5 of 10
Thread Starter 
Sweet. Great input guys. I appreciate all advice.

I'm not leaning towards any particular clubs because yes... I know there is a difference between a 150$ set and a 1600$ set. But in all honesty. I've used about 4 or 5 different sets of clubs all of which were really old or cheap and I have had some great hits and lousey shots. At my level I believe it is more about getting my golf game down and comfortable with what I have. I just don't want to invest a lot in something I am going to want to replace a few months down the road. Thats why I figured you all could give me some better advice then me just randomly buying something based on name brand or looks
post #6 of 10
Buying used on craigslist or at a retailer is a great way to save money, and for a first set I suggest it. The only downside is it takes patience and knowledge of what you want/need. Also depending on where you live, this may be the worst time of the year to be looking. I'm in New Jersey and there is hardly anything available right now. In the spring however, I built a whole bag for $200.
post #7 of 10
Thread Starter 
@Meeks... Nice. I'm from western PA. I know there isn't much golf left this year. I should probably wait. But I really got bit by the bug over the last month. Lol
post #8 of 10

Go to Monarch golf and build your own clubs, I've used them and their clubs are good. Select preassembled clubs and you get to select the head, shaft, grip, flex etc. and they make the clubs for you. You can by irons, wedges, drivers, fairway woods and putter. You can probably get away for under $500 including free shipping.

 

Let me know how it works out.

post #9 of 10
Thread Starter 
@Jim... Interesting. I didn't know something like that was available at that price point. I'll have to check Monarch out.


Another question to all that I have is what exactly is a "game improvement iron". Isn't that what everyone is looking to do? Are they not allowed by PGA rules or something?
post #10 of 10
Game improvement really refers to 2 aspects of the clubs performance. First is forgiveness on off-center strikes. The other is weight distribution that makes it easier to launch the ball higher.
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