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Are my clubs too old? Still use oldies but goodies?

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Thanks, glad to be on this site.

Well, here's my first post.

I think maybe I can save a few strokes if I upgraded my equipment but am pretty happy with my set up right now.  Are these clubs too outdated?  Thanks.  Suggestions welcomed.

Driver - Titleist 905R

Titleist 904F 17* 4 Wood

Titleist 585H 21* 3 Hybrid

4-PW Bridgestone J33 CBs

Cleveland TA Reg Chrome 588 56 SW and 60 LW

Ping Anser 3 Manganese Bronze Putter.

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only YOU can decide whether it's time to "upgrade" or change anything in your set.  if you're having difficulty with any of them then then having them checked is called for.  if not then maybe only a lesson or two is called for.  either way don't let anyone sell you anything that doesn't "feel right" to you.

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Originally Posted by tweaky

only YOU can decide whether it's time to "upgrade" or change anything in your set.  if you're having difficulty with any of them then then having them checked is called for.  if not then maybe only a lesson or two is called for.  either way don't let anyone sell you anything that doesn't "feel right" to you.


Thanks, I am going to stick with these for awhile.  I went into a crazy phase of upgrading to the latest drivers, wedges, woods and putters but they never really helped.  As you said, a lesson or more focused practice is probably what I need.  I am determined to improve this year.

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I'm interested in the same sort of question.  I guess another way of asking it would be:

"To what extent could I expect my game to improve by moving from my older equipment to more modern equipment?"

OR:

"At what point do recent technology gains justify upgrading equipment?"

Something like that anyway.

If you have opinions about that, I'd be interested in hearing answers.  I'm relatively new to the game (started about 2 years ago, don't have much time to play or practice -- max of one trip to the range, one round per week, but more like two hours at the range and one round every two weeks), and I put together a Hogan set on the cheap:

Hogan C-S3 455 Driver,

Hogan C 455 3 & 5 woods,

Hogan BH-5 irons 3-PW,

Hogan Riviera Wedges (54, 60)

Hogan Bettinardi "The Hawk" putter (BHB 11 HK)

My feeling right now is that my swing is so inconsistent that I could be playing with pretty much any clubs and it wouldn't affect my game much.  If I can start to play consistently in the high 80s, I figure I might use that as justification to upgrade my equipment (and maybe do a club-fitting).

I'm new enough to the game that I don't think I really know much, and I'm interested in hearing opinions from those who are more experienced (or just more opinionated) than I am.

So, any opinions for the OP? For me?  ...thanks in advance.

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Wow, looking at your set makes me feel bad.  I just "upgraded" to a set of Ping I3+ irons and a 907D1 driver.

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Originally Posted by Roblar

I'm interested in the same sort of question.  I guess another way of asking it would be:

"To what extent could I expect my game to improve by moving from my older equipment to more modern equipment?"

OR:

"At what point do recent technology gains justify upgrading equipment?"

Something like that anyway.

If you have opinions about that, I'd be interested in hearing answers.  I'm relatively new to the game (started about 2 years ago, don't have much time to play or practice -- max of one trip to the range, one round per week, but more like two hours at the range and one round every two weeks), and I put together a Hogan set on the cheap:

Hogan C-S3 455 Driver,

Hogan C 455 3 & 5 woods,

Hogan BH-5 irons 3-PW,

Hogan Riviera Wedges (54, 60)

Hogan Bettinardi "The Hawk" putter (BHB 11 HK)

My feeling right now is that my swing is so inconsistent that I could be playing with pretty much any clubs and it wouldn't affect my game much.  If I can start to play consistently in the high 80s, I figure I might use that as justification to upgrade my equipment (and maybe do a club-fitting).

I'm new enough to the game that I don't think I really know much, and I'm interested in hearing opinions from those who are more experienced (or just more opinionated) than I am.

So, any opinions for the OP? For me?  ...thanks in advance.


I think I just answered my own question reading your post.

I like your Hogan clubs.  I believe the woods are Hogan's last offering and the driver if I remember right is over 400 cc, the BH-5 are very nice cavity back cast irons, Hogan's first cast clubs I believe and the Riviera wedges are forged I think.  The Bettinardi Hogan Hawk is also very effective.  Learning from experience, 20 years golfing now, stay with what you have right now and groove your swing or better yet, get a lesson.  When you start shooting mid 80's or so, then perhaps you can treat yourselves to some new equipment.  But in my opinion, all your equipment is pretty current meaning nothing game changing since those Hogan clubs but of course others will disagree.  Later on, you can go insane like all of us wanting the latest driver and the most effective shaft but in the end, it all comes down to your swing and your ability to score with your short game.

I am looking at my old set of Tommy Armour 845s Silver Scots and these are almost 20 years old and I can just change the grips on these and play them, not much difference with the modern irons.  Small blade like profile with enough offset for forgiveness.

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