• Announcements

    • iacas

      Introducing TST "Clubs!"   08/28/2017

      No, we're not getting into the equipment business, but we do have "clubs" here on TST now. Groups. Check them out here:
Sign in to follow this  
Roblar

Club fitting: get extras for the range?

Recommended Posts

I'm planning to get fit for clubs sometime within the next three months.  I'm already excited about the clubs, and I know I'll be over-protective of them for quite a while.

The problem: I won't want to use my clubs at the range.

Question #1: Do any of you order extra 'fitted clubs' for the range? Is that a crazy idea?

I'm thinking of getting a duplicate 6 iron (or 7 iron) and wedge (probably a 52) for the range.  (My typical range routine involves hitting wedge, 6 or 7-iron, 3 iron, 5-wood, and driver.)

Question #2: How much does frequent range use beat up on clubs?  Am I right that it wouldn't be as hard on the clubs if I clean them after each shot on the range?

Question #3:  Once you're fit for clubs, how detrimental to your swing is it to practice with your old (non-fitted) clubs?  What about a different brand/make/model with

Question #4: Any advice for what I should do while I'm in the "my clubs are too new and nice to use at the range" phase?

Thanks in advance.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Sign up (or log in) today! It's free (and you won't see this ad anymore)!

Sign up (or log in) today! It's free (and you won't see this ad anymore)!

Originally Posted by hammerhead

Clubs are ment to be hit. You think Any pro practices with differnt clubs than he plays with????

Erik does ...

http://thesandtrap.com/t/57874/my-edel-wedges-or-super-bounce-and-why-its-good-for-you-or-the-sweet-spot-is-finally-in-the-right-place/0_30#post_709734

... at least with his fancy wedges.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Awards, Achievements, and Accolades

Clubs ARE meant to be hit.  I clean my clubs before I leave the range, usually after I finish hitting each one, so sure, they get wear marks, but they need to be played.  I remember going with a friend to buy some irons a while ago and he wasthold that he'd get the gap wedge free if he bought the floor models but he insisted that he wanted them new.  I finally convinced him that he'd be hitting the ground and the balls and that his clubs wouldn't look any better than the demos after a round or two anyway.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

IMHO, unless your range is a gravel pit, you will probably do less damage to your clubs on the range than you will on the course (with the possibilities of being in sand traps/rough/etc..)...

But I do suspect that if you are afraid to hit your new clubs on the range, you are probably not going to hit them well on the course for fear of beating them up.....

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Awards, Achievements, and Accolades

I've got two (okay, actually three, but...) full sets of irons at the house now --  Hogan BH5 and Hogan Apex Plus.  I play with the Apex Plus irons and practice with the BH-5s.  I haven't worried about it because the clubs were both 'standard' sets and relatively cheap (under $200), and I've never had issues switching from the range to the course. (Actually, I usually play better than I practice.)

Once I get fit into clubs, I worry about playing with a 'fitted' set and practicing with a standard set - seems like that could mess up a swing a bit.  No?  And I'm sure that it will take a few weeks and several rounds before I reach the 'clubs are meant to be hit' state.  I get that point --- just saying that I know myself well enough to know that I'll be over-protective of the clubs for a while after I buy them.

Here's another question: what club that is produced today most closely approximates the Hogan Apex Plus Irons?

http://valueguide.pga.com/images/Ben_Hogan/Irons/apex_plus_large.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I took on new clubs in November - so I know what you mean, OP, by wanting to protect your investment. At the same time, the guys are right. Clubs are meant to be hit. I rotate mine at the range, and yes, I keep a wet towel and brush on the bag, and clean the club every few shots. It makes me take a breather between shots and think about what I'm doing. And that's better than beating ball after ball.

I typical do a lot of drills and like to use my gap wedge since it is the least used club in my bag. But I rotate my wedges for drills and clean them, again, after every few shots. You don't want to blast a hard ball against a dirty club unless you want to wear spots on them sooner than wanted.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Awards, Achievements, and Accolades

Practice with the clubs you play with.  I hear the heads of golf clubs are made out of this special material, metal I think it is called, that holds up quite well against golf balls.  You'll find a new set of clubs that you know will improve your game before you wear them out.

pro tip I received once:  don't hit rocks

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

As others have said, practice with the clubs you play with.

Spend the extra money on dinner out with your wife/significant other or on golf balls........whichever you think will provide you with the best long term return on your investment.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Awards, Achievements, and Accolades

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

Sign in to follow this  



  • Want to join this community?

    We'd love to have you!

    Sign Up
  • 2017 TST Partners

    Talamore Golf Resort
    PING Golf
    FlightScope Mevo
    Mission Belt
    Snell Golf
    Frogger Golf
    PitchFix USA
  • Posts

    • Venturing out to the Marine Base today. Have not played there in some time. Hope to get a tee time around 10:30 as a walk on. Short notice, but anybody that can make it.... (also have to stop by the exchange...it seems that S.W.M.B.O.  has run out of Chanel Nr 5...this constitutes an emergency).
    • @Vinsk The only thing I can really do is describe what I have felt/done. I played my best lead arm dominant golf with the intent of the lead arm being soft and swinging like a pendulum very vertically.  So,  what I mean is what worked for me was to let's say just stand normally no club in hand and then swing the lead arm at about a 45 degree angle to the chest.  Left shoulder swing center. Relative to golf posture I would imagine a straight line on the ground maybe 35-40 degrees from the inside and swing my lead arm on that line feeling like the hands never got outside that line.  The feel I used was left arm feeling like it was swinging vertically like a pendulum but right on the imagined line of approach.  So the line of approach let's say ball is 12 o'clock target is at 9 the line would be around 4 o'clock. The trail arm in this method just added support but never dictated the clubhead motion.  This method worked well for me but I moved on to other things and can't really even make it workable anymore.  The crucial aspect was that the location of that vertical left arm pendulum created the body motion.  It was similar to the Malaska type deal a bit. So,  now it's very different.  Now the basis of my swing is like if you stood there with a piece of wood horizontal at waist height with a nail in it and a hammer in the trail hand and hammered the nail. So,  kinda like a bicep curl.  The lead arm is basically inert or soft.  The motion is controlled by the trail hand arc.  Feels like the swings center is more the right elbow to me.  My feel is that I try to hammer back through address.  I just try to remain still and make that motion. My body moves only a bit.  I never felt with either method when playing well that I was aggressively pivoting but that my body moves turns in accommodation of the master intention.   The downward hammer arc basically kicks the clubhead out at the bottom.  For me I stay in pretty decent shape with steady head doing this and the clubhead carries me into the finish.  If you have watched Malaska it's kinda like a right arm Malaska deal.  It's not complicated.   I don't shift weight bump hips squat or post up or try to spin the shoulders.  The swing gets me to my lead side every time without thinking about it.    For me this style is very very easy on my body.   Thats my ramblings on that for now,  @Vinsk.  You have a unique situation.  I do know that I can't play well without having one side or the other be the master.  Trail or lead.      
    • Yes, it's surprising that you can get a ball to stop or slow down with a partial swing or even a putting stroke. The ball you use likely makes a big difference in these cases.
    • The challenges should be fascinating. Our hunch is that there will be many challenges on the difficult par three 17th, but each team will make decisions independently (and could vary based on conditions as they go).  6 points up for grabs with the challenges in today's matches. Reminder, the yellow ball will be played alternate shot and team that shoots par or better (net) gets the point.
  • Blog Entries

  • Today's Birthdays

    1. billymo2
      billymo2
      (25 years old)
    2. bostonboy9416
      bostonboy9416
      (17 years old)
    3. kpaulhus
      kpaulhus
      (30 years old)
  • Get Great Gear with Amazon