Interesting. Would extensive travel place extra wear on tear on driver shafts? I fly with my clubs at least 5-6 times per year for work trips involving golf. Even though I pack them in a golf carrying case, it's a soft cover and I always feel like the driver is particularly exposed (every time I unzip the bag, I'm halfway expecting the head to roll out on it's own).
This is an old thread but here is my opinion from observation. Pairings for the first two rounds are set usually by late Tuesday or early Wednesday. After the first two rounds the pairings are set by scoring. If a group of people are tied at a number after the second round, then the first in the club house goes off last of that group. I don't agree that world golf rankings has anything to do with pairings after the first two rounds. During the first two rounds, the golfing Gods always get a premier group in the morning and afternoon pairings for television.
Another semi-southern Lefty, here (Tex). It can be a pain to track down sticks, particularly things you can actually give a test swing or two. Stores don't keep much left-handed stock to begin with, then when you try to knock down the budget to something more reasonable you're lucky to find ANY used lefties.
I've had good luck finding solid used clubs on a couple sites (Not sure about naming specific ones, rules-wise -- Maybe PM me?). Another option for the budget-minded is to look into component builder/maker sites. I can think of two or three offhand, though again you can run into limited selection and the inability to try before you buy. I've seen Hireko get some decent reviews, but I usually run into the problem where they'll have a line of irons ... and, say, left-handed 8 irons are out of stock.
I'm in desperate need to refurbish the bag after a long hiatus for new job/new baby duties. The grips on my CB2s have just about crumbled into grip dust.