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Ankit Madan

Started Golf 30 Days back - Need Guidance

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Hey, I am a tennis player and went to a driving range for the first time 30 days back as it was raining. Using my dad's old golf set, I have now started to develop a keen liking for this game.

Till now, I have been to the Driving Range 15 times, done 2 rounds of Mini Golf Course, Completed 18 holes 2 times and getting to know new terms day by day. Done a birdie 3-4 holes at par , multiple bogeys , lost 3 balls.

I have some questions that might be silly, but I could not find the right people to answer them.

  1. I have an old MacGregor set - 13 clubs - small headed woods and drivers - How different would the new gen irons be ? These are steel shafts are quite sturdy in feel
  2. How much should the club length be - some said these was ladies set, a coach said these are fine, I have hit some pro shots using 9-7-4 irons. Hitting with a 3 or 4 iron gives a jerk on my arm and doesnt feel all that soft. I dont want to injure myself but need to ask if 3/4 irons are supposed to feel like that ? 9/PW/SW/7 sometimes I dont even feel I have hit and the ball just lands where I want it to.
  3. The Driver and Woods, I have zero accuracy with these, small heads, I say a small prayer - adjust the stance , and swing without knowing where will the ball go. Are the old ones that bad ? I tried a friends big headed Driver, and the ball went so happily on the fairway about 220 yards.
  4. I have abrasions/blisters on my hand at points where I grip the club - Grips on these are thin too, I went to a local pro shop and told him the trouble, he said to try a fatter grip on one of the clubs and go ahead after trying that out. Starters have this issue ?
  5. How do you guys breath while swinging ? I usually breath out before taking the swing - any particular way to do this ?
  6. I am on a budget and still developing a liking for this game. But I do want to improve and the next step is getting a used Driver - Any tips on that. I have recommendations for Taylormade and Titliest but there are so many models and specifications that I dont get to know the right worth.

Apologies if I am asking this out of place. I'm budding but I am very keen to take it to the next level.

Ankit

P.S. I'll attach some pics for a visual assessment

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Holy cow it looks almost identical as my first club :-D Anyway into your question 1. Actually if you feel the shock, u definetly not hit it solidly, nowdays club more like shock absorb in my opinion, cuz i tried both club so i know, plus nowdays club is way more forgiving, if you tops, the ball still fly pretty low, those club probably fly too, but u will hurt your hand in finger area much more. About the steel, we still use steel shaft for the irons nowdays anyway. 2. 3/4 irons are long irons and it meant to frustate the crap of us :-D just kidding, no you wont feel that way if you hit it solidly. I threw my 4 iron and change it to hybrid, cuz makes me more comfortable, but heck everyone got different taste on their club lineup 3. Now the driver is definitely a problem, it seems u re pretty accurate with the irons. So the old driver which is required to be hit solidly would probably frustate you. It wont sound the same as modern driver, but it will fly almost the same distance when hit solidly. Nowdays driver is much more easiert o hit 4. Congratz man, you are officially a golfer witt hat blisters around, it cant be helped, but if you can be more specific where the blister located 5. For me, i hold my brath and suck my stomach during the swing sequence 6. It doesnt really matter as long as u dont just pick it on sport store, get custom fit and u will love it Welcome to thew orld of golfing buddy Cheers
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Holy cow it looks almost identical as my first club

Anyway into your question

1. Actually if you feel the shock, u definetly not hit it solidly, nowdays club more like shock absorb in my opinion, cuz i tried both club so i know, plus nowdays club is way more forgiving, if you tops, the ball still fly pretty low, those club probably fly too, but u will hurt your hand in finger area much more. About the steel, we still use steel shaft for the irons nowdays anyway.

2. 3/4 irons are long irons and it meant to frustate the crap of us just kidding, no you wont feel that way if you hit it solidly. I threw my 4 iron and change it to hybrid, cuz makes me more comfortable, but heck everyone got different taste on their club lineup

3. Now the driver is definitely a problem, it seems u re pretty accurate with the irons. So the old driver which is required to be hit solidly would probably frustate you. It wont sound the same as modern driver, but it will fly almost the same distance when hit solidly. Nowdays driver is much more easiert o hit

4. Congratz man, you are officially a golfer witt hat blisters around, it cant be helped, but if you can be more specific where the blister located

5. For me, i hold my brath and suck my stomach during the swing sequence

6. It doesnt really matter as long as u dont just pick it on sport store, get custom fit and u will love it

Welcome to thew orld of golfing buddy

Cheers

Thanks for your reply Shangia ! I really appreciate it.

  1. Got it, so it has to be hit solidly in the right sweet spot
  2. Lemme try the hybrids, hope they are easy to hit with
  3. So if I master the old driver, I can do some serious damage with the new ones
  4. Blisters are on my right hand thumb, right hand's index finger, right hands' ring finger - mostly right hand affected
  5. Ok, exhaling giver me more control - atleast in tennis, lemme stick to that
  6. Lemme pick an entry level one and move on from there

Thanks !!

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I went the course today and did pretty bad, Old drivers are that non playable ? or is there some fix I need to make em work.

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You need to set up for the driver somewhat different to the irons, try moving the ball forward (towards the target) opposite you left heal. drop the right shoulder an inch or so. Lots to learn good luck. Maybe try a lesion from a pro like you did with tennis?

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Since you've got the feel of golf on your own, you will advance more quickly if you can find some lessons.

A good pro can take your natural tendencies and tease out the golf swing inside of you. As a tennis player, you will probably start out with a better tempo swing than the average beginner.

I don't know the availability in your area, but see if you can find a local golf clinic. Clinics offer group lessons for beginners, usually one or two sessions a week for on different swing topics.

Here is a Times of India article on golf lessons in the Indian sub-continent:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/home/stoi/deep-focus/Clubbing-with-the-pros/articleshow/31702836.cms

Also, see if your area library has any copies of the 1980s golf instruction book, The Connection, by Jimmy Ballard. Mr. Ballard studied not just the golf swing, but also baseball and tennis swings. He compared the swings of the different "ball and stick" sports, and was the one who taught tennis star Arthur Ashe how to play golf.

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Right, dont blame the equipment yet, the moment you think that all your bad day due to equipment. You're in big trouble, basically equipment does matter on certain degree, but if you just started, those will do, otherwise if you are serious with this game, it never too late to do custom fit according your height and wrist to floor, bla bla bla Good luck
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