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  1. The first thing I would suggest that you do is go find as many putters to try out as you can without looking at the price tags. As a generality, if you have a fairly strong arc in your putting stroke you will want a putter with more toe drop when you balance the shaft across your finger horizontally (toe tends to point down toward the ground). If you have a pretty straight back and through stroke a more face balanced putter will probably serve better (face points toward the sky when balanced). I didn't make that up, but it seems to be agreed by most. Ping makes putters and marks them speci
  2. Quote: Originally Posted by PirateJim 12/20/2012 I am still accumulating score cards and haven't yet established a handicap, but as most of those are (sadly) mid nineties it will come out in the 20's. So far pretty much all of my game is quite erratic, but I'm getting some lessons and putting in a good bit of time on the range and putting green. So... - Gain decent consistency in both distance and direction in my long game and develop some confidence in fairway wood play. - Develop better consistency in my short game and finally learn to chip (a skill that has eluded me
  3. As has been said, the little scratches won't hurt anything except the gleam from an unused club's finish. There is sand, and the ground is usually full of small rocks and pebbles (sometimes not so small...) Clubs that show wear are part of having clubs. If those scratches bother you, I'd suggest keeping your car out of public parking lots!
  4. I started 2013 with a +20 handicap and my posted goal was to get it to 15, which I managed to achieve by June. It is currently 10.2, and honestly I don't see myself cutting it in half again given personal circumstances. I am aiming more for the 7 range for 2014 since I believe that knocking between three and four points off a 10 is probably going to take at least as much effort as cutting a 20 in half. I'll be turning 60 this coming year so setting golf goals too lofty probably isn't smart, but for me a mid-high single digit handicap will put me in a position of playing solid enough golf to
  5. A competent Titleist fitter (not necessarily a clerk at a big box store) can help you select a Scotty that is well suited to your putting stroke and style and fits your eye. Same for Ping and perhaps other brands. If you're going to spend the money for a premium putter, you should get properly fitted just like for a premium driver.
  6. A small brush with brass bristles will do a good job of getting ground in grunge out (NOT steel bristles!). Barkeeper's Friend is good but I wouldn't be concerned using Comet or whatever you may have under the sink, golf clubs are pretty tough by design.
  7. My usual course has water on dang near every hole, so losing balls is a fact of life. That said, I probably don't average losing more than one per round. Perhaps interestingly, I seem to have a lot of days where I lose none, then have one where I'm obviously not hitting 'em very well and I lose several.
  8. This is solid advice no matter whether the scenario is that the actual "teeing ground" is aimed in an awkward direction or if the minimum wage guy on the mower slapped the markers down at random spots once he was done. I like to place my tee with an eye toward being properly behind the markers and then completely put 'em out of my mind when I go about aligning my shot. For me, it helps to pick a spot on the ground a foot or so out in the direction I want to go which I use to begin my setup. That gives you something else to think about besides the angel of the markers or the tee itself. Sam
  9. I really think that a good fitting is your best path to a driver that works right for you and your swing. I know absolutely nothing about your local Golf Galaxy. I believe that some stores of that kind (Edwin Watts, Golfsmith, etc.) have good fitters. I also am pretty sure that some of those kind of stores have guys that have been sort of instructed in how to do a club fitting in the manner that store chain likes. I seem to have encountered some who are pretty focused on making sure the perfect fit for me just happens to be the very clubs they happen to have in stock at the moment.
  10. Not me. My game needs improvement and game improvement clubs work better for me.
  11. So... The only reason I have heard for wanting new clubs is because the Mizunos are pretty old but that they are in good shape and that you play well with them. (Didn't you say irons were the best part of your game?) Now, I'm not saying you might not be able to improve things with some new sticks, but given what you have said I am almost certain you will NOT improve your game without dealing with a really good professional fitter that helps you choose not only heads that fit your game and goals, but also shafts for those heads that properly match your swing. Asking opinions on forums like
  12. The driver is mighty important, and an extra 5 or 10 yards isn't to be ignored. That said, if you can can pick up the G10 for $40 and it seems to perform pretty well for you, you can pick it up and, hopefully, improve an important part of your game NOW. Then you can still reasonably contemplate getting a better and professionally fitted club once your swing does improve and stabilize somewhat.
  13. I find a 4 easier to hit off the fairway than a 3. However, at this point I would suggest that you will have enough to practice without worrying about a fairway wood. Learn to hit the driver and the hybrids and you can make your way around the course fine. Once you are playing well with those you will be in a better position to evaluate what to add. A much better investment at this point would be a sand/lob wedge in the 56 - 58 degree range if you don't already have one.
  14. I find graphite shafts to feel softer and easier on the joints and like them. I have heard a good bit of discussion about how much "softer" forged feels vs cast, but I presume that tends to be with the same shaft on both heads. I suspect cast may feel softer with graphite vs forged with steel. Graphite is often lighter than steel, so may add to distance by increasing swing speed somewhat (drivers all come with graphite for a reason). However, the lighter shafts will change the feel of the club as you swing it. This would at least take some getting used to if you have been using steel shaf
  15. 300 yard drives are awesome! Well, at least if they're mostly always in a good spot in the fairway or at least a not bad spot just off the fairway. The next step to greatness is turning those into greens in regulation with a shortish birdie putt; and then of course sinking the putt. Keep at it, play smart (sometimes that means giving up hope on making the green in regulation and trying to salvage a bogy gracefully), who knows how far you can go?
  16. I pretty much always estimate yardage before looking at my "golf watch." Usually I am pretty close. And I played without it not long ago with no ill effects. That said, I would be annoyed if range finders were banned.
  17. Hmmm..... They copied Mizuno... Sorry, Shorty, couldn't resist. Though I also can't seem to resist tossing a rock sometimes, as a free market believer I completely agree that it is TM's choice to take this approach if they feel it is best for their brand. Not long ago I opined in another thread that, though it may amaze and sometimes overwhelm folks that follow club releases like, well, hobbyists, there are a LOT of people that don't follow web sites like this or even read Golf Digest often. They don't buy new clubs often either. But when they do, they pick up a few magazines and poke
  18. The crown looks surprisingly like a Callaway driver I had. Sure is cheaper being a Titleist fanboy. Can't imagine what it must be like always wanting TM's latest and greatest. I haven't seen any ads yet; I presume these are the longest hitting clubs they've ever built?
  19. I completely agree. Add to that the fact that even though the PGA has an instructor training program, I'm not at all sure they are really teaching them HOW to teach so much as a checklist of things that they believe should be taught. I have generally had good experiences with golf lessons, but as many have already said, you need to find someone you "connect" with. Another important point is to make sure you and the instructor are both on the same page with regard to what you want to accomplish with the lessons. (I think a good instructor should take care of this bit, but as the stude
  20. This. All of the club makers are aiming to make good clubs that will satisfy some of the people. They all know that they can't satisfy everyone with one set, so they make various types, and the market sort of pushes them to make a set to fit most of the "market segments." I'm not a great golfer, but I firmly believe that for many if not most of us, how your clubs feel to you, and look to you, makes a big difference in how they will perform for you. I think there are a lot of people that want clubs that look good to them and who make excuses about shaping the ball for buying the
  21. I envy your swing speed, but the stiff shaft sounds about right I guess. I'm not personally a big TaylorMade fan, but they are a big successful company, sell an awful lot of clubs, and have a strong following, so they obviously don't really stink. I really think club selection is a lot about how the particular sticks feel to you and how much confidence you feel when you pull 'em out of the bag. Not to say that launch monitor numbers don't count, quite the contrary, they can add a lot to that feeling, but if you just don't like the look or feel the numbers mean less (to me, more analytical s
  22. I didn't hit them because they are way above my skill level and I was focusing on the AP irons, but I did take a good look at the CBs. To me the cavity looks so shallow it's hardly worth the effort. Might as well go blades, but I really can't see why anyone would look past the AP2s, Duffner does okay with them. For me; I was very pleasantly surprised by how sweet the AP1s are!
  23. Congratulations on having the moxy to accept that golf is hard enough that there's little reason not to use clubs that may make it a bit easier while staying within the rules. Very mature. :-P (And yes, wish I was 50 again too.)
  24. I want to change my answer from after it has stopped to while it is in the air. After some reflection, I realized that I do sometimes coax the ball while it is in flight ("Come on, baby, get over the trap, GET OVER THE TRAP!) After it has stopped, it would be more like I'm cussing myself (quietly of course!) since it isn't really the ball's fault. Most times I just watch the ball flight in stunned silence, then cuss myself under my breath as needed, which led to my poll answer.
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