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  1. My thought is to try out a bunch of drivers and find one or two that you like the feel of. (I love my Titleist, but I understand how important "feel" is.) Then my suggestion is to find a good fitter, preferably with an outdoor range and launch monitor, and get a proper fitting. There are some real smart folks that read this board, and I know they will provide some good suggestions, but a good fitter and launch monitor are the real answer.
  2. Not a bad time to invest in a lesson.... You've invested in a new club. The expense of practicing and the potential for poor shots on the course can greatly offset the cost of a lesson. If the pro gets your fairway wood swing sorted out pretty quickly, have at least a short list of other issues you might like to work on handy. I know you're supposed to "sweep" a fairway more than a hybrid, but for me it really feels about the same. Definitely hitting down on the ball, but I am more a "picker" than "digger" most of the time anyhow, so maybe that's part of it.
  3. I'm certainly no expert on the effects of changes in weight at the grip and/or head of a club. However, this being the internet, I'll express my opinion anyhow, and in this case I think there may be some validity. As most have probably noticed, just about all of the club makers are going to great lengths (no pun intended) to get this year's model to be "The longest ever!" And those manufacturers do have people that are intimately familiar with the science of club weighting and how changes will affect ball speed. I cannot imagine that TaylorMade, Callaway, Cleveland, etc. etc. would overloo
  4. The course I play at regularly has a rake on each cart. Not so bad, so I guess if there was a foldable rake of some sort (perhaps blended with a ball retriever?) I'd invest in one if I wanted to play the course in question. I don't see myself just carrying a regular rake stuck down in my bag. It doesn't seem to me it would save that much money for the course, and would likely piss customers/members off unnecessarily. Probably better for a private course than one that hopes to draw folks in from GolfNow and the like.
  5. I don't think it's worth the cost of a new set of sticks WITHOUT getting fitted.
  6. Very pretty. So classic. I bet with those babies in my bag I could easily get to a 15, or maybe even 18 within a few months. I would like to take a turn with the fantasy demo set if it's possible to get on the list though!
  7. I have not handled these, but it looks like an okay starter set for someone that is just getting into the game. I would think a 7 handicapper might be looking for a somewhat different sort of set, but to each his own. Never forget, you get what you pay for. Adams sells higher priced clubs as well. These are cheaper for a reason, though I don't know exactly what it is.
  8. You say you were "given a handicap of 20.0". Was this an earned handicap based on posted scores, or something they sort of assigned when you joined the private course? I ask because the two were stated together as one sequence. If it is an assigned handicap, vs. an earned handicap, the answer to 15 may lie in what you earn when enough scores are posted. If you are playing to an earned 20.0 today, I too think 15 in two months is a bit optimistic. But you should be able to get it down to 15 and below in pretty short order if you practice right and keep your mind together on the course.
  9. Not sure where you live, or the availability, but it might be a good idea to visit a golf equipment dealer like Golfsmith, Edwin Watts, etc. if available and try out some new drivers in their practice/testing/fitting booths. Tell the guy there you don't know what stiffness shaft you really need. I would think they would help you with that and tell you your swing speed without paying for a full fitting. Then you would have at least a base idea where to go. Some of those stores have used clubs you could look over too, though probably not as cheap as EBay.
  10. I have, so far, found it easier to largely stick to one type of shot around the green and that is a pitch. I believe the video saevel25 is referring (or one of them) is found here: http://thesandtrap.com/t/39411/quickie-pitching-video Watch it a few times, read through that whole thread for discussion and to find yet more videos, then watch the original again pretty often along with this one: http://thesandtrap.com/t/54556/short-gametrajectories . It works! At least, it has made a big difference for me. For what it's worth, I pretty much always use a 58 degree lob wedge
  11. The pro I have been working with advocates getting a proper grip on the club as the very first step in the pre-shot routine. This seems right to me so far. I agree that the pictures look excellent, and that it will probably feel real strange until you get used to it. But you WILL get used to it, and it works.
  12. As described in the original article, yeah, I would let a tour pro take all my shots from tee to within 100 yards and handle the few remaining pitches and putts myself. As to whether the long game is "more important" than the short, I will leave that to others to thrash out with these few observations. I think accuracy trumps distance with the long game. This doesn't mean you have to hit every fairway, but it means you need to keep the ball out of real trouble or you would be better off 20 - 30 yards farther back and in the fairway. (I am not suggesting distance means nothing!) I also thi
  13. I have the same feeling about the gap between my 4i and 5i, and I've been swapping between the 4i and the Ping G25 4h (the sig doesn't show it now because I got sick of changing it with the shifting winds of my club preference in that slot.) For some reason, I seem to need to consciously take a pretty steep swing with the hybrid else I'll get surprise hooks from time to time. It was far worse with a Callaway I had previously. Not really the club's fault, I know, but my poor technique. Quite annoying though since I don't really have that problem with any other clubs. The hybrid is, nonethe
  14. I'm always happy to give out advice, and it's guaranteed to be worth at least the price. With that in mind, here's a couple of thoughts: First, if you are happy with the 6i on down, you might just consider getting 4 and 5 hybrids. This certainly might be the cheapest way out. Second, I have really fallen in love with the new 714 line and am thinking hard about getting myself some. However, I am seriously questioning if I am up for a full set of AP2s, and although the AP2s are really pretty I'm thinking more along the lines of AP1, or maybe a mix with a few AP2s in the short
  15. I just won't even try before about 10:30am, I want my coffee and breakfast in the morning. My favorite time to start is around 1:00pm. Also like playing nine around 3:00 - 3:30pm. Not a morning person, and I have no desire to slog around in all the dew.
  16. I am not a big fan of cheap golf clubs. The down side of aluminum? I didn't know there were clubs with aluminum heads, but it is much softer than steel and hitting golf balls is a pretty violent thing, particularly when you throw in the dirt and sand that gets ground in between the ball and club face, heads get a good bit of wear and I would think steel would last a lot longer! I would rather see a new player look around for a good older set of used game improvement/super game improvement clubs. I just took a very brief peek at EBay where I found used Ping G10s well under $300. G5s
  17. When I started playing again about a year ago I bought a set of Ping G20s with all four wedges 45* PW, 50* GW, 54* SW and 58* LW. After practicing a good bit and taking several pitching and chipping lessons I had sort of settled in focusing on using my lob wedge for most shots near the green simply because it was easier (for me) than deciding which club I ought to chip with. Then I found Erik's pitching video ( http://thesandtrap.com/t/39411/quickie-pitching-video ) and read Stan Utley's "The Art of the Short Game" both of which sort of validated this approach. I wasn't real happy wi
  18. Must have been around 1969 at the now defunct Forest Lakes CC in Sarasota. They were building condos along the left of, I believe, the fifth fairway. Anyway, I snapped one off the tee with my trusty persimmon into the side of the new building. I remember watching the ball and the thought flashing through my mind that perhaps it would bounce back in bounds. Instead, there was a dull thud and the ball disappeared. Best I can tell, they were stuccoing over sheet-rock/wall board. Ball punched right through it. I was glad it was Sunday and no workers around. Took a drop (yeah, I know...) an
  19. I'm a Titleist fanboy these days, so I sympathize with your preference for TaylorMade, but don't really have any suggestions in that regard. But for best results with a new driver I would strongly suggest getting yourself a good fitting, preferably (IMO) by a professional that does their fittings with a launch monitor on an outdoor range so you can see your real results. If you're thinking about getting used irons, I would at least get the lie angle checked and adjusted as needed. That can make a real difference.
  20. So... I'm guessing Stug, the OP, is still wondering if his very legit question is getting answered. My personal opinion is that straight and forgiving are indeed something to aspire to. Long? Well, for me, not so much long as consistent is becomming more important as has been mentioned by others. Some people claim to "shape" a lot, if not most of their shots. I presume they do. I think most people, including pros, tend to mostly hit their natural shot shape and work with it, only choosing a different shape when they really have to. Seems to me that if that natural shape is basically st
  21. While I'm sure there are some people that run out and buy new ones every time something fresh comes on the market, another angle that may be fruitful for TM is that golfers do, from time to time, decide to get some new sticks. I suppose it helps if your company has a brand new life changing product that has been the topic of very recent media "buzz" rather than stale year or so old stuff that nothing new has been written about in months.
  22. So you've read through five pages of people almost universally saying they love The Little Red Book. As soon as I hit Submit I'm going to turn around and pull my copy off the book shelf for another read. If you don't have it, just go buy the darn book! It'll almost certainly be good for you, and if you like golf you can't hardly avoid enjoying the read.
  23. I certainly understand Ping's position. To begin with, there is already a computer "app" or perhaps "function" called "ping" that the golf company obviously didn't complain about when it came along (probably with the advent of UNIX and the internet?). And now Ping does have their own iPing app out there. As PCaddy says, they don't want their name pushed down the list. You can pretty much bet nobody's going to get away with naming their application Apple either.
  24. As I said, I am thinking of a mixed bag of Titleist AP1 and AP2 in the shorter irons, but there's a part of me that would much rather go straight AP2s. They sure are great looking, and much like the i20s, have some significant GI features compared to actual blades like the Titleist MBs. But I am still struggling with the personal question of when it is really appropriate in my game's progress to switch to that sort of club without doing more harm than good. I am very much enjoying hearing everyone's thoughts on when it is really appropriate to move up from SGI to GI to "Players GI" and fina
  25. But you sort of underscore my point. At a 3.8 handicap index you have the luxury of being much more discriminating about club aesthetics while still playing well than those of us who would seem (based on our handicaps) to be less precise ball strikers. I don't think that, in this case, the issue is so much whether one will "outgrow" clubs that are more "player" oriented, so much as at what point in one's skill progression he or she has "outgrown" game improvement clubs and is really best served by going to irons aimed at highly skilled players and tour pros?
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