Report When novice golfers "man up," and how it kills their game... in Instruction and Playing Tips May 5, 2013 Originally Posted by WalkTheCourse After watching a lot of poor golfers on the course, and reading a lot of threads on this forum, I've discovered a lot of things that we novice/intermediate golfers do to "improve" our game, which are actually hurting us. And many of them stem from the innate desire to "man up." I've started the conversation with this list of common errors related to male chauvinism. I will gladly admit - at one time or another, I have been guilty of most of these crimes myself. But now that I've personally benefited from curbing my libido, none of this bothers me anymore. -Swinging way, way too hard. -Spending all your time on the range perfecting your big drive, and none perfecting your chipping and putting. -Dropping $500 on the latest driver, which will likely perform no better than a basic model. -Buying any driver with a loft that is way too low (I've seen a lot of novices with 9's in the bag) -Using a Pro-V1 when what you probably need is a decent 2-piece distance ball. -Buying stiff shafts when regulars are probably more appropriate for your swing speed. -Not wanting to convert lower irons to hybrids, because "hybrids are for wussies." I'm sure there's more. Please, add to this list with your own "Viagara" moments, or ones you've seen others commit. I am less than a year into the sport of golf and love it. I am almost 58 years young but am in pretty good shape. When I first started I found out in a hurry that golf will humble the strongest person in a hurry, so I studied and researched a lot of things out there, got some excellent advice from a good friend of mine who has played all his life. I now have collected a set of clubs (Ping G20's) which are GI clubs also got rid of the ideal of a 9.5* driver, have a G20 12* which is easy for me to hit and have the 4 and iron in the closet, which I replace them with an Adams A12os 3 and 4 hybrids. It just makes the game so much more fun for me, I may not have the longest hits out there but I would rather be 200 yds down the middle of the fairway than 300 in the woods! Just my thoughts.