Al Bundy

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  1. When you received your "cracked" replacement was it at the store, and was it still in it's shipping container/box? Or did they simply, after some time had passed, hand you a another club (no shipping box) with the same problems? I don't want to sound accusatory, but this situation raises my eyebrows. Even the best retailers in the world (not necessarily golf stuff) have been known to be nefarious when it comes to replacing inferior goods. In my personal experience, I had to replace my newly purchased iPhone 6 three times because of screen distortions (a noticeable and large dark spot in the display). But the Apple store insisted it wasn't a problem despite my objections and their explicit recognition that there was a dark spot. It's cheaper to fight the customer than replace an expensive product because there's really nothing to lose for them trying to do so. Good luck, and I sincerely hope you get this problem solved to your satisfaction.
  2. That line does look strange. Since you've received replacements and they've "cracked" as well, it might be something you're doing. But it does look strange. Although, that picture may not be a crack. It could be a deep scratch IMO. I think a crack would appear much darker in color since the material has split and the light would cast a shadow. This, to me, looks like a deep scratch rather than a crack. Again, IMO. Process of elimination: How do you to treat your clubs (roughly or gently)? How do you transport your clubs? Are there a lot of pebbles/rocks/sediment where you play or practice? Do you lean on your clubs while waiting for your turn (like a cane)? Does anyone else use your clubs or handle them (children/friends)? Etc., etc. Hope this helps.
  3. I doubt it's your swing unless you're hitting stones instead of golf balls. Was your initial purchase and subsequent replacements from the same shop? If so, it could mean several things. First, if your transactions originated from the same store, it could mean you received a bad batch of clubs. Second, if your transactions originated from the some store, it could mean you bought counterfeit clubs. Keep us posted.
  4. I'm not a doctor, but it sounds like your core muscle group is a little weak. Like any physical activity, strength and dexterity will always help. I used to always suffer from lower back pain/spasms, but once I started to exercise my core it greatly diminished my problems. It doesn't take much and don't over exert yourself believing more is better. You may actually exacerbate the problem through strenuous exercise. Gotta learn how to walk before you can run. Some basic core exercises everyday should do until you become stronger. Know you limits. You won't see results overnight. It's a slow process. Instructions on simple and easy core exercise routines are abundant on the Internet, but if you still feel pain and no improvement, then please consult with your physician! Good luck.
  5. Hey David, Have you ever considered using a baseball glove?
  6. Took it to the shop. The staff compared mine to others of the same brand. They gave me a new replacement, free of charge. Thanks for the advice.
  7. I bought a new Big Bertha and it came with a torque wrench to adjust the weights and hosel. I made my adjustments and really cranked down on it, but no "click." I was too nervous to tighten it any more. I was really tightening it, too. For those who have this wrench, how hard do you have to tighten it before it "clicks?"
  8. I'll dress however the course dictates. I don't mind, but some "greener" places are a bit extreme in applying the rules. It's summer in California. If I could I would wear sweat shorts, a plain white tee, and a great big beach hat for every round. I guess that's why most courses implement dress codes.
  9. As a newbie I'm golfing for relaxation. When I played my first round of golf I was 35. To improve my game I simply practice, practice, and practice. So far this strategy has improved my ball striking abilities tremendously, but that's not saying much considering that I only recently picked up the game.
  10. I am definitely a better golfer now than when I started approximately 18 months ago, but there's still room for significant improvement. I practice as much as possible at my local range, but I find that playing actual rounds of golf is better practice since I have to adapt to the varying lies and strategize my approach to the green. Range work is just to improve my consistency in ball strikes, chipping, and putting. I found that zeroing my distances with cheap range balls is not very accurate, but it does provide a little information, which is always helpful.
  11. Sorry. Was refering to complete clubs. Looking for a set of wedges made of stainless steel.
  12. Who makes a good stainless steel wedge (head)?
  13. New to golf at 36 years of age. Hope to learn a lot about the game here. Thanks.