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    Golf Club Advice

    Hello fellow fanatics,

    I know there are some pretty good golfers on this site and need your advice. I am in my early 40's and just started playing golf again. I played a little in my 20's and then didn't golf for nearly 20 years as I was busy with life, work, kids, and I was really into hunting. Now that my kids are older and I am hunting less, I am starting to play golf again and really enjoy it. I play just for fun and do not have any delusions about setting course records, etc. I am competitive, however, and have a little bit of an addictive personality. I have a really old set of Pings that were given to me and I like them, but don't think the fitting is for my swing and size. I have already invested in some lessons, which has helped a great deal. My question is do you think that custom fitting is that important, such as with Ping and Mizuno, or do you think a close out set of Callaways or TaylorMades would do for someone of my skill level? There are some pretty deals right now that I have found on closeout sets. Any advice would be appreciated!



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    Re: Golf Club Advice

    Get fitted if you are going to be playing more.


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    Re: Golf Club Advice

    Getting fit correctly will improve your game more than spending hundreds if not thousands of dollars on lessons. Lessons only help if you are going to spend countless hours on the range working on the swing changes. Don't get me wrong, improving your swing will obviously help but having your clubs fit your current swing will give you instant results.



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    Re: Golf Club Advice

    My guess is almost everyone is going to tell you to get fitted. I never have done that, I'm a casual player and just read reviews of how the clubs play. If I wanted to become a more serious and routine player (currently play about 10 times each summer) I might do that. But the cost is usually expensive and probably unnecessary for the casual player. I think you can just as easily get by playing forgiving clubs like a Ping G series driver and then some cavity backed irons instead of blades. I personally can't hit a hybrid to save my life so I've dropped any of those from my bag and switched to 22 degree driving iron when necessary.



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    Re: Golf Club Advice

    Getting fitted is not a bad idea, but you can fit yourself pretty well with some online research and a tape measure.

    I get my clubs on callaway's pre-owned website. I don't mind them being used a bit and I also am building a mixed set. My PW and 9I are Razr X Forged and the rest Diablo forged which are more game improvement. The Game improvement irons have larger heads and soles so that they are less effective in the rough and have less fell. So if you are going to practice and want to be better I would not get full game improvement because in my opinion they do the opposite. Also, my Razr X Forged clubs are a joy to hit.

    The best book I have read on golf is Dave Stockton's unconscious putting. Second, is Hank Haney's Essentials of the golf swing. Third, is a short game book by Tom Watson.

    That said, equipment is fun, but the time you spend on the practice greens and at the short game areas will drop your score faster.


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    Oh, and as a golfer in his 40's. Do yoga.


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    Re: Golf Club Advice

    If you make it Des Moines, go to Golf Headquarters and ask for Mike. If you buy from them they will fit them no charge. especially if you went with a set of pings. The ping fitting system is pretty cool. They have older sets like you speak off too.



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    Re: Golf Club Advice

    Are your current clubs cavity backs? If they are not make the change and haggle while purchasing them to have the place fit them for free.

    If you are currently using cavity backs and are between 5'7" and 6'1" in height, ask the person giving you lessons if they think it is worth it to get fitted.



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    Re: Golf Club Advice

    Quote Originally Posted by ISUME View Post
    Are your current clubs cavity backs? If they are not make the change and haggle while purchasing them to have the place fit them for free.

    If you are currently using cavity backs and are between 5'7" and 6'1" in height, ask the person giving you lessons if they think it is worth it to get fitted.
    Yes, they are cavity backs as they are Ping Eye 2s. I think they were made in the 80's and are in excellent condition. I am 6'1' and did the online fitting and think I am a blue or black. They are red dots. I thought about getting them fitted but they are very old clubs. Not sure how much that would cost.



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    Re: Golf Club Advice

    Quote Originally Posted by JVAR View Post
    Yes, they are cavity backs as they are Ping Eye 2s. I think they were made in the 80's and are in excellent condition. I am 6'1' and did the online fitting and think I am a blue or black. They are red dots. I thought about getting them fitted but they are very old clubs. Not sure how much that would cost.
    Get newer clubs. It will make a big difference.


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    Re: Golf Club Advice

    Quote Originally Posted by WhatMeWorry View Post
    If you make it Des Moines, go to Golf Headquarters and ask for Mike. If you buy from them they will fit them no charge. especially if you went with a set of pings. The ping fitting system is pretty cool. They have older sets like you speak off too.
    Sure they will fit you for "free" because you are paying full retail mark up buying the clubs from them then. ;)



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    Re: Golf Club Advice

    Taylormade have them fit you



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    Re: Golf Club Advice

    This year I replaced my 1995 Big Bertha knock-offs with a set of Callaway Razr X irons at a great price. I am seeing a 1.5 club difference. So if you can buy one of today's sets with today's distance and forgiveness I bet you will see a real difference.

    I didn't get them fitted because my swing is so erratic I didn't think it would really matter. Maybe I should???



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    I did one golf lesson and found out what was wrong with my swing: everything. I'm a decent golfer the way I do it, and suck *** the way I was advised to do it, so I'm just living with it.



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    Re: Golf Club Advice

    Quote Originally Posted by bpmdu View Post
    My guess is almost everyone is going to tell you to get fitted. I never have done that, I'm a casual player and just read reviews of how the clubs play. If I wanted to become a more serious and routine player (currently play about 10 times each summer) I might do that. But the cost is usually expensive and probably unnecessary for the casual player. I think you can just as easily get by playing forgiving clubs like a Ping G series driver and then some cavity backed irons instead of blades. I personally can't hit a hybrid to save my life so I've dropped any of those from my bag and switched to 22 degree driving iron when necessary.
    Maybe you need fitted hybrids also.


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