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#46 golfguy33

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Posted 15 August 2019 - 10:55 PM

The practice tee is your friend and should be the main focus to develop a swing.
No pressure and have some fun, alone or with mates to get going.
Getting a full swing lesson is a must and can help with "not" developing bad habits from day one.
Having your own style is still a must but also needs to use the correct golfing elements, we don't want robots that all look the same.
Crawl, walk and then run would be a way to look at the progression of any beginner.
Using all of the clubs in your bag is a skill that has to be gained and it's easier to get friendly with them on the range !
Some people will advance within twenty hours on the driving range, others might take several months but when they finally get to the course it isn't anywhere near a frightening.
Playing 9 holes on short friendly public courses is a great way to start the journey.
Having a cheap, full starter set ( $350/500 new ) will get the average player out there and keen to get from the range to the course in no time.
Picking equipment to get started should be inexpensive and a basic retail fitting would help.
Expect this gear to probably only last, one to two years before moving into something more suited and after developing a lasting swing.

Learn the skills to be semi proficient in the beginning and your love for the game will last forever !
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Posted 21 September 2019 - 08:39 AM

Just some feedback for those beginners who might be considering one length irons as a way of making learning a bit quicker. 

 

I found trying to find a set of cheap one length irons was difficult to try out, prior to making the leap of faith required to buy a new set. Luckily I was offered a near new set of Cobra F7 irons by an inmate for a really good price. I tried them and eventually moved them on to a local golfer who wanted to try them. In effect I rented them for 9 months, then bought the F9 version, knowing that they suited my game.

 

Others may not be as lucky as I was. Faced with purchasing new SL irons, there is a cheaper option via the Milford SL-7 clubs , locally made by Fred  Stewart at Milford Golf. I bought a few with graphite shafts for my visitor/travel 1/2 set. After using them a few times I have found them to be the equal of the Cobra F7 SL irons. At $85 each they are good value.

 

He also makes shorter shaft 3,5,7 woods with a 42 inch shaft ( 50% cost of other woods). Maybe for a beginner  a 5 wood, 7 wood, then irons from 6 to LW might be a good purchase option ( $800)? IMO the beginner might be more likely to keep this set longer than a  $500-$1000 set from Drummonds.

 

 I have no financial connection to Milford Golf.


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Posted 21 September 2019 - 09:23 AM

Buying clubs from an inmate is a great option! 😀

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Posted 21 September 2019 - 10:52 AM

Buying clubs from an inmate is a great option!

Very true, if they suited a beginner. The only thing I could fault with your logic, is that not many beginners know about the  ISG forum. But in general, even buying good quality second hand clubs from a golf club member makes sense, rather than el cheapos from Drummonds. 


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Posted 21 September 2019 - 11:16 AM

Buying clubs from an inmate is a great option! 😀

It can take years but Damn they’ll look great in the bag

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Posted 24 September 2019 - 10:47 AM

Golf porn: Muscle back Mizunos, or any Mizunos for that matter. Have I enough life span left to do them justice? Probably not!

 

I am going out tomorrow with my travel 1/2 set to muck about. I just had my old Power Bilt small mallet ( slight toe weighted) shaft  replaced with a 38 Inch shaft and a Kotahi palm down grip. I wonder if it will work? 

 

My half set would probably suit a beginner now. Cobra 16 degree 4 wood, Cobra hybrids 19 and 24.5 degrees, Milford  single length 7,9,PW, GW and a Cobra 56 SW , plus elongated putter. I picked up a cheap stand bag for $50 on E bay and all this will fit nicely in my wife's Hyudai i30 when we go to the city.


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Posted 24 September 2019 - 01:30 PM

The only disappointment is the Hyindai i30. Don't get me wrong it is a very practical little commuter car. I let my wife choose any car she wanted, as I have always promised her a red shopping car. The Ford dealer is a multi -franchise concern. VW, Hyundai and Ford. I was sort of hoping she would select the red Mustang ( for me) or the souped up Polo , but I was disappointed when she chose the practical non- turbo, regular fuel using, full size spare wheel Hyundai. She isn't high maintenance either.

 

Back to golf now.


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Posted 24 September 2019 - 02:46 PM

Your Blouse is chafing and your wife is driving your pink Hyundai

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Posted 24 September 2019 - 03:05 PM

How unkind! I have been called a big girl's blouse before though. The bloke was only in hospital for a short while. :D


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Posted 24 September 2019 - 08:50 PM

 
I just had my old Power Bilt small mallet ( slight toe weighted) shaft  replaced with a 38 Inch shaft and a Kotahi palm down grip. I wonder if it will work? 
 


Okay I'll bite, what's a " palm down grip " ?
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Posted 24 September 2019 - 08:58 PM

I was wondering the same Jon, maybe He put the grip on upside down. I have a Kotahi grip and love it.

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Posted 24 September 2019 - 09:40 PM

Well, sort of imagine that you are bowling underarm at the hole, fingers on your trailing hand pointing to the ground. Your palm is pointing down, not wrapped around the grip.

 

I had a Kotahi grip on my Rife mallet and grew to love it as well. It helped me stop closing the putter face as much.


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Posted 25 September 2019 - 02:04 PM

Tried the 38 inch putter, "palm down" and it worked a treat . Three in a row from about 10 feet out. Darn I wasted my money on that Ping putter!

 

I guess it shows if you find a putter that suits you, keep it no matter what brand it is.


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Posted 26 September 2019 - 10:06 AM

OK, crew, if YOU were going to learn to swing a golf club again, like say, you're new to the game, starting out, what would you tell yourself / how would YOU go about it now?

 

Serious / genuine question.

 

I guess it may also depend upon at what age you're starting out? Or does it?



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Posted 26 September 2019 - 10:26 AM

Grip down and hit 3/4 shots. All the time.

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