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Also, I would stick with the clubs you have for now. You know that your abilities will outgrow them, so it's pointless to change just for the sake of it now. As you play more, your knowledge of your own preferences will grow and then you'll be able to make more informed decisions about your equipment. Don't change too many variables at once.

For now, I'd suggest concentrating on your grip, stance, swing and rhythm. If you can get hold of a copy of Ben Hogan's book Five Lessons, that would be a great reference.

I'll echo the advice from your local pro and that of getting some lessons.
Have fun.

btw, loving the avatar changes.

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No Elvis, that's not how you get the birdies!

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lol, Fantastic gpi. I'll take one of those buggies as well please.

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Wow...This is great, I have some real good advice here. (and a rare picture that paparazi manage to took on my last tour Smile thanks guppy.

The thing is I always beware of HiFi dealers selling technics and I carry that feeling to my golf hobby! I didn't know should I trust the in-house pro or not...well it now seem that I should. Thx again

PS addictive is normally use in a negative way but I have to admit that Golf is the first thing on my mind when I wake up in the morning (and I couldn't even play the game properly!...yet)

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Golf is a very silly game when you stop to think about it but I remember the buzz I got from connecting well with a ball using a driver. This was after many wild swings, resulting in hitting the ground or fresh air. Ouch my poor back.

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Re: At last I am ready : ) another Thaiman's golf thread
gpi:
Golf is a very silly game when you stop to think about it


Yeah, but so is any sport when you look at it. I mean look at tennis... so I can't hit the ball over this white line when I first hit the ball, but after that, it can go anywhere past that, as long as it's not past that next white line...!!

P.S. - not having a go at tennis - I like it! You could easily say the same comments about football!

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P.S. - not having a go at tennis - I like it! You could easily say the same comments about football!



No one can having a go at the sport that Maria Sharapova play Smile

If she is a hifi then she would be Pathos Acoustics Endorphin. Gorgous to look at, Great...even when it turn off!
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I wish we have a pm system here as I feel a bit wrong asking about golf in Hifi/home cinema forum! Anyway as I have did my bits in HiFi section please allow me...What is the best (budget-ish) driver that have a big overside head? need to be quite forgiven with 10.5 degree/flex shaft and prefer to be 460CC.

Thanks in adavnce

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Thaiman, much like Hi-fi, golf equipment is all about taste and your own preference.  With golf clubs your swing speed and angle WILL affect which club is actually best FOR YOU.


If golf clubs were speakers then your swing is the room size room shape and the position of the speakers - Imagine buying a £10k pair of floorstanders with booming bass and putting them in the coner of a 10' by 15' room, that could be like buying the wrong £300 driver.


You need to try before you buy - get down to your local pro and see what he has got, ideally you should be hitting around 20 balls with each driver you want to try. The single most important thing will be the shaft - it needs to be the right flex and have the right kick-point for your swing so don't discount ANY heads (read makes) until you have tried them with a range of shafts.  Try them out and buy the best one for your swing. If the pro you go to see has limited brands in stock make sure you visit more than one place.


Re the best club I cannot tell you and as I don't know what budget-ish is in £'s I will merely suggest some makes that IMO you should be trying out.... Taylor Made, Ping, Calloway and possibly Titleist.  Thes are likely to come in £200-£300 for the driver so make sure that your swing is not going to change dramatically in the near future before buying one of these - while it may suit just now there is little point in spending £300 to find the club is useless in 2 months when you have completed altered your swing.


I use the latest Taylor Made burner and love it - before that I had and loved the Taylor Made XR03  which is now illegal for competitions so you can see that I have a definate bias for Taylor Made. As I said before the shaft is the most important thing and I have replaced the standard Taylor Made Burner shaft with the Grafalloy one that came with the XR03 as this works better for me (much like changing to same value speaker cable/interconnects out of preference to what they deliver).


On another note are you having any luck getting rid of any of your hifi equipment? I would be happy to receive some of your kit in return for golf tips and advice.... or even for some clubs - I have a full set of Wilson Pi 5 irons that I am looking to change, perhaps a swap could be arranged??????????? Big Smile

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The last time I played, we had to hit the ball through little wooden windmills and other silly obstacles. Smile

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SG79, thx for a very details answer

So buy blind is not recommended in golf then? I was going to become a "Clubs swapper" Smile

As for my main HiFi rig...they all gone! Good and rare stuffs are easy to sale on again with minimum lost.

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If you just want to experiment with drivers, or any clubs really, ebay is the best place. Wouldn't have said that a few years back, but I no longer work in the golf trade, so I can be honest! Experimenting isn't a substitute for getting fitted, but it can be a lot more fun Smile If you go to a tournament you'll see the pros try several different drivers on the range!


If you buy something from ebay, you can try it at your leisure, in real world situations rather than on a range, and if you don't like it you can usually get your money back by selling it to someone else.


Shafts are by far the most important thing. With the wrong flex shaft it doesn't matter how good the rest of the club is, it just won't work. The difficult bit is that different brand shafts of the same flex can play to different stiffnesses! So if you can narrow it down to a specific shaft model that you like, then you're cooking with gas!


Currently, a lot the big name heads play very similarly, so if you get a shaft you like then it's possible that it'll work across a range of heads. However, if you find a head you like, there's no way it'll work across a range of shafts!


I've tested an awful lot of woods and irons, pretty much everythig on sale (and some not on sale!) and it's clear that if you pick any segment of the retail market, it's very likely that a lot of the products will perform similarly. The important thing is getting the product to fit you by getting it customised.


Golf isn't really like hi-fi, where two products of the same price can be entirely different. Golf manufacturers are at a point where they're very close to the limit of current technology. It's pretty hard to buy a technically bad club nowadays. But it's pretty easy to buy one than doesn't suit you!


If you don't like talking about this kinda stuff here, there are numerous forums, which I don't know if you've found? The ones I frequent are...


www.bombsquadgolf.com


www.golfwrx.com


www.golfopinions.com


Some of the mags have forum sections on their websites too.


Golf equipment forums can be very similar to hi-fi forums! There is a degree of snobbery in certain places, and there are an awful lot of people who have equipment for the pose value rather than it's performance! "Tour Issue" golf gear is as emotive a subject, and as hotly debated, as cables are on hi-fi forums.


Good luck!

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Thanks for that blue Smile


As you might guess I already a member of Golf forum and have been warn about buying Ebay's golf clubs!  as many fake goods about!


I just bought myself (another) driver!  This time is MacGregor after have been using Taylor Made R7, Ben Ross Benny and Dunlop Loco!  I think I found the one that suited to my swing now (well you know me, until I found something else Hmm 


I manage to finnish a round yesterday on PGA tour course with under 100 shots! so I am over the moon.  Thx again for the links and advice which are always welcome Yes

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Congrats on breaking 100, it's a big barrier, so doing it on a PGA track is pretty impressive Yes 


The ebay fakes thing is a problem, you'll soon realise which is fake and which is real though, certainly with new drivers. The real problem is people re-selling fake drivers they've bought, as it's harder to spot a fake second hand driver than a fake new driver. The new ones are usually just too cheap, so they're easy to spot!


MacGregor drivers are very underrated. Which one did you get?


 

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 Bigblue..


MACTEC NVG2 460 cc.  The club send golf balls very far even out of sweet spot connection...suite me fine.


Thanks for compliment blue...I think it was a fluke Wink


 

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