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      02-23-2012, 07:38 PM   #1
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First Time Golfing

Today I went to the driving range with a buddy and got hooked on Golf, spent maybe 4 hours hitting and today was my first day ever

Now that I'm all hooked on it, can anyone recommend me a good way to go from here? I plan on golfing many times a year (~20-30 times) and looking to pick up a complete set.

Budget I'd say is about 300-400 for the set. I'm 5'11''. Any good recommendations on what set to get and if I should get new or used sets? Thanks guys
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Taylor made burner woods definitely.

I really like the Taylor made R11 driver as well.

Look at a cut back set of Irons, lots of options, go to a local shop with a indoor simulator and try them all out.

Don't buy the first time you go, give your body a few days rest and come back and try them again, then make your choice.
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ping irons...hybrids of your liking for 3 and 4...wedges that you feel comfortable with...52 and 56 degree...leave that 60 degree in the store...

practice putting...a lot...this is where half of your strokes will be lost/won
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I have Taylor Made R7 irons and Burner drivers. I concur with the putting practice. I can get on green in 3 shots pretty consistently but end up 3-5 putting which is horrendous and frustrating. My putter is the only club I didn't pick out myself which may have something to do with it.

The hardest part about learning golf is getting over the feeling that everyone is watching you and laughing inside. In truth, most golfers on public courses are thinking the same thing you are... and are just as bad.
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I have Taylor Made R7 irons and Burner drivers. I concur with the putting practice. I can get on green in 3 shots pretty consistently but end up 3-5 putting which is horrendous and frustrating. My putter is the only club I didn't pick out myself which may have something to do with it.

The hardest part about learning golf is getting over the feeling that everyone is watching you and laughing inside. In truth, most golfers on public courses are thinking the same thing you are... and are just as bad.
I hate that feeling. Socially awkward penguin on every hole.
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Go to a store that has a range for you to test lots of clubs (irons/hybrids/drivers)… what works for one person may not work for you. Also don't let the staff rush you. Come back a week later and try your favorite 2-3 again.

I started playing about 2 years ago, so didn't want to break the bank of my first set. Got a Callaway Big Bertha Diablo driver, Adam's hybrid and Wilson Staff irons.
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I have found with practice and lots of coaching that if you take a slower and shorter backstroke and longer fluid follow through you will be much better.

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Today I went to the driving range with a buddy and got hooked on Golf, spent maybe 4 hours hitting and today was my first day ever

Now that I'm all hooked on it, can anyone recommend me a good way to go from here? I plan on golfing many times a year (~20-30 times) and looking to pick up a complete set.

Budget I'd say is about 300-400 for the set. I'm 5'11''. Any good recommendations on what set to get and if I should get new or used sets? Thanks guys
I play Nike pro combo irons an I am about a 12 HDCP. I love them but I started with their full cavities when I got back into golf a few years ago. That said, find a ping fitter and get fitted for a set of G10s IF they will still custom fit those. Sometimes they will still custom fit the previous generation clubs and they are about $400 new. Other than that, do a static fitting at ping's website and order a set off EBAY. I am suggesting ping because they are known for super game improvement irons. Maybe next year get a blended set. Also, you could try www.tgw.com as they have a static fitting as well.
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get fitted for some pings, then see if you can get a used set with your color code
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I just started playing myself. I called my local country club and set up lessons with one of the pro's, to me it is good value for money, around $30 for 40 minutes, I figured I would go for 4-6 weeks worth of lessons and practice at the driving range before I go out on the course, I'm horribly self conscious and want to make sure my swing is at least half decent before everyone stares at me hacking away.

I had no interest in golf until my company started liquidating the local GolfUSA and I had a warehouse full of golf clubs, constantly seeing them made me want to start. I settled on the TaylorMade Burner 2.0 driver, very light and feels so comfortable in my hands. I went with the Vokey wedges and heard the same advice ideliver gave about choosing just two. For the irons I'm debating on the TM's or older Pings.

What are your guys suggestions on putters? I'm leaning towards a Scotty Cameron California, but I think I'm swayed by how it looks rather than if it is any good or not.
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I just started playing myself. I called my local country club and set up lessons with one of the pro's, to me it is good value for money, around $30 for 40 minutes, I figured I would go for 4-6 weeks worth of lessons and practice at the driving range before I go out on the course, I'm horribly self conscious and want to make sure my swing is at least half decent before everyone stares at me hacking away.

I had no interest in golf until my company started liquidating the local GolfUSA and I had a warehouse full of golf clubs, constantly seeing them made me want to start. I settled on the TaylorMade Burner 2.0 driver, very light and feels so comfortable in my hands. I went with the Vokey wedges and heard the same advice ideliver gave about choosing just two. For the irons I'm debating on the TM's or older Pings.

What are your guys suggestions on putters? I'm leaning towards a Scotty Cameron California, but I think I'm swayed by how it looks rather than if it is any good or not.
Can't go wrong with a Scotty Cameron but they are three times the cost of an average putter. I have a SC Detour 2 after using an old ping for a while.
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Get lessons before clubs. Best thing you'll do in your golf career.
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get fitted for some pings, then see if you can get a used set with your color code
Yes get fitted if you plan to buy a new set. Most shops will give you credit towards your purchase if you get fitted by them.
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Get lessons before clubs. Best thing you'll do in your golf career.
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Most people do not even grip the club correctly. If you don't know what a strong, neutral or weak grip is then you need lessons. Simple things like that can take numerous stokes off your game.
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Most people do not even grip the club correctly. If you don't know what a strong, neutral or weak grip is then you need lessons. Simple things like that can take numerous stokes off your game.
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I know so many of my friends who spend all kinds of money on the best clubs, putters, drivers, balls, etc... and they can't break 100 to save their life. The equipment will only help you shave strokes on the margin and only after you have the fundemantal swing mechanics locked down.

I would recommend just getting a solid set of second hand clubs to use for the next 6-12 months as you learn your game and also understand what kind of equipment is out on the market. Later, when the time comes to buy new, stick with a set of solid, mid-priced, cavity-backed irons with hybrids for your 3 and 4 irons. No need to go too crazy on an expensive set. I would splurge a little bit on a nice driver, because I actually do think that the technology in drivers these days can make a real difference. But even then, you can buy a model that is one year old and save a lot of money. As for putters, I personally don't believe that there is any need to buy $300+ putters (ie Scotty Cameron), but putter choices very much come down to personal preference, so if it happens that you feel most comfortable with an upper end putter, go for it. Just remember that being using a more expensive putter does NOT in any way mean you will be a better putter.

If you are serious about golf, spend at least 75% of your time working on your wedges and short game. Skill from 100 yards and in is what separates the good from the mediocre. So you should expect to spend most of your time on the practice green working putting and chipping. When on the range, work mostly on your wedges and short to mid irons (ie 7-9 iron). Most people think that golf is about bombing the driver all day long. When I played golf competitively, I only hit my driver maybe 10 times each driving range session. It will be a bit of a grind at times, but trust me, it is the best way to get results.
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I agree that lessons should be the first priority but disagree about picking up off the rack or used clubs. Getting properly fitted for clubs that work for your golf swing can be worth a few shots right out of the gate. If you have a trusted clubmaker that can rework lie angles or reshaft you could be ok with a used set. Good grips, proper length and flex shafts, lie angle, etc. are all things a good pro or clubfitter will know best.

I'm not saying go out and get fitted for expensive clubs, but even getting properly fitted for a decent set of game improvement clubs will help immensely.
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