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#1 May 24 2012 at 12:39 PM Rating: Decent
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So as I'm an old man now I've decided to try some golfing. I've been to the driving range and played a little bit in the past (very little bit, like twice, maybe).

Question: How do I buy golf clubs? Not the mechanics of actually locating and purchasing consumer goods but the general golf club purchasing etiquette. Are there different lengths? How do I determine good clubs from bad clubs? What should I watch out for?
#2 May 24 2012 at 1:02 PM Rating: Excellent
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Yodabunny wrote:
Question: How do I buy golf clubs? Not the mechanics of actually locating and purchasing consumer goods but the general golf club purchasing etiquette. Are there different lengths? How do I determine good clubs from bad clubs? What should I watch out for?
Go to a golf store. Not Wal-Mart, or Sears or Sportcheck. Go to a store that specializes in golf. Maybe even go to 3-4 of them. Even if you don't buy a set of clubs from them, they'll walk you through everything you need to know. And by need to know, I mean they'll let you test out some stuff, let you swing some clubs until you find something that feels right for you. There is no set length, or grip, or anything other than what feels most comfortable to you and your swing.

As a beginner golfer you're probably not going to want any expensive clubs and not because they cost more, but because they're not good for you. Typically, the more expensive, it means the more powerful they are, but in order to be more powerful, they need to reduce the "sweet spot" on the golf club face which makes it more difficult to hit properly.
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#3 May 24 2012 at 1:02 PM Rating: Good
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Well, depends what you're looking for. The obvious answer is that the easiest way to tell the difference between good clubs and bad clubs is the price. Better clubs are going to cost more. I'm no expert, since the most I do is either go to driving ranges or putt in the backyard, but I have a nice Callaway FT iQ Driver that gets me a good 275 yards easy, but it was kinda pricy (I say it's pricy only because, to me, it's just a metal stick so any price would be considered pricy). As far as putters, there are two types (Blade and Mallet), both of which I really couldn't tell you much of anything about other than it describes the club head, and that I prefer blade and have a Cleveland Classic BRZ-Blade.

Other than that, the only thing to really watch for is club length. Not really that much help, I know, but like I said: I only drive and putt. I don't have the patience for that middle 99% of the game.

Edited, May 24th 2012 3:03pm by lolgaxe
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#4 May 24 2012 at 1:05 PM Rating: Good
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Other than that, the only thing to really watch for is club length.
Equally important, and calm down all you gheys, is the flexibility of the shaft. If you have an over-swing (golf store personnel can you help with knowing if you do or don't) then you're going to want a less flexible shaft.
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#5 May 24 2012 at 1:19 PM Rating: Good
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I'm in the market for a new driver as well (old one's head snapped off in the trunk). I'll probably just go online for mine, though...my budget is fairly tight.

I'm hoping to play a lot more this summer. Been meaning to get back into golf. I think I have a knack for it, but it's been like 5-ish years since I was able to play with any regularity.

It'd be nice to find a cheap full-size course to play on around me, too. Up in Buffalo during grad school, we had Grover Cleveland right across from the campus for 16$. We could just pop over there from school for a quick, inexpensive round.

Edited, May 24th 2012 3:19pm by Eske
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#6 May 24 2012 at 1:34 PM Rating: Good
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There are a number of different measurements needed to get good gulf clubs. I personally believe a **** set of golf club will do as much to help your game as a year's worth of lessons. However, if you don't have a consistent, repetable swing, **** clubs are probably going overboard because most placed aren't going to custom fit a cheap set of clubs.

Here are the things to look for for each type of club:

Driver and fairway wood: shaft flexibility, loft. shaft length, grip thickness
Irons and wedges: shaft flexibility, shaft length, lie angle, grip thickness

Your best bet is to go to a store that specializes in golf equipment, like Golfsmith or Edwin Watts. **** Sporting Goods also has a surprisingly well-run golf department and they do custom **** They'll take mesasurements of the length of your hand from your wrist to the tip of yoru middle finger and the distance from your fingertips to the floor when your hands are at your side. They'll also give you a mid-iron, usually a 7 or 8, with a piece of white tape on the bottom and then have you hit a few shots off of what looks like a small chalk board. This will make marks on the tape that show them how to adjust the lie angle on your irons. A good shop will also have you hit at least 9 different drivers in front of a launch monitor to determine which combination of loft and shaft flex gives you the best combination of distance and accuracy.

If you dno't mind spending a good chunk of change, you can get an excellent set of clubs that will last you a long time. A complete set will probably set you back about $1500. I recommend TaylorMade woods and Titleist irons, but that's just me.
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#7 May 24 2012 at 1:37 PM Rating: Good
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lolgaxe wrote:
Other than that, the only thing to really watch for is club length.
Equally important, and calm down all you gheys, is the flexibility of the shaft. If you have an over-swing (golf store personnel can you help with knowing if you do or don't) then you're going to want a less flexible shaft.

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#9 May 24 2012 at 6:06 PM Rating: Excellent
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You wake up early, drive to a garage sale, lay down a twenty and you're now the owner of golf clubs. And maybe a Kool & the Gang cassette.
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#10 May 24 2012 at 6:13 PM Rating: Good
Golf has got to be one of the most boring sports to watch. It's fun to play for sure, or mini-golf is at least. So is disc golf on the Wii. Smiley: grin
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#11 May 24 2012 at 9:55 PM Rating: Good
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You wake up early, drive to a garage sale, lay down a twenty and you're now the owner of golf clubs. And maybe a Kool & the Gang cassette.


I'm with Joph. I didn't go quite that cheap, but my first set I bought used from a Captain I worked with in the Air Force for $50. After about 3 years of hacking, I went out and "splurged" on a new set for about $300. I've been using those for about 6 years now, and I'm just now starting to think it's worth the investment to get a "real" set and be **** etc.

Don't even bother taking it seriously until you get some time in. Hell, you may not even like it. I had one friend quit after a year because he got so frustrated. Of course this was after he'd dropped about $900 on some Callaway irons, $350 on a driver, and another $350 on a hand cart. I bought the cart off him for $50, it's freakin awesome.
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#12 May 25 2012 at 12:04 AM Rating: Decent
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I've been playing since I was ten, on old used sets and Wal-Mart specials. Though I haven't played much at all in the past four years or so.
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Yeah, I'm pretty much set on Kijiji and yard sales, just wanted to know what to look for. I have zero intention of paying $1500.00 on some metal sticks to hit balls with. $150.00 Max MAYBE. It's really just intended to be a basic level hobby that's really just an excuse to drag my **** out of bed on Saturday morning and hang out with my buddy. I'm not planning on competing in the US Open or whatever the flavour of the week is.

I'm thinking 3 clubs in scabbards on my back and a black outfit with a Rambo eske tied headband. /ninjapose
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I'm thinking 3 clubs in scabbards on my back and a black outfit with a Rambo eske tied headband. /ninjapose


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Yodabunny wrote:
I'm thinking 3 clubs in scabbards on my back and a black outfit with a Rambo-esque tied headband. /ninjapose

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I'm thinking 3 clubs in scabbards on my back and a black outfit with a Rambo-esque tied headband. /ninjapose

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#17 May 25 2012 at 2:52 PM Rating: Good
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This is actually a decent set of clubs for a very reasonable price. And it comes with a backpack style carry bag.
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#18 May 25 2012 at 3:15 PM Rating: Good
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If you get them used, just check to make sure they aren't bent to hell. Think of it as eyeballin a poolstick, they should be relatively straight. If the grips are bad you can get them redone, not sure how much they'd charge you. Other than that you should be good to go. Hit the driving range, and maybe take a lesson or two. They really do help. And work on your short game, many people waste a lot of time seeing how far they can hit the ball, when chipping and putting can make a big difference in that final score.

Good luck!
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If you get them used, just check to make sure they aren't bent to hell. Think of it as eyeballin a poolstick, they should be relatively straight. If the grips are bad you can get them redone, not sure how much they'd charge you. Other than that you should be good to go. Hit the driving range, and maybe take a lesson or two. They really do help. And work on your short game, many people waste a lot of time seeing how far they can hit the ball, when chipping and putting can make a big difference in that final score.

Good luck!


Grips will cost you about $10 a piece. Replacing shafts will range from $20 each for steel shafts up to $100 or more for graphite shafts in a driver or fairway wood.
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#20 May 25 2012 at 3:45 PM Rating: Decent
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Kakar wrote:
Hit the driving range, and maybe take a lesson or two. They really do help. And work on your short game, many people waste a lot of time seeing how far they can hit the ball, when chipping and putting can make a big difference in that final score.

This.

Ultimately the goal is to get the ball into a four-inch cup, not to hit it three hundred yards. Though it is can be fun to hit a ball over the back fence of a driving range and into the highway beyond. Smiley: grin
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Bigdaddyjug wrote:
This is actually a decent set of clubs for a very reasonable price. And it comes with a backpack style carry bag.

Thanks, now my browser is full of ads for golf clubs.
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