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  1. Now the problem is that prices have substantially increased and my wife wants to do part time (which means part time income).
  2. I know that lessons/range time/having a good swing are important but I have been told by a scratch golfer who I trust that learning is easier when you have something newer than my 15-20 year old Golden Bear Costco clubs because golf clubs these days or slightly older are a lot more forgiving. Is this true or false in your opinion?
  3. Hi everyone, I took up golf seriously this past year (with about 12 professional lessons from 2 different instructors). I went out about half a dozen times starting in mid July (all but one by myself), I thoroughly enjoyed it. My score right now is 45-50 over 9 from the forward tees (not great but we all have to start somewhere). My clubs right now are an old set of Golden Bear Jack Nicklaus clubs (at least 10 years old - probably more like 15). I would like to get newer clubs but there's a hitch. My wife and I are planning to start a family in the near future so once that happens, my golfing time will be significantly reduced. Is it worth it for me to buy new clubs now when they will be probably sitting for a while before I can use them more consistently? But by that time, the 'new' clubs might be older anyway... I'm not saying that new clubs will instantly make me a better golfer but it wouldn't hurt to have some GI or SGI clubs in my bag. Once we start having kids, I'm not sure if I feel comfortable spending money on myself when I could save it for other expenses (not that we are struggling for money). What do you think?
  4. I played on Friday and I shot a 52, it was a bit more frustrating than the last time. I had about a 10 on one hole (lost 3 balls, water was involved) but on #8, I had a really PW onto which rolled to about 8 feet from the hole (which I two putted for bogey but I was really happy with the shot. Then I capped it off on #9 with my first birdie (within the gimme circle), it was a 9 iron 126 yard hole from the forwards but it felt good. I need to still work on the basics though. My mid to low irons (3-6) suck hard. Edit: Lost 5 more balls in the round.
  5. > @Naptime said: > Welcome to the addiction. :) I want new clubs and to be fitted, does that help?
  6. Hi everyone, While I started to learn golf last October, I had not been out on the course yet this year (bad first instructor, busy at work, busy at home, and partly being scared of the course, etc). On Thursday night, I finally signed up for a tee time at a local Par 3. I would be playing from the most forward tees (2032 yards over 9 holes). I had fun, I wasn't too frustrated with myself because I knew I am still learning. I had some reasonably good shots and some really bad shots but I figured that everyone does. My driver off the first tee sliced so hard it ended up on the #9 fairway. The next one went straighter but I never found it. However it got better. A 3 wood drive from the tee block landed on the green on the next hole, which was very empowering to see (I 3 putted in the end but oh well). Some of my wedge shots/putts were screwy because either I hit them way too hard or not hard enough. Just comes with experience I guess. Full disclosure for the putts, I used a 3 foot gimme circle around the hole just to keep moving (even though there was no one behind me). There was a group of 3 older gentlemen in front of me that I caught up to at about hole #7 ish but I didn't mind too much since there was no one behind me and it was only nine holes. My total time of play was about an hour and 30 (maybe a little less). I ended up with somewhere in between a 49 and 54 (not sure if I included the extra stroke for each lost ball I had, do not completely remember to be honest). I was probably closer to 55. When I lost a ball, I would add an extra stroke to the hole (please let me know if official scoring should be different). I only lost 5 balls which I think is pretty good for a beginner. On Friday morning, encouraged by Thursday night's game, I decided to go to a local Par 4 course which is 10 minutes from my house. The yardage was a bit longer (2641 yards over 9 holes - forward tees again). The first hole was a disaster, shot a 9 (par 5) including 2 lost balls. But it got better and I think I made par on a hole later on. Same thing as the first game, some good shots and some bad shots. I had my first bunker shot experience which didn't go well (hit it too hard again) but now I know for next time. This course was more featureless (mostly flat grass/open areas). I think it's a Clublink course but that doesn't really mean anything to me. One thing I discovered is that I was hitting the ball farther than I was used to (thanks for my new instructor). For example on the last hole (#9), it was 126 yards. So I pulled out the 8 iron and blew it on the other side of the hole (again I know that 126 yards isn't that far but consider my 15 year old Golden Bear clubs as well as my beginner's swing). My total time of play was about an hour and 15 (I don't hang around much). I ended up with somewhere between a 51 and 56 (I think I included the lost balls in the 51 (one stroke penalty each) but I could be wrong) with only 5 lost balls again. I am happy that I am learning to play golf and I find it rewarding to play (give it time for the anger/rage to come but right now I choose to enjoy it). Sure there were bad shots that frustrated me but I tried my best to forget about them and go to the next shot. I was anticipating to be around 60 over 9 holes so I was pleasantly surprised to get the scores that I did (not fully authenticated of course but I like to think that I am trust worthy) . I will say that my biggest weakness in course management is my pace of play. Simply put I think/play too fast and I feel like I have to rush (even though there was no one behind me all game). That was the case with some of my driver shots because I was in a hurry/wanted to kill the ball. Going forward, I still need range time because I still don't really know what the ball will do/go once I hit it other than hoping it goes straight. But it was nice to be outside on a beautiful night/day and play a round. I actually liked playing by myself at least at the start because I will be stressed once I play with others. Proof of scores (again, note from most forward tees and only counted a stroke for a lost ball (not sure if a lost ball is one stroke or two)): My clubs for reference (Jack Nicklaus Golden Bears about 15 years old). [https://forums.golfwrx.com/discussion/1710534/lookout-s-witb-the-bag-of-a-beginner-on-a-journey](https://forums.golfwrx.com/discussion/1710534/lookout-s-witb-the-bag-of-a-beginner-on-a-journey "https://forums.golfwrx.com/discussion/1710534/lookout-s-witb-the-bag-of-a-beginner-on-a-journey")
  7. Thanks everyone for all the advice. I am currently taking lessons but i think it would be good to play 9 holes but not keep score. I will probably just play like it's a scramble in case i am paired up.
  8. Hi everyone, I would like to go on a public golf course but if my score is roughly 120-140, is that too high a score for the course? What's an typical score for a weekend public golf course (that you have seen)? Thanks in advance.
  9. Hi everyone, I am looking at getting a Fairway Wood with around 16 degrees of loft on it. I would prefer either a Ping or a Taylormade. From my research I've come up with the G SF Tec (16') and the M2 3HL (16.5'). Please note that I am a beginner and I haven't really developed any particular behaviours (slicing, etc) so I don't know how much the G SF Tec would help me right now. But I've heard it is more forgiving than the TM which is really what I'm after. Basically the question is will the SF Tec technology help or hurt me in the long run? Anyone have any thoughts on which one I should get or any experience comparing them? Thank you in advance.
  10. Hi everyone, I was looking at various pre-owned golf equipment websites and Ebay, I just wanted to ask for your opinions on what is your tolerance for wear on the club(s)? I've seen a number of listings where the condition is marked 'very good' but the clubface looks like crap and there is obvious ear on the bottom of the clubhead.
  11. I've heard that if you don't hit it completely perfect that newer drivers are more forgiving than older ones.
  12. Hi everyone, I am thinking of upgrading my 15+ year old Golden Bear driver. I would like a Ping because of how forgiving it is (from what I've heard). Please keep in mind that I do not have an endless supply of money to spend on the G410 Max. Right now, i can barely hit the ball straight and I feel like I would not really notice much difference in drivers at this point. I've heard that driver technology improves enough every 5 years to justify a new driver. Rick Shiels did a comparison video a few years ago of the Ping clubs from the G25 right to the G400 and ultimately there was not much in between all of them. I am looking at a Pre-Owned website where the two drivers are listed: G25: Very good condition, 12 degree, regular flex - about $125 US G SF TEC: Good condition, 10 degree, regular flex - about $180 US What do you think?
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