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  1. General: Feel is up there but in the sense of how the club feels when I hold it & swing it (i.e. size, weight, balance) not necessarily in the sense of how shots feel coming off the face. The sound isn't really important at all. I'd rather have a better performing club that gives me confidence than a "better" sounding club. The grip is important to me though. I've put midsize wrap grips on most of my clubs and have jumbo grips on my wedges. Drivers/metals: See feel above. My TM Original One Mini Driver checks those boxes. Different colored clubheads don't bother me. Hybrids: I carry from one to three depending on the course. I've come to enjoy hitting them more than FW honestly. Irons: Not picky about materials. Again the grip style here is important but that is easily changed. I am going back and forth between variable and one-length irons this year. Eventually I see myself playing a mixed set. Variable length up to 7i then one-lengths in 4i-6i but I haven't determined the exact composition I think is best. Wedges: Just basic wedges. I don't get hung up on bounce and grind. Putter: I prefer a shorter putter even though I'm 6'1" tall. My putter is 33.5". Balls: I now stick to urethane because of the MGS ball test. Gloves: FJ (the two pack for approx $20 at DSG). I've bought even cheaper ones and they always wear out really fast. Shoes: Skechers as they are easy to find in wide-width.
  2. Good article. Aligning one's expectations with the reality of your situation would help a lot of people get more enjoyment out of the game IMO. I am pretty much a Scenario #2 but I will call myself a 1.75. I play once or twice a week. I have some time to practice but don't put that much actual practice in. Golf isn't my only hobby/interest and you have to balance the whole time & money thing. I've began replacing driving range trips with a quick nine at a local executive course (par 32) as "practice" time. I find I get more out of it, its more fun, and walking is great exercise. I will still practice short game occasionally. I may never become a scratch golfer that way but it's the process of playing that I enjoy the most. If I can keep double-bogey or worse off my card and make an occasional birdie, I have a great time!
  3. Wow, that's the best price on the Q-Star Tour 2 I've seen yet. That price is good through Nov. 23rd too! In addition, both GG and DSG are selling the 2017 Z-Star for $24.99/dz.
  4. It sounds like you may need to hit the reset button. I would guess no matter what you try you're just not going to be consistent, confident, or happy with the current club. Continue to work on your swing as you mentioned. Go for another fitting (different fitter?), and be sure to hit your 80% swings. If you have to write it on a post-it note and stick it to your forehead to remind you not to over swing then do so! Trade the old one for credit to offset some of the cost. It sucks having to spend even more money on another driver but all you can do is chalk it up to one of those "mistake" purchases we have all made. I think you'll be happier for it.
  5. They look great. I liked the F9 One Length irons when I had a demo set. I will have to try these as well.
  6. I've been using a TM Original One Mini Driver for a couple months now. It was a bit of an indulgence as I didn't plan to spend that much but the 20% off coupon helped. When I address the ball with a 45.5" driver, the ball feels like it's a mile and a half away from me. When I address the ball with my Mini Driver, it feels like it's the "right" distance from me. Maybe it's a mental thing but I am way more comfortable with it at address and therefore more confident with this driver. It hasn't been a silver bullet. Make a terrible swing and the ball still ends up in the next zip code over. I actually enjoy hitting this driver though. Sometimes that can be more important.
  7. I carry a 2 hybrid, a TM Rescue 11 TP. Std loft is 16 but I have it turned to its lowest loft setting at the moment. It's currently used in place of my 3wood. I originally bought it as a long approach option for par 5s or long par 4s. However, I found that I really liked using it off the tee as well when less then driver was needed. For that reason, it has displaced my 3wood for most of this year.
  8. I'm quite intrigued by the Halo 2 hybrid in 16*. I carry a TM Rescue 11 TP 2 Hybrid also in 16*. Since that club is several years old at this point, it would be interesting to see how it compares. The UHX irons are interesting too. I thought it weird at first the hollow-body goes down to the 7 iron but with stronger lofts nowadays I suppose it makes some sense. I do like that Cleveland will give the option of buying the 3 thru 5 as individual clubs. Personally, I think they look pretty good too. It looks like Global Golf U Try is going to get more of my money!
  9. All good points and I generally agree. I'm not inclined to use a DI that's why I suggested hybrids and/or (cheaper) used clubs earlier. But I think it's a slight disservice to a high handicapper to state just take lessons and get better. IMO, that doesn't offer much advice. Although true, it's a blanket answer that applies to almost any situation/question. Maybe a DI will work for him or swinging one might help him hone in his driver/FW swing. I don't know, I can't say for sure. Anyway, I'll get off my soap box and put the issue to bed. I look forward to hearing an update from JohnBarry on his progress.
  10. Allow me to play devil's advocate for a minute. Why can't the OP do both? Take some lessons, but in the mean time find some DI that he can hit better off the tee. While the "take lessons" advice has its merit, IMO there is something to be said for how comfortable you feel swinging a certain club.
  11. I hope Tiger doesn't pick himself. Something about the team captain picking himself to play just doesn't sit right with me. However, I'm not really a fan of team golf events so it's not going to change the amount I watch.
  12. TPC Sawgrass would have my vote. The Players is my favorite tournament to watch after The Masters so it's at the top of my bucket list. There are a lot of great courses all over the place, but for a special trip I would be partial to courses you get to see on TV.
  13. I like some of the mental game tips that Pia Nilsson and Lynn Marriott give in their books.
  14. http://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/golf/the-one-move-every-pro-makes-anybody-can-do-it—but-most-of-us-dont/ar-AAGmiOY Saw this article a few days ago on MSN. It's about shoulder turn but it's not the usual "just make a better shoulder turn" article we've all read a bunch of times. I've been out twice since reading this and by the second round noticed I'm making a little bit better ball contact. I enjoyed it and thought others might as well.
  15. I would also suggest looking into a 1 or 2 hybrid. I've been carrying a 2 hybrid (TM Rescue 11 TP) lofted 16* for the better part of the summer but as a 3w replacement. It's much easier to hit off the deck than 3w but I mostly hit it off the tee when driver is too much. You didn't mention your specific struggle with driver. I struggle with it as well but more with accuracy (known swing fault). Recently, I gave in and bought a TM Original One Mini Driver after doing a U-try demo. Compared with my old 45.5" 460cc driver, I am more comfortable & confident at address and am finding it easier to swing and square up at impact. If you're still set on a DI, here is my suggestions: I would highly recommend a Global Golf's U-Try demo if any are available. Personally, I find it really easy to do. If a new club is not in the budget, fish around 2nd swing for some used DIs, hybrids, etc. You can probably pick up 3 or more clubs for the cost of a new one to try out and see what works best for you.
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