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About Pandaman

  • Birthday 05/27/1961

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  1. A thought... 'Fitting' does not have to mean a full, detailed, analysis of each and every club to tweak the exact loft etc. It can be as basic as checking your swing and making sure you get an appropriate shaft flex. Trying a variety of different models to see what works best for YOU. And making sure you get the right length and lie angles. That's all my 'full bag' fitting was. A detailed gapping session and tweaking lofts to fine tune can easily be done later, if needed, once you get used to the clubs.
  2. I will echo what others have said... Go to a fitter that can work out which brands and models work for YOU. I did that a couple of years back. I am a high handicap, moderate swing speed player. Wanted to upgrade my 10+ year old set for more modern, more forgiving ones. Went with an open mind as to brands, as i wanted the best for me for my budget. He measued my swing to narrow down shaft options that suited me then 'blind tested' (as best as he could) about 8 or 10 different irons options, then did the same with hybrids and woods.
  3. I recently bought an Inesis waterproof stand bag (Decathlon own brand), after comparing with other better known brands. I was a little wary, but decided to give it a try, very pleased with it, especially at under £100, I doubt I would be any happer with any of the other brands offerings at far higher price points. 14 way full length dividers, 5 decent sized pockets, surprisingly comfy to carry. Well worth considering IMHO.
  4. My thoughts... You heart seems to be with martial arts, so go with that. Golf is something you can dip in and out of with as little commitment as you like. You can still play casually if/when time permits, and enjoy it too, as long as you keep your expectations in check, and don't beat yourself up over not scoring as well as you do now.
  5. Go 5 yards past the green on my home course's 170yd par 3 18th and you are nestled against a wall, another 2 or 3 yards and you could be in someones pint glass on the patio (no I haven't yet, before you ask), long and a little right puts you in the clubhouse conservatory. Short is best on that one.
  6. Am I missing something here? (I am in UK, so not on a slope based or WHS type hcp system yet) But shouldn't the handicap system sort that out? Ok, no system is ever 'perfect' I know, but If the slope rating for the set of tees used is worked out properly surely that should even the chances for shorter hitters. I realise that a short, but very accurate hitter may have difficulty actually reaching some fairways, but if they do play from shorter tees doesn't that just give them an unfair advantage? Edit... If the issue is one of carry required to clear deep rough or water etc then surely (knowing that a wide variety of players will be using the longer tees in club comps) that is a course design/layout issue, not player handicap or age problem.
  7. I voted other. A combination mainly of cost and accuracy for me, but also space. If i could get skytrak, or close to it, functionality at around £500 or so I would most likely have bought one. Aside from features and accuracy the doppler ones all need several feet of ball flight, which does limit my usage options a bit too. Edit... unless it's accurate enough for short game distance practice, and cheap enough for me to accept it's limits, for me to use it for meaningful practice i would want some form of shot direction and shape indication too. Otherwise i would use it to get rough club distances then just get frustrated that was all i could do with it.
  8. The Puttout pressure putt 'hole' thingy is good. And as you are effectively getting it free then it's not a bad choice. Their putting mat is nice too, but I don't know how it compares to other 'premium' mats.
  9. Definitely not 'maintenance free' though, but I imagine requiring noticeably less attention than grass. Also, from a playing POV, isn't adapting to different green conditions due to weather etc part of the challenge? I can certainly imagine artificial green (and tees more so) becoming more common over time especially for 'new builds'. But for an established course to rip its turf greens up to replace them would be a huge financial outlay, so unless it is part of a planned redesign it's probably not practical.
  10. I agree with what @turpp said above. A good book that helped my understanding a lot. Lessons are great, and a 'multi lesson' package deal with a pro you get on with is not a bad option. But at least one lesson, maybe two, to give you pointers is needed to make sure you are fixing the right things. The trick though is to remember, and practice, what the lesson highlighted. Which is where the right training aids come in. You need things that give decent feedback to ensure you can see when you do it right or wrong. Depnding on your needs a simple thing using stuff you have to hand, like placing practice balls to guide your swing path, can be as effective as fancy gadgets.
  11. I would say a lesson or two at least as a starting point. Then see how it goes, you csn then get more lessons and/or pointers as to what equipment would be your best options.
  12. Not ideal I know, but if you can't source one, you could get a dirt cheap putter, or an old one from a charity shop, and have a go at grinding or filing it a bit yourself. Or, less destructively, try sticking something to the face to get a similar effect.
  13. How about looking into some form of collaboration with local golf clubs? After all it is potentially helping to recruit more membership for them.
  14. @Kevin E, this happens to most, if not all, of us. When it happens to me it usually creeps up on me over a couple of increasingly erratic rounds. Then it dawns on me what is happening (usually old bad habits sneaking back in and exagerating my natural out-to-in path by not rotating my body enough), so i can then work on getting back to trying to do it properly. Going back to basics is the way to go for me too.
  15. I have an S60 and like it a lot. I think the S40 functions the same golf wise, I like the convenience of a watch over a phone app. Just glance and look, then just fiddle if i need more info. To get 2 full rounds out of a full charge would be a very close run thing, so definitely worth assuming it is not going to manage it. Club tracking is ok, but often misses chips etc. and is independent to the score, which you enter manually. The TomTom2 has an easy to use manual shot entry feature which the Garmin does not. The garmin app I like, much more than the TomTom one. But ot does ignore the missed chips and adds them to the length of the previous shot. If you like the idea of a watch then give it serious consideration.
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