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Hi there! I am playing my first 9 hole beginner tournament on Saturday and I am nervous. People who compete here do not have a handicap and are beginners. I am nervous of topping the ball or something like that lol! But I guess the others are more or less same level. I manage to hit good shots but sometimes I get some surprises. Which advice would you give me to enjoy this?
Howdy, My name is Cody. I am a technical writer from Utah, and I've been playing golf my whole life, though I've just began to take it seriously within the past two years. I live in Utah, so I get to play a very diverse range of courses. I'm a 14 handicap, just starting to work on game improvement. Here's what's in my bag: Driver: Adams Blue 3-wood: Adams XTD-TI Hybrid 20,23: Adams XTD-TI Irons: Mizuno JPX 900 HotMetal Putter: Superstroke Fatso My favorite club in my bag is my putter. I was able to pick up a Superstroke Fatso from when SuperStroke had a foray into custom putters. It's absolutely beautiful, and I got it by contacting their warehouse and begging them to sell me one.
Hey GolfSpy community - I'm a new member, not keen on posting as I'm the one who does not yet know enough to ask. I've been playing for four months, and for the past two months I've been able to play or go to the range daily. I'm getting better, but I'm not good enough yet to even have a handicap. That said, it's only a matter of time ... I spent a bit on some good used clubs, not as much as I wanted to spend ( ), but I ended up with Ping G15 irons (5 - GW), a G20 driver, Ping Eye sand wedge, Taylor Made R7 hybrid 3, a Taylor Made R7 5-wood, a Honma hybrid 5, and a Ping Anser putter. Then I upgraded the putter to an Odyssey, and I like to think I've improved because of that. Anyway, keep up the interesting news. It's a pleasure to be here.
Fellow golfers: The TL/DR version: At what point at the bottom of the talent and skill scale is the quality of the club irrelevant to the golfer's ability (assuming a basic level of quality)? The full version: I love this game. I've been playing for four months, finally, and I'm taking lessons and have the kind of life where I can either play, get to a driving range, practice putting, practice chipping and pitching, or any combination of these things every day. As a beginner, I bought a decent set of used clubs, including a driver, wedges, woods, and a putter. All good gear, all felt right in my hands, and all was well. But as I've gotten more and more into this golf-thing, I've also started reading more about it on the blogs, looking at equipment reviews, trying out gadgets, etc. My clubs are at the very very least perfectly adequate. I actually think they're top notch, but it's a very personal choice once you get past the data. My skill level is nowhere near squeezing from these clubs their maximum capacity of speed, distance, and accuracy. And that's OK. I'm still learning. I have a Ping G20 driver. I learned to hit from the tee with that club, and I'm usually more accurate than not, but as I said, I'm working on it. Then I read the review (on this site) of the Cobra Fly Z, and I thought I'd give it a try. I found a used one, bought it, and took it for a spin today. I was less accurate rather than more, but I figured that was just the adjustment period. I'll try again tomorrow. But maybe the real problem is this: maybe it is irrelevant what brand with what features I use, as I can't take advantage of the nuanced differences between them. And like most of the golfers I speak with, we fetishize and love our gear, and we seem to always want the next thing that has the potential to make our game better. But again, I can't blame the tools for my lack of performance. Can I credit them when I get good?