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45 minutes ago, ncwoz said:

A buddy of mine I play with looks at me like I'm insane every time I take an iron off the tee. And almost every time, I'm in or near the fairway, only 150ish out, and he's looking for his ball in the woods or taking a drop. I've tried telling him so many times that driver isn't the right club off every tee, but it hasn't clicked with him yet.

If he's in the trees "almost every time", driver is never the right choice, unless he'd be in the trees with an iron too.  I'd rather be closer to the green in the woods instead of far from the green in the woods.  Knowing how to hit a driver moderately well is one of the most important skills a beginning golfer can develop.

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Welcome to MyGolfSpy!! One of the most common is underclubbing.  "One time 4 years ago I hit my 7-iron 175 yards, so that's that I'm hitting from 175 today."

Trying every swing tip they find on YouTube or some golf website to fix a symptom and not a cause.

Man, reading this thread makes me wonder how an "avg" golfer ever gets the ball in the hole. 😆 The biggest thing the average golfer does is exactly this thread, FOCUS ON WHAT THEY DO WRONG instea

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1 hour ago, DaveP043 said:

If he's in the trees "almost every time", driver is never the right choice, unless he'd be in the trees with an iron too.  I'd rather be closer to the green in the woods instead of far from the green in the woods.  Knowing how to hit a driver moderately well is one of the most important skills a beginning golfer can develop.

I'm definitely known for some occasional embellishment, but unfortunately in this case I'm not. Particularly on holes narrow enough where I'm taking an iron, he's probably in trouble +75% of the time

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58 minutes ago, ncwoz said:

I'm definitely known for some occasional embellishment, but unfortunately in this case I'm not. Particularly on holes narrow enough where I'm taking an iron, he's probably in trouble +75% of the time

Then I'll add another mistake average golfers make, NOT learning how to hit a driver in play.  

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3 hours ago, cnosil said:


Just add a stroke penalty to his score per rule 10.2 every time he asks.

But like you I have hit knockdowns and partial shots to throw my friends off.

We never play for money or competition style so adding penalties wouldn't affect anything. And, he says he doesn't keep score but, he is the first one to point out if he beat me on a hole - I just ignore it. 

Golf is simple - people are complicated.

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Buying $300 a month in new clubs, trying to find their game, when 3 lessons for $100 would drop 10 strokes.
Buying a low-loft driver, and xstiff upgrade shaft, without even thinking about getting a fitting.
Playing from the correct tees.
At some of the courses, the blues are 20-30 yards longer same obstacles.
 
At others the blues can add 40+ yards and\ or other obstacles ( trees, curve, not able to carry over water).
 
I worked for Dick's Sporting Goods when TM was pumping out 5 drivers a year. No idea how many times a guy would walk up to me with a driver and say I want this. I would ask him what shaft and loft. Cue deer in headlights look and they would ask "you mean there's options???"

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1 hour ago, Tsmithjr9 said:

I worked for Dick's Sporting Goods when TM was pumping out 5 drivers a year. No idea how many times a guy would walk up to me with a driver and say I want this. I would ask him what shaft and loft. Cue deer in headlights look and they would ask "you mean there's options???"

Take Dead Aim
 

Man, that is sad\ crazy.

We have a local store called The Golf Nut.

The owner won't sell you a club, unless you hit it on a simulator first.

He has a hard time when wives and girlfriends want to buy a club for someone.

It's a lot easier to fit a club,  than try to make it work after purchase.

He is a pretty good guy.

He mentions the situation you described a lot.

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Always chasing different clubs

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I'm surprised by how many people have no plan.  Especially when playing 2-man scrambles with buddies.  They just "blast off", find it and smack it again.  No concerns for what line to take off the tee, where the proper place to miss the green is, or where your up & down is dead.  

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In the beginning of our golfing experiences, we were all lousy imitators.   We had this imagery of how pros play from TV or media, and what we first came up on our own was not even close.  Like Bill and Ted jamming with the babes. 

Learning to walk was a little easier.  Wasn't it?

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