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19 hours ago, Beren said:

Adventures of Amateur Beren*:

 

Went down to the driving range today. Cracked a few balls 200+ yards. An embarrassing number of swings which hit nothing but air, but overall got better and better, and actually got reasonable consistency on the last 25 or so balls.

 

Was using some hire clubs, and the golf club head snapped off and went flying down the range on one shot, which was unexpected to say the least. Fun.

 

* - also the title of my skin flick

 

Don't care about the golf at all but keep me posted about that porn.

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21 hours ago, Beren said:

Adventures of Amateur Beren*:

 

Went down to the driving range today. Cracked a few balls 200+ yards. An embarrassing number of swings which hit nothing but air, but overall got better and better, and actually got reasonable consistency on the last 25 or so balls.

 

Was using some hire clubs, and the golf club head snapped off and went flying down the range on one shot, which was unexpected to say the least. Fun.

 

* - also the title of my skin flick

 

My hilarious posts aside, that's good stuff.

 

Not sure what you've been doing but I'd recommend teeing the ball up on all full shots until you feel pretty comfortable with hitting balls off the tee. Not particularly high (except with the driver) but just enough so you don't have to worry about how the ground is impacting your swing until you feel good about how the clubhead is moving through impact.

 

Have you had any instruction or are you just winging it? Definitely worth making sure you have the basics right with grip and such.

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Yeah, I teed it up a little, but basically winging it.

 

There were about three guys to the left consistently creaming it 200+ every swing, but they all seemed to have different swings, so even if i was some kind of supernatural Amazo learning machine, I'm not sure what kinda composite style I'd end up with. :lol: One of the blokes seemed to crunch his wrist into his leg at an awkward angle before raising the club up, one was left handed (which confused me) and the other seemed to have a loooot of backlift when he wound up.

 

Tended to have better consistency with the backswing being more up, than behind me (if that makes sense). Unsure whether  I should just continue to do what feels right, yields consistency and improves results - or get lessons/study what the proper technique ought to be.

 

Hit 75 balls and now I have DOMS today. Pathetic :laugh:  Definitely going back though.

 

 

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43 minutes ago, Beren said:

Tended to have better consistency with the backswing being more up, than behind me (if that makes sense). Unsure whether  I should just continue to do what feels right, yields consistency and improves results - or get lessons/study what the proper technique ought to be.

 

Makes total sense to me. I do more a Jon Rahm swing myself (more back than up like you said) when using my irons. I stopped slicing the ball when I brought the angle down, it helped keep my club face more closed for whatever reason.

 

And to the second point, do whatever feels natural at first. There are some basics that every golfer should learn (grip, distance from the ball, etc) and be consistent with, but in the end every swing is different and it's best to work with what works for you naturally before you start trying to force other aspects of the swing in. You'll get to that point eventually but at first it's all about natural feeling and working with that to the best of your ability.

 

 

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7 hours ago, cubaricho said:

Bones headed back to the bag full time with JT. 

 

Won in that one event he had Bones last year, could be interesting.

 

Very similar player to manage as Phil, I'd imagine.

 

Wild off the tee, great approach player, incredible touch around the greens, horribly let down by his putting so often...

 

Will be interesting to see if Bones can help with the putting, apparently he's one of the great green readers.

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20 hours ago, Beren said:

Yeah, I teed it up a little, but basically winging it.

 

There were about three guys to the left consistently creaming it 200+ every swing, but they all seemed to have different swings, so even if i was some kind of supernatural Amazo learning machine, I'm not sure what kinda composite style I'd end up with. :lol: One of the blokes seemed to crunch his wrist into his leg at an awkward angle before raising the club up, one was left handed (which confused me) and the other seemed to have a loooot of backlift when he wound up.

 

Tended to have better consistency with the backswing being more up, than behind me (if that makes sense). Unsure whether  I should just continue to do what feels right, yields consistency and improves results - or get lessons/study what the proper technique ought to be.

 

Hit 75 balls and now I have DOMS today. Pathetic :laugh:  Definitely going back though.

 

 

 

I'd keep going for a little bit, sounds like you're not completely hopeless so no harm getting some more feel for the whole thing before taking it too seriously.

 

One thing that most beginners tend to do wrong is grip the club too much in the palms of their hands. Try to really get it in your fingers as much as you can. Hold the club up in the air and grip it from there, it's easier to get it into the fingers doing that than putting it behind the ball and gripping it from there.

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McIlroy winning his first start after the Ryder Cup is pretty cool.

 

Sounds like it did trigger some pretty significant reflection in him, apparently he's gone back to working exclusively with his childhood coach.

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6 hours ago, Shak said:

McIlroy winning his first start after the Ryder Cup is pretty cool.

 

Sounds like it did trigger some pretty significant reflection in him, apparently he's gone back to working exclusively with his childhood coach.

 

2 bogey free rounds wasn't it?

 

Good to see him getting back to his best.

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Yeah, he had a triple bogey in his first round too so pretty impressive.

 

Anver fairly had his way with the par 5 14th hole, two eagles and an albatross over the last three rounds :lol:

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5 hours ago, CFlan said:

@Shak Do you have any experience of fittings with McGuirks or Halpenny? Looking at new irons and I’m wondering is there any drawback to getting fit there rather than an independent spot. 

 

I went to McGuirks in Limerick a month or so back and the guy there was sound enough. That said I went in knowing exactly what I wanted (a new 56 degree Titleist wedge) and was basically there to arse around trying out the newest drivers after spending 10 minutes on the different wedge grinds. So he knew what I was at and wasn't trying to push anything on me :lol:

 

I'd say it depends on the individual fitter. There'll be good ones and bad ones in both big stores and little places. I'll probably go to my local guy when I get some irons down the road but just cos I know him, I wouldn't have any hesitation going to a big place. Where are you? Dublin?

 

I'd say it would be a good idea to have some idea what you're looking for going in. What's your handicap and budget? Do you have any brands you're drawn to?

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I’m in Louth but yeah, will probably buy them in one of their Dublin store. I’m looking at either Ping g425 or the new Titleist T300. The Taylormade p790’s are sexy as fuck too so wouldn’t mind hitting them all. Trying to keep it around €1000, I bought my current set in 2007 so they owe me nothing at this stage.

I’m playing off 15 this year after a  6year hiatus before which I was at 10 so I like a bit of forgiveness in my irons which mine lack. 
 

 

I’m happy enough going to a big store as they’re generally cheaper but I was watching a Rick Shiels video recently where he said that some (UK) big stores would be incentivized to push certain brands due to commission.  
 

 

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You seem to have a good idea what you're after so I doubt they're gonna pull some sort of massive fast one on you or anything, as long as you go for one of the big manufacturers there's not really a whole lot that can go wrong tbh.

 

I really want new irons now :lol:

 

The T100 from Titleist are just so nice, love my two new Vokey wedges so a Titleist bag of irons would be delightful.

 

Driver will be my next upgrade though. Love the Callaway woods, might try to get the Epic Speed driver when the price drops in the new year with an inevitable new release. Got a Callaway 3wood a couple of years ago and I almost hit it as far as my Taylor Made driver (which is 20 years old, mind you :lol:)

 

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I have all Titleist woods and driving iron and I love them. Love the adjustability of the driver in particular but I presume all new ones are like that. I’m thinking along the same lines as having an all Titleist bag :lol:
 

I have a few McGuirks vouchers that I won with societies this year so I’ll probably just stick with them.  Think I enjoy spending money on golf as much as playing it :lol: 

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1 hour ago, Shak said:

You seem to have a good idea what you're after so I doubt they're gonna pull some sort of massive fast one on you or anything, as long as you go for one of the big manufacturers there's not really a whole lot that can go wrong tbh.

 

I really want new irons now :lol:

 

The T100 from Titleist are just so nice, love my two new Vokey wedges so a Titleist bag of irons would be delightful.

 

Driver will be my next upgrade though. Love the Callaway woods, might try to get the Epic Speed driver when the price drops in the new year with an inevitable new release. Got a Callaway 3wood a couple of years ago and I almost hit it as far as my Taylor Made driver (which is 20 years old, mind you :lol:)

 


The Callaway drivers haven’t improved one bit since the Rogue in 2018 - which to be fair, is pretty unbeatable. Believe me, I’ve tested them all. Same clubs with just a new paint job. 

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Mizuno are delightful as well, reckon if buying blind I'd go with...

 

Woods - Callaway or Taylor Made

Irons - Mizuno or Titleist

Wedges - Titleist

Putter - Ping or Callaway (Odyssey)

 

Really don't find Callaway irons visually appealing. Big fan of simple looking irons, less colourful stuff on them the better. 

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Mizuno are delightful as well, reckon if buying blind I'd go with...

 

Woods - Callaway or Taylor Made

Irons - Mizuno or Titleist

Wedges - Titleist

Putter - Ping or Callaway (Odyssey)

 

Really don't find Callaway irons visually appealing. Big fan of simple looking irons, less colourful stuff on them the better. 

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14 hours ago, Ronaldo said:


The Callaway drivers haven’t improved one bit since the Rogue in 2018 - which to be fair, is pretty unbeatable. Believe me, I’ve tested them all. Same clubs with just a new paint job. 

 

Yeah I don't really care about getting the newest of the new, either of those or the Mavrik would be cool. My TM Superquad is a lovely club but man, played with a guy with the new Titleist driver last week and hit it off a couple of holes and it fucking changes the hole for me. Was going into a par five that is usually a 5wood for me with a 6 iron. When I went to get my new wedge and hit the Epic Speed I was carrying it 280 compared to the 250 I was getting with my own driver.

 

I just need to get something that's custom fit because I need thicker grips and the shaft to be an extra inch (story of my life) so I'd prefer to just do it all there. I think you can still get custom fit Mavriks now so presumably this time next year there'll still be plenty of options without paying stupid money.

 

Might have a look and see if anywhere has a Rogue in the specs I like. It's actually a much nicer looking club than the Mavrik or Epic IMO.

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5 hours ago, Shak said:

Mizuno are delightful as well, reckon if buying blind I'd go with...

 

Woods - Callaway or Taylor Made

Irons - Mizuno or Titleist

Wedges - Titleist

Putter - Ping or Callaway (Odyssey)

 

Really don't find Callaway irons visually appealing. Big fan of simple looking irons, less colourful stuff on them the better. 


True story, I put the Callaway Rogue Pro irons in my bag a couple of years back on a Friday and shot the lowest round of my life on the Monday.

 

Not loving them quite as much now, mind.

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5 hours ago, Shak said:

 

Yeah I don't really care about getting the newest of the new, either of those or the Mavrik would be cool. My TM Superquad is a lovely club but man, played with a guy with the new Titleist driver last week and hit it off a couple of holes and it fucking changes the hole for me. Was going into a par five that is usually a 5wood for me with a 6 iron. When I went to get my new wedge and hit the Epic Speed I was carrying it 280 compared to the 250 I was getting with my own driver.

 

I just need to get something that's custom fit because I need thicker grips and the shaft to be an extra inch (story of my life) so I'd prefer to just do it all there. I think you can still get custom fit Mavriks now so presumably this time next year there'll still be plenty of options without paying stupid money.

 

Might have a look and see if anywhere has a Rogue in the specs I like. It's actually a much nicer looking club than the Mavrik or Epic IMO.

 

I play the Tsi3 and its about 30 yards longer than my previous Ping g400 Max

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Aye it's a lovely club. The ball flight compared to my other driver is noticeable, the lower spin on the new drivers means the ball doesn't really stall out at the top of it's flight like my driver does. Reckon the difference would be even bigger when there's a bit of run in the course, it's fucking soaked now.

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