Community Lounge, Introductions and General Discussion Discussion, Speaking of new toys... in General Discussion; I'm considering wasting about $600 on a set of these:
I bought a set of King Cobra irons in 1995 ...
Approach the tee block, stooping to tear a few blades of grass from the soil and flick them up in the air, gauging the strength and direction of the wind. Take whatever you learn from that ritual and apply it to your first shot of the day.
The birds greet you and the day with their early morning song.
Lean down and twist that wooden tee into the hardened ground, being careful to keep that sliver of white wood at a 90 degree angle to the horizon. Fish around in your bag for a brand new ball (after all, this is a brand new game!) and carefully perch said ball on the concave tip of the tee.
Now for the stretching - place your driver behind your shoulders and pivot at the waist first in one direction, then the other. Maybe bend from the waist to the side, first left, then right. Shrug those shoulders and take a practice swing or two. Then approach the ball.
Carefully line the sweet-spot on the head of the club with the mid-point axis on the ball. Give the head a small waggle or two. Maybe a practice swing. Line everything up a few times. Breath in, then out. Then in, then out again.
Concentrate. Swivel your head to the left and stare down your target. Will you launch the ball, soaring right to left and draw that sucker up and over the treeline, along the right hand side then down on to the centreline of the fairway, or will you send an Exocet missile roaring from left to right, climbing into the stratosphere, only to fade back and land with a soft "plop" on that same centreline?
Either way you play it, the end result remains the same. The club is ratchetted back with the purpose of a drawn bow; there is a nanosecond of hesitation at the apex of the circle, then the club is brought down again, accelerating with blinding speed until with a great "Crack", the sweetspot meets the dimples and the ball screams in protest as it makes it way to it's intended target.
A dead, solid, perfect shot that split the fairway in half and advanced your game by at least 320 yards. All that's left now is a chip and a putt and you're out of there, birdie secured and on the card.
I bought all new clubs a couple years ago, I NEEDED them. The old set of clubs I got from my grandpa just weren't cutting it when I started to get better. Didn't even have any woods or wedges. I ended up buying Nike Slingshot irons, Callaway Great Big Bertha Driver, Big Bertha 3 and 5 woods, Cleveland CG10 wedge, TaylorMade Rossa Fontana CGB putter, and a nike bag. $2000 gone just like that.
At least I get all my golf balls for free from my grandpa
That's quite a mixture. I use Bertha woods too. Can't seem to miss with them and I'm really not that good. My problem is chipping and putting. If I played more that would get under control.
My first set of clubs was a 1953 set of MacGregor irons and persimmon woods that passed down from my grandfather to my father.
Every time I hit the ball just the least bit off-center, extremely painful vibrations shot through my hands and up my forearms. It was almost enough to make me give the damn game up.
I haven't bought golf balls in over three years. I keep finding them on the course. I bought one of those 12' long ball retrievers and I fish them out of the lakes. I get a surprising number of brand new Titleist Pro-V1's that way.
On top of that, I rarely lose balls anymore, and I don't throw them away. I don't care how bad they look, it just doesn't matter to me.