Originally Posted by Harry Dunn
Remember guys- this is a beginning level golfer asking for advice. There's no need to get the top-line clubs if you're going to be playing once a month and shooting 100+. That's like suggesting world cup skis for a guy who's skiing greens once a year. An average set of clubs should be fine for him- if/when he gets better, then you can get some solid clubs that are fit to your swing and body type.
This is 100% correct and very wise ...and most importantly...
DO NOT BUY Blades....DO NOT take them for free.....any golfer not below a 5 handicap playing blades is headed for frustration and failure....the sweetspot is too small and the club head speed is insufficient to work the ball as designed.....look at the bags of tour and elite college players male and female. About 80% cavity back irons. Trust me on this, you are not interested in forged blade irons. You will curse them.....
Once you begin hitting the ball semi consistently it then is time for that bag full of quality clubs. Get fitted. If money is no object correct fitting King Cobra OS, Taylor rac os, Callaway 2005 big bertha and forgiving sticks from most any major brand is the next move....Ping G2 works too for most any player and Ping fitting is right on. All of these options new = monster $$$$. A component setup along these lines is a good choice too...snake eyes, ken smith...golfsmith...all good stuff properly fitted. Make sure your fitting includes an analysis of clubhead speed....and select the proper shaft to match.
...don't forget ebay...a patient shopper(like me ) can have a bag(like mine) with $2000 worth of gear for $500(like I do).....if you do your homework and are patient and know exactly what works for you this is doable....and the chase to complete the bag....what a fun quest...every new package one more pc to your ultimate bag! I built my set 1 ebay pkg at a time....christmas every week!
Callaway preowned clubs via www.callawaygolfpreowned.com
is another excellent source, if you decide on Callaway. Older Ping irons are always a good choice esp since you will be fitted and know which Ping color code you need....I3, I3+, Tisi, Zing 2, Eye 2...all good clubs a intermediate player can grow with...and carry beyond scratch status....see www.ping.com
for more info.
in my bag now...
-Callaway x 14 3-p w/ constant weight steel shafts (3/4 irons mostly retired, replaced by 7 wood below)
-Callaway x 14 pro s,l wedges with rifle shafts
-Taylormade 360xd driver 8.5 deg w sr aldila accel shaft brand new via a club maker on ebay
-Pure Golf titanium 16 deg 3 wood w pure golf graphite shaft($2 on ebay and my absolute favorite club all time, proof sometimes the off brand stuff can be killer!) A long list of top of the line 3 woods bought on ebay went back on ebay, none approached the performance of this club for me.
-Callaway steelhead 5 wood tt r300 gold shaft
-Callaway heavenwood 7 wood memphis 10 shaft. I even got a brand new Ping J bag on ebay to carry it all in for 1/3 retail....
This replaced Ping eye 2 irons with stiff shafts which I owned for 20 years(3 sets)....swing speed dropped too low for the shafts, it was time to move on...I now, at least for today have the perfect custom bought set...for me. Previous woods were Taylor tour prefrd 4/5 I did not carry a driver in previous set with my old swing I could not keep it in the fairway(oh yeah new swing too, that's in another thread)....this driver...is autopilot...sooo thanks to technology even tho my swing speed is down 10/15 mph from before I now hit my 2nd shop from 20/40 yards further down the fairway....lost clubhead speed...no worries. Saved by the technology bell!!!! ....and a new consistent swing path.
YOU CAN DO it too!