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post #31 of 51
I am missing "game".
post #32 of 51
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Originally Posted by trekchick View Post
-I relax into reading the information, take a gulp of coffee and then..........coffee on my screen!

OOPS!!!

One additional thought good for both golf and skiing. Avoid the "Wood" cure.

Works
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post #33 of 51
What missing from my bag is a calm and focused mind.
post #34 of 51
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Originally Posted by trekchick View Post
I really didn't want this thread to be about Me, but you guys are pampering me so nicely, a girl could get used to this.

Steve, You are right. I am very happy with the pro I am working with. I did a 5 lesson series. 3 on the driving range, and 2 at the country club, Putt Specific. It was well worth the price of the lessons. She and I have discussed the possibility of doing a few "on course lessons" in the future. As far as help getting the right clubs now, she recommended that I just invest in a decent set for now, and then move into something more custom when I progress.

therusty,
you are soooooooo on the same track as my golf pro.
This Golden Bear set is what she recommended I start with. It appears to be very similar to the set you recommended. Now I have to decide between the wilsons and the bears(you know what a good bear would choose?)

Enough about me,
But tell me, what's missing from YOUR Bag?
The Golden Bears are pretty nice. I have a friend who has used a men's set for years and hits them well (shoots in mid-low 80s).

But IMO you will have slightly more bag-cred with the Wilsons
post #35 of 51
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Originally Posted by Phil Pugliese View Post
Maybe its me, but I see am manufacturer such as Callaway drop millions into R&D of metals and design, I cannot see someone giving the same quality and performance just because it looks the same.
I totally agree, but don't lump all component companies in with the clone companies. A lot of good component companies to their own R&D and come up with good designs.
post #36 of 51
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by TerpSKI View Post
The Golden Bears are pretty nice. I have a friend who has used a men's set for years and hits them well (shoots in mid-low 80s).

But IMO you will have slightly more bag-cred with the Wilsons
Can you give me a ski comparison?
Golden Bears is to...................
like Wilson is to.......................

You'd think a group of Bears would do their best to convince me to get the Bears:

As I'm not investing a ton of money into my set now, I went to the local sporting goods store and tried putters(BTW I hate my putter)
After trying several, ignoring brand and price, because I wanted to get a real idea of the putter that felt good, I ended up getting the Golden Bear B-1.
Its a good start!
post #37 of 51
Hmm, I personally have become addicted to a different much more enjoyable form of golf: its called sporting clays and you play it with a shotgun. www.lvsclays.com You only need one "club". Just as challenging and its and excellent strees relief to watch clay birds explode.
post #38 of 51
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Originally Posted by TerpSKI View Post
I totally agree, but don't lump all component companies in with the clone companies. A lot of good component companies to their own R&D and come up with good designs.
I am refering to companies that make clubs called 'Callaware' or 'Pine', and will look like a Callaway or a Ping. I am not talking about componant companies.
post #39 of 51
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Originally Posted by Phil Pugliese View Post
I am missing "game".
Mental or Physical?
post #40 of 51
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Originally Posted by trekchick View Post
Can you give me a ski comparison?
Golden Bears is to...................
like Wilson is to.......................

You'd think a group of Bears would do their best to convince me to get the Bears:

As I'm not investing a ton of money into my set now, I went to the local sporting goods store and tried putters(BTW I hate my putter)
After trying several, ignoring brand and price, because I wanted to get a real idea of the putter that felt good, I ended up getting the Golden Bear B-1.
Its a good start!
I've been away from the forums too long. (Been busy playing golf all summer.)

As far as the comparison of Golden Bears to Wilson, I think a better comparison is GB to Calloway, TaylorMade or Tittleist. It's like comparing Head to Rosignol, Solomon or Atomic. The GBs are fine clubs.

If there is one club in the bag you really want to love, it's your putter. About 1/3 of your strokes are on the green, the potentual is there save a lot of strokes. There's a reason why golfers say "drive for show, putt for dough."

I play a lot of tournament golf during the summer. (In fact I have 2 tournaments, 4 rounds, starting tomorrow and finishing Sunday.) Getting my tournament bag the way I want it is a constant, painstaking process. Not unlike building a ski quiver. For example, I current play with a 4 wedge system; however, I have looked at changing to a 3 wedge system and adding another club to fill a hole or need. Although, I'm not sure what that is at the moment.

Basically, I have 17 clubs and I put the 14 in the bag that I think will be the most useful for the course and conditions. For all pratical purposes, the bag has stay the same for the whole summer with one exception, the putter. I started the year with my old reliable 36 y/o Ping Anser. I make a lot of unbelieveable putts with that putter. Unfortuneately, it went cold and I had to put it in timeout. The replacement was a Heavy Putter blade that, at the time, I was much more consistant with. I was putting very well with the Heavy until recently, so it earned a trip to the penalty box and the Ping got another chance. I love making putts with the old Ping again, so it's earned it's way back in the bag.

Have fun and enjoy the new clubs!
post #41 of 51
Wilson makes some fine clubs comparable to Rossi, Solomon, etc. high end skis. But they also make low end clubs similar to Rossi's rental fleet models. My first set of clubs were Wilsons. Granted I beat the crap out of them, but they were falling apart in year 2. Given the price (mid 100s for the set) and the source (Sports Authority), I would not give an unknown Wilson set any "cred". Arnie's clubs don't have any high end cred, but who cares about cred anyway? I'm using the Nike model driver that Tiger "fired" and was smirked at by his fellow competitors as being obsolete. Long straight shots make a lot more cred than clubs do. Besides nothing tags you as a gaper faster than having expensive clubs and a lousy swing. Nope, we never see that on the slopes now do we?
post #42 of 51
Any Wilson's will have more cred than Golden Bears.

And this from a guy who plays Top Flite Tours (which are totally under rated BTW), so as you can tell I don't really care about bag-cred anyway

For Trek Chick's comparison I would say that Golden Bears are to Beginner Blizzards or Elans as Wilsons are to Beginner K2s.

My bag-cred riff was really tongue in cheek, if I were you trekchick, I would try to take a look at the clubs in person and see which set appeals to your eye and buy them.

Be careful though because golf can be addicting
post #43 of 51
Some of the old names MacGregor, Wilson, Spaulding Top-Flight are making a comeback. I have a set of MacGregor Tourneys CF4000 from I think 1960 that I played with in high school.

I have the wife and kids playing now. For the kids we got Ram Box Sets for $139 from Golfsmith. These clubs are adequate for now. As they get better, we will replace the clubs as needed.

For my wife, I actually had a set of clubs made for my oldest daughter about 8 years ago from components. We also found some clubs on sale to fill out the bag. Basically she only uses the Driver, hybrid, 7 iron sand wedge and putter.

If I was going to setup my wife with clubs at this point, I believe I would build a set for her from components. It would have a 15* driver, a 7 wood, a 5 hybrid, 7-W game improvement irons, a sand wedge and a putter. Since she only hits the tee ball 150 yards, it's all she needs.
We could use the current driver. The 7 wood, 5 hybrid and irons would be components from Golfworks (Logic Lady).

We found women's golf sets from Callaway, TaylorMade and Adams that were really setup well for beginning women golfers. The Callaway GES set was the best value. Unfortunately, it's been discontinued. TM has a line for women Michelina (sp?). However they are really proud of that line of clubs. Adams has some great sets too, but I thought they were a little pricey.

With components I could build the irons for about $20 each. The fairway wood was about $50 and the hybrid was about $35. Graphite shafts in all clubs.
post #44 of 51
I should probably retire the Hogan 1 iron and get a 3 wood. Or maybe a gap wedge, cos I already have a 5 wood which kind of overlaps.

Funny how I used to be so good at my woods, then it switched over to irons now it's kind of back to woods again. This is mainly in the troubled long par 3 range (195-220).
post #45 of 51
Thread Starter 
Okay into golf season and I've acquired some clubs.

I have a set of Lady Golden Bear irons 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, S, P.
I added the 5 and 7 wood.
Picked all of these up used and very reasonably priced.

Upon the advice in this thread I picked up an inexpensive 22 degree hybrid.

I knew immediately that I liked what this hybrid had to offer, but didn't like the "feel" of this particular one. So I bought another 22* hybrid, but this time got a used Lady Ping.
I could immediately tell the difference in the two 22* hybrids, when I used them back to back. I wish I could explain it, but the best I can say is, the Ping felt better, and I hit better with it.

I'd like to add a driver to my bag as well as a few more hybrids. I'd like advice on the Driver, and I'm going to definitely go for quality. There's no sense wasting more money on knock offs that don't let it ring in my loins

The hybrids I am thinking of are a 16 or 18*, and then something above my 22* like a 26*.

Thoughts on these, especially the driver, would be appreciated
post #46 of 51

Whats missing in your BAG

Trekchick, I am missing from my golf bag: "CONSISTENCY" !

In partial answer to your question, I recommend DEMO!!!

The difference in Clubs is there, the feel is almost different for all clubs made. Feel is very important as is, confidence in the club, favorite club, club you go to when the chips arre down, club you use the most, the club you hit the best, the highest, the softest, the farthest.

I wouldn't ever sugest you buy a specific club, might recommend you try one.

In my bag: Irons 4-9, wedges Pitch,Gap,Sand all Henry Griffits custom fitted to my body type and swing. Woods Driver, 3 and 7 Cobra offset, graphite soft flex.

I'm sorry I didn't pay attention to where you live but most good golf course have some type of Demo program and some golf shops do also.
In Sacramento (used to live) you can go to Hagin Oaks golf shop at the coourse and check out 3 clubs at a time. Example take out 3 drivers to the range (right outside) gtry them, try 3 more. You will then pick out the club that is right for you-no guessing. I personnally have to hit a club on the range - not into a net to see what I'm doing with the ball.

Just some general recommendations. Great game, very technical, very frusgtrating at times but all in all a real great game. Good luck!!!!
post #47 of 51
I'll second the deals at www.callawaygolfpreowned.com
post #48 of 51
Many golf shops sell on Ebay where you can get year old models at a good price. There is the risk of counterfeits but I haven't had any problems so far.
post #49 of 51
TC, I love my Taylormade R7 driver.
post #50 of 51
The two drivers that everybody seems to love are the Taylor Burner and the Cobra Speed Drivers. Both retail for $299 so there are a lot more expensive drivers on the market. Golf is definitely the sport the confirms the adage,"It's the Indian and not the arrow". Having said that, I should subscribe to it .

Haven't hit the Ping Rature driver that Cabrera played with, but have a G2 from a couple of years ago, that I'm thinking might need to go back in the bag. I brought the wrong club over to my ball on Sat. and my buddy asked if I wanted to hit his Ping G5 6 iron. I think I hit it about 15 yards further than I can hit mine.
post #51 of 51
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by nolo View Post
TC, I love my Taylormade R7 driver.
I have actually looked at some TM, but haven't had a chance to hit with any. I will definitely look into it.

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Originally Posted by roundturns View Post
"It's the Indian and not the arrow". Having said that, I should subscribe to it .
Kinda reminds me of Rogan at ESA Stowe, and his conversation with Phil about Gear.


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Originally Posted by roundturns View Post
Haven't hit the Ping Rature driver that Cabrera played with, but have a G2 from a couple of years ago, that I'm thinking might need to go back in the bag. I brought the wrong club over to my ball on Sat. and my buddy asked if I wanted to hit his Ping G5 6 iron. I think I hit it about 15 yards further than I can hit mine.
Funny you should mention this.
The ping hybrid I got is a G5 and I really love it!

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