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i didnt know there were more forgiving golf clubs. where can i get them? (or should this be under "other sports"
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Originally Posted by duke walker View Post
i didnt know there were more forgiving golf clubs. where can i get them? (or should this be under "other sports"
Really? Cavity backs, Rescue clubs, hybrids... these are the mid fats of golf.
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Originally Posted by duke walker View Post
i didnt know there were more forgiving golf clubs. where can i get them? (or should this be under "other sports")
Yep, it should. I'll move these three posts!
post #4 of 16
The Nike Slingshots are about as forgiving as you can get. Very unique tecnology that makes for the best off center hit shots I have seen (been a golf pro for 20 years).
post #5 of 16
Go to GolfWorks, find Maltby Playability Factor and click on Heads. I think you'll find some surprises. If you really want clubs to fit your game, then find a good clubmaker and get customs. It will cost about the same as off the rack, but, with the right clubmaker, you'll get a better fit for your game.
post #6 of 16
Depends on how much money you are willing to spend with custom fitting etc etc..

Ping g5 clone irons have been very forgiving for me.. you can find them for 150 bucks at www.pinemeadowgolf.com

And those hybrid clubs man.. They look ugly as hell but cant beat them ( i can hit 6/10 from 200 yards instead of 1/10 these days). I have proceeded to discard my 3/4 irons and 5 wood for a 3 and 4 hybrid..

Check out www.rockbottomgolf.com as well
enjoy..
post #7 of 16
Softer flexing shafts because the stiffer the shaft the more precise your swing has to be and the more precise your clubface alignment at the ball must be and the stronger and faster your swing must be to propel the ball. Slower more inaccurate swings benefit from softer flexing shafts.

For the club itself the larger the clubhead and clubface then the more room for error. Weight distribution affects things too for example a cavity backed iron with the weight more around the clubhead perimeter will be less likely to want to twist in an offcenter hit and an iron with lots of sole weight will help you get the ball into the air if youre used to hitting them too low. But in the end no club related thing can fix swing inconsistency or flaw though.
post #8 of 16
First and foremost have a qualified professional fit you for your new clubs. If the lie, shaft flex or grip size are incorrect you've already lost the majority of the battle. If the lie angle is incorrect you are going to start the ball right or left-a general rule is if they are too flat the ball will go right and too upright left. Too stiff or soft a shaft will also have a major influence on ball flight-don't let you ego influence this decision as far too many people do-go with a shaft that matches your swing speed. Grip size versus your hand size will have a major influence on your ability to release the club properly.

Many manufacturers as well as custom club fitters produce great sticks in many variations of the criteria I listed above. Don't get hung up on brand. Look for demo days or retailers that have a mix of clubs you can try-outdoors where you can observe ball flight and get a true feel for the club.
post #9 of 16
Boy I'll second Pinemeadow reference Got Ping G5 driver clone and Taylormade CGB clones and am very satisfied with their playability and saved HUGE dinero
post #10 of 16

more forgiving?

Recipe: professional fitting, professional lessons, practice, and more balls if the first 3 fail. If all prior fail, Macallan 30; http://www.themacallan.com/range/30yo.html
post #11 of 16
The Adams Hybrid clubs are forgiving clubs. But like you'll read about many ski Demo conversations may I suggest hitting the clubs at a full range if you can rather then into a net ten feet away like most shops have. It would be to your benefit to go to a decent golf store. I'm not discounting your Dicks sporting good or Sport Authority but the people in there aren't the ones you want to talk about clubs with. I went from a Taylor Made cavity backed to Titeist 730pm irons and let me tell you the Titeist are very tough to hit, the fact is my golf game just isn't there yet. So whether it's skis or clubs honesty with yourself and sales professional are two of the most helpful things you can have for yourself.

This also brings me to another point and highly opinionated at that, support your local retailers. I read about skis on these threads and and on the internet and I always go to the same retailer. I like the people there, a appreciate their opinions, and I respect them for working at something they feel pasionate about. I don't know I'll pay a little more to go to a mom and pop type of shop, where they know the product and know the sport rather then some sort of superstore where they don't know anything but have cheap prices.
post #12 of 16
I don't understand "knock off" clubs. Would you buy a binding that looked like a Salomon 912? A boot that looked like a Krypton? There is a reason that Callaway/Nike/Ping/Whoever put millions into R&D, it is not just for looks, but materials.
post #13 of 16
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Originally Posted by Philpug View Post
I don't understand "knock off" clubs. Would you buy a binding that looked like a Salomon 912? A boot that looked like a Krypton? There is a reason that Callaway/Nike/Ping/Whoever put millions into R&D, it is not just for looks, but materials.
Beyond materials (which is a major issue) the knockoffs rarely have the dimensional accuracy in the grooves and the assembly process can be a little bit less than generous with the epoxy holding the heads to the shafts (which may or may not be quality) along with other issues. For a novice golfer "knockoffs" will probably suffice but as you grow in the game you will hinder your scoring ability.

9 days to Florida and the PGA's National Merchandise Show-WARM TOES!!-can't wait till demo day on the 24th, even if I haven't swung a club in over two months. Then a little R&R down in Port St Lucie.
post #14 of 16
Phil, Mike, While I would like to have a brand new set of nike clubs, for a weekend hack like me, a knock off set wil suffice( high handicap too ). Besides its way too expensive to get custom fit and get a set of golf clubs.
post #15 of 16
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Originally Posted by coug View Post
Phil, Mike, While I would like to have a brand new set of nike clubs, for a weekend hack like me, a knock off set wil suffice( high handicap too ). Besides its way too expensive to get custom fit and get a set of golf clubs.
Hey Coug,

Fitting is not generally that expensive and cheap compared to the frustration ill fitted clubs can generate. For example, my head pro charges about $40 but if you order from him that comes right off the purchase price-and we match the major on line retailers such as Edwin Watts and Golfsmith.

Two other thoughts:

Go to the Ping web site: http://www.pinggolf.com/global_webFit.html , then pick a club and go though their web fitting to see if you vary much from the standard golfer. (As a disclaimer, I play Titleist irons and woods except for my driver, 22 degree hybrid and use a Ping B60 putter-and as a further disclaimer as soon as I can try the new Titleist 207 driver I suspect it will be in play). I used to play Ping and like their product, Titleist just plays a bit better for me these days.

If you do vary a bit look for manufacturer demo days in your area when the golf season arrives and get some feedback from the reps. You can always have "knockoffs" adusted for lie and loft but then you may match the cost of getting the correct set initially.

Professionals understand the cost of our sport and where possible will do what we can to help you enjoy the game more.
post #16 of 16
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Originally Posted by mikewil View Post
Hey Coug,

Two other thoughts:

Go to the Ping web site: http://www.pinggolf.com/global_webFit.html , then pick a club and go though their web fitting to see if you vary much from the standard golfer. (As a disclaimer, I play Titleist irons and woods except for my driver, 22 degree hybrid and use a Ping B60 putter-and as a further disclaimer as soon as I can try the new Titleist 207 driver I suspect it will be in play). I used to play Ping and like their product, Titleist just plays a bit better for me these days.

If you do vary a bit look for manufacturer demo days in your area when the golf season arrives and get some feedback from the reps. You can always have "knockoffs" adusted for lie and loft but then you may match the cost of getting the correct set initially.

Professionals understand the cost of our sport and where possible will do what we can to help you enjoy the game more.
Thanks for the inputs I did the ping calculator a while back and it categorized me as normal(black dot or something like that).. while the fitting itself as you point out, is not that expensive, the clubs run a good tally.. That being said if I was good I probably wouldnt mind paying for a good set of irons..

It also seems that there are litereally no demo days that I could see in any website( at least last year) in NE. Lots in the south but not many here.
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