Who here plays golf? I am looking to get into it .. (again)

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I played golf casually back in the day with jr. clubs in India. I was like 13 and 15.. (during the summer i played in calcutta). Anyway I am looking to start playing again.. Mostly driving range first before the real course. I remember i enjoyed it back in teh day.

I have totally forgotten what goes into the game, yes iknow what clubs does what, but i forget, is 7 neutral?? or is it 5? (height vs distance).

Also what kind of clubs should i get? Craigslist for clubs, or something under 200 in retail. I see brands like wilson, and top flite (on walmart) which i know is a good brand of balls, but i dont kow what else is out there. Nike and callaway are way too expensive.
 

bctbct

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Just buy a used set until you decide you really want to play again. Buy x-out balls. 5 is nuetral
 

OREOSpeedwagon

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get some titleist 962 irons on ebay for around $200 used, that way if you decide to stop playing you can probably ebay them for the same price you paid. as far as drivers and woods go, I still use a titlest 975J and really like it, they can be had for around $65 on ebay iirc. get a nice putter, i suggest an odyssey white hot, great club and again you can probably sell it for the price you paid. find some name-brand woods on ebay and you should be set and if you find you're not interested in playing anymore, you can ebay the whole set on ebay and basically get your money back.
 

GagHalfrunt

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Originally posted by: TheGoodGuy

I have totally forgotten what goes into the game, yes iknow what clubs does what, but i forget, is 7 neutral?? or is it 5? (height vs distance).

Also what kind of clubs should i get? Craigslist for clubs, or something under 200 in retail. I see brands like wilson, and top flite (on walmart) which i know is a good brand of balls, but i dont kow what else is out there. Nike and callaway are way too expensive.

I don't understand that 7 or 5 question. What the hell do you mean by neutral?

For clubs, try to borrow a set. If that's not possible buy something supercheap to get you through 6 months to a year. Then if you're going to play regularly get fit for a set. As for balls, shop by price and buy whatever is cheap. At this stage you're not going to be good enough to tell the difference between a quality 3-piece urethane and a 2-piece rock. You're going to be losing a lot of balls, no sense hitting a $4 pellet into a lake.
 

Cawchy87

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Originally posted by: bctbct
Just buy a used set until you decide you really want to play again. Buy x-out balls. 5 is nuetral

Make sure they are cavity back (not really small heads) irons. For balls, I find that the top-flite 2000's are good and cheap.

I guess that either the 5, 6, or 7 iron could be considered "neutral" but that has no relevance to playing.

Originally posted by: OREOSpeedwagon
get some titleist 962 irons on ebay for around $200 used, that way if you decide to stop playing you can probably ebay them for the same price you paid. as far as drivers and woods go, I still use a titlest 975J and really like it, they can be had for around $65 on ebay iirc. get a nice putter, i suggest an odyssey white hot, great club and again you can probably sell it for the price you paid. find some name-brand woods on ebay and you should be set and if you find you're not interested in playing anymore, you can ebay the whole set on ebay and basically get your money back.

Considering he hasn't golfed for a long time, I would tell him to try out clubs before he bought some on eBay. Those are great clubs, but might not be for him.
 
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well my friend has a few clubs, i am going to the driving range with tehm on wednesday afternoon. ITs 4 bucks for 50 balls to play. on the driving range. As you guys said the balls arent an issue, in ancase im getting the cheapest..walmart has 48 balls for 20.. i think.

The cougar branded clubs are horrid. I was thinking wilson. I will check ebay.
 

BCYL

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Originally posted by: TheGoodGuy
well my friend has a few clubs, i am going to the driving range with tehm on wednesday afternoon. ITs 4 bucks for 50 balls to play. on the driving range. As you guys said the balls arent an issue, in ancase im getting the cheapest..walmart has 48 balls for 20.. i think.

The cougar branded clubs are horrid. I was thinking wilson. I will check ebay.

Go to the range and practice a lot... when you do go to the course, just buy the cheapest balls you can find, most likely you will lose a lot of them...

When you are just starting out, balls won't really matter anyways...
 

GagHalfrunt

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Originally posted by: dethman
neutral? i don't get it.


Neither do I. Not only is the question completely ridiculous, but there are still 2 people in this thread who invented answers for it. That's just scary.
 
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Originally posted by: GagHalfrunt
Originally posted by: dethman
neutral? i don't get it.


Neither do I. Not only is the question completely ridiculous, but there are still 2 people in this thread who invented answers for it. That's just scary.



okay by neutral.. the irons tend to have a difference in range vs height.. there is one that's neutral meaning equal in height vs range..i thought it was 7.. like pH .. that's how i remember it.

Like 9 if i remember right was height, and 4 or 5 was distance.. or am i completely wrong on this. Its been years.. and i was 13 when i first started, but it wasnt often, i just used to just whack the ball and see how close i could get to par.. which was never.

 

imported_KuJaX

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Originally posted by: TheGoodGuy
Originally posted by: GagHalfrunt
Originally posted by: dethman
neutral? i don't get it.


Neither do I. Not only is the question completely ridiculous, but there are still 2 people in this thread who invented answers for it. That's just scary.



okay by neutral.. the irons tend to have a difference in range vs height.. there is one that's neutral meaning equal in height vs range..i thought it was 7.. like pH .. that's how i remember it.

Like 9 if i remember right was height, and 4 or 5 was distance.. or am i completely wrong on this. Its been years.. and i was 13 when i first started, but it wasnt often, i just used to just whack the ball and see how close i could get to par.. which was never.


ROFL its been years? How many times have you golfed... once? Well, technically the higher the iron (7, 8, 9, W's) the higher the ball will go into the sky and the shorter the distance. If you have even played ONE round of golf in your life-time, you should have already known that.

good luck anyway :)
 

illusion88

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MY idea of golf is to get the guys, a 12 pack of good beer, and drive the golf cart really really fast while consuming said beer. At tee off, I tend to hit the ball quite hard.
 

spidey07

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if that's the case, pick up some used clubs, head out to the driving range and get some lessons.

that's really all you need to know to start. beyond that the lower number irons (2-3-4) are lower trajectory/longer vs a 7-8-9 iron which is higher tracetory/shorter distance. Until you hit the ball correctly that point is somewhat mute.

same with woods. 1 wood is a driver, 3 wood is frequently used off the tee or on fairway (higher than a driver, but shorter), 5 wood is higher trajectory even still but can probably be matched with a 3-4 iron depending on your lie.
 

GagHalfrunt

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Originally posted by: TheGoodGuy
Originally posted by: GagHalfrunt
Originally posted by: dethman
neutral? i don't get it.


Neither do I. Not only is the question completely ridiculous, but there are still 2 people in this thread who invented answers for it. That's just scary.



okay by neutral.. the irons tend to have a difference in range vs height.. there is one that's neutral meaning equal in height vs range..i thought it was 7.. like pH .. that's how i remember it.

Like 9 if i remember right was height, and 4 or 5 was distance.. or am i completely wrong on this. Its been years.. and i was 13 when i first started, but it wasnt often, i just used to just whack the ball and see how close i could get to par.. which was never.


This is why you can't expect intelligent answers on ATOT. Two people have already made up definitive answers that the "5 is neutral" and "the 5, 6, or 7 iron could be considered "neutral"". The fact of the matter is that there's not a club in the bag that's even close to being "neutral" in distance vs height. NOT EVEN CLOSE. At best a driver is going to go maybe 8-10 times farther than it goes high. A sand wedge maybe twice as far as it goes high. Pick up a ball, go outside and throw it as far as you can. Measure the distance. Find a building that tall and try to reach the roof. It's not going to happen, gravity is far too powerful. A professional golfer might carry a 5-iron 190 yards or so and a sand wedge perhaps 115-120 on a hard swing. He's never going to hit anything higher than 60 yards or so. There is no "neutral" club.
 
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thanks guys.. yeah i remember that part Kujax..just my explaiation on it was different from how you said it, but we both meant the same thing. i played like about 10 times back in teh day.. over teh summer break, whenever my uncle went to teh course.


I am getting some used clubs.. and then get back into teh game.
 

bctbct

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My reference was to ball placement. The ball when hitting 5 iron is placed at the center (neutral) of your stance. Move forward or back depending on the club.
 

spidey07

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Originally posted by: bctbct
My reference was to ball placement. The ball when hitting 5 iron is placed at the center (neutral) of your stance. Move forward or back depending on the club.

And if you knew how to strike the ball you could control the trajectory no matter what your stance. Has nothing to do with the club.
 

bctbct

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Originally posted by: spidey07
Originally posted by: bctbct
My reference was to ball placement. The ball when hitting 5 iron is placed at the center (neutral) of your stance. Move forward or back depending on the club.

And if you knew how to strike the ball you could control the trajectory no matter what your stance. Has nothing to do with the club.


But since WE are talking to someone who does not know how to play golf...I think there is a pro golf thread that needs your attention.
 

spidey07

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Originally posted by: bctbct
Originally posted by: spidey07
Originally posted by: bctbct
My reference was to ball placement. The ball when hitting 5 iron is placed at the center (neutral) of your stance. Move forward or back depending on the club.

And if you knew how to strike the ball you could control the trajectory no matter what your stance. Has nothing to do with the club.


But since WE are talking to someone who does not know how to play golf...I think there is a pro golf thread that needs your attention.

sorry, didn't mean to be harsh.

my main point is he should learn how to strike the ball correctly before worrying about anything else. his stance and position will come.

<---not a golf pro so take it as just another yahoo on ATOT.
:)
 

Kyle

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Originally posted by: TheGoodGuy
well my friend has a few clubs, i am going to the driving range with tehm on wednesday afternoon. ITs 4 bucks for 50 balls to play. on the driving range. As you guys said the balls arent an issue, in ancase im getting the cheapest..walmart has 48 balls for 20.. i think.

The cougar branded clubs are horrid. I was thinking wilson. I will check ebay.


wow that brings back memories...my first set was a cougar set...I actually liked them a lot- had some great rounds with them.
Now I have a set of fitted Titiliest (wow I cant spell) but I havent played in probably 4 years...I really want to get back in to it, but I dont have any friends that play...I'll probably start going back to the range soon though...
 

spidey07

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Originally posted by: Kyle
Originally posted by: TheGoodGuy
well my friend has a few clubs, i am going to the driving range with tehm on wednesday afternoon. ITs 4 bucks for 50 balls to play. on the driving range. As you guys said the balls arent an issue, in ancase im getting the cheapest..walmart has 48 balls for 20.. i think.

The cougar branded clubs are horrid. I was thinking wilson. I will check ebay.


wow that brings back memories...my first set was a cougar set...I actually liked them a lot- had some great rounds with them.
Now I have a set of fitted Titiliest (wow I cant spell) but I havent played in probably 4 years...I really want to get back in to it, but I dont have any friends that play...I'll probably start going back to the range soon though...

go to a course as a single, I'm sure you'll pick somebody up. If it's a fairly busy place just say "hey, I'm a single...can ya fit me in?"

 

laurenlex

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1. Budget $1000 for clubs.
2 Rent clubs
3. Take lessons until you have $300 left.
4. Buy clubs.
5. Keep practicing for 2 years.
5. Buy really nice driver
6. Buy really nice gap, sand, and lob wedges.
7. Profit??????
 

dethman

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Originally posted by: spidey07
Originally posted by: Kyle
Originally posted by: TheGoodGuy
well my friend has a few clubs, i am going to the driving range with tehm on wednesday afternoon. ITs 4 bucks for 50 balls to play. on the driving range. As you guys said the balls arent an issue, in ancase im getting the cheapest..walmart has 48 balls for 20.. i think.

The cougar branded clubs are horrid. I was thinking wilson. I will check ebay.


wow that brings back memories...my first set was a cougar set...I actually liked them a lot- had some great rounds with them.
Now I have a set of fitted Titiliest (wow I cant spell) but I havent played in probably 4 years...I really want to get back in to it, but I dont have any friends that play...I'll probably start going back to the range soon though...

go to a course as a single, I'm sure you'll pick somebody up. If it's a fairly busy place just say "hey, I'm a single...can ya fit me in?"

i just did that today, go to the course as a single i mean. i was going to play this exec with this old fella and his 10 year old grandson that i met in the pro shop, but by some freak of nature i drilled my 1st tee shot to within 4 feet of the pin, and they said...maybe you should just go ahead. i guess they were intimidated but i assure you that never EVER happens. so i ended up playing by myself instead. meh.