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Absolutely. I think it was Padraig Harrington who said any club golfer who doesn't get hybrids instead of long irons is putting themselves at an unnecessary disadvantage.

Yeh think it was, this shot was played with a hybridbiggrin.gif

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Interested to hear what you think of those irons. I had a shot of a couple the other day and quite liked the feel of them, could be worth a shot!

I am yet to strike a ball with them, but they feel really good in my hands. All the reviews on the internet say that they are weighted in order to get the ball in the air better, which for a beginner is obviously a good thing.

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An unexpected treat today.

Played Tullallan with three of my mates this morning and played pretty well. A couple of nightmare holes but not too bad. And I only putted 38 times over the 18 holes, only just averaging over 2 putts per hole.

Secondly, went for my lunch down to Falkirk Golf Club (my paw-in-law's club) with my wife. They were having an open day so I was going to have a look around the pro shop. I didn't know that they were doing membership for 22-30 year olds for £299, and when I got down there my wife told me her nana was treating me, so I'm now a member at Falkirk. Lovely stuff!

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I shot 111 this morning as well. 110 is my next target at Falkirk. Rather annoyingly I shot a 9 on a hole I'm usually better at (took 6 for it on Monday), and finished with a 7 and a 9 on the two last holes (where I carded two 6s on Monday). If I'd had three 6s again I'd have been on 103 and that would have been my best ever round. Hoping to break 100 by the end of the summer.

One other thing I've started to do is mark down my adjusted score, as if I was submitting it for a handicap (which I'll be hoping to do over the next few weeks).

Guys - a genuine question. The clubs I'm playing with are an old set of my paw-in-law's. They're Dunlop 65i clubs and, to be honest, they're pretty poor (although I really like my putter), comparable with a starter set from Sports Direct I guess. I struggle for consistency with them and I've noticed on the 5-iron that the shaft has came away from the head (oo-er!) by about an inch and a half, and on the 8-iron by about a centimetre.

Obviously I am a relatively new golfer and I'm limited by my ability, but does anyone think I'm being hampered further by the poor quality of my clubs? Am I likely to notice a benefit of treating myself to another, more forgiving, set of irons and, if so, could anyone recommend a decent, reasonably-priced set?

Thanks very much.

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I shot 111 this morning as well. 110 is my next target at Falkirk. Rather annoyingly I shot a 9 on a hole I'm usually better at (took 6 for it on Monday), and finished with a 7 and a 9 on the two last holes (where I carded two 6s on Monday). If I'd had three 6s again I'd have been on 103 and that would have been my best ever round. Hoping to break 100 by the end of the summer.

One other thing I've started to do is mark down my adjusted score, as if I was submitting it for a handicap (which I'll be hoping to do over the next few weeks).

Guys - a genuine question. The clubs I'm playing with are an old set of my paw-in-law's. They're Dunlop 65i clubs and, to be honest, they're pretty poor (although I really like my putter), comparable with a starter set from Sports Direct I guess. I struggle for consistency with them and I've noticed on the 5-iron that the shaft has came away from the head (oo-er!) by about an inch and a half, and on the 8-iron by about a centimetre.

Obviously I am a relatively new golfer and I'm limited by my ability, but does anyone think I'm being hampered further by the poor quality of my clubs? Am I likely to notice a benefit of treating myself to another, more forgiving, set of irons and, if so, could anyone recommend a decent, reasonably-priced set?

Thanks very much.

I've started to mark down things like how many putts I've taken, fairways hit, GIR etc and I'm finding that at a quick glance I can see where I'm giving shots away. It's a fairly simple way (in my opinion) of highlighting areas of your game that need worked on.

With regards to your clubs, you'd be doing yourself a massive favour getting a new (or newer) set. The ones you have sound like they're hampering you. I had a set of Ram clubs that I used for years and had been toying with getting a new set. Handily by brother in law got himself a new set and I blagged his old ones which were 4 or 5 years old, but much better than the ones I was using. Once I got used to them, I was consistently carding better scores. My aim this year is to shoot less than 90 on a regular basis by the end of the summer.

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I shot 111 this morning as well. 110 is my next target at Falkirk. Rather annoyingly I shot a 9 on a hole I'm usually better at (took 6 for it on Monday), and finished with a 7 and a 9 on the two last holes (where I carded two 6s on Monday). If I'd had three 6s again I'd have been on 103 and that would have been my best ever round. Hoping to break 100 by the end of the summer.

One other thing I've started to do is mark down my adjusted score, as if I was submitting it for a handicap (which I'll be hoping to do over the next few weeks).

Guys - a genuine question. The clubs I'm playing with are an old set of my paw-in-law's. They're Dunlop 65i clubs and, to be honest, they're pretty poor (although I really like my putter), comparable with a starter set from Sports Direct I guess. I struggle for consistency with them and I've noticed on the 5-iron that the shaft has came away from the head (oo-er!) by about an inch and a half, and on the 8-iron by about a centimetre.

Obviously I am a relatively new golfer and I'm limited by my ability, but does anyone think I'm being hampered further by the poor quality of my clubs? Am I likely to notice a benefit of treating myself to another, more forgiving, set of irons and, if so, could anyone recommend a decent, reasonably-priced set?

Thanks very much.

It probably is worth a change to a newer set. How much were you looking to spend?

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Cheers guys. I've got a budget of about £150, can maybe stretch to £200 at the most, so I'll be looking second-hand. Just having a shoofty on various websites the now to get some reviews of forgiving irons.

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I shot 111 this morning as well. 110 is my next target at Falkirk. Rather annoyingly I shot a 9 on a hole I'm usually better at (took 6 for it on Monday), and finished with a 7 and a 9 on the two last holes (where I carded two 6s on Monday). If I'd had three 6s again I'd have been on 103 and that would have been my best ever round. Hoping to break 100 by the end of the summer.

One other thing I've started to do is mark down my adjusted score, as if I was submitting it for a handicap (which I'll be hoping to do over the next few weeks).

Guys - a genuine question. The clubs I'm playing with are an old set of my paw-in-law's. They're Dunlop 65i clubs and, to be honest, they're pretty poor (although I really like my putter), comparable with a starter set from Sports Direct I guess. I struggle for consistency with them and I've noticed on the 5-iron that the shaft has came away from the head (oo-er!) by about an inch and a half, and on the 8-iron by about a centimetre.

Obviously I am a relatively new golfer and I'm limited by my ability, but does anyone think I'm being hampered further by the poor quality of my clubs? Am I likely to notice a benefit of treating myself to another, more forgiving, set of irons and, if so, could anyone recommend a decent, reasonably-priced set?

Thanks very much.

By the sounds of it it will be hampering your score and ideally it would help getting a new set. My only point of caution, financially speaking, with getting a new set now is that if you keep playing and improving then within a couple of years you'll probably want another even better set of irons to 'take your game to the next level' and have to splash out again. I'd maybe just keep playing with your irons you have and try and put some money aside over the next year or two and then get a really nice set which you'll be happy to use for a long time. I suppose it depends how seriously you are taking your scores, in terms of playing in competitions etc. If you're playing in competitions and want to get a handicap you're probably best getting another set, if you're just playing casually with your mates and are just looking to improve your swing and not too fussed about scores yet then I'd wait. So basically I've no idea :lol:

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I shot 111 this morning as well. 110 is my next target at Falkirk. Rather annoyingly I shot a 9 on a hole I'm usually better at (took 6 for it on Monday), and finished with a 7 and a 9 on the two last holes (where I carded two 6s on Monday). If I'd had three 6s again I'd have been on 103 and that would have been my best ever round. Hoping to break 100 by the end of the summer.

One other thing I've started to do is mark down my adjusted score, as if I was submitting it for a handicap (which I'll be hoping to do over the next few weeks).

Guys - a genuine question. The clubs I'm playing with are an old set of my paw-in-law's. They're Dunlop 65i clubs and, to be honest, they're pretty poor (although I really like my putter), comparable with a starter set from Sports Direct I guess. I struggle for consistency with them and I've noticed on the 5-iron that the shaft has came away from the head (oo-er!) by about an inch and a half, and on the 8-iron by about a centimetre.

Obviously I am a relatively new golfer and I'm limited by my ability, but does anyone think I'm being hampered further by the poor quality of my clubs? Am I likely to notice a benefit of treating myself to another, more forgiving, set of irons and, if so, could anyone recommend a decent, reasonably-priced set?

Thanks very much.

I was in the same predicament as you, with regards to clubs. My uncle had given me a old set of Wilsons that I played okay with but I felt they were really heavy. I had a couple of good wins on the horses and bought the Nike Slingshot irons I spoke about a few posts up.

I done nine holes with them on Monday and could see an improvement straight away. I seemed to be finding the sweet spot on the iron way more than I had been with the older, heavier clubs.

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Steady improvement continuing today as I shot 109. First target of the year achieved, now to push towards a sub 100 score.

Fair play to you going out in the weather around here this week. I was in the car park of my club this morning as it looked like it was brightening up, then all of a sudden it started absolutely hosing it down so I turned straight round and went home.

Hopefully get a game before the end of the week. My tee shots lately have been abysmal so hopefully I can turn that round and get back under 100...

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I've decided to start playing again this summer as I'll likely be bored out of my mind on my days off. I quit a few years ago when I was down to around a 20 handicap, although I was still at school and I had little patience at the time and got frustrated really easily. I then played a several times a couple of weeks ago and surprisingly I shot some alright scores. My target is to be down to 15 by the end of the summer.

Also, apparently my driver has become "illegal". WTF.

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Im trying to get back onto it. Been playing at a few courses that I have never played before and its fun doing that. I want to join a club but not sure which one. Might just join Elmwood for the time being. I managed to have a 15 handicap when I was younger and playing regulary about 4 or 5 years ago. I can still play well now. I have no problem with driving or irons. Its around the greens and on the greens Im terrible. Someone said they tke score of GIR's, FIR's and putts per green etc. I think I might do that. Im so inconsistent though. I managed a 86 at Charleton GC but I had two 8's and a 7. Somehow managed to par 9 holes. Was probably the best I had ever played but maybe the worse at the same time.

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109 for me this morning, and that marks the first time I've ever shot under 110 at Falkirk.

Next target is to hit under 110 consistently and then beat 105, which would be double bogey for every hole.

A 9 and an 8 on my card this morning - the 9 on a hole I parred on Monday, as well. Disappointing.

I honestly think that I have all the shots in my locker to break 100, but it's getting the consistency throughout the entire round that's the problem.

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Fair play to you going out in the weather around here this week. I was in the car park of my club this morning as it looked like it was brightening up, then all of a sudden it started absolutely hosing it down so I turned straight round and went home.

Hopefully get a game before the end of the week. My tee shots lately have been abysmal so hopefully I can turn that round and get back under 100...

We gave up after 7 and sat in the clubhouse for an hour before going back out. It really was awful.

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Have a shop around online. You can get pro v1 marked "practice" for about £20 a dozen. These are packaged and sold by titleist and only have blemishes, no structural deficiencies. They are not x-outs and are legal for competition use.

Alternatively get down to somewhere with lots of American visitors like kingsbarns, beach/rocks/dunes you'll find decent balls - Americans have too much money.

I'm just over 1000 for a former open qualifier in Cambridge. Three times what I paid at home (crail) for a similar set up.

Is there an advantage to be had by always using the same kind of ball? Considering clearing out my bag and just using one type.

On the same note, what balls are best, and reasonably priced?

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I think short game is something you cam improve on your own with a lot of work at home. I have "almost golf balls" that I used to use in my flat and use them around the garden now. Get one of these cheap synthetic putting mats and draw some chalk lines on it to help groove a stroke.

Books help. I used to swear by Dave pelz, but his books are like text books and can give you too many technical things to think about. Been using Stan uttley's books since Christmas, he has a more feel based system so it's less about mechanics. Certainly making a difference this year (currentlu off 10 buy was round in three over in a match the other night - all about getting up and down).

Im trying to get back onto it. Been playing at a few courses that I have never played before and its fun doing that. I want to join a club but not sure which one. Might just join Elmwood for the time being. I managed to have a 15 handicap when I was younger and playing regulary about 4 or 5 years ago. I can still play well now. I have no problem with driving or irons. Its around the greens and on the greens Im terrible. Someone said they tke score of GIR's, FIR's and putts per green etc. I think I might do that. Im so inconsistent though. I managed a 86 at Charleton GC but I had two 8's and a 7. Somehow managed to par 9 holes. Was probably the best I had ever played but maybe the worse at the same time.

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