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    Golf...... The return.

    Good morning gents.

    Been away from the game for quiet a few years..... 4+. Looking to get back to swinging the old club. Before I took a sabbatical I use to play 2 to 4 times a week, it got soo bad that I decided to get a part time job as a course Marshall lol. Unfortunately I sold all my gear and now it seems like the new stuff is ridiculously priced..........£400+ for a taylormade driver (what is this world coming to). Before my break I got down to a 12. My route back would be a few weeks on the range and than take out the combine harvester on the course with me

    Any tips would be much appreciated.

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    Easy for you to get back into the sport, but will you be happy not getting back to 12? I play off 13.
    Fitted clubs allow me to compete at aged 60. Buying kit off here or e bay can be a bit of a lottery. And a waste of money.
    If you are serious go to a good fitter let them speak to you about the modern equipment, to match your swing speed.
    At my age very light Cobra woods/metals achieve fantastic results for me.
    Ping irons are also great improvement clubs.
    Choose a good pro you get on with for a few lessons. I go to a group lesson once a week, invaluable.
    I play a lot of tournament golf so its important to me to be able to compete, if you just want to play social golf maybe not so important?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wildheart View Post
    Easy for you to get back into the sport, but will you be happy not getting back to 12? I play off 13.
    Fitted clubs allow me to compete at aged 60. Buying kit off here or e bay can be a bit of a lottery. And a waste of money.
    If you are serious go to a good fitter let them speak to you about the modern equipment, to match your swing speed.
    At my age very light Cobra woods/metals achieve fantastic results for me.
    Ping irons are also great improvement clubs.
    Choose a good pro you get on with for a few lessons. I go to a group lesson once a week, invaluable.
    I play a lot of tournament golf so its important to me to be able to compete, if you just want to play social golf maybe not so important?
    Many thanks for your advice and certainly very valuable points. I use to purchase alot off eBay and as you said it, can be hit and miss. My last set was custom fit mizunos jpx 800. I have been looking for something similar so I can start from where I finished. I use to love the buzz around comps, won a few and certainly embarrassed myself in many. If I was to be realistic I would have to start close to a 16 handicap but it all depends on the 3 cards entered. If the handicap comes out to be a 20 something than I will ask the handicap secretary to give me a observational cut..........when I started out, I was a 22 handicap but some fellow club members felt it was too generous, I asked to be observed and the pro and handicap secretary, with my blessings cut me to a 20.

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    welcome back to the game. Best game ever.

    As wildheart has said EBay can be a bit of a lottery, but good deals (especially putters and drivers can be found), however what I have found it's not really about the clubs (unless you have your mind set on forged heads) it actually all about the shafts.

    Take yourself along to somewhere like Precision Golf for a fitting. They will give you a chance to try lots of different clubs and shafts and it will all be captured on their Quad or Trackman. Once you have that information you will be able to shop around.

    I purchased a set of PXG irons a couple of years ago with 95gm NS Pro Shafts - cost me a small fortune, but at no time during the ups and down of my game I have ever thought about the equipment - it's all about me.

    Since coming back my handicap has gone from 19 to 11, so things are moving in the right direction.

    Let us know how you get on.

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    I have an option to buy my old clubs back or start fresh??? Most of my old clubs were custom fit. May be start with the old clubs to get back in the swing of things and than upgrade or go all out new set??? My old set will cost me approx £200 inc irons, driver, wedges, woods and putter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Merkaholic View Post
    I have an option to buy my old clubs back or start fresh??? Most of my old clubs were custom fit. May be start with the old clubs to get back in the swing of things and than upgrade or go all out new set??? My old set will cost me approx £200 inc irons, driver, wedges, woods and putter.

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    That sounds like a plan Iím not sure where abouts in Essex you are? Lee Porter from Hylands Golf Range is a master fitter from Chelmsford. Bill Chapman at Rivenhall GC is my coach.
    If your determined to get your swing back, you should be back to where you were in less than six months.
    as you know, this game is about practice, mental strength, course management & a lot of luck!
    Happy to play a few holes with you if your about?

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    Iv heard very good things about lee. Many friends have been fitted by him. My home course use to be Woolston manor. Im contemplating Wanstead as its closer to me, friends have mentioned a membership called Surrey golfer which seems interesting.

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    Btw....... Interesting enough, I would only ever practice on the range. I hated practicing on the course for some reason lol.

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    I'd really consider getting the old bats back.of they are still in good condition. £200 is cheap as chips.

    I play Orka irons and these are custom built, on the back of a custom fit. I've been really happy with them. Great time of year to be getting back out there.

    Good luck!!

    Mark

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    Quote Originally Posted by Merkaholic View Post
    Btw....... Interesting enough, I would only ever practice on the range. I hated practicing on the course for some reason lol.

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    Iím the complete opposite. I go to the range during winter but Iím always on the course over the summer. Itís the best way to learn imho. You donít get all the different stances, lies etc on the range.

    Difficult one re clubs. If your old set isnít that old then get them back otherwise a new set up is north of £1200 for something decent.

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    Iv always been a mizzys man and the current stock for what I want is £600 (second hand) to £800 new........ Jpx 900 or 919. Iv not really looked at drivers as I know taylormade have a huge range from old to new stock. My old bats were jpx 800 with ns pro 1150 stiff shafts.

    It makes perfect sense to get the old bats back and ride the season out with it and then get custom fit in 6 months.

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    Sorry jpx 900 around 350 ish

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    I'd just buy your old ones and use them over the summer, low cost risk, as i dare say something made you go from playing 2-4 times a week to not playing for 4 years!

    I quit playing last November, hip injury was the main reason, but also not enjoying it as much, it got a bit boring and predictable for me, was 12 but playing a bit better than that, have had a couple of hits with the spare clubs i have and still not getting any joy, doubt i'll be back to be honest. But it does make me feel that if you're in any way similar, outlaying a few hundred on the latest driver and so on might make you try harder to get back into it, and maybe burning you out again, so best way would be the old sticks being bought back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Argee1977 View Post
    I'd just buy your old ones and use them over the summer, low cost risk, as i dare say something made you go from playing 2-4 times a week to not playing for 4 years!

    I quit playing last November, hip injury was the main reason, but also not enjoying it as much, it got a bit boring and predictable for me, was 12 but playing a bit better than that, have had a couple of hits with the spare clubs i have and still not getting any joy, doubt i'll be back to be honest. But it does make me feel that if you're in any way similar, outlaying a few hundred on the latest driver and so on might make you try harder to get back into it, and maybe burning you out again, so best way would be the old sticks being bought back.
    It was for family commitments, my daughter was born and then moved homes. Nothing could stop me playing. My clubs came on honeymoon and every holiday after that lol.

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    Buy our old clubs back and then use them for a while as well as taking a few lessons.

    Total waste of time getting fitted for a new set while you are getting your swing back. A good fitter will match clubs to your swing and the more consistent you are with how you swing (emphasise consistent, whether good or bad!) then the better the results will be.

    Otherwise it's like getting fitted for a suit at Saville Row just before starting an intensive training regime. You have no idea what your body shape will end up with and whether it will be possible to easily alter that suit so it is still fits properly.

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    Spoke to My mate this evening, he is more than willing for me to have my old clubs back......... His going for a full custom fit session with AG.

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    I would be up for a game a Woolston not far from me and played there before and bought a voucher in an injured services mans auction, a TZ 4 ball would be fun

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndyMilts View Post
    I would be up for a game a Woolston not far from me and played there before and bought a voucher in an injured services mans auction, a TZ 4 ball would be fun
    Make sure you have a spade and bucket........ Sand castles lol

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    Not getting back into it, but rather getting into it! Have been having lessons at a range but they don't seem to translate to the course for me.

    I initially had a set from a kind TZ'er, then bought an Ebay set. Am hoping to get out a lot more then maybe treat myself later in the year once my game has improved!

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    Practice makes perfect...

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    Another option is to getting a fitting somewhere (about £50) to learn your specs and then look at second hand stuff. In most cases iron technology hasn't changed much in the last 5-10 years and driver tech in the last 5 years, so there are some really good deals on older stuff if it fits your specs.

    As for playing I'd have a couple of range sessions to get the body moving and book somewhere for a round when it isn't too busy, as golf is really about playing not practicing (at least that's what I tell myself)

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