While I've only been golfing for a year, I think it's enough experience
to pose this question: Am I the only golfer in the world who thinks that
new, expensive clubs should only be an option after people have truly
sharpened ther skills? Why do so many people in the Bad Golfers' Society
(which I am a current member of) spend so much time investing in new
equipment when they really should be getting regular lessons and simply
While I realize tennis might be a clumsy analog, it's the only
equipment-dependent sport I'm really good at. Most of the people I grew
up with stuck with inexpensive racquets for a few years. Once they became
competent, competitive players, they started buying "better" equipment.
I remember when the widebody racquet craze first hit, I encountered A LOT
of players who could hit VERY hard and fast as a result, BUT STILL WEREN'T
SIGNIFICANTLY BETTER. Hard and fast means very little if you don't have a
matchng set of skills.
Golf seems even more suspect. For every good player who buys an expensive
driver and uses it to his or her advantage, there's a bad golfer who might
add 10-15 yards to a drive, but who wouldn't shave any strokes off their
game (10 yards farther means very little if it's in the rough or you can't
hit a consistent iron anyway). I invested in a $200 set of "Arnold Palmer
Tour" clubs...11 standard clubs, stainless, cavity back, VERY simple and
economical. As of now, I'm not even using the driver, 3 iron and 4 iron,
and rarely use the 6 or 8 iron. This is because I am a beginner, but
maybe other bad golfers (regardless of experience) should also think about
ditching clubs that don't necessarily make a positive impact on their
games. As I get better, I'll expand the number of clubs I take to the
While some people get really e***d about a new driver or new irons, I
experience that same e***ment (IMHO) after a good lesson or a productive
practice. Although I realize that I am opening myself up to criticism,
I'm going to dole out some advice to you other bad golfers: Forget about
getting new, magical clubs that promise a better game. Instead, take
lessons, practice, and buy the clubs when you really NEED them.
Student, University of Michigan
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