YAY! Got my first golf clubs today!

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    Feb 17, 2012 10:38 PM GMT
    My instructor presented me with my first golf clubs that had arrived today, I'm like a kid at Christmas. He selected them for me, as rigsby and other golfers here advised me was the best way. He determined the shaft flex, adjusted their length, and made other tweaks to them based on his evaluation of my playing. For the last few months I've used his borrowed clubs while he taught and observed me, so this wasn't exactly a hasty process.

    Further minor tweaks will be done, for instance shortening the shaft on the driver just a bit more seems something we may do next weekend, depending on my further play with it. I'll continue to post my progress here, to invite comments from other golfers.
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    Feb 18, 2012 1:54 PM GMT
    I can feel your excitement. Keep up the practice and we'll see you on the golf course later this year!
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    Feb 18, 2012 3:41 PM GMT
    Bravo for good old Rigsby.
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    Feb 18, 2012 6:14 PM GMT
    rigsby saidI can feel your excitement. Keep up the practice and we'll see you on the golf course later this year!

    That's a goal I keep reminding Tony about. Still a ways off, though, I haven't even attempted a round with him yet.

    So I keep myself hyped by several practice sessions a week, and buying golf stuff. Yes, I know I'm a boutique golfer, but it helps keep my interest level high at this point. In fact, I was at Edwin Watts this morning, bought some more little goodies, like a brush for my new clubs, and a better clip for my towel (a carabiner style).

    And Monday I'm going to have my bag embroidered with my name, just like Tony has. Another little psychological trick to derail any temptation on my part to relegate the bag to a yard sale, should I become discouraged at some point. It makes the bag mine forever, sort of a doggie marking thing, without my actually having to piss on it.
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    Feb 23, 2012 4:31 PM GMT
    And now, got my golf bag back that's embroidered with my name. It's so cool!

    And this week I bought 2 pair of golf shoes. I've been making do with some New Balance walkers, which my instructor said were adequate for now.

    But with my new clubs I felt I needed the shoes. One utility pair for the driving range, and a fancier pair for going out on the course with other guys.

    Plus I've been buying golf polos, which I didn't realize are purpose-made, with wicking material that also gives protection against the sun and pass lots of cooling air, important here in Florida. I've got 7 now, but all bought on 50% sale. I am still such a New Yorker, I never pay list price, even my clubs were outrageous steals.

    So having entirely too much fun, and I go out again tomorrow (Friday). My close game is very good, my putting deadly, but my long game still needs lots of work. I never knew golf could be this enjoyable. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Feb 24, 2012 11:06 PM GMT
    OK, my golf instructor was blown away today. (He was recommended to me by rigsby) My driving is finally showing some solid gains, a big advancement today with better foot placement. It also helped that I was wearing my new golf shoes, the pair I got Wednesday just for these practice sessions. My pro loved them, as well as the "dressier" pair I also bought for going out on the course, when I reach that stage.

    And my putting remains deadly, even more so with my new putter I got last week. I sank a 35-foot putt that was up and down, with a 3-foot break. "Tony" said there were guys who would have spent the entire day trying to sink that, and I did it on my first attempt. (He even failed on his own 2 tries) Now if my long game can match my short game I may be ready to actually attempt a round.

    But in the meantime I'm having so much fun. I previously was disdainful of golf, but it really is a wonderful pastime, and I kick myself for having deliberately avoided it for so long. I encourage guys here to give it a try, you may be as surprised as I was. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Feb 25, 2012 1:43 AM GMT
    Art_Deco saidOK, my golf instructor was blown away today. (He was recommended to me by rigsby) My driving is finally showing some solid gains, a big advancement today with better foot placement. It also helped that I was wearing my new golf shoes, the pair I got Wednesday just for these practice sessions. My pro loved them, as well as the "dressier" pair I also bought for going out on the course, when I reach that stage.

    And my putting remains deadly, even more so with my new putter I got last week. I sank a 35-foot putt that was up and down, with a 3-foot break. "Tony" said there were guys who would have spent the entire day trying to sink that, and I did it on my first attempt. (He even failed on his own 2 tries) Now if my long game can match my short game I may be ready to actually attempt a round.

    But in the meantime I'm having so much fun. I previously was disdainful of golf, but it really is a wonderful pastime, and I kick myself for having deliberately avoided it for so long. I encourage guys here to give it a try, you may be as surprised as I was. icon_biggrin.gif


    Wow at the speed you are progressing you'll be able to skip the 3 days of practice rounds for this years Masters and go right into the first competitive round on April 5th. icon_lol.gif

    In fact I think you should be sending them your measurements now for the green jacket. No sense in wasting time
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    Feb 25, 2012 3:14 AM GMT
    beneful1 saidWow at the speed you are progressing you'll be able to skip the 3 days of practice rounds for this years Masters and go right into the first competitive round on April 5th. icon_lol.gif

    In fact I think you should be sending them your measurements now for the green jacket. No sense in wasting time

    You are too silly. When I first phoned the golf pro that rigsby had given me, I told him I just wanted to be able to play golf socially. Approaching 63 as a novice, did I have any other option? I'm just interested in having fun.

    Ironically enough, nearly 40 years ago I had a chance to play the Masters course at Augusta. I was an Army Officer at Fort Gordon, which is in Augusta.

    And at that time the Augusta Country Club allowed Army Officers limited privileges on their course. We didn't have to become full members, which cost tens of thousands of dollars, and required being sponsored, and all kinds of other restrictions.

    But we could use the golf course, and the locker room, just not the full club and all its amenities.

    And I stupidly declined. I could have played at Augusta, like most of my fellow Officers did. But at 24 I thought golf was a waste of my time. I was fixated on being a good soldier, not a golfer. I was fairly successful as a soldier, but now I'd like to be a good golfer.

    Just for my amusement, far too old to ever do it in any competitive sense. But it does please me, and that's all I want. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Feb 29, 2012 10:52 PM GMT
    Welcome to the hackers club my friend!
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    Mar 16, 2012 12:03 PM GMT
    NJDewd saidWelcome to the hackers club my friend!


    Thanks! Maybe your next time down here we can meet again, and play a round if you bring your clubs. Although I gather your winter has been so warm your playing season has become almost year-round like Florida's is, no need to use your time down here to resume playing.
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    Mar 25, 2012 3:28 AM GMT
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    NJDewd saidWelcome to the hackers club my friend!


    Thanks! Maybe your next time down here we can meet again, and play a round if you bring your clubs. Although I gather your winter has been so warm your playing season has become almost year-round like Florida's is, no need to use your time down here to resume playing.


    Indeed - just back from SoFLA..I need a good hacker partner down there!
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    Apr 05, 2012 9:20 PM GMT
    Congratulations AD!!!

    I loved reading your posts about the acquisition of all your golf equipment. Sounds like you've got a fun summer in store. Good luck!!!
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    Apr 05, 2012 9:33 PM GMT
    Oh Man....golf. I remember the last time I tried to play that game. I spent 18 holes angry and ended up having to pay the resort for a golf club that broke from me beating it on the little cement road for the carts. I can't play that game for the life of me.

    Glad you can though! Hope you have more fun than I did.
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    Feb 28, 2013 4:12 AM GMT
    First we share personal anecdotes, then we get our first set of golf clubs the same week. We're leading parallel lives!

    I've never even played before and my first lesson is this weekend at Chelsea Piers. Why? I decided that golf is an important life skill to keep my stock up. Plus I figure that it's a perfect fit since my bad back is easily thrown by torque, I'm photosensitive and need to stay out of the sun and I have to stay in close proximity to a bathroom given an enlarged prostate. Perfect!