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I have the wrong clubs!...maybe I need new ones..?

Silver

I don't have a handicap.
Dec 5, 2004
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Apparently, having an entire bag of clubs designed to easily get the ball up in the air isn't so great for playing in the wind.

We had a pretty windy day here (for Vancouver standards)...I'm guessing it was gusting up to about 20km/h and man, I couldn't control a damn ball all day.

I won't tell you my score because it makes me cry (I'll post it for the league though, it's gonna give me a hella easy time to make "points over quota" at the beginning). But suffice it to say, it was a ROUGH round on a course that's not really all that hard (although they have probably the hardest greens of any course I've played, I guess to make up for the lack of difficulty in getting to the greens...6058 yards from the tips).

Oh yeah, so the point was that MX-23s, a 10.5* Launcher, 21* 7 wood and 23* (I think) hyrbrid...all of which are designed to get the ball UP...makes it that much harder. Fudgenuggets.
 

VtDivot

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Silver said:
Apparently, having an entire bag of clubs designed to easily get the ball up in the air isn't so great for playing in the wind.

We had a pretty windy day here (for Vancouver standards)...I'm guessing it was gusting up to about 20km/h and man, I couldn't control a damn ball all day.

I won't tell you my score because it makes me cry (I'll post it for the league though, it's gonna give me a hella easy time to make "points over quota" at the beginning). But suffice it to say, it was a ROUGH round on a course that's not really all that hard (although they have probably the hardest greens of any course I've played, I guess to make up for the lack of difficulty in getting to the greens...6058 yards from the tips).

Oh yeah, so the point was that MX-23s, a 10.5* Launcher, 21* 7 wood and 23* (I think) hyrbrid...all of which are designed to get the ball UP...makes it that much harder. Fudgenuggets.

I'd rather play in the pouring down rain than the wind... I feel your pain. I don't need any clubs to get the ball higher though, I'm looking for ones to keep the ball down :)
 

Rockford35

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I was in the same boat with my Big Berthas a few years ago. Game improvement irons are that - they help you elevate the ball with the thicker sole and lower CG.

But, if you hit rain-bringing irons like I do, you don't need that. You need a more boring flight. My X-16's were pretty good for that, and the same goes for my MP-33's.

I just wish I could find a little less elevation with my driver. I'd be pumping them 300 easy if I didn't hit the ball so high.

R35
 

DaveE

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Aug 31, 2004
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Silver, I feel your pain cause I tend to hit the ball high as well.

I've noticed when the wind is blowing that I and my friends sometimes try to give the shot a little extra. This ends up causing more of a problem than the wind.

I remember reading awhile back a Tom Watson tip where he said something like, a well struck ball isn't affected by the wind all that much. If I'll just take an extra club or two, depending on wind speed, and take my normal swing the result is usually pretty good.

The next time you have to play in wind try taking what you think is too much club and swing easy. The easy swing will give you lower ball flight and should give you better control.
 

bdcrowe

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Aug 30, 2004
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DaveE said:
Silver, I feel your pain cause I tend to hit the ball high as well.

I've noticed when the wind is blowing that I and my friends sometimes try to give the shot a little extra. This ends up causing more of a problem than the wind.

I remember reading awhile back a Tom Watson tip where he said something like, a well struck ball isn't affected by the wind all that much. If I'll just take an extra club or two, depending on wind speed, and take my normal swing the result is usually pretty good.

The next time you have to play in wind try taking what you think is too much club and swing easy. The easy swing will give you lower ball flight and should give you better control.
By giving the ball extra oomph, you are effectively putting more backspin on it, which will make it go higher, etc...

Take an extra club or two and hit it about 3/4 or so. See what happens...
 

Rosmo

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Apr 22, 2005
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I feel your pain not because I hit the ball hight which I don't, I just hate playing in the wind.

Thats good advice DaveE...THANKS!!
 

Bravo

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Aug 27, 2004
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I struggle in the wind...everyone does. Look at the pro tournament scores when it gets windy.

This spring, I have made a point to go out and play when it was very windy AND to practice when it was windy...this has helped me some. About six weeks ago, we had a strong westerly (remember this means it is blowing to the east). Our range faces west so I knew that I would be hitting right into it.

I went out and hit about 200 balls right into the teeth of this. I checked websites before I went and they were indicating about 20 mph with higher gusts. I learned that I needed two additional clubs on any given shot for this.

The next day we played with a big group from out of town. Same conditions. We were playing a short par 3 - only 100 yards. I would usually use a gap wedge for this...

That day, I was confident that I needed 9 iron. When I hit it - it was scary because in the first 1-2 seconds of flight - your mind's eye is thinking that you have hit it waaay long - then it "hits the wall" and drops just about vertically.

My ball landed 25 inches behind the pin and backed up to about 6 inches. I learned something from that time spent on the range the previous day.

If you hit a high ball then we are in the same club. I hit extremely high irons and have been very happy with this shot shape due to its green holding capability. I would stay with this shot shape and try to spend a little time practicing in the wind. Most players will spend a lot of $$ trying to get the ball up...
 

Lee...

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Apr 19, 2005
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I hit my first 100 today to get my handicap...which is 28 yeeha, But My driver which is a Deep red 2 10.5' will not go over 8ft high....? It goes a hell of a long way and always with a slice....My RAM irons are great but the Tee area is a shambles....may sell the driver and buy a 5 iron?????
 

longiron

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May 2, 2005
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Most Callaways where made to get the ball up. As far a driver goes I have a buddy that is from Kansas and he told me that what is coach and dad told him was that i stiffer shaft would help keep the ball low off the tee. As far as irons go i tend to use 1-2 clubs more and use a punch shot. its not an easy shot to pull off but what shot is. Just my two cents.
 

obagain

Used club guru
Mar 29, 2005
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You can get a low launch or a high launch shaft without going to a stiffer shaft. That could create even more problems.

Find a shaft that works and you can use just about any head and get good results.
 

wirehair

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Apr 29, 2005
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Silver, you need new clubs, new....chrome....shiny....forged....miz, R7, you neeeeed 'em.

Repeat after me, new clubs... new clubs...new clubs...
 
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Silver

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I hear you wire, but it's followed by my bank statement screaming its shrill voice at me: "student with no job! student with no job!"

or was that my gf?
 

VtDivot

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It's called credit... get some, then go wild!!! I guarantee you'll shave 5 strokes off your index :)
 

wirehair

Life's too short to drink cheap wine.
Apr 29, 2005
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Silver said:
or was that my gf?

I think we've isolated the crux of the problem. She should buy you some to continue to enjoy the pleasure of your company & sparkling wit.

:miz: chrome...shiny...You know you want 'em. [drool]
 

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