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Golf clubs for experts – guide

There are a lot of guides online teaching beginner golfers how to buy golf clubs for themselves, but i couldn’t find any guides for experienced golfers. People might think that golf players with tenure of at least few years should be able to choose golf clubs themselves, but in reality, everyone likes to hear some advice, even if they are experts themselves. Plus i know plenty of experienced golfers who are confused about getting new set of clubs, so i decided to write this post. This could be a way for them to check out what other people like myself think about getting golf clubs as an experienced golfer. I think that hearing different perspectives is the key to making good decisions, not only in buying golf clubs, but in every other aspect of life. 

The first advice i should give on choosing golf clubs as a pro golfer is this : don’t get game improvement clubs. These clubs are designed with beginner golfers in mind, those who have no experience at all. Experienced golfers obviously don’t need some cheap design tricks to improve their game, they already know what they’re doing. I am going to give specific names of golf irons that i think are great for experienced golfers later, but now, i’m going to give you generalized advice. As a rule of thumb, i think the best way to find golf clubs that will help you maximize your results on the course, is to look at what other professionals are using. I believe these professional golfers have team of experts who decide which golf clubs they are going to use on their way to ultimate success. That’s why i think looking at their golf clubs can be a nice shortcut to success. On the other hand, this approach has certain flaws, for example, no two golf players have exactly the same kind of swinging style. So even though you can guess which clubs are going to be the best for your performance, you can never be exactly sure until you play with them. So ultimately, experimenting with many different clubs seems to be the key. 

Seniors are usually  very skilled golfers, so the clubs i’ve mentioned should be a good match for them. If description of these clubs don’t match your expectations, more specific guidelines for choosing irons (and other clubs) as a senior can be found here.

The best golf clubs for experienced golfers are going to be, without a doubt, more expensive than your average golf club set. So you should be mentally prepared for that. With that being said, let’s move on to discussion of actual golf clubs that i think are best for experienced golfers.

I think irons are the trickiest to choose, so i will recommend irons only. If you’re the type of golfer who likes blade-style irons, then i have great one for you. I’ve played with this iron set myself and can attest to its brilliance. MP-5 irons, which are made by Mizuno, are absolutely stunning on the golf course. They are made for low handicappers but at the same time, they are forgiving of off-center hits, which are so common among beginner as well as expert golfers. I’ve mentioned that you should expect pro irons to be expensive, but compared to other clubs on the market, this set is actually great bargain. For all these reasons, i think MP-5 irons are great for every expert golfer looking for new set of clubs.

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Which golf club set should you buy as a beginner

Beginner golfers often have a lot of options to choose from when they decide to buy their first club set. Not only do they have to choose clubs themselves, but there are many other decisions to be made. Most important of them all, in my opinion, is the choice between buying clubs one by one or buying them as  a set. The former gives you more freedom to customize your set and make it more suitable for you, while the latter saves you time and energy. For experienced golfers, i definitely recommend the route of choosing all clubs one by one, but i don’t think beginners know enough about golf to actually make good decision in regards to what clubs need to be in their bags. Plus, club sets come with everything a beginner golfer needs to actually get playing, including accessories like bags and headcovers. Collecting all of that on your own takes too much time and effort to be worth it. That’s why i think buying entire club set is always the best option for beginners. Now, let’s move on to actually complicated question of which golf club set to buy.

Because of their popularity with beginners, almost all golf brands are selling golf club sets now. The best options are offered by these companies : Callaway, Wilson, TaylorMade. Callaway stands out with their Strata series, which cost between two and four hundred dollars, depending on how many clubs are in them. Wilson is on the more affordable end of the spectrum, but their club sets are enjoying great reviews by critics as well. They are killing it in terms of design of their clubs as well. Wilson’s clubs as well as bags are extremely stylish. Last, but definitely not least, TaylorMade offers great sets for women, such as Kalea set. It is much more expensive than the other two on this list, but even with that in mind, i think TaylorMade’s club sets are one of, if not the best values on the market.

Personally, i like Callaway Strata and think that it is the best budget option of them all. It is pretty affordable, 8 club set being priced at around two hundred dollars, and despite that, quality of the clubs is much higher than the standard for golf club sets. With them, you will actually get to experience golf as it is supposed to be experienced. Bags that callaway strata sets come with are very sturdy and convenient to carry around, another big plus for this set in my eyes. Sure, Wilson’s sets might be slightly more affordable, stylish and their irons might be slightly better than those of Callaway Strata’s, but overall, i think Strata sets are much better. If you don’t trust my judgement, this Callaway Strata club set review might be worth reading. One of my favorite features of Callaway Strata set is that this set is always available for right handed as well as left handed golfers. On top of that, if you are intermediate golfer or even more experienced, you can try Strata Ultimate set, which is pretty good for a club set that costs under four hundred dollars. Probably the best club set in it’s price range. Sets offered by TaylorMade are much more expensive, so they can’t be objectively compared. Still, if you are not concerned with budget, TaylorMade sets might be worth giving a shot.  Although i am a firm believer in a fact that beginner golfers should start out with affordable sets to test the waters before diving head in.

You can buy all of these club sets online as well as offline, but i recommend doing so in person. That way, you’ll be able to try out clubs in action and decide on which one suits your interests the best. Plus, offline retailers often offer wider selection of clubs than online stores do.

 

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How to choose golf driver

Driver is the single most important club in your set, so it shouldn’t come off as a surprise that it is the most expensive too. Because of above two reasons, beginner golfers are often confused by the task of choosing a golf driver for themselves, which is why i’m writing this guide – to help. I want to clear up some basic things that novices often don’t understand, such as : what lofts are and what they determine. I might as well answer that now, and move on to discussion of other, more important things later. Numerical loft value of a golf club basically describes how much accuracy golf club sacrifices for the sake of longer distance. The higher the loft is, the more you can assume that golf club will be somewhat inaccurate, but it will make golf ball fly farther.

Shafts are one of the most important, if not the most important, parts of any golf club, but especially the driver. To explain it in simplest terms, it is the “stick” to which the club head is attached. It’s important because qualities of a shaft makes huge impact on how your swing and by extension, your shot turns out. For example, shaft might be flex or stiff, and that determines in what manner the club will twist in the air when being swung. Golfers have different styles of swinging their clubs, all of which are valid, and should get golf clubs with a shaft that corresponds to that style. People often don’t realize how important shafts are, and ignore it completely, only focusing on reviews and ratings of golf clubs they buy. Even thousand dollar golf clubs won’t do you any good if they don’t come with a shaft that correlates with your needs. People often make mistakes and get clubs with wrong type of shaft because brands can’t agree on single standard for measuring stiffness of a shaft, so their definitions are all over the place. I think the best solution to this is reading customer reviews or one of these guides that help you choose good drivers.

Speaking of good drivers, we should also discuss money. How much do good golf drivers cost? Off the top of my head, solid new drivers are usually priced at upwards of two hundred dollars. Even that is rather small number, as new and really innovative clubs often cost five hundred or more. That is partly related with the issue of materials. Excellent golf clubs demand expensive materials, so the end product turns out to be expensive too. It’s not just about materials though. Research and development teams at Callaway, TaylorMade and other brands spend a lot of time and energy on coming up with these innovative designs, so companies make up for it by charging more for new clubs. Don’t worry too much if you’re on tight budget though, because just after few years, those amazing clubs usually cost much less than they originally did.  Also, there’s always an option to buy used golf clubs. Sure, they are usually not as good as new, but you’d be surprised by how well-kept some of the used clubs are. Considering the fact that they cost half of new clubs and sometimes even less than that, used clubs are great for people who are looking for top notch clubs but don’t have thousands of dollars to pay for them.

Another topic that often confuses beginners are game improvement drivers. Usually i don’t believe in miracles, so i was first skeptical of game improvement clubs, including drivers. After playing with them though, my skepticism started to fade away a little bit. Sure, game improvement drivers don’t live up to the hype they have, but they do improve  your game a little bit when you’re experienced, and significantly when you’re totally new. I still think that taking few golf lessons and playing with normal clubs is the better approach when you’re trying to learn golf, but if your budget allows it, game improvement clubs are worth giving a shot, too.

 

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Review of golf club sets under 500

Past few years, i’ve had a lot of beginner golfers ask me about golf club sets. Are they any good, or do you get what you pay for? First of all, it has to be acknowledged that golf club sets are indeed great option for a lot of beginners. They usually don’t want to invest thousands of dollars in a game that they haven’t even played yet. Maybe it turns out golf isn’t that much fun for them, then they will have to either sell their clubs at significant loss, or worse, not sell them and have them decay slowly. Golf club sets are perfect solution for avoiding this trap, which is probably why they’re so popular with beginners.

Now let’s get to answering the question i’ve raised in the beginning of this article. I think answer to both questions is yes. Yes, golf club sets are good, assuming you know why you’re getting them, and you also get what you pay for. You see, golf club sets aren’t for people who want the best out of their clubs. If you are very competitive and want your golf clubs to give you edge over your competitors, you probably should consider getting more expensive clubs. On the other hand, if you’re casual golfer who only cares about having good time and gaining golf experience as a beginner, then i think golf club sets are perfect for you. They are just like expensive clubs, just with some minor cutbacks, that you probably won’t even notice if you’re not a professional. So, if your golf-playing career is just getting off the ground, i think club sets like Callaway Strata would be perfect clubs to start.

Most golf club sets cost thousand dollars or less. Of course there are some sets that are on higher end of the spectrum that cost much more, but we won’t be talking about those here. It should also be noted that beginners’ club sets rarely cost more than few hundred dollars and for eight or nine hundred bucks, you can get golf clubs that are good for intermediates and maybe even expert golfers. If you’re a beginner though, your best options are these sets :

Callaway strata ultimate

Most popular, and for average golfers, probably the best golf club set available right now. It is 18 piece, 13 of which are golf clubs, but the rest are headcovers and other accessories, including a stylish bag. Materials and craftsmanship of these clubs are impeccable, so even for those who have some experience, this club set might be a good fit. There are cheaper versions available too, but the cheaper ones come with less clubs and even those clubs aren’t as good as ones in Ultimate set. Overall, if you ask me, i think the cheaper Callaway Strata sets aren’t nearly as good of a bargain as ultimate one. It is manufactured for both – women as well as men, and both versions are equally good in terms of usefulness. In case this wasn’t enough and you want to know more, i would recommend checking out this Callaway Strata buying guide.

Wilson Golf Men’s 2017

Probably the second best option for beginners. If, for some reason, you don’t want Callaway Strata Ultimate set, you might want to check out this set. It is much cheaper than other golf club sets on the market as well. Quality of the clubs isn’t top notch, and inferior to callaway ultimate set, which costs more than twice as much, so it’s obviously going to be better than this one. But overall, golf clubs are just fine for recreational golfers who are looking for most basic, but decent golf clubs available right now.

Senior Men’s Majek Golf

This set is all-hybrid, which means that it will be pretty good for seniors who are concerned with weights of golf clubs they swing. Obviously, they don’t have as much strength in their arms as younger people do, so having lighter clubs that are designed to be easier to swing is going to be a big bonus for seniors. Unfortunately this one doesn’t come with golf bags or any headcovers, but based on overwhelmingly positive reviews, we can assume that golf clubs are alone are worth the investment.

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How to find better golf partner and how to be one

Even though it isn’t incorporated into game rules, and it can be easily played alone, i think of golf as team sport. Playing alone is possible and might work for some people, but it’s not nearly as much fun as playing with your friends. But not everyone is suited to be your golf buddy. Some people are too competitive and complain about their game too much, bringing everyone down with them. Other people like to show off, or don’t laugh at your jokes, and thousand more reasons for why someone might not like you. But when you find that one person who you perfectly get along with, it all changes. I’ve found one and let me tell you, he was worth searching for. (Wait, are we still talking about golf partners? ? )

So if you are playing with your friends and you don’t seem to get along, i might have few tips for you. First of all, don’t obsess over your bad shots or generally your bad game. No one cares about it except for you, but they will care and notice if you don’t ever stop complaining about it. Instead, have a sense of humor about your failures, not only does it make you more pleasant to be around, it will also shield you from anyone who wants to make fun. I believe it was Tyrion Lannister on game of thrones who said that you should use your flaws as a shield. If you accept them and show no shame, no one can use them to hurt you. Your friends probably wouldn’t want to do that anyway, but you get the point. Also don’t stress over golf clubs, at least when you’re getting started. Remember, you don’t need perfect set of clubs to get started.

Another key is taking hints. Usually i am quite talkative, while other times i would just prefer to stay quiet. It might be because of problems in work or personal life, but that doesn’t matter. If your golfing buddy is giving hints that he doesn’t want to discuss it, leave him be and wait for him to handle problem alone. If he wanted or needed your help, he’d ask. So in order to form good companionship over golf, i advise to get good at taking hints and responding to them. This skill is rarely talked about and quite underrated, but expect good results from it.

And last, but not the least, is food and drinks. One thing all of us, humans have in common, is our love for our favorite foods. You can even make the grumpiest person fall in love with you if you bring them couple of sodas or beers and some snacks they like. I know this because i’ve been victim of it myself – i was mad at friend, but he brought my favorite beer so i had to accept it and couldn’t stay mad at him for long. And that is, only for low low price of few bucks.

Anyway, these are all the tips i had to give on forming golf companionship, i hope it helped someone, and if you would like to add something, please leave a comment.

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Is it possible to buy high quality golf club set under thousand dollars?

People say golf is too expensive for anyone other than rich to play, but i have to disagree. I just think that you need proper knowledge and experience to make it work on much smaller budget. When i was a beginner, just like everybody else, i spent more than a thousand dollars on a golf club set that i wouldn’t accept as a gift today. And it’s not just golf experience either, you have to be skilled at saving while shopping. Obvious solution to high expense is buying used products, which usually cost half as much as new ones. But it’s not that simple either – trusted retailers usually don’t sell used golf clubs, so you have to buy them off craigslist on eBay, and quality of the club you’re getting from there, will be questionable, at best. Plus, you can’t try them in person before buying them, which is a big disadvantage, because fitting is one of the most important part of golf club choosing process. If a club doesn’t fit, your golf game will suffer. Even if it is thousand dollar club, it won’t do you any good. So you definitely be careful with buying online.

 Although, despite these flaws, there are few sites that sell high quality used golf clubs, and my favorite one of them is – callawaypreowned.com. It’s official website offered by Callaway brand, which, in case you don’t know anything about golf, is one of the best brands around right now. They are definitely my favorite. Used clubs i got from there have lasted me 3 years so far, and with proper care that i’ve taken of them, i am sure they will perform for another year or more.

 Another good tip for saving on golf clubs is buying last year’s, or slightly older models. It is good idea to go to your local store, try different golf clubs and pick the one that fits you the best. Then go home, search for older models of that club you chose, and buy the best option for the price. Using this method has been pretty handy for me, as i’ve been able to find used beginners’ golf irons for half or third the price of new one. George has explored the topic of buying beginner’s irons further in his tutorial. And these are just as good, they’re just out of golf fashion, because golf manufacturers keep introducing new models every few months. So getting the older model is no big deal, except for rich dudes who like to keep up with new golf club releases. That’s it for today, i hope it was helpful.

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Playing golf with your wife

Few days ago, for our anniversary, me and my wife decided to visit local golf course to spend some time together. And it wasn’t my idea either – she picked tee time as a gift, because she’s great wife and knows how much I love spending my free time on golf. Despite the fact that she isn’t that good at golf, we had a good time, and I managed to stay positive throughout the whole thing, even though she was sometimes slow and couldn’t hit ball properly. God, I hope she does not reads this article. And I pretty much decided to write this post to help others spend time golfing with their significant others, who might not be as good at golf as they are, and that’s okay. The initiative alone, that they want to be with you as you enjoy your beloved sport, is worth more than a good game, I think.

 In my opinion, the most important thing while playing golf with your spouse is not showing frustration. Even if she misses the ball several times or shows her incompetence any way, don’t get angry or frustrated at her. And if you do, try to hide it really well, because some people, and in my experience, especially women, can pick up on hints like that. Show your support and let her know that there’s nothing wrong with making mistakes, and all great golfers were beginners in the past. Good way to do this, is by focusing on positive aspects of her game. If there’s nothing to compliment on, make something very simple up, like her stance or her grip. Even if it’s kind of a lie, it will help her stay motivated to learn golf, and maybe join you on your trips to golf course more often than she does now. Getting her nice set of women’s clubs will also be good.

 Stocking up on drinks and tasty snacks is another good way to take her mind off things. And I don’t want you to feel like I think women’s can’t play golf well. It’s just I want this tutorial to be focused on playing golf with spouses and partners who can’t play golf really well. It’s not about collaboration between two equal partners , which is also quite often, just not subject of this tutorial. Back to snacks though – they are great way to distract her and ease her frustration that comes with trial and error. Whenever you’re trying to learn anything, just observe yourself and you’ll notice that the reason that makes most people give up Is frustration caused by lack of skill. If you can go through that, and master any skill at amateur level, then the path to mastery becomes quite easy to pass.

 Also, before I finish article, I have one more tip – drive instead of walking on golf course. Walking has a lot of benefits on individual scale, but when you’re doing it with beginner, it’s just easier to walk, as they might not have enough enthusiasm about the game to go through so much walking just to hit a ball.

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Should you run when you’re pregnant?

 

At this early phase, you’re likely going to need to maintain the fascinating news under wraps, so it can be tough to locate reliable sources of information on running and pregnancy. Here’s our advice for newly expectant mums throughout the first trimester (0-13 weeks).

So long as you listen to your own body and make it easy, there’s no reason why you need ton’t continue running while pregnant. In fact there are lots of benefits to staying active throughout your pregnancy, also from combatting morning illness and assisting you to sleep better to preparing you for an easier birth.

Historically, it was thought that conducting during pregnancy was not good for a girl in a ‘delicate condition’. But this wasn’t based in reality, and doctors now agree that if you’re in great health and you already run, then continuing to run is absolutely safe when pregnant.

Having said that, it is not a fantastic idea to try a fresh high-intensity sport for the very first time if you are pregnant. If you are not a regular runner, stick with walking or walking low-impact sports such as swimming.

During early pregnancy, you’ll find that you will naturally slow down. Do not beat yourself up about it, listen to your body and operate at a pace that feels manageable. Keep it comfortable and conversational, in no more than 70 per cent effort.

If you feel like running each and every single day, that’s fine. But if you fight to keep a formerly easy pace the day following a large session, you are aware that it’s time to ease off on the frequency and seriousness of your sessions. Try mixing it up with some swimming — it is an excellent low impact form of exercise that’s ideal during pregnancy.

You might have noticed that pregnant women should avoid hot baths, saunas, hot tubs and so forth. Raising your core temperature too much through the first trimester carries a possibility of birth defects, so it’s wise to prevent overheating throughout exercise. You might well feel ill while jogging, if so, take it down a notch: stroll for a little, breathe easy and drink small sips of water. If it doesn’t feel right, stop and try again another day when you are feeling better. Attempt not to exercise on a totally empty stomach: for most that is when the nausea strikes hardest.

 

You will find you will need to factor in pee stops throughout your run: plan your route to pass by toilets you can get.

If you’re feeling so exhausted you can barely break into a walk let alone run, that’s okay. Do not beat yourself up if you skip a day or 2, or maybe a week or more if you don’t feel like exercising.

While pregnant, the body releases a hormone called relaxin. It’s designed to Help your ligaments make more elastic, and permit your pelvis and belly to enlarge to accommodate the infant and facilitate the birth.

However, relaxin is discharged from the beginning of your pregnancy and in addition, it affects all kinds of areas you might not always wish to get too relaxed. Any of your joints and ligaments can be affected, in order for pregnancy you’re more prone to injury; ankle sprains in particular. Avoid running on rough floor and strengthen your feet and lower leg muscles to make sure your ankles remain injury-free.

If you’ve entered a race and you have been training hard for it, it can be frustrating to realise you will not be able to reach your race goal. If you would like to (and feel up to it) you can still race, though you are going to need to be ready to get it done in a less intense rate.