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5/27/07 4:31 PM
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dnwsr
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Edited: 27-May-07
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first of all, i'm not very good. i've only played 7 or 8 times, but would like to upgrade my driver (i have a cheap $200 set of clubs). i know you can get some good value with used clubs online, etc, but was wondering if any of you could suggest a few drivers. i'm looking for a relatively forgiving club with a big sweet spot (since i suck) somewhere in the 50-60 dollar range (used or new).
6/11/07 12:16 PM
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Not cheap, but I just hit my dads sumo and it's badass. Wierd sound though.
6/11/07 12:32 PM
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Animal Chin
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look at the callaway x460.  very easy driver to hit

www.callawaypreowned.com

 

6/12/07 11:13 AM
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Edited: 12-Jun-07
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I have a 30 dollar Northwestern that I drive 290 consistently. Dont let anyone talk you into the expensive clubs.
6/18/07 3:57 AM
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I may pick one up. I can't hit woods for shit, tho. I can hit all of my irons very well. Woods go ten feet, low and left. My pro said it is a combo of my hip slide (instead of turn) and my right arm being too far from my body at address.
6/20/07 1:12 PM
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I am in Calgary, Alberta - Canada and we always seem to be looking for a fourth if your around!
6/29/07 7:58 PM
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i'll check those out. i want to try out as many as i can before i buy one.
8/17/07 10:55 AM
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From: insaneshane Date: 06/12/07 11:16 AM Member Since: 03/13/2002 453 Total Posts Ignore User I have a 30 dollar Northwestern that I drive 290 consistently. Dont let anyone talk you into the expensive clubs. HAHAHHA 290 consistently..... I bet you're 20 yards off on your assumption. Brooks
8/20/07 12:04 PM
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Edited: 20-Aug-07
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I'm right around 220-250, with the occasional monster shot. I did have one that was probably 285+ last weekend (but everything went right on that, perfect trajectory, hit a relatively hard fairway with good forward spin, a little bit of draw, etc.) I wonder sometimes if I should be hitting them farther, I have a swing speed around 105-110. Using google earth to measure your drives is a fun little splash of reality.
8/20/07 1:32 PM
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Google earth to measure drive..... interesting. Brooks
8/20/07 2:03 PM
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lol
8/21/07 7:06 PM
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i ended up getting an Adams RPM driver. it is a LOT easier to hit than what i had. i'm hitting the fairways a lot more often and getting better distance.
8/21/07 8:43 PM
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get a walmart driver with a mid flex shaft. Swing with a medium tempo, not hard, and let the club do the work. Once you can do that you'll be able to get a better driver with a stiffer shaft and swing for distance.
9/1/07 11:30 PM
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Still cant understand the whole Google Earth comment..lol Brooks
9/3/07 11:21 AM
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Edited: 03-Sep-07
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Next time your out on the course, when you really smack a drive (or any drive, really). Make a mental note of where the ball landed and any landmarks around it (that big oak or 150yd bush, etc). For most urban/suburban areas, there's aerial or satellite photography with ~1 foot resolution, which is damned detailed. When when you get home, open up google earth and zoom to your course. There's a measure tool you can open up and change to yards. Estimate the tee placement and click, then click on where you estimate your shot landed. This is pretty accurate (+/- 10 yards). For example, a course I play in CNY has a big water hazard on the side of a massive par 5. I know generally where my ball lands in relation to the water because the hazard has an uneven shape to it that I can pick out pretty accurately on GoogleEarth. Clickity click and I know my drive was ~245 and not 290+.
9/3/07 2:00 PM
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Animal Chin
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Edited: 03-Sep-07
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estimate, estimate, you know generally where your ball lands, and this is pretty accurate?

if anyone really wants to know their distances, try a range finder.

 

9/4/07 8:16 AM
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Edited: 04-Sep-07
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I never said it was preferable to a range finder, but for every guy that claims to drive 300+ consistently, this is a decent way to check that against the harsh mistress of reality. Using Google Earth to find out your drives are not tour worthy = free. Using a range finder to find out your drives are not tour worthy = couple a hundred bucks (?)
9/4/07 8:49 AM
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Animal Chin
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yes, but they are used for much more than your driver and are accurate.  a rangefinder will almost instantly take shots off your game.

your guesstimating is probably off by 10-20 yards in either direction.

 


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