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u/REInvestor · 53 pointsr/golf

Common Beginner Mistakes Continued

u/z-Routh · 1 pointr/golf

You're in a really good spot right now because you're just getting started out and you don't have to unlearn any bad habits.

First thing I would say is learn what makes a good swing. Not what makes your swing good, but what makes a good swing. Watch the pros. Read books. Get a much information as possible and don't try and replicate what they do, but learn what makes a truly good swing and learn how to make your swing the best it can be.

Here are a couple things to think about:

Right now you're swinging with about 90% your upper body. Your taking the club back with your shoulders and arms and chest, and it's quite visible. When you swing through you are swinging through with your arms and shoulders and your lower body is following your upper body. A proper golf swing is almost exactly the opposite.

Try and think of the swing as something that happens from your hips, torso, chest, and shoulders.

The backswing should start with the big muscle in your left shoulder. Move your left shoulder across your chest for the first movement and when you can't move that shoulder anymore you start rotating your chest. The backswing is complete when your back is facing the target. Do not swing your arms, infact, try and squeeze your arms to your chest (if you lift weights, like when you're doing dumbell flys). Your hands should and arms should always be directly in front of your chest.

This is a good example.

Don't try and swing with your arms, the shoulders lead the swing with your chest and then your hips will turn. Also, as you are moving through the backswing, the weight should be able 60-70% of your weight on your right foot.

Now the important part:

Once you've got a good backswing the downswing and impact are the most important part of the golf swing. Infact there are plenty of pro tours who have an unorthodox, or frankly bad backswing, but their downswing and impact position are perfect.

Once you're at the top of your backswing, your swing should start from your LEFT foot, knee, and most importantly your HIPS. Smoothly bring the weight to your left foot and as you do so, twist and rotate your hips. You should feel like someone is pulling on the belt loop at your left hip, and they are pulling it backwards as if they are trying to turn you around. (hope that makes sense). It is this twist that creates the proper downswing and speed for a good swing.

Watch this swing of Rory Mcillroy

Really pay attention to his hips. Notice at the top of his backswing how he loads his legs (like a mini squat) and his HIPS really start that swing. It will look like he's swinging his arms but I promise you, he isn't putting any energy into them at all. His hands and arms are just along for the ride. His arms are just following his body, as his legs squat and his hips start to turn, so does his torso, followed by his chest and arms and hands and the club.

If you pause the video at impact, (during the slow motion part) You will see his belt buckle looks like it is almost pointed at the target, and it's probably about 40 degrees from center but all pros are well through the turn at impact. If you can start to understand that 99% of the golf swing is done by the lower body, the feet, the quad muscles, and the hips, you will be well on your way my friend. It all starts with the lower body, the stronger your legs, the more powerful your swing will be.

I know that this is a TON of information to take in all at once, but as you learn more and read more you will incorporate more of this into your own swing. And you will do it YOUR way, not Rorys, not mine, but yours. Everyone has a unique swing, but there are certain fundamentals that every good golfer has, and that's the hip turn, and the point of impact.

If you're interested in learning more from the pros, these are the 2 books you need to get. And they will explain it far better than I can. Glad you've found golf, it's a lifetime's worth of never ending learning and fun.

The Impact Zone

Five Fundamentals

u/cchillur · 2 pointsr/golf

Ben Hogans 5 Lessons - Solid foundations from one of the games legends. Great for beginners or those with funky swings, grips, stances, etc (which your <10 handicap dad likely doesn't need) but it's a classic golf instruction book with fundamentals in mind and the first golf book i read. Best part is it's full of really cool old illustrations to describe what he's talking about in each segment.

Next is Harvey Penicks Little Red Book - It's a good coffee table or bathroom book. Each "chapter" is a page or two usually. Harvey Penick was a legendary instructor and he famously had a small red book full of one-liner lessons that he finally published late in life. Another classic golf instruction book that keeps it super simple.

Then we have Golf is not a game of perfect by Dr. Bob Rotella It's written by a sports psychologist who specializes in "the mental game". Ideal for the weekend warrior that wants to have more fun while shooting better scores. I read this when i felt like i had all the skills but was getting in my own way mentally. Helped me work on consistency, course management, and managing expectations for those hot-head moments.

After that i read Dave Pelz' Short Game Bible Written by a now short-game guru and former actual nasa rocket scientist, this book is thicker than most bibles and is super (exhaustingly) detailed. Honestly it is solid science that would work for everyone if they had the time and discipline to practice and implement. But it burned me out before i could finish it. I'm just not at the level where i need to know all of the "how's" and "whys" to every shot ever imaginable inside 150 from every lie to every landing.

Next up is Zen Golf: mastering the mental game by Dr. Joe Parent Another sports psychologist who specializes in thinking smarter/better. A very interesting read. Lots of tips that helped and i plan to re-read very soon. It actually has many lessons that translate well to everyday life, not just golf.

Finally, Lowest Score Wins This last one is a more modern approach to the game. Very simple and straight forward. Very data driven. Kind of like a fundamentals book but more aggressive and concerned with one thing, lowering your score. There's some great chapters on "seeing the course differently" that really helped my course management and it's great for drills on every aspect of the game.

I think the last two are the best all-around.

u/cgr4217 · 2 pointsr/golf

I think anything with iOS should be able to use it, to the best of my knowledge, and any hitting net should do the trick. I have a Rukket golf net that I use with mine that works awesomely. I can hit driver into it and not be concerned about damaging it. The projector and screen can be set up above the net, I think, if you want to do the immersive simulation, but even the MacBook screen and/or TV would be perfectly well-suited for the driving range play, especially as you get more familiar with the feel of what happened with a shot. WGT is free to play sim rounds on, which is awesome, but the short game shot recognition is super frustrating, lol.

The ability to play rounds/hit balls in your house is super convenient, especially because you mentioned you don't get to get out to courses much, and the ability to learn in your own home environment without risking judgment out on a driving range is super handy for newer players. If you both enjoy golf as much as it seems like you do, I think it'd be a great investment.

u/DorfYelir · 1 pointr/golf

Seriously just go buy a set of grips off of amazon. You can find good quality grips that will last you a couple of seasons for less than $50. Get some grip solvent $8 and double sided tape $10. Find a rubber clamp to put your clubs in, find a utility knife to take old grips off, and find a workbench with a vice grip. No man should just have to go playing golf without grips and it's much more satisfying to take care of your own grips yourself. I'll even link some cheap stuff to you to make it easy.
Grips I use. Incredibly cheap and feel great. $42 for a set of 8 grips which will get you 3-PW or 4-GW
Double sided grip tape. 15 strips for $5. If you think this is something you would do again in the future then buy the roll of double sided tape off golfsmith for just over $10
Grip solvent. $6.50 on golfsmith. I've heard that there's alternatives that you can use that are cheaper but why not just use the real deal?
Rubber vise clamp. More important than it looks. Protects the shafts from damage and holds it in place while on the visegrip. $6 on Amazon

All you need from there is a knife of some sort to take off the old grips and clean off old tape and a visegrip to secure your club. Finding a vise might be kind of tough, but sometimes people have them in their garages. If you have a golf friend who does his own grips also he probably wouldn't mind you borrowing it and may even be happy to help. Friend might even have some of his own materials you could borrow.

Estimated total cost of this roughly $65-70 dollars. Really isn't that expensive to purchase everything listed above and if you really shopped around I bet you could find cheaper stuff. Honestly if your playing in tournaments you want to be going in with your best game. You're on a budget and this is about as budget as it gets. If you're going to be playing more tournaments later in the year then maybe sit this one out, use the entry fee to fund your clubs, and then play better or at least more comfortably later in the year.

u/SO_DAMN_AERO · 3 pointsr/golf

Yes, it would be a good idea to bring your own clubs. This way, the instructor can see how your clubs fit and if you need to adjust shaft length and such.

When I took swing lessons, I took them once or twice a week for a couple months. But they were really only 15-30min at a time.

If you want to really get series, plan on taking more than one lesson. Normally, the instructor will watch you hit a few balls and then make one small correction that you need to practice doing. The next lesson, he will do the same thing but change another aspect. And so the cycle repeats. You WILL need to practice ON YOUR OWN though, its what helps the most.

One final thing: expect to struggle. Revamping your swing takes time and the changes can feel unnatural at times. Just keep sticking with it and practicing how you are taught. Eventually things will click and you will be playing better. I went through this my senior year of HS golf and at the end, I was playing the best golf I ever had.

One last thing. Golf Is Not A Game Of Perfect by Dr. Bob Rotella is a great bit of info for the mental aspect of the game that you may want to check out.

Good luck

u/yellowpotatobus · 2 pointsr/golf

If you're really casual (Like you only play a couple times a year at most with friends and its a social thing), then quite honestly you might be ok with one of those "complete sets". Callaway Strata or Adams Tight Lies

If you want to start getting into the game, going to the driving range on your own, getting lessons, and playing regularly - then we can start hunting for some decent used sets to start off with, or some clones. Unless you are driving the ball 250 yards, or have a fast swing / fast tempo - then a regular shaft will be good to start with. From there we can scour websites, auctions, etc. to piece together a set fairly inexpensively. That way, when you start getting your swing together, you will start to get an idea of what you want/need and start replacing clubs these initial clubs with ones that fit your game.

So, if it were me: I would either get one of the complete sets (if you're really casual and just need a set to play with your buds a couple times a year), Or get a used 3w, a used 5w, a clone 5-pw set (This GigaGolf set is less than $100 right now), a used 50 gap wedge, a used 54 or 56* sand wedge, and find a putter you like. All regular shafted (wedges and putters you don't need to worry about flex, they are uniflex in most cases). If you are comfortable with a driver (ie you don't just slice it into the woods all day), then by all means grab one as well.

u/TehMe · 2 pointsr/golf

As others have said, pre-shot routine goes a long way to keeping you in the moment and feeling natural and relaxed as you take your swing.

Also, everyone's performance varies from day to day. I love the book The Elements of Scoring: A Master's Guide to the Art of Scoring Your Best When You're Not Playing Your Best by Raymond Floyd. He talks about how there are the times when everything feels right and your swing is just locked in, but most of the time you're just not going to feel like that. He says most of his big wins came when he felt he wasn't playing his best, but by playing smart - around the things that weren't working and to the things that were - he was able finish on top. I've read it multiple times and always pick up something new. Good luck!

u/This_is_a_keepsake · 1 pointr/golf

I made one back in April and followed these instructions, but used 2 x 3s instead.
I made the holes with a dremel tool with the circle cutter and a cheap net I found on amazon. I used an indoor/outdoor carpet from home depot. Luckily I had most of the material in the shed left over from previous projects, but I'd estimate about $60-$75 for materials. I bought these balls from amazon. My "chipping mats" are left over indoor/outdoor carpet stapled to left over plywood.

What I think about my version: Following the corn hole instructions make it pretty sturdy, even with the 2x3's. However, they are large and somewhat awkward to carry. They aren't easy to transport in my car (mazda3 hatchback), so I am looking to make a lighter version like /u/garzalaw, but maybe have them fold in half with a hinge and lock with a bolt lock for easier transport?

It's a fun game, but challenging if you and your buddies aren't that great at golf (my buddies and myself). I practice with it in the backyard pretty frequently with real balls.

u/diademlee · 3 pointsr/golf

In my experience, taking lessons will help, but there is no quick fix.

I got back into the game about 2 years ago, and started taking lessons. They improved my swing, slowly but surely. I bought a few books and kept working at it. Progress was slow and frustrating at times when I would backslide, but there was progress for sure.

I eventually hit a wall with my first instructor though. I tried a few more guys, and even a lesson with robogolf, but none of it clicked. I would still recommend a robogolf lesson if you have one around you, for someone trying to find the basics of a swing its very helpful analysis.

What finally did click for me was going back to the books and really understanding the swing. Its a chain reaction of things, and if you dont understand that chain and set yourself up for success at each step then you wont every have a consistent repeatable swing. The two books that helped me the most are:

Ben Hogan's Five Lessons:

Hank Haney's Essentials of the Swing

u/Brostash · 2 pointsr/golf

Read this book: Ben Hogan’s 5 Fundamentals of Golf

Then once you get the right clubs, start practicing with a purpose. Try to get to the driving range at least once a week even if you just hit a small bucket. Work on a specific part of your game with every range session (grip, posture, specific club, putting, chipping, etc). Don’t just go and hit balls randomly. Muscle memory is key.

Try to play at least 9 holes once a week too. I love the post-work 9 holes myself. Take it seriously, but not too seriously, and enjoy the process. Good luck!

Edit: I also agree with getting an instructor. You get what you pay for in a coach too. You don’t need to see them every week. Take a couple lessons and work on everything your coach tells you. When you feel comfortable with those improvements, see you coach again for your next focus.

u/thegreymane · 4 pointsr/golf

I don't think it was posted yet but the book Paper Tiger tackles this exact mental exercise.

I don't want to spoil the ending, but I'm sure you'd be able to tell from the author's name whether or not he made it. BUT, he does an excellent job of portraying just how much better a tour pro is than the scratch golfer (and just how much better a true scratch golfer is than a weekend warrior).

It is a fantastic book and deserves to be read by any golfer.

u/i_have_the_waffles · 1 pointr/golf

I started the same way you did started with a set of clubs about 25 years old then once i realized how much i liked golf i upgraded to these and love them. it also comes in a 16 and 18 piece set the bag is also very nice which makes it worth it. The irons are all very consistent with a nice sweet spot once you get your form down and i personally fell in love with the 5 hybrid (my dad doesnt like it) The driver is very nice too i learned on this set and after playing about 6 months i can drive about 250yds.

u/ibetitscoldthere · 1 pointr/golf

Currently reading Golf is not a game of Perfect by Dr. Bob Rotella and one of the chapters talks about what to think about during a swing. OP has figured out that thinking about mechanics will only hold you back while on a course, and Dr. Rotella mentions thinking only about your target and how you are going to hit the best shot you can.

He even instructs amateurs and pros to picture the best shot they have ever hit with the club they are holding just before they swing for positive reinforcement.

My thoughts: Everyone has a "favorite" club. Why do we have a favorite club? Because it's the club we feel the most comfortable hitting, we know we can do well because we have done so multiple times before. Imagine if every club felt like that...and you've just gotten into the mindset of a top tour pro.

u/Birdie_Jim81 · 1 pointr/golf

If i were to suggest you getting new clubs they are going to have to be beginner ones like Taylor Made Burners. Those clubs are forgiving and are for people who are fairly new to the game. The ones your teammates sounds like they are talking about are blade type clubs or just other clubs in general for people who shoot decent scores. Having said that if you already have clubs i would stick with them until you can shoot a lower score. I would suggest going to the range a few times a week and playing at least one round per week. A lot of people will set a goal on this sub reddit of shooting a certain score and then they will buy themselves irons. Shooting 110-120 isnt obviously the best but honestly the average golfer shoots around 110. I woul say maybe if you can get down to breaking 100 or around there i would see why you couldnt look for some new clubs, HEck you can buy used ones for pretty cheap as well. MY current training schedule has me on the range 2-3 days a week and playing a round on sat and sometimes second on Sunday(depending how my sat night goes). As far as a book... ive heard this one is pretty good from a few people. THE MODERN FUNDAMENTALS OF GOLF

u/Sockclap · 1 pointr/golf

Hey! Thanks for checking up on my progress. I have been doing good, I am still playing 5 days a week from dawn until dusk. The local course have given me free reign of the place for absolutely no cost, I even have a few minor sponsors now, so I will be playing in more than one qualifier now.

I have been working on < 100 yards a lot now, for I see it as a weak spot in my game, I am currently trying to get a minor sponsorship from Callaway or Cleveland for some wedges that are actually made for me (No dice so far).

I have been playing [This Course] ( A lot when I can, I have been playing from the pro tee's and shooting anywhere from -2 - +2, so I am about where I want to be.

My caddy has came along way, has been going up every weekend to the course I will be playing the qualifier at and has been walking the distance of every one of my shots from previous rounds and evaluating what would be the best club to use in different situations and weather conditions.

I plan on updating this entire post at the end Sept. right before the "Dooms day" as we have starting calling it.

I have been also been working with a nutritionist and a golf pro. After I read This book. It opened my eyes to a lot of things I had absolutely no clue about.

I hope this was enough of an update, feel free to update everyone else of /r/golf if you would like, I am about to leave for my nightly putting!

Keep them in the fairway!

u/dnalloheoj · 6 pointsr/golf

I'm a very avid DIY'er but I don't think that price is out of the question nearly to the extent people are complaining about it.

Angle iron (What the stand is made out of), 20$: Edit: It's just more 1x4s, my mistake - total cost below updated (2x @ 4$).

Not the shittiest/cheapest you can find Plywood? ~20$:

Paint - White and Green (Lettering): Seems easy enough to get away with the cheapest stuff here, so: 8$ (2x "Sample Sizes" @ 3.94$ from Home Depot, probably would need 2x "sample sizes" for the white, but I'll stay conservative).

Chipping Matt x2 - ~20$/ea: - Yes, I know you could buy a set of putting carpet for cheaper and cut it up, but chipping matts are significantly stronger than regular putting green surfaces, and realistically a "good" quality one should cost you at least ~25$.

Turf for the surface (Cheapest available, frankly I feel like theirs seems a little more padded than this, but for the purpose of costs...) ~21$:

1x4s for framing 4$x2 (One for each setup) Edit: :

Foam Balls (Lowest quality possible), ~12$ - didn't search too hard, but couldn't find less than a 12ct (And who wouldn't want a few spares with something like this):

Netting (Cheapest comparable that I found), ~12$:

So all in all we're at 125$ not including any hardware (screws, nuts/bolts, brackets, etc) nor the tools that you might require to assemble the thing. You could also probably safely assume a shipping charge in the range of 20-40$ trying to mail a setup like this.

Sure, the guys making these things are buying in bulk and very likely aren't paying retail, but you would be paying retail prices. Let's also just forget the fact that all of the above doesn't account for any mistakes you might make along the way, requiring re-purchasing goods.

Frankly, I don't think this is a very good DIY project at all.

Edit: You could get away with "Two sheets of plywood" like you said (For the legs, frame, etc), but you'd want to buy much beefier stuff (~1/2" at least, 3/4" preferred): - There's also Softwood Ply and Particleboard available, but frankly, I wouldn't touch the stuff (ESPECIALLY the latter) if I had any intention of using these on beaches, etc.

Edit2: Just noticed these things are plastic:

Whelp, fuck 'em. Looks like I'll be making my 150$ counterparts instead.

u/teej21012 · 2 pointsr/golf

Rick Shiels is a PGA coach that posts a lot of content on Youtube. He did a complete swing guide that is a very good starting point:

Check out Ben Hogan's book called The Five Lessons. It is pretty much the beginner's bible as it sets you up with the fundamentals:

Don't be afraid to ask your buddy LOADS of questions. If he did paid lessons at some point, you are getting all that information for free. Take advantage of it.

Don't worry about "new technology" in the newer clubs. A set of irons from 10 years ago will be just fine. Get a putter you like and feel comfortable with. Possibly don't even think about swinging a driver until you are able to consistently make good contact with irons/hybrids/woods.

u/Beesau · 3 pointsr/golf

This is what I got when I started. Driver is kinda meh but the rest are good to start with. If you get better get a used driver.

I got this because I wasn’t sure if I would like golf. Best 200 bucks I ever spent. Now I’m upgrading all the pieces

u/WithoutCaution · 3 pointsr/golf

Both the PuttOut target hole, and the accompanying mat are PHENOMENAL! The hole is the only thing you need if you have decent carpet, but the mat is too good not to get as well. It's the thickest mat I've found for under $100, and it's designed to help you practice without getting bored. I honestly haven't found anything that comes close in terms of performance or value.

My favorite drill (that I do at least 2-3 each day) is to start at the 6 foot mark, make a "perfect putt" (where you get the ball to stop on the ramp), move to 5 feet, make another, and so on till I get I've made six. The most "perfect" putts I've made in a row is four, but one day I'll make all six (seriously, it's NOT easy).

u/Muddlesthrough · 2 pointsr/golf

Grounds for Golf by Geoff Shackelford is a concise history of golf course architecture. Its and entertaining read and will make you fall in love with strategic/minimalist courses.

American Triumverate is a nice biography of Snead, Hogan and Nelson and how they brought about the "modern era" of golf.

The Elements of Scoring by Raymond Floyd is the best book on attitude and course management I've ever read. Highly entertaining. It'll give you a whole new perspective on how to play.

u/mp1514 · 3 pointsr/golf

Honestly, I had a huge slice issue until this year when I actually started trying to fix it instead of playing into it.

Grip was stage one (don't go too strong, that causes a whole new set of slicing issues potentially), backswing check points have been stage 2 (face angle at parallel, club angle at the top, wrist at the top). Ive hit quite well on the range lately since I havent been able to get out due to weather, but with my lesson saturday I'm hoping to get out the next weekend.

If you need something to read:

If you need people to watch: - great resource on club face, swing path, and face to path - just really good resource for later tinkering

u/kanagawa · 1 pointr/golf

Here's the list of books I've found most useful with a brief reason why:

  • Harvey Penick's Little Red Book: Lessons and Teachings from a Lifetime in Golf, Harvey Penick -- simply the best golf advice book ever written.
  • How I Play Golf, Tiger Woods -- has the best pictures I've seen and Tiger's swing at the time of writing was the best ever.
  • Dave Pelz's Short Game Bible, Dave Pelz -- I think this is an excellent book for teaching you how to think about the short game, even though I disagree with some of the advice given.

    I strongly recommend this book, which is not on the swing but on the mental aspects of the game:

  • Golf is Not a Game of Perfect, Dr. Bob Rotella

    I also recommend Palmer's book about the rules of golf and Kathy Whitworth's book about her career. But, neither are about the golf swing, per se. Both are available on Kindle, IIRC. I would encourage you to read Hogan's "Five Lessons" only from a historical perspective, if at all. Much of the advice is not particularly good and the pictures and diagrams are wildly inaccurate.
u/ilikebaseballbetter · 2 pointsr/golf

everyone is saying your swing is flat, but not really giving you advice with how to fix it: i'll try. first thing i noticed is you're standing too far away from the ball (this shows up more in the driver than the 8-iron). i had this problem last year, and my instructor said the arms should just hang down in a natural position. when you put a club in your hands, then you address the ball and you should be at a proper distance away from the ball (trust me it's tough getting used to standing that close, but worth it). i also had an issue with swaying my hips from back to front instead of rotating them around my spine. i believe this was caused by my standing too far away from the ball; along with too wide of a stance. from the front driver angle, it's kind of hard to see if you are doing the same, but it looks like you do on your down swing and through impact; i think can also bring your feet together a little (shoulder width apart). about rotating vs swaying was something my instructor said that really clicked (finally!) with me was a quote from (Ben Hogan's book)[]. he says "imagine you are hitting a shot inside a barrel." basically if you are in a barrel that is as wide as your hips and you have to swing, you will rotate your hips as you cannot sway back and forth. from there, work on your take away ... set down an alignment rod and take the club back on the shot line. this should help you improve your flatness if you incorporate what i've already mentioned. i hope this helps a little, and i hope you get to your goal to be scratch. cheers

u/mokesh0w · 2 pointsr/golf

At first glance it just looks like your swing is a bit rough. Almost robotic. This is very similar to how I was hitting a year or two ago. To get more consistent, I would work on having a more fluid motion with your swing.

I read a book called Ben Hogan's Five Lessons: The Modern Fundamentals of Golf - It is a very easy read which breaks down all pieces of the golf swing in detail with pictures. In this book he explains not only the what but the why. I highly recommend this book, since it has helped me become a decent and accurate ball striker almost over night. I am not saying I am a great golfer by any means, but I am much more consistent with my shots which has opened up a whole new world of golf for me. Now I am able to focus on my range with different clubs and situational shots and my scores have vastly improved.

Good luck.

u/Chulainn · 1 pointr/golf

Tectectec VRPRO500, ,Amazon listing,

$149, played a few rounds with it, love it. I'm sure that there are better models with more bells and whistles, but it's accurate, quick, and you can buy some nice cases for it. I really like that I can get exact to pin distances rather than using my gps (that was good within 5 yards, but just to center of green)

u/Juiceman23 · 2 pointsr/golf

That there is excellent advice, I got lessons and was told my grip was jacked. Corrected it and started playing TERRIBLE, gave it time and kept with it and I'm starting to get my confidence back in my shots. Now I'm finally playing better than previously and more consistent striking. Keep at it and it will get better. Also check out this book: Good luck!

u/rdl2k9 · 2 pointsr/golf

I doubt you'll be disappointed. After playing a lot as a teenager then resorting to 2-3 times every couple of years and this year deciding to pick it back up, I took a lot of time before I bought this set. (my junker clubs got stolen) They are not the best clubs you will buy but they are a nice set. For $200 to get everything you need. I upgraded my irons to Ping G30's on a labor day weekend sale and if I had it to over again I would just keep the Strata's. Not because the G30's are bad. They are great and I love them. It's just that the clubs aren't holding me back, it's me. I still use the Driver, 3, 4h, 5h, SW, bag and really like them. You asked for a starter set at a decent price. That set is designed to be an entry point into golf. If you can get a set used you should do that, but for $200 those will be at your house in 2 days. I've never seen a bad review from anyone. Those that complain aren't arguing it from the viewpoint of someone looking for an entry level set. This is the I want to play golf but there are too many options set.

u/Bukowskified · 2 pointsr/golf

Replacing grips is super simple.

Non-consumable Tools:

  • Something to hold your club. I use my bench vice and this, but you can make do with a C clamp and an old rag to protect the club.
  • Something to collect drippage. I use a oil pan like this, but a bucket or any plastic container will do. I like the oil pan because I use the spout to pour left over liquid back into the bottle to re-use.
  • Something to cut off the old grip. Utility knife with a hook blade is the best, like this.

  • Grip tape: I’m lazy and use the pre-cut tape, but you can get it cheaper by the roll.
  • Grip tape solvent: Paint thinner or mineral spirits also work in place of the stuff sold specifically for grip tape.

    Big keys:
  • Use plenty of solvent, using the drip pan let’s you reuse it, so don’t be stingy.
  • I use a scotch brite pad to help clean off any stubborn residue.
u/SuperSaverLillian · 6 pointsr/golf

I think it's safe to say that a lot of golfers ARE or WERE in your same situation. Two quick things that helped me play a little better and, therefore, enjoy golf a lot more:

  • You mentioned that after the first three holes, you were already thinking that you'd be breaking 90. One mindset that helped my mental game was to forget about my total score until I sink a putt on 18. I know it's cliche, but when I forced/trained myself to only think of one hole at a time (or perhaps, three holes at a time), my focus on the "NOW" got a lot better.

  • "Golf is Not a Game of Perfect" is one of the best books I've read and could immediately apply to my game.
u/somermike · 1 pointr/golf

So it sounds like your best bet for quickly dropping strokes will be to work on the driver and long irons.

Check out:

It pretty much goes against conventional wisdom and uses data to back up the fact that being long off the tee and accurate with long approaches is more important for scoring than the 100 yards and in.

u/MoosePoots · 2 pointsr/golf

I find it generally pretty entertaining to go through these posts, but the only swing advice I would take seriously is that of coaches who do it on an elite level. Given that you get worse, sometimes significantly, before you get better, you need to be sure that you're going to get better lol. They have a higher upfront cost, but it's way cheaper in the long run and you're better for it. One thing that surprised me is that people teaching on a PGA or near level are really accessible; way more than you think.

For mental game, check out a book Golf Is Not A Game Of Perfect. ( ) I also had an eye opening watching a single pga group for an entire round (pga tour live). We're only used to seeing good shots, so we come to expect that in ourselves when in reality even their rounds are full of bad ones.

u/mean_green_machine · 3 pointsr/golf

I have the SKLZ swing trainer in 48 inches. /u/niv85 hit the nail on the head when talking about helping smooth out swings and improve tempo.

One thing that I like to use it as is a great warm up tool if I'm pressed for time before starting a round or if the course doesn't have a range (believe it or not, this happens). If you can swing it at least a few times a week for 10 minutes it will help you stay loose and flexible.

u/AndreHawkDawson · 2 pointsr/golf

Do yourself a favor and learn to at least have a good initial grip and posture when learning how to play. Either get lessons or read the following:

Ben Hogan's Five Lesson's: The Modern Fundamentals of Golf

Good Luck!!

u/ohNole · 2 pointsr/golf

This was the exact video I was hoping it was!!!

Adding on top of it, if you find you're a right hand dominant putter (most of us Rightys are) - look into gripping it like Speith (Left Hand Low). Basically you will practice with the right hand then gently rest the left on top of it and stroke. This also helps level the shoulders and eyes. Even Jack recommends it to beginning golfers.

If mental game is where you want to dive into next: Bob Rotella - Golf's Not a Game of Perfect (it touches on Putting out of Your Mind which is another one of his books, but goes much deeper into the whole game and relates it to other sports)

u/chepnut · 1 pointr/golf

I am in the process of getting my wife to learn how to play golf so we can start going out together. We are starting with this book

its amazing on how simple and easy it is to read and follow and how solid the information is in the book. And then follow that up with a bunch of easy par 3 courses. So you can then go over the etiquette and the subtle unwritten rules of the course. And also it shows her that a lot of other people suck at golf also and its just fun to go out and smash some balls

u/K_Jayhawker_U · 2 pointsr/golf

Maybe this is just kinda situational for me but a couple of the courses in my area do a range pass deal for a month/year. I paid $65 for unlimited range balls for a month. Putting and chipping greens are (typically) free at golf courses as well. I usually hit 75 balls and then do 30min to an hour on short game and that cost only the $65 a month that I paid for the range pass.

As far as actually playing, check if any of the courses in your area do twilight fees. That'll probably be somewhere around $15-$20 after 6pm and you just get as many holes in as you can.

Then for instruction, YouTube videos and I highly recommend Ben Hogan's book "Five Lessons" to learn the proper swing. Can't beat it for $7

u/sarangheh · 1 pointr/golf

Like everyone else is saying here, Hogan-esque swing. You look stuck/jammed at impact though, imo which gave you the little pull there. Just hold on to that spine angle. Setup/tempo/backswing looks pretty great!

If youre trying to be like Hogan gotta read Hogan's swing.

u/atmosphere23 · 3 pointsr/golf

Good read. Kind of goes hand-in-hand with Rotella's book. Definitely a good read and helped me in my mental game on the course. The chapter about focusing on a small specific target has helped me a ton. We've all had the "don't miss right/left" swing thought and then we know what happens.

u/Jat54 · 1 pointr/golf

The camaraderie and friendships between all the player's/officials.

Most of the time I carry my own clubs or friends would carry my bag if I was in the midwest.

So many stories I wish I could tell you. Some would blow your mind.

I've mentioned this book in this AMA, it's called Every Shot Counts. It will show you what part of your game to work on based on your skill level and scores. Good book.

u/t3s · 3 pointsr/golf

Read "Golf is not a Game of Perfect" ( One of my favorite books about the mental side of the game. Rotella has worked with a lot of pros (Tom Kite, Davis Love III, etc.) and his book is great.

u/OhSnapItsRJ · 5 pointsr/golf

Like someone else mentioned, I love my Caddytek push cart. I've probably had it out 100-150 times so far, and it's never skipped a beat.

But I also really like my Groove Tube. Such a simple, cheap little thing. But it really works great, and I've found myself annoyed at its absence on the few occasions when I've forgotten to fill the bottle.

u/GolfNYC · 17 pointsr/golf

I don't use a lot of the stuff in my bag, but make sure to keep things in there that are handy when you really need them. I don't need a lot to make the experience fun, but do need things to prevent it becoming sour.

Stick an extra $20 or $50 somewhere in your bag for that day you forget to bring cash (forgot my wallet at home one day and ended up not needing it).

This brush is my favorite thing.

Spare change.

Green repair tool.



Extra glove.

Small sunscreen.

Pack of trail mix.

Extra pair of socks.



EDIT: High deet-content bug spray

u/Tallpaul07 · 1 pointr/golf

I ordered the mat below last week. Have been hitting off of it in to a net for a few days, and it's pretty fantastic. It's got 'fairway', 'rough', and a thicker fairway material that allows you to actually tee up a ball with a real tee. Highly recommended. Stays in place when you hit off of it, doesn't get green shit all over the soles of your clubs.

u/ColdFyre2112 · 1 pointr/golf

This is a good sub-thread to this post. The mental aspect of putting is HUGE and subconscious plays a big role.

Try "Golf is Not a Game of Perfect" or "Putting Out Of Your Mind" by Dr. Bob Rotella. Good $hit there.

While I'm not statistically a fantastic putter, I BELIEVE I can be, and that helps... a lot.

u/MuscleFlex_Bear · 2 pointsr/golf

This is what I have. Extremely affordable, can be rolled up. Just keep in mind nothing is going to replace actual greens but this is definitely helpful to make sure you're hitting straight.


u/joeyz34 · 1 pointr/golf

Zen Golf by Dr. Joseph Parent has helped me alot in the last few weeks.

I used to joke about the "curse of a great drive" because I'd shank most of my shots after a good drive. The book talks about taking each shot as it's own so you don't have too much in your mind when you're swinging, not spending too much time focusing on bad shots and not focusing on the good shots you've hit between shots, being accepting of the results of your swing no matter what (which I think helped me the most, because in the past, if I hit a good drive, I felt extra pressure to have another good swing so that I didn't "waste" the drive), and so on.

u/ABillyGoat · 2 pointsr/golf

Ben Hogan's 5 Lessons-great for fundamentals
Tiger Woods: How I Play Golf -great for teaching you different shots
Harvey Penick's Little Red Book-great for learning fundamentals and interesting little stories

You should be able to find all 3 for >$50

u/tizod · 4 pointsr/golf

Congratulations - it sounds like you are well on your way to the path that I am just beginning to embark on.

I used to play golf several times a week and practiced at the range a ton but was always stuck at an average of 91. Then I took 6 years off from playing and just returned this year to be right back where I was...averaging 91.

In those 6 years I obviously did not get better - I just got older. So it made me realize recently that I need to re-think how I do things if I am every going to get to an average in the 80s.

I am right now reading "How to Break 90" and just ordered "The Elements of Scoring" this morning.

Already I have identified one of my biggest issues after just reading a few pages of "How to Break 90"


I cannot tell you how many times I have had a poor drive that has put me off the fairway only to follow it up with a piss poor attempt to "make the green" in heroic fashion which, without fail, never happens.

I cannot report yet on if any of this has helped since I haven't played yet but I have a round scheduled for Friday and here is my game plan.

  1. No matter how long the hole is, if the fairway is narrow or there is trouble to my right, use my 3 wood.

  2. Do not swing "hard" - go for the easy swing which I have no problem doing on the range which 99.9% of the time goes straight.

  3. Do not focus on making the green in regulation. Instead, plan for my second shot (on a par 4) to leave me with an easier chip onto the green (which coincides with my new found practice approach focusing most of my time on my short game).

  4. Don't try and be a hero or go for the low percentage shot. If I am 150 yards from my target, don't go with a strong 6 or a shot that needs to be perfect in order to execute. Instead, swallow my pride and hit an easier 5.

  5. Set my personal goal to be to make no more then bogey on any hole. This is the first concept that is explained in "How to Break 90" Set your own "personal par" of one over for each hole or give yourself an extra shot per hole. I am usually good for at least a couple of pars per round so use this method to eliminate the doubles or triples that usually appear.

    Hopefully this will help. We shall see.
u/svengeiss · 3 pointsr/golf

Here are some of my favorites. Paper Tiger (The writer tries to get down to scratch and complete Q-School), The Big Miss (Hank Haney's take on being Tiger's coach), John Daly - My life in and out of the rough cause well, John Daly. And I'm currently reading Slaying the Tiger which is really good so far.

u/aushizz · 1 pointr/golf

Nice! Get him a PuttOut too. Good luck.

u/jorcam · 2 pointsr/golf

Bought this for my 15 year old daughter. This book by far helped her the most with the "mental" game.

From the book:

" On the first tee, a golfer must expect only two things of himself: to have fun, and to focus his mind properly on every shot"

"It is more important to be decisive than to be correct when preparing to play any golf shot or putt.

u/MiamiFootball · 3 pointsr/golf

read the book Paper Tiger

easy read and you can get it for like five dollars. i found it very interesting.

u/Jhivemind · 2 pointsr/golf

I certainly see the game this way. If you're interested in doing some reading on the subject, check out the book Zen Golf by Dr. Joseph Parent. It's done wonders for my approach towards the game and has lead me to enjoy it in a much different way.

u/Kronis1 · 2 pointsr/golf

All of Harvey Penick's books. It's much more mental than technique, but mental is a big part of the game many people ignore. I'm sure he wrote much more than what I linked below, but it would be a good start.

Little Red Book
And If You Play Golf, You're My Friend
The Game for a Lifetime

u/rougehuron · 1 pointr/golf

Nice and simple and not crazy overprice like a lot of training aids. My only wish is that they offered a few different colors. Amazon link if anyone is interested.

u/ashdrewness · 1 pointr/golf

This will be the best $10 you will ever spend in your life. Buy Ben Hogan's "Five Lessons: The Modern Fundamentals of Golf." The only real training aide I've ever used. Has a lot of good illustrations regarding swing plane, grip, and the chain of events which must take place for a proper swing. Just about every instructor out there lives by it.

u/buzzthecat · 7 pointsr/golf

[Henry Penick's Little Red Book: Lessons and Teachings From A Lifetime In Golf] (

A wonderful book full of wisdom on golf and life.

u/Fokoffnosy · 1 pointr/golf

Actually was looking at this one an hour ago. Don't know much about them, but seemed descent with the slope and all. Popped up on 'best cyber week deals on amazon'. Its a bit over $120 though.

u/inalect · 2 pointsr/golf

Looks like the same one I’ve got. I love it.

Putt-A-Bout Grassroots Par Three Putting Green (9-feet x 3-feet)

u/Joshuahuskers · 2 pointsr/golf

I got this one recently:

I haven't had a chance to take it out yet, but some publication rated it the best "value" rangefinder. I will report back after my round tomorrow.

u/garzalaw · 1 pointr/golf

So, I found (late) the Kickstarter for Chippo Golf. I was intrigued. But, when I saw they wanted $175 for the set, I knew I could build something sturdier for much less. So I did.

The total cost of the project was: $93.63 for a much better quality build. You may save more if you have the tools I didn't or scrap laying around.

The Chippo site says that each board measures 40" x 24" x 1.4".

So, I bought one 4' x '4 plywood board for the two boards. I started by ripping it in half, so you'd have two sides that were each 48" x 24". Then, I trimmed the excess off so that each board was 40" x 24". I used a Kreg jig for the entire project, so your mileage may vary in terms of cost and connecting boards.

I bought three (3) 1" x 2" x 10' common boards to use for the sides and the legs. Initially, I bought carriage bolts to use as swinging legs, but that solution didn't work well and I settled on the hinges (more later). I ended up buying an additional 1" x 2" x 8' common board later to redo the legs since I hated the bolt method.

Next, cut your sides to fit. Leave a small lip when you attach the sides so that the grass is flush with the edges once glued. Measure and mark your holes (check out the screen shot for measurements for 6" and 9" holes) and use a jig saw to cut them out.

After that, cut your turf carpet pieces to fit onto each board. I found it helpful to clamp each corner to the board, flip it over, and mark with a silver permanent marker. Then, I just used poultry shears to cut out the circles.

Next, start stapling your cargo net around the holes. Be forewarned, I think the net I bought was slightly too small. Some of the top holes are very taut and the balls can bounce out upon impact. You may use the material better than me, or simply count those shots as in (as we do). Or, buy a slightly bigger net.

After you've stapled all of your netting, use a ton of Gorilla glue and attach your carpet. Put some weight on it (books, etc.) and let it dry overnight.

Then, attach your legs. I initially tried carriage bolts, but I hated how they didn't fold up into the boards and were unbalanced. Hence, the hinge method. Attach the hinges and enjoy your game! Finish as you see fit.

Practice Balls for $5.97

Green Turf Rug (2.7" x 8') for $16.68

Cargo Net (41" x 30") for $8.99

u/daChino02 · 3 pointsr/golf

I bring this on the course or you can leave it in the car for after the round... but it's great cleaning tool.


Grover Tube

u/MocoMojo · 3 pointsr/golf

I use this one.

A bit more than $100, but I have been very happy with it.

u/biggumby · 3 pointsr/golf

Daily Deals

u/moneytree100 · 2 pointsr/golf
  1. Buy this audio book and listen to it:

  2. Remember you are not a pro so have fun and enjoy the company of friends.
u/Sloth_evolved · 2 pointsr/golf

I am a firm believer in Pelz short game. For the partial wedge approach it is honestly one of the best systems reliable even in tense situations.

For the full swing there really isn't much better than the literal Bible Harvey Peniks little red book

I think Phil's lessons are best for around the green and in difficult situations. But this is my $0.02 and there really isn't a perfect system for everyone.

u/Hard_Whyard · 2 pointsr/golf

I was checking out some sets on Amazon and some of them go for $200-400.

Example. It has great reviews but I'm aware getting a good set shouldn't be inexpensive, and this feels like these clubs might fall apart on me. I hate to pick your brain here, but what do you think of those? For a beginner, how much should I be looking to spend for a complete set? I want a set that'll last until I'm ready to upgrade.

u/Dukes1320 · 1 pointr/golf


Nah, just playing. Here it is for those interested in purchasing it used.

u/daslog · 1 pointr/golf

Last year I broke 90 for the first time in July. I had grand expectations of breaking 90 on a regular basis. I didn't break 90 again until 4 weeks ago, when I shot rounds of 104, then 87,88,90, and 92.

What turned it around for me was practicing my game from 120 yards and in. Limiting three putts by better putting and better pitching made the most difference. That and no penalty strokes.

Edit: Also buy this book. It's a great read.

u/bmsheppard87 · 2 pointsr/golf

Buy this and read it. Spend a few months practicing what this book tells you before trying to do a full strength swing. There’s a lot fundamentally that is wrong with your swing and you’d be better served starting from scratch instead of making small tweaks. This was the first thing that started vastly improving my swing, even after I had a lesson.

u/golfer76 · 2 pointsr/golf

"don't have a driving range within 30 miles of my house"

I just threw up in my mouth. This is my nightmare.

Ben's got you covered.

Also easiest way to get good around the green... Google Jim Furyk Chipping

u/mpt142 · 4 pointsr/golf

I recommend reading Paper Tiger by Tom Coyne. He writes about his attempts at doing this. Great insight and also highly entertaining.

u/HereForTheGolf · 1 pointr/golf

This book changed everything for me. Its highly recommended that every golfer has a copy of this and reads it at least once a season. When you're stuck at a 10-15 handicap the club you really need to work on most is the one sitting between your ears. Your brain! This book is filled with some of the greatest mental tips you'll ever get.

u/Fairways_and_Greens · 1 pointr/golf

Check this book out:

It has lots of tables comparing the best pro, average pro, and 80, 90, 100, and 110 golfers!

u/elephino1 · 1 pointr/golf

Someone gave me this book, and it was such a useful resource for sports psychology that I want to share it with you.

u/menevets · 1 pointr/golf

Here are two books that go into gritty detail on how to play smarter:

Lowest Score Wins

Every Shot Counts

u/MTBaller · 3 pointsr/golf

Ya check it out I believe the smallest one is the blue grip one it might be perfect for him. The mat is the same one you’ll see people have on here and plastered all over amazon. It gets the job done.

Edit: putting mat and kids first putter

u/tombodadin · 3 pointsr/golf

Check this out: Ben Hogan's Five Lessons: The Modern Fundamentals of Golf Booklegger

Best book i ever read. Will teach you a ton about form and consistency.

u/scoggydoogan · 3 pointsr/golf

I just bought this off amazon. It's a little more than your budget but only takes a couple minutes to set up and seems like a solid investment.

u/SCMSuperSterling · 2 pointsr/golf

on top of what /u/bl1ndvision said, FYI a complete rule-compliant set consists of 14 clubs max. Usually people do 3 iron-Pitching Wedge (Pw) (which is 3,4,5,6,7,8,9, PW) and Driver, Putter, 3-wood/5-wood, and a couple of wedges. Since 3 irons, and even 4 irons are difficult to hit, you could switch those out with a 3 hybrid/4 hybrid. The Strata set by Callaway generally seems to be recommended around here for a completely new set for beginners. Many will recommend you search ebay to piece together a used setup.

u/fairwaysoftware · 2 pointsr/golf

Just got this and for the money, it’s great.

Putt-A-Bout Grassroots Par Three Putting Green (9-feet x 3-feet)

u/YahNasty · 1 pointr/golf

Try this ( my uncle gave it to me awhile bag and it has been great

u/Sw1ped · 1 pointr/golf

This is basically the same thing cheaper. SKLZ Gold Flex Golf Trainer. Strength, Tempo, and Warm Up Tool. 48"

u/WereChained · 1 pointr/golf

Looks like the ferrule has just slid up. If so, it's cosmetic. Throw a little glue in the gap and tap it down. I use my vice block to do it. Put it on the shaft and use it like a slide hammer to knock the ferrule back into place.

u/csitty · 3 pointsr/golf

Rukket Haack.

Got it when it was on sale for $109. Easy to put up and down. Big enough to catch errant shots. High quality, lifetime guarantee. Buy it. You won't be sorry.

u/dwd3885 · 1 pointr/golf

The Wilson is used and $100 this is just the amazon link.

Callaway Men's Strata Set (12-Piece, Right Hand)

Wilson Men's Ultra Complete Package Golf Set, Right Hand, Standard

u/murderous_rage · 2 pointsr/golf

Dave Pelz's Short Game Bible is the gold standard. I don't have a pdf download link but if you can torrent, it's easy to find on pirate bay etc.

u/Over50Mike · 1 pointr/golf

Get these two books:

Golf Is Not a Game of Perfect by Bob Rotella

Little Red Book by Harvey Penick

Unrivaled golf wisdom there.

u/lion27 · 4 pointsr/golf

I bought my dad the TecTecTec rangefinder for christmas this past year and he loves it.

u/Dave_Messina · 1 pointr/golf

You can get excellent used clubs from several places, for example Global Golf as mentioned in another comment.

Alternatively just buy the [Callaway Strata set](Callaway Men's Strata Set (12-Piece, Right Hand)

u/Waffskies · 3 pointsr/golf

Hello fellow Minnesotan, the "Putt-Out" immediately comes to mind. It's affordable, works indoors and outdoors, and if it means anything I've really enjoyed mine. Here is a link:

u/hillbull · 0 pointsr/golf

You can go to a pro, get lessons, and all that, yes. Everyone here will tell you that.

I'll try to give you some help that I wish someone had given me. People will say "keep your right arm tucked on the down swing" or variations of this.

What it boils down to is two things. Proper plane on the back swing, and proper turn of the hips on the down swing.

The problem is mostly on the backswing. If you cannot get on the right plane on the backswing, no matter what you do on the downswing, you will be outside-in. Where most people go wrong is that they assume if they swing the club back on the inside, they must likewise swing inside on the downswing. This is NOT THE CASE. It's counter-intuitive.

So, first, try taking an exaggerated backswing where you push the club back by keeping the head as far out as you can. Pretend you are pointing it at a point directly behind you.

Next, concentrate on starting your downswing with your hips, following through your shoulders, then arms and down to your hands. This should naturally keep your right arm inside, but pay attention to make sure.

I strongly suggest this book to anyone trying to get a proper swing.

u/sefawd · 2 pointsr/golf

You mean Ben Hogan's Five Lessons, right? Didn't want anyone to think you meant "go get five lessons" -- the book is a fantastic resource and was my first thought, too.

u/spxero · 0 pointsr/golf

Don't bother- buy a putt out for about $30 and it'll do the same thing for a fraction. My putting has improved by almost .75 putts per round since I started using it. I know that sounds like bs, but I can send the Arccos screenshots if you want.

u/[deleted] · 2 pointsr/golf

The best book on the mental game in my opinion is Golf Is Not A Game of Perfect by Bob Rotella.

Edit: Amazon link

u/AnAvidGolfer · 2 pointsr/golf

I use the Frogger towel and a bottle brush, I keep my clubs pretty damn clean. I put a drop of dish soap in with the water and shake before a round. Most of the time, I use the Frogger more to clean my grips than my club heads.

u/bored_designer · 1 pointr/golf

Also, read this book. It's been more valuable to me than anything anyone ever tried to teach me.

u/shinsaki · 2 pointsr/golf

You won't believe how much this book will help give you a solid basis. From these basics you can tweak your swing to your style and comfort level, but I'm similar to you and needed to find somewhere from which to start. Ask around, you'll hear a lot of people talking about Ben Hogan and how this book is practically canon for those who want to actually learn.

u/Noplacelike127001 · 6 pointsr/golf

Golf Is Not A Game Of Perfect by Dr. Bob Rotella.

It has nothing to do about hitting, stance, or putting, but the mental aspect of the game. I read it when I was 13 and blew my mind.

14 bones on amazon link to it as well.

u/PicsOrGtfoh · 1 pointr/golf

Groove tube... 9 bucks... Never leaks in my car... Fill it on course water fountain or cooler. Great 9 bucks... Keeps my clubs spotless. The thought of a smelly moldy towel grosses me out.

u/Hot_Zee · 1 pointr/golf

Another very good read is Zen Golf

u/JaLubbs · 3 pointsr/golf

If you haven't read Dave Pelz's Short Game Bible I highly recommend that you do. It has completely changed my mindset and approach to golf!

u/krucz36 · 3 pointsr/golf

One of my favorite golf books of all time.

u/pghgolfer · 1 pointr/golf

Read this book. It’s quick, to the point, and better advice than any of us can provide.

Ben Hogan's Five Lessons: The Modern Fundamentals of Golf

u/TreeFittyZ · 1 pointr/golf

Totally agree with this. This book changed my game SO much.

u/ShakinBacon · 2 pointsr/golf

A book I wish I would have read sooner...Zen Golf

u/jeramieb · 2 pointsr/golf

This book may help -- Golf is not a game of perfect

I know it has helped me.

u/csncsu · 1 pointr/golf

There's PDFs around if you need to go that route.

I'd recommend everyone know their clock yardages with all wedges.


u/Purplerodney · 1 pointr/golf

Couldn't agree more, I think often times we beat ourselves when we get a bad bounce or don't hit the shot we wanted or hoped for. I'd strongly recommend you give this a read.

u/crashXCI · 2 pointsr/golf

Agreed. For reference, $137 at time of posting

u/thabeard · 2 pointsr/golf

This book might help - "Golf Is Not A Game Of Perfect" by Dr. Bob Rotella -

u/spartangrunt · 1 pointr/golf

Seriously! I've got a Groove Tube and a towel. Embrace the groooooove.

u/cbloo · 2 pointsr/golf

A few things:

First, you can get a club holder from your local superstore or amazon. Its basically a piece of rubber that pops on the shaft and sits down in the vise.

Second, got a $20 Irwin clamp-on vise from Lowe's

Third, wall alignment laser from Lowe's for $20 I think.

Last, a paint tray to catch the mineral spirits run-off

u/i_miss_old_reddit · 1 pointr/golf

"Prudent" Maybe. But definitely more expensive. ($3 per grip for the whole set adds a bit over the years.)

$15 for tape.

$10 Odorless Mineral Sprits:

$5 Shaft grip:

(I also add 2" blue painters tape as build up wraps. Easier to clean. But not needed.)

That's enough for 10+ sets of grips, about $4 per set. For the cost of paying someone to do grips one time, I can regrip mine and my friends' clubs a few times each. I don't mind doing the labor.

It's no problem to cut off the old grips and prep for new. I'll cut the old ones off, and apply new tape while sitting in front of the TV. (usually when the wife's not home.) Then take them to the workshop for the messy part.

u/garettg · 2 pointsr/golf

I saw this yesterday, ordered it off Amazon (it was only $24.99 yesterday)

u/Meth10916 · 2 pointsr/golf

I have never played with this Wilson set but I bought this Strata set from Callaway and they have been very solid for me and also cheaper in price. I started golfing about 4 years ago and still have these as my main clubs. I am currently looking to upgrade to some more expensive clubs as I am starting to get a little more serious.

u/rnmarks · 1 pointr/golf

Golf is not a game of perfect. Regardless of your skill or your technique, this book will help you have a better approach to the game. I think books that teach specific swing/shot styles can be bad since one size does not fit all.

u/tb5150 · 1 pointr/golf

Agreed. It's been awhile since I've read it, but I believe this is one of the lessons in Ben Hogan's Five Lessons.

I use it every shot.

u/MoreDann · 3 pointsr/golf

Looks good for 2 weeks. Maybe a touch closer to the ball while standing a little taller at address. Shorter swing and fire down and through.

Read this on the beach:

u/hurijo · 1 pointr/golf

Not really a Prime Day deal and I know we don't really like these bundled sets, but the Callaway Strata 12-piece set is at it's low of $125. Might be good for that someone not sure about committing to golf.

u/Levandy · 2 pointsr/golf

I just bought this to clean my clubs during a round. I think it'll be very handy because I have a brush already but without water it doesn't help very much.

u/bangmygong · 1 pointr/golf

Buy this book and read it five times while adjusting your swing. Then read it every spring.


u/Hoed · 1 pointr/golf

I received the advice of my life on my drive last weekend. Flex your right leg the entire time and use it to push your weight forward as you come down.

Other tips:

Keep your head down staring at the ball.

Don't be afraid to take a step forward on your drive swing. Literally swing and step forward with your right foot.

Squeeze your elbows as close together as possible throughout the entire swing.


u/bogartbrown · 2 pointsr/golf

I thought Ben Hogan's Five Lessons was the Bible 'round here.

u/oxy_tosin · 1 pointr/golf

Check out Ray Floyd's The Elements of Scoring. Short, straightforward read from one of the game's all-time greats.

u/PhaliasMaximus · 1 pointr/golf

This isn't what you asked for, but this book helped me a lot when I was right around the same skill level you are now. And you can pick up a used copy for cheap. It's a short book, all about course management and strategy: