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I must be getting old, because lately I've been thinking about playing golf. I played a few rounds back in high school, but haven't since. What kind of ballpark cost could I expect for getting started? (clubs, bag, etc) think best bang for the buck, I will most definitely suck and I am not made of money

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More than likely we can have you outfitted with some premo clubs for under $100 with the bag. Looking for the right bargain has become a habbit now.

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I used to play golf, and then this strange pastime came along. It seems that all I do anymore is go around in circles on weekends...

As far as getting started, you can get by with $500-1000 to start. Get mid level clubs, and spend the rest on buckets at the range and on a lesson every week or two. Do not waste the money on the course until you can do well at the range... JMHO.

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Old huh? I was 38 before I touched a club and now have the disease big time. Thanks a lot.

Initially there is no reason to go with new equipment. Most of us have the new club Jones and trade in the old stuff at GolfSmith or =. They regrip them and sell them for about 1/2 price. You can pick up good irons for under $300. woods for $100. The putter is the most important club in the bag. Figure on $50 or so for one that works for you. A good bag for $60. (Try CostCo or wait for a sale.)
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Ping CrazE mallet putter 1% up with a 33" shaft

Donta doa thata. It took me a decade to degrade to that level. Spend $ on lessons instead. It will pay big dividends in your enjoyment of the game. Once you have a swing and are working with a pro, get measured for irons that fit you and do what you want.

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Last year a few of us played a few rounds together. We should do this again. Id be glad to help you out with some pointers.
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Big golf freak here. You can get good Irons for 200-250 bucks. For your Woods I would def suggest you go to a Golfsmith or Golf Galaxy and pick those up second hand. If you are starting from scratch I strongly suggest that you take a few lessons first. Technique is everything in golf and how strong you are, for the most part, has nothing to do with how well you will hit the ball. Unless you are Tiger and can coil urself like a mofo !

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Less than you may think. Like bikes, its who you know.

More than likely we can have you outfitted with some premo clubs for under $100 with the bag. Looking for the right bargain has become a habbit now.

Hey I'm going through around April 30th Sunday. How about a beer?
hell yeah, gimme a call

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I was thinkin used, I'd be comfortable with 300-400 for everything but less would be great, especially if I won't NEED to upgrade for several years. My dad has a nice set that I have access to, but I'm 4 inches taller than my ol man so I'm thinkin they won't be long enough, right? what brands/models of club should I be looking for?

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One of the best career choices you can make is to play golf. It will really help your chances if you want to climb the corporate ladder.

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Been considering it myself. I think golf courses take up more space than any other sport in this country. though is it really a sport?
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I was thinkin used, I'd be comfortable with 300-400 for everything but less would be great, especially if I won't NEED to upgrade for several years. My dad has a nice set that I have access to, but I'm 4 inches taller than my ol man so I'm thinkin they won't be long enough, right? what brands/models of club should I be looking for?
How tall are you?
90+% of golfers buy standard clubs off the rack.
70% buy clubs with shafts that are too stiff for them.
Unless you are a well over 6' they will be good enough to start with. If you see a left to right ball flight, assuming you are a righty and are not cutting the ball, the lie is a little flat for you.

Ask around. Between my wife (She a single diget from the blues, hits mens clubs and drives the ball 250+.) and we probably have a spare set of clubs or 2 in the basement. And that is after giving away multiple sets. Someone you know, will have a set for you. Just regrip them for $5 a club and you are off and running. If you get to Chicago, give me a call.

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Go to 2nd Swing(if they still exist) and look for a good set of used. If you just started you don't need a driver, go with 3 wood, 5 wood. 3-SW, putter.


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One of the best career choices you can make is to play golf. It will really help your chances if you want to climb the corporate ladder.
one of the primary reasons I'm looking to get started actually.

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though is it really a sport?
I had the same question, thats why I asked here and not the sports/fitness forums lol

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how tall are you?
I'm 6'2" barefoot and my pops is about 5'10" with shoes, on a good day lol. I'll probably take them to the driving range and see how they feel, and go from there.

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One of the best career choices you can make is to play golf. It will really help your chances if you want to climb the corporate ladder.
^Yes and No

I recommend you first start as a caddy...you can carry my clubs around for 18 holes and I will teach you all the proper etiquette.

I grew up on a golf course caddying for quite a few years at Butler National (former home of the Western Open)

Golf is a gentleman's game not necessarilly a businesmans game. Although the two go hand in hand, you need to look/act like you know what you are doing first.
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Do you have comcast? on OnDemand there are a few golf Videos there that will help you get the basics of the swing so you dont look like a complete noob at the range the first time, from there its all practice once you feel comfortable out there on the range, get some lessons.

I still after 3 years of swatting those damn balls dont feel comfortable enough to get lessons. I suck big time.




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I have been golfing since I can remember., There are many good golf forums liek this one. Hit one of em up. Buy your clubs used on ebay, you dont need anythign fancy to start with. Hit the dfriving range often. Some of the local ranges will offer lesson at very fair prices
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Been considering it myself. I think golf courses take up more space than any other sport in this country. though is it really a sport?
There are a lot of things you can say aren't a sport.... is swimming, bowling, racket ball, sky diving ect. a sport??
I hate golf, i see no fun in it. Just isn't my thing...

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Been golfing since I was in 6th grade. You can get started with little or no money at all. I got my first set of clubs used and they didnt fit me at all. I went out and practiced until I was good with them. Well, little did I know that I had started bad habits because of my mis-fitted clubs. HUGE backsqing, well past parallel. But that allowed me to develope a monster drive, but it comes back to the left pretty hard, so it's all relative.

Anyway... go to a play it again sports or other second hand sports store, and pick youself a cheap used ($200 or under) set of clubs and a bag. That's all you need. Don't worry about lessons, or the range or any of that stuff. If you want, go for it, but since you're not "made of money", it's not important. Just go to an empty school yard and hit some balls, (I would recomend a 9 iron or wedge so as not to put out a window your first time out) but just get comfortable, and you'll get the ball in the air after a while. Then go to the range... try it there where you're PAYING for it, and have fun.

I'll be up for going out golfing with anyone!! So, Kruz, I see you are interested. Let's set it up! I know of a nice cheap par three in L-bard we could do. I have never needed a T time on a Saturday, so as soon as it's open for the season, let's do it!

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Depending on your swing, at 6'2" I doubt you are ideally a standard lie. You are probably 1 to 2% up and 1/2 to 1" long, but don't sweat it till you get some lessons and get fitted.

Funny, one of my guys just told me he wanted to start golfing and asked me if he should pick up clubs from CostCo. I'm "loaning" him a set from the basement. Small world.

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There are shops that sell custom clubs that are knock-offs of name brand clubs. You can get a full set of clubs made and fit to you for less than $200 bucks usually. The fit is the most important part IMO as a too short/long/stiff/loose club will cause havoc when trying to figure out what is going wrong with your swing. I still have a 3 and 5 wood knockoff from 12 years ago that I refuse to get rid of. Good luck and don't be discouraged by early problems!

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Oh, no biggie, but I disagree with not getting lessons. Find a starter group lesson at a local range. They are cheap and will help to prevent bad habits. The range by me normally does a series of 4 group lessons over a month for under $100 that includes all the balls you can hit. The net cost of the lessons is about $50. They are trying to build business and get you hooked. If you can find something like that out by you, IMO it is the way to go.

Also, do you have a video camera and a tripod? Tape yourself at the range. You will be amazed at what you think you are doing vs. what you really are doing.

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Rich, I have a 9:00 tee time at Randal Oaks this Saturday. If you are interested, I can see if there is room for you. Just let me know. Saturday morning is my normal weekend round. I'll also regularly blow out early to mid afternoon Thursday or Friday for a quick round at Stonehenge once the season gets going. I target 2-3 rounds a week during the season. Call me anytime.

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I still after 3 years of swatting those damn balls dont feel comfortable enough to get lessons. I suck big time.
am I reading that right? just go get lessons, after 3 years you owe it to yourself

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I'll have to start looking around for some used clubs then. How will I know a club "fits" just from checking it out at the store? or is it something someone more knowledable than myself has to determine? thanks all

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Before serious fitting you need a consistant swing.
Get some lessons
See a PGA pro

In fitting you can adjust:
flex
kick point
length
lie
loft
swing weight

Of course they all interact. It's a little beyond the scope of this thread. It's like talking aobut suspension set up with someone looking to buy a bike. The more I think about it the more I see similarities.

Buy a decent used bike = buy decent used clubs
Take the MSC before riding = take some beginner lessons
Tweak the suspension = fitting clubs
Tire choice = ball choice

OK, it is late and I'm weird.

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