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Rental Clubs+tennis shoes= great round.. go figure


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#1 FOOTJOY16

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Posted 01 October 2017 - 11:18 PM

I've been in a slump all year.. not striking the ball well, finally started to hit it better right before we went on vacation.  I had not planned on playing on vacation mainly because I've been playing so poorly, and it was an anniversary trip, but I was for sure going to at least go and look at the course, and of course buy a cool shirt.

So while I'm there my wife says.."you have to play this course, it is too beautiful to not play.. I'll ride along with you"...

Thus the rental clubs and tennis shoes.  They gave me all Titleist gear, Driver, 3 wood, hybrid.. AP2's, Vokeys, and a Scotty.
They had rental shoes, but obviously with my user name.. none that were big enough, so I played in tennis shoes.

I went to the range thinking this could be a disaster with the rental equipment.. wrong model driver (D2).. I prefer D3 or D4.. wrong 3 wood, (F2), I like the F3.  Standard irons, grips too small, too much bounce on the wedges, and a half mallet putter ( I play the newport). Oh.. and tennis shoes....

Long story short.. I played great.. if I would have read the putts a little better I would have scored great.  It took a few holes to adjust to the equipment, but after that I really played well.  It turns out, I only remember 2 shots all day where I thought the lack of traction from the tennis shoes made a difference.  

I walked away from the round kind of laughing to myself.. everything I have is custom fit, yet I go to a course I've only seen on TV with clubs that do not "fit" and tennis shoes..... and hit the ball as well I have in 2 years.. go figure.

Sure makes me think I've been overthinking the equipment for a while now...

I guess when you have no expectations your game can be allowed to show up again...

Anyone else ever had this experience?

Edited by FOOTJOY16, 01 October 2017 - 11:28 PM.

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Posted 02 October 2017 - 04:32 AM

Yes, Iíve had a somewhat similar experience (and Iíve also experienced the opposite). I played in Atlanta once and had these awful rental clubs but I actually hit everything straight as an arrow. I scored pretty well that day and questioned why I went through the trouble of a custom fitting. I played in Hawaii once and hit this rental Titleist driver dead straight all day, and bought one the minute I got back home (the one I bought wasnít quite as straight as the one I rented apparently).

I did play in Orlando once with some god-awful shovels and I could never hit those things right.

I think it just has to do with low expectations, and how you happen to be hitting that day, etc. Some days the length loft lie flex just fits you better than others.
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Posted 02 October 2017 - 05:22 AM

Played once with a visiting friend who broke 80 (for the first time) with a rental set at my course.   He purchased the set, had new grips installed and he's been in the high 70's ever since.   That was 6 years ago and still plays with them.

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Posted 02 October 2017 - 06:31 AM

Maybe it's like when you try a buddy's new club and the focus is better. I usually hit sample shots pretty good.

On a dry, level course, spikes are overrated.

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Posted 02 October 2017 - 09:31 AM

View PostHateto3Putt, on 02 October 2017 - 06:31 AM, said:

Maybe it's like when you try a buddy's new club and the focus is better. I usually hit sample shots pretty good.

On a dry, level course, spikes are overrated.

Hand me a new model driver, any shaft flex, and I'll boom it with the best feeling impact, high, long, and with almost straight ball flight. I'll then go out and struggle to keep my driver in the rough of the hole I'm playing.


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Posted 02 October 2017 - 01:29 PM

I had a similar experience once.  I rented clubs in Las Vegas to play Paiute probably 20 years ago.  I played Pings regularly.  The rentals were all Callaway, including the Tuttle putter.  I shot a 78.  My playing partners were in shock when I took their money :)
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Posted 02 October 2017 - 02:58 PM

Having a built in excuse is liberating. Proves how weak minded we are, lol.
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Posted 02 October 2017 - 04:33 PM

The tennis shoes probably aid you to remain balanced throughout the swing to prevent slipping.
A thing experienced and learned..

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Posted 02 October 2017 - 04:53 PM

Interesting replies.  Thanks everyone.  Just to say one thing about the shoes... the course was not flat at all.. that is one thing that was so different than watching it on tv.. this course had quite a few uphill, downhill, and sidehill lies.
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Posted 02 October 2017 - 06:03 PM

Is it tennis shoes or sneakers?

Pop or soda?


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Posted 02 October 2017 - 06:23 PM

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Is it tennis shoes or sneakers?

Pop or soda?

Down here in Dixie all soft drinks are "cokes". I know because
when I say pop I get that "you're not from here" look.
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Posted 02 October 2017 - 06:31 PM

Played Chambers Bay with rental clubs...shot 78 about 5 under my cap at the time...man I love that course.

Played Mahogany Run on St John, USVI, with rental clubs, shot 100, LOL.  After the round I got to talking with a guy that played it regularly...thought it pretty unfair.  I saw where he was coming from.

Wonder what the status of that course is today.

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Posted 03 October 2017 - 12:49 PM

Fresh meat syndrome.

I knew I was playing at least 3 rounds on vacation so instead of renting in Hawaii the wife and I got 2 sets of clubs w/bags for $10 at a thrift store.  The only thing they didn't have was putters.  Got a Mizuno bullseye look alike putter from a guy at the course (Kukuiolono on Kauai) for $5.  The course is $9 to play all day, $9 per 9 holes for the cart and clubs were $9 per 9.

I played 4 rounds.  The wife played about 36 holes I think.  It was great.  There was a hybrid in my set that I really liked.  First one I ever hit.  Couldn't figure out how to get the hybrid in my luggage so we re-donated all the clubs/bags back to the thrift store we bought them at.

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Posted 03 October 2017 - 01:20 PM

 FOOTJOY16, on 01 October 2017 - 11:18 PM, said:


Thus the rental clubs and tennis shoes.  They gave me all Titleist gear, Driver, 3 wood, hybrid.. AP2's, Vokeys, and a Scotty.


Wow, where was that?

Every time I've rented (not often because I hate it...) I've always seemd to get standard Pings or Callaways - never "player" type clubs
Remember renting in Dubai at Emirates ~10 years ago...some Pings with huge offset - but like you I still managed to hit them ok. Maybe it was just relaxing and saying "what the hell..."
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Posted 03 October 2017 - 08:18 PM

 TerpFangolfer, on 03 October 2017 - 01:20 PM, said:

 FOOTJOY16, on 01 October 2017 - 11:18 PM, said:


Thus the rental clubs and tennis shoes.  They gave me all Titleist gear, Driver, 3 wood, hybrid.. AP2's, Vokeys, and a Scotty.


Wow, where was that?

Every time I've rented (not often because I hate it...) I've always seemd to get standard Pings or Callaways - never "player" type clubs
Remember renting in Dubai at Emirates ~10 years ago...some Pings with huge offset - but like you I still managed to hit them ok. Maybe it was just relaxing and saying "what the hell..."

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Posted 06 October 2017 - 01:57 PM

I drove to my in-laws house in Fla and left my clubs at home to save space in the car. I played with rental clubs and sneakers and shot a normal score that  might have been a good score if I putted better. I only wished I had golf shoes 2 times. Once hitting out of sand, and once when my foot slipped a little on an uneven lie while the dew was still heavy. The sand shot wasn't affected by the shoes, but it took a week to get the sand out of all the nooks and crannies of the running shoes.

I decided if I ever do it again, I'll pack golf shoes and my putter.
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Posted 06 October 2017 - 03:56 PM

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Posted 06 October 2017 - 08:02 PM

 FOOTJOY16, on 01 October 2017 - 11:18 PM, said:

I've been in a slump all year.. not striking the ball well, finally started to hit it better right before we went on vacation.  I had not planned on playing on vacation mainly because I've been playing so poorly, and it was an anniversary trip, but I was for sure going to at least go and look at the course, and of course buy a cool shirt.

So while I'm there my wife says.."you have to play this course, it is too beautiful to not play.. I'll ride along with you"...

Thus the rental clubs and tennis shoes.  They gave me all Titleist gear, Driver, 3 wood, hybrid.. AP2's, Vokeys, and a Scotty.
They had rental shoes, but obviously with my user name.. none that were big enough, so I played in tennis shoes.

I went to the range thinking this could be a disaster with the rental equipment.. wrong model driver (D2).. I prefer D3 or D4.. wrong 3 wood, (F2), I like the F3.  Standard irons, grips too small, too much bounce on the wedges, and a half mallet putter ( I play the newport). Oh.. and tennis shoes....

Long story short.. I played great.. if I would have read the putts a little better I would have scored great.  It took a few holes to adjust to the equipment, but after that I really played well.  It turns out, I only remember 2 shots all day where I thought the lack of traction from the tennis shoes made a difference.  

I walked away from the round kind of laughing to myself.. everything I have is custom fit, yet I go to a course I've only seen on TV with clubs that do not "fit" and tennis shoes..... and hit the ball as well I have in 2 years.. go figure.

Sure makes me think I've been overthinking the equipment for a while now...

I guess when you have no expectations your game can be allowed to show up again...

Anyone else ever had this experience?

A few experiences like this, played a Yoche De He in SF Bay Area with rental clubs and flip flops, shot 75 in about 2.5 hrs. It was 90 deg outside, late afternoon so the course was empty. I hadn't planned on playing, just hitting balls so I didn't have any gear. Turns out the super-twilight rate to play was only $20 more than the range fee ($40!!).

Another one this past year in Ottawa for work. Rented the AP1's that they had as the "premium offering", fired a easy 74 with these "point and shoot" irons and running shoes. They were ridiculously easy to hit, which has prompted my current plan of getting AP3's or AP1's in my long irons.

In most cases, I think the relaxed mindset of playing solo is a big plus. You're not as amped up about short putts, or competing with someone, it's just more easy going. I also tended to swing a bit smoother when I was barefoot or wearing my running shoes. I think the clubs were somewhat a factor, but the relaxed state and the easier swing are HUGE IMO. The flip-flop round was just hilarious how easy it is.
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Posted 08 October 2017 - 09:35 AM

I lived in Zurich, Switzerland for a few years and suffice it to say the Swiss don’t play much golf so not many golf courses.

Brother in law comes out for a visit and says let’s play some golf. He had no clubs and was wearing penny loafers (sorry, just dated myself a bit here!). Golf pro says we don’t do rentals but then goes up to the attic and finds 5 or 6 ancient irons and a persimmon driver that’s also ancient and a completely rusted out bullseye putter.

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Posted 08 October 2017 - 09:57 AM

Ben Hogan, it has been said, practiced in his street shoes. This allowed him to focus on tempo and not over swing. Not wearing golf shoes and hitting rented clubs accomplishes the same mindset for most people..............another example of removing expectations is that putt or that "I could care less" stroke that we've all done at some point, that just goes perfect. :WTF: :cheesy:


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Posted 08 October 2017 - 10:05 AM

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Fresh meat syndrome.

I knew I was playing at least 3 rounds on vacation so instead of renting in Hawaii the wife and I got 2 sets of clubs w/bags for $10 at a thrift store.  The only thing they didn't have was putters.  Got a Mizuno bullseye look alike putter from a guy at the course (Kukuiolono on Kauai) for $5.  The course is $9 to play all day, $9 per 9 holes for the cart and clubs were $9 per 9.

I played 4 rounds.  The wife played about 36 holes I think.  It was great.  There was a hybrid in my set that I really liked.  First one I ever hit.  Couldn't figure out how to get the hybrid in my luggage so we re-donated all the clubs/bags back to the thrift store we bought them at.
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Posted 09 October 2017 - 09:53 PM

Im the same with my clubs too.  And all my golf gear.  I pretty much gotta have it or else!

I was visiting camarillo california once upon a time and had the day to myself.  Pretty nice golf course a few blocks down the road from the hotel so I went there, rented clubs and went to the 1st tee.  I didnt expect much since I didnt have my stuff.  Well, on the First swing my "top sider" deck shoes slipped right out from under me.  They had to go.

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