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#1 OGJordan

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Posted 10 June 2011 - 10:46 AM

Well, I just started playing golf.  I bought a cheap starter set, My $300 set; since I wasn't even sure if I would like the game.  I plan to build around these piece by piece as I see the need.  I'm going to pick up a couple of wedges today; Cleveland CG15s most likely.  I'm fairly consistent with my irons (not good, but consistent), and my instructor has said there's no problem with keeping them for the time being.  But I have no wedges in that set.  Figure I'll pick up a 52 and a 58.  

But on to my question.  Apparently the driver in that set is terrible, so I just want to replace it with a decent one.  I NEVER hit the ball to the left, usually half of my driver hits are straight, and half are a super push.  I never slice the ball, I just hit it dead right.  We've figured out the issues with my swing, and as long as I concentrate on my swing, I can correct it, but if I'm NOT concentrating on it, I pull that right shoulder every time, leaving the club behind.  So, anyway, I'm looking a for a cheap, forgiving driver.  There are 2 golf shops nearby, as well as a Dick's.  There's probably 100 used drivers in both stores, but I don't know what I'm looking at to be honest.  There are a few R7 Draws in one of the stores for like $80, and a few Nike drivers that I recognize, but most are older models that I haven't heard of and don't know anything about.  So I figured just go get a new lowerline driver so I know what I'm getting.  

I have a slow swing speed because I'm just learning, but I'm rather strong, about 6'0" 210lbs of muscle not fat.  Any suggestions? How about this:Burner 09 or this: Burner HT


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Posted 10 June 2011 - 10:53 AM

Do you like your trajectory? If its not too low or if you like it, I'd go with the Burner 09 or one of the used clubs  at the proshops. If you want to hit the ball higher i'd go with the Burner HT (High  Trajectory.) Hope this helps.

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Posted 10 June 2011 - 10:55 AM

I would definately recommend getting a used driver for now as your still a beginner, and you will need to switch to something else as your swing speed increases and your swing gets better.  I went this route starting from when I was 10 until now.  Went from R flex to X flex, from square face to 1.5 degree open and it's worked out great for me.  I would recommend an R7, Callaway FT-9, or Ping G10 in higher lofts.  All of them are square to slighty closed face and will help you square the face for more accurate tee shots.
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Posted 10 June 2011 - 10:57 AM

I would highly recommend rockbottomgolf.com  Their stuff is new although last years models but good quality and name you'll recognize.  I have purchased many things from them and haven't been disappointed yet.  BTW I don't work for them or have any affiliation other than being  happy customer.

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Posted 10 June 2011 - 11:06 AM

Glad to hear that you are enjoying the game.  The '09 Burner that you mentioned is a great driver for the price.  From what you have described I think a used driver would work just fine.  That R7 draw sounds good for you depending on the flex.  I alway recommend just hitting a few in store if they will let you.  Everybody is different and likes different looking drivers.


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Posted 10 June 2011 - 11:09 AM

What I would do is talk to your instructor first and get a few basic guidelines from him on loft and shaft flex.

Then go to the store and hit a bunch of clubs in the $75 - $125 range -- find about 3-4 that you like the look and feel of, and that meet your instructor's recommendations.  Explain what you are trying to do, and ask if you can check out the clubs to demo -- most places take credit card imprints (or do something similar) and let you check out demo/used clubs.

Finally, take them to your lesson and work with your instructor to find one that you hit consistently with good results.

Don't worry too much about which heads are "better" than others -- every single one of the drivers you are going to look at will be pretty forgiving, and they are all maxed out in terms of ball speed.  What matters right now is simply finding one that works for you, and that you feel comfortable with (comfort --> confidence, and confidence is more important than any other factor in a golf club).

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Posted 10 June 2011 - 11:09 AM

If you can even find an old Ping G2 driver, you will be really happy.
I've ordered from here and been happy with what I got. http://www.callawaygolfpreowned.com

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Posted 10 June 2011 - 11:11 AM

A lot of people think the 07 burner is a bomber as well if you want a little cheaper still...

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Posted 10 June 2011 - 11:12 AM

Glad to hear you're enjoying the game! I would consider jumping on a launch monitor when you have some time to gather some basic numbers like swing speed, etc. That being said, the '09 Burner sounds like a definite bargain! Heck, if you have time to search, the '07 Burner is a great driver for probably even cheaper! GL in your search and with your game!

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Posted 10 June 2011 - 11:14 AM

callaway preowned has one http://www.callawayg...default,pd.html

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Posted 10 June 2011 - 11:17 AM

A beginner is better off getting a good 3-wood and learning to hit it well first.  Pick up a decent driver later when you've figured out what kind of driver you need and like.  I think learning golf from the fairways is much more fun than learning from the rough.
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Posted 10 June 2011 - 11:24 AM

View Postblhoff, on 10 June 2011 - 11:17 AM, said:

A beginner is better off getting a good 3-wood and learning to hit it well first.  Pick up a decent driver later when you've figured out what kind of driver you need and like.  I think learning golf from the fairways is much more fun than learning from the rough.

Hey sometimes you get lucky and land on another fairway Posted Image

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Posted 10 June 2011 - 12:04 PM

Wow, thanks for all the quick responses.  I'm definitely taking it all into account.    I'm not really your typical golfer.....I build custom cars, have a shaved head, fully tattooed sleeves......I'm more Jesse James than Phil Mickelson; so when I go into a golf shop they're not sure if I'm there to rob them or what so I don't tend to get much help.  The preppy, uppity crowd tends to be a little scared of me lol.  


-Thanks for the advice on the terminology from the first response....sometimes I get lost in all the acronyms on here.  When people don't mention a Brand or how old clubs are I'm lost.
-I'd love to shop at one of the online retailers, but I think something like this I need to get it in my hands and hit it to try it out.
-I HAVE been using my 3 wood with now issues, but I'd like to try a decent driver sometime also.

Thanks for all the club recommendations also.  And the plan is to eventually get on the launch monitor, but if I'm all over the place with consistency, I don't know that I want to necessarily do it just yet and get it "stuck" in my head that I do a certain thing when in actuality it was just that day.



And as far hitting other fairways, well, it IS in the fairway isn't it?:D

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Posted 10 June 2011 - 12:26 PM

I think I saw the 09 Burner drivers are on sale at Dick's for $130 right now

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Posted 10 June 2011 - 12:54 PM

Wilson Staff Smooth is a great beginner driver,i have been playing golf for a year and a half now and have been gaming my 9* smooth for right at a year. It goes straight,finds the fairway and you can get one super cheap,they are almost giving them away and its a shame more people have not tried it cause its really good.


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Posted 10 June 2011 - 01:36 PM

If you're going to an instructor I'd ask his thoughts. He knows your swing better than any of us here.

As an aside, I rarely ever buy new equipment. Our BST here seems to always have what I want or am looking for.

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Posted 10 June 2011 - 02:55 PM

View PostRookieBlue7, on 10 June 2011 - 01:36 PM, said:

If you're going to an instructor I'd ask his thoughts. He knows your swing better than any of us here.

As an aside, I rarely ever buy new equipment. Our BST here seems to always have what I want or am looking for.
Talk to your instructer and get some baselines in what he thinks you should buy. Loft,length and how stiff of a shaft.

Get on the BST here. You can buy so much more driver there. There are lots of very nice drivers with upgraded shafts there for $150.
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Posted 10 June 2011 - 03:00 PM

Find a Tour Edge Exotics XLD. New or used. The thing just goes straight.  It can be had cheap on the bay and rockbottomgolf.com

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Posted 10 June 2011 - 07:07 PM

Lol, I'm right there with ya OP. I have many tattoo's from my days of playing bass in a cheezy heavy metal band back in the 80's (still guest appear for a little cover band for kicks every now and then). I have athletic build. Still have somewhat long hair (poney tailed out the back of golf hat) , arms almost covered, 2 on my calfs, 1 on neck. When I play at my buddies member/guest course rotation at different clubs,most people look at me and think I'm there to clean the pool or weed the gardens. Even had one guy walk up to me, hand me 5 bucks, point to his bag and point to his cart. So i just walked over, loaded his bag and walked away 5 dollars richer, lol. Little do they know that I have been playing for 15 years and now carry  a 8 hcp. The look on there faces is comedy gold when they watch me step up on the first tee and pipe a drive down the middle 270-280 with my smooth balanced swing.

Welcome aboard and glad your enjoying the game!

On your driver quest, If it were me just starting out with todays technology , i would avoid a "draw" club. you will eventually progress in your swing and may regret it. Instead I would look around for a 09 R9 with MFT & AWT. I have seen them used for $100 or so. that way you could experiment with closeing/opening the face for now to avoid your push right. Also, when your swing speed increases, just go out replace the shaft of your choice with an sleeve, grip, crank down the head and your good to go.

Good luck!

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Posted 10 June 2011 - 10:31 PM

View PostDeadYank, on 10 June 2011 - 07:07 PM, said:

Lol, I'm right there with ya OP. I have many tattoo's from my days of playing bass in a cheezy heavy metal band back in the 80's (still guest appear for a little cover band for kicks every now and then). I have athletic build. Still have somewhat long hair (poney tailed out the back of golf hat) , arms almost covered, 2 on my calfs, 1 on neck. When I play at my buddies member/guest course rotation at different clubs,most people look at me and think I'm there to clean the pool or weed the gardens. Even had one guy walk up to me, hand me 5 bucks, point to his bag and point to his cart. So i just walked over, loaded his bag and walked away 5 dollars richer, lol. Little do they know that I have been playing for 15 years and now carry  a 8 hcp. The look on there faces is comedy gold when they watch me step up on the first tee and pipe a drive down the middle 270-280 with my smooth balanced swing.

Welcome aboard and glad your enjoying the game!

On your driver quest, If it were me just starting out with todays technology , i would avoid a "draw" club. you will eventually progress in your swing and may regret it. Instead I would look around for a 09 R9 with MFT & AWT. I have seen them used for $100 or so. that way you could experiment with closeing/opening the face for now to avoid your push right. Also, when your swing speed increases, just go out replace the shaft of your choice with an sleeve, grip, crank down the head and your good to go.

Good luck!


Ahhhh, another person who plays golf, but isn't a "golfer"  lol

Well, I stopped by one of the shops today and picked up an R7, then hit the range.  It was a brand new driver, just stuck in the used club bad because it was so old.  Got it for $79.  In the back of my mind, I was assuming that there really wasn't anything wrong with my old driver, I just needed some more practice.  I'm not a person who is easily impressed or surprised, but when I hit the first ball I literally said Holy s*** out loud.  I gained at least 25% distance.  I usually pick up 2 buckets of balls and work my way through each club on the first bucket, then hit the 2 or 3 I did worst on with the second bucket.  Well, today I hit the entire first bucket off the driver to make sure I didn't just get lucky.   I pushed 3 balls out of the whole bucket.   I was REALLY impressed.  Now it's got me thinking about replacing all my other clubs lol.


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Posted 10 June 2011 - 10:44 PM

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I think I saw the 09 Burner drivers are on sale at Dick's for $130 right now




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