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Old 08-30-2008, 11:59 AM   #351
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Hey,

You guys should post up reviews or scale rate, green fees of the courses you've been to. Around here in Surrey/Langley.
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Old 09-02-2008, 09:59 AM   #352
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Got slaughtered by the greens at Redwoods yesterday. Some were lightning fast and others were par 3 slow.

2 freakin 4 putts each turned birdie ops into double bogeys = one shitty round.

I don't think the beers helped all too much but 4 putting is inexcusable.
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Old 09-02-2008, 10:06 AM   #353
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^ the greens are all over the place on that course... its hard to not get drunk there. i love that second hole.
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Old 09-02-2008, 07:31 PM   #354
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Hey

I'm looking to start playing golf. thing is I'm an absolute noob and I don't feel like throwing a few hundred for a set of clubs. What should I look for when buying used clubs say on craigslist or buy and sell?
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Old 09-03-2008, 09:22 AM   #355
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^ the right shaft flex, grip size for your hands, club length.
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that's a pretty broad description, but it's true.


look for something that is easy to hit (big face, big sweet spot), there are two types of irons, cavity back and muscle back. go for cavity back and something that will compliment your swing power... if you really want to learn from square one, buy graphite shafts and swing slow, focusing on contact with a flexible shaft is easier that gripping and ripping.
grip size, don't worry too much about it because grips are cheap (relatively speaking).


if you dont feel like throwing away hundreds, you're not going to get a great selection, so go find a set that look like their in good shape and once you get a feel for it, try some new ones.
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Old 09-03-2008, 10:22 AM   #357
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I should have elaborated futher..

Choosing the right grip size - A grip that is too small will cause the club face to close prematurely and lead to a hook. A grip that is too large can cause the club face to open at impact, resulting in a slice. Used sets are often regripped with the previous owners specs. Regripping a whole set can run anywhere from $40+

Choosing the right length isn't that big of an issue b/c most are standard. Although, "standard" men's length varies from manufacturer. Also some of the clubs selling on craiglist are often lengthened.

Stay away from something too light in flex b/c you will regret it later on. Can't really go wrong with regular flex for someone starting out.

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Old 09-04-2008, 11:27 AM   #358
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I dunno if I"m standard height though. I'm like 5'5. So grip isn't too too important then?

and I'm assuming I should look for something without too much wear and is bout regular stiffness?
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i'm just saying dont overlook a set of clubs because of the grips, as they are easy and inexpensive to change.
every golfer is different and will likely all have different ideas of what is important. the best advice is probably just to spend an afternoon looking for clubs... hold them, swing them and feel them out.... whichever one feels the best, go for. my advise to get clubs with a lot of flex is just my opinion. if you decide you want to commit to the sport you'll be getting the itch to buy new clubs anyways, so i would start with some flexible so you can focus on contact instead of swing speed and contact.

here's a good tip to finding a club's sweet spot (and also to find out how big the sweet spot is):

hold the club so that the grip and/or shaft are being held under your armpit and the club head is being supported by the palm of your hand with the face up (club is parralel to the ground). with your other hand, hold a loonie or a toonie edge up (one finger on queens head, one on animal) a few millimeters above the club face. let it bounce on and around the club face... wherever you start to feel a lot of rebound is where the sweet spot is... the more good rebound you get around the face of the club, the bigger the sweet spot... the bigger the sweet spot, the easier it is to make sound contact with the ball. you can either mark the sweet spot with an x or just remember it when you're at the range.
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Go with the_rickter's advice as he explained it best.

I didn't know how big you were and your budget. I'm the same size and standard size is perfect for me.

I mentioned grip and shaft size as my friend has blown over $300+ on junk starter sets where he had trouble holding onto the club b/c grips were way too small and shafts that were too short. He just hated the game and it wasn't until he upgraded these items to his specs that he started to enjoy it out there. However, he spent an extra $100+ doing so. If he just searched on the buy/sell or whatever for someone selling clubs to his specs, he would have saved quite a bit. Thats all i'm saying.

Find a club, hold it, take a light swing and you'll know pretty fast if its right for you. Its almost like trying on a shoe.
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hhmmm I'll definately try that when I'm buying my clubs. BTW I've borrowed a club from the golf course the other day and apparently I grip the club too hard, since there was a lot of rubbing on my glove after I was done.

How do i fix that? I'm afriad if I don't grip it hard enough it'll go flying out of my hand
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you're too anxious... just relax a bit and everything will take care of itself.
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anyone want to play either monday or tuesday morning before 8am at swan-e-set?


i've got a wcgg coupon that'll get us on the first tee for $24/ea.
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i got that same email. unfortuately, some of us work
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i don't get me wrong... i work.... on my own schedule.
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i don't get me wrong... i work.... on my own schedule.
haha...and i meant during the daytime...sorry bad day here at the office
i only get to golf on weekends, unless my boss pays entry fees for tournaments hosted by our suppliers, then i get to go during the week - last one was at Northview, played the Ridge....great time!! he even paid for NVM to go with me

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ok, time is booked for four players, 7:18 am resort course.


pm me if you want to play. i'm coming from downtown vancouver, so if you're en route, ride share is a possibility.
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Old 09-21-2008, 03:04 PM   #368
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the greens are all punched on the Links. can you find out when they're doing the Resort? played Meadow Gardens this morning. nice course, but $100?? jebus. shot an 87, not bad for not knowing the course.
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Played Northlands for the first time today. Beautiful course.

Shitty front nine. Realized I lost my 9 iron the last round I played. Oh well, all the more reason to go buy some new ones.

Shot 100, but considering it was my first time there and having to deal with the elevation changes, all in all I'm content. Putter was damn cold. Must've 3 putted at least 12 holes. Seriously. Ouch.
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I played the private course at swan-e-set last wed. Did ok and wow the weather was great.
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Played Northlands for the first time today. Beautiful course.

Shitty front nine. Realized I lost my 9 iron the last round I played. Oh well, all the more reason to go buy some new ones.

Shot 100, but considering it was my first time there and having to deal with the elevation changes, all in all I'm content. Putter was damn cold. Must've 3 putted at least 12 holes. Seriously. Ouch.
i love hearing people's feedback on that course.... its my absolute favorite.
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i love hearing people's feedback on that course.... its my absolute favorite.
I work there. people either love the course or they hate it... when they hate it, they definately let me hear about it...
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nicest municipal course i've seen. one flaw though, the 15th hole. too tough for the average golfer. i can't imagine playing that one from the tips.
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nicest municipal course i've seen. one flaw though, the 15th hole. too tough for the average golfer. i can't imagine playing that one from the tips.

very true about 15, thats a tough hole for sure. Playing from the tips is near impossible for the average golfer, especially for players who cant shape shots on command.

I see tons of heros (especially from the US) who come in for the first time and play the tips. i'd say 50% miss the fairway on the first tee.
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nicest municipal course i've seen. one flaw though, the 15th hole. too tough for the average golfer. i can't imagine playing that one from the tips.
are you kidding me? 15 is a test of patience and decision making. taking what you learned from the previous 14 holes and testing your skills here.
if you want to make par, you only have to hit it around 220 from the whites, use a smart club for your second (i usually go for 5 wood or 4 iron depending on my lie), and you can either use a mid iron to get it high and hard or lay back and two stroke it onto the green and place it nicely. it's an amazing hole. if you want to grip and rip every par 5, northlands isnt for you.
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