Originally Posted by redandwhiterob
Just to hijack the thread wheres the best place in the North east to go if I wanted to buy a new set of clubs. Although I am just still a beginner the set I bought last year were the cheapest of the cheapest so I am looking to get a half decent set from somewhere.
Would you recommend getting a new set of going down the second hand route?
American Golf, Direct Golf or Philips golf in Killingworth. They all have top notch fitting facilities. Fitted clubs are definately the way to go. It's not just the length. They'll also check the ground marks on the sole of the club and align the club heads to ensure you don't toe the club into the ground.
I'm going to pop down to the new direct golf in teeside in a couple of weeks as I'll be replacing my irons in the summer but I can't knock the great service I've always received from American Golf. They are always excellent in dealing with any issues on products they sold.
Originally Posted by Pepe
Keep your hands in your pockets, bar a few quid for a few lessons. Despite what everyone tells you it is the player not the clubs. I got down to single figures with a set of 27 hand blades, no cavity, tiny sweet spot and so on. A lesson or two will do far more for your game than shelling out on new clubs will. If you are making fundamental errors with your current clubs, why would they disappear upon the purchase of new and expensive ones?
Once I got 'good' i then wasted my money on new set after new set till my mate told me my backswing was practically whacking my backside.
This as well. Badly fitted clubs can impede your game but lessons are definately the way forward. My mate had lessons and came down. He then got clubs to suit his games and came down further. I've been taking lessons for over a year to cure some horrendous problems. My clubs need replacing more than anything else as they're getting a bit knackered but I've been holding off until I can get a bit of consitency about my game.
There's been arguments recently that suggest blades are no harder for high handicappers to use. I think Pepe probably proves it.