I suck. I mean really, really suck. Like “Ray Charles could beat my ass in golf” suck. Yet like an addict looking for his next fix I find I can’t wait to go again. Today I thought I would work out some of the many issues I have with my short game and went out to a completely Par 3 golf course.
I hate Par 3′s. I should love them. Easy drive on to the green, 2 putt out and your on to the next hole. Yet something happens to me when I have to use the irons. I have most of the issues figured out with my driver and I bought a rescue wood for the long fairway stuff that I hit half decent. But when I have to use the irons something bad always happens. Either I will top the ball and it will bounce helplessly 20-30 yards in front of me, I’ll take a chunk of earth with my swing the size of my foot, or I scoop under the ball sending it high and way to the right, usually a fairway over from where I’m supposed to be.
After getting my clock cleaned by my step dad today we stopped off at Second Swing Golf to check out the clubs. My irons are nothing special. Tour Model II’s which is probably as close as you can get to the Walmart of the golf line. I found a set of Callaway Big Bertha X12 irons that were really comfortable and took them back in to the area where you can swing at the net hanging from the wall. There is a big black stripe running vertically down the middle of the net and a wooden disk behind it to let you know when you have hit dead center. Wouldn’t you know that I hit the PW, 3, and 5 irons right on the money 90% of the time. Figures, since the clubs were $339 for the PW-3 and they were used. Black graphite shafts and all the weight was in the heads. Really, really comfortable clubs. Probably the best I have ever hit a set of irons. Since everything was 20% off it was tough not to buy these things, but I held off since I didn’t feel like explaining it to my wife and having her ticked off at me for a couple days. So I left the clubs hanging on the wall. There was a sign on the wall that says “it’s not you, it’s your clubs.” I’d sure like to give that theory a test with a nice set of clubs some day.
Golf – Oh how I love thee.
UPDATE 2/16/07 – I have no idea why the post has received so many hits over the last couple weeks, but I’d love to understand what is bringing people to it.