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What is non-conforming golf equipment?I am new to golf and I am wondering how non-conforming equipment is different, and how does the equipment effect the game?

Posted by Candy S.
[display_name id=”1″]“A club, or part of a club, is required to meet a specification within the rules, it must be designed and manufactured with the intention of meeting that specification”. Any club or ball that is not on the “LIST OF CONFORMING GOLF EQUIPMENT” is considered by the USGA to be non-conforming.

Some clubs and ball are designed as “novelty” equipment. They can give the golfer using them an unfair advantage against other players. Some non-conforming drivers have what is known as too much “trampoline effect” where the face of the club is too convex and springy to the point that the ratio of club head speed to ball speed is too broad. Some non-conforming balls are smaller than normal golf balls and travel farther than they are allowed to travel.

I hope this helps you.

I am a golf professional in NC and hope that you enjoy this great game that I have decided to spend my career trying to master. That being said, I do hope you decide to play by the rules. This is a game that you don’t have to be good at to enjoy. So there’s never a reason to cheat, because you will only be cheating yourself.

Take care. Tee it high and let it fly.

Buying Golf Club equipment!!!! Need help?I am starting to learn how to play golf and am very enthusiasm…so i have decided that I am going to buy equipment…however, i do not know if I should buy a cheap set like one for £80..or buy the only clubs that i need or put some more money to buy a slightly better set…

Thank you for you help and advice
Should i buy online or from a golf shop seller…!?

Posted by monzavim
[display_name id=”1″]To answer your last question first, yes, buy from a shop that specializes in golf equipment.

I say this because the equipment carried by big chains like Walmart or Dicks Sporting Good here in the US is junk, and I’d imagine it is in the UK as well. The equipment they sell is very cheap for a reason….it’s not well made. That type of store is just looking to push merhcandise out the door, so they put junk on the shelves at a low price knowing the consumer who’s buying golf equipment there more than likely doesn’t know much about the the quality.

Golf shops on the other hand have a reputation to protect and they’re looking to be seen knowledgeable / trustworthy in their product specialty. Consequently, they carry better quality clubs. And surprisingly, some of their inexpensive sets are priced competitively with the junk out there, but they are typically of higher quality.

As for buying a “better” set, be careful that whatever you buy is designed for use by beginners. Sometimes people think they’re buying “better” clubs because they come across a bargain on a set that’s intended for an intermediate or advanced golfer, but that’s not really the case unless you have developed the skills to use these “better” clubs. Clubs made for more advanced golfers have a smaller sweet spot and are less forgiving because they’re made for players with a higher quality and more consistent swing.

As a beginner, you want clubs that are very forgiving….i.e. That have a big sweet spot and will help compensate for shots that are not perfectly struck. Which if your experience is like mine, will be most of your shots as you learn the game.

Assuming you’ve gone to a reputable golf shop, they’ll set you up with clubs suitable to your skill level. Don’t be overly concerned with the brand, as again, if you’re in a reputable shop, they will sell you a reasonable quality set.

Remember, these are your beginner clubs. The key thing you’ll be doing is working on your swing and practicing making solid contact. When you get to the point where you’re ready to move to the next level, you’ll want to get a new set of clubs regardless of whether you bought an inexpensive starter set or spent a few extra pounds buying a slightly “better” set now.

The extra pounds would be better spent on a few lessons!!

Best websites for cheap golf equipment?I’m looking for a good reliable website where i can gradually improve my golf set.

Posted by baseballlegend09
[display_name id=”1″]EBay probably has the best prices and definitely the best selection. If you’ve never bought something on eBay, just make sure you read something like this “10 Ways To Avoid Being Ripped Off on eBay” [ Http://www.onlineauctiontrader.com/ebayb… ]. It can and does happen, take steps to protect yourself and you will probably be ok.

As far as non-eBay sites go, it really depends on what you’re looking for. Overall my favorite is Rock Bottom Golf, but there are about 10 or 20 really good ones and hundreds of crappy sites as well.

One other place you can look if you have a specific item in mind is on Google’s product search: [ Http://www.google.com/products?q=&bt… ] If you follow this link you’ll see it’s tough with a broad search like “golf clubs,” but if you type in something specific like “taylormade burner draw driver” it works great to show you a range of prices and where you can buy from.

Finally, make sure you’re saving as much as you can by using coupon codes. (That’s one of the biggest reasons I like Rock Bottom so well, they always have a bunch of active codes you can sort through to save you the most, i.e. Free shipping vs. 10% off vs. Free gloves.) Check RetailMeNot.com [ Http://www.retailmenot.com ] to see if the site you want to buy from has anything listed.

Best of luck!

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