Iron head covers, little brushes, and avoiding wedgies?

And I don't mean wedgies, as in golf clubs. I haven't played heavily since I was in college 20 years ago when "anything goes" because nobody had any money. So now that I'm middle aged and preparing to go out with people I work with, I need to know how to avoid looking like a dork. Please give me your thoughts on anything you can think of (other than just improving my game), including:
1. Iron head covers.
2. Little brushes to clean your grooves.
3. Tee holders.
4. Drawing lines on your golf balls.
5. Wearing a second glove on your right hand to avoid callusses.
6. Workout jacket instead of golf jacket.
7. Range finders and other high tech gear.
8. Pull cart instead of carrying.
9. Carrying all 14 clubs when you can't play worth a darn.
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I am sure there will be different responses but my thoughts are:
1. Not a good idea
2. Nothing wrong with this
3. Fine, but maybe carry in your pocket
4. No problem
5. NO (use tape)
6. Depends I guess, but should be ok
7. Definitely OK and very helpful
8. Better for the back
9. Always
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1. Iron head covers.
NO
2. Little brushes to clean your grooves.
Clean grooves make for happy clubs and happy clubs make for spinny shots!
3. Tee holders.
Your pants and golf bag both have pockets, right?
4. Drawing lines on your golf balls.
Nothing wrong with this if it helps you putt
5. Wearing a second glove on your right hand to avoid callusses.
Yeah, right, and I'll meet you at Cathy's Nail and Tan after the round for a mani/pedi
6. Workout jacket instead of golf jacket.
Golf is a workout!
7. Range finders and other high tech gear.
If you can consistently hit the ball to a certain distance with each club, sure! Otherwise, you're wasting your time and money
8. Pull cart instead of carrying.
Probably a great idea for everybody but I'll continue to carry until I'm a geezer
9. Carrying all 14 clubs when you can't play worth a darn.
Nothing wrong with anybody having the number of clubs allowed by the rules IMO
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Iron covers It's been done to death.
Wire brushes to clean grooves Must be tough soil at your place if a tee and a wet towel won't shift it. And metal bristles on metal club? Er.. right. Got to be a good idea there... Do you also clean your car with a brillo pad?
White plastic tee holder with quick reference handicap tables printed down it Use a pocket. And basic mental arithmetic.
Blue rubber hemispherical sponge-containing ball cleaner thing The golf equivalent of a pocket protector and a tweed jacket with leather elbow patches.
Amino Vital towel Obviously not something that was bought to look like a pro then... For about thirty quid off eBay.
Tour issue alignment sticks aka driveway markers As above. p.s. To save three or four threads' worth of bandwidth this month alone, YOU CAN GET THEM AT LOWES OR HOME DEPOT. Apparently.
Rubber sucker-thing atop the putter grip Even if your back's knackered and it makes perfect sense to use one it's not a good look.
Extendable ball-retriever On a course with a lot of water hazards it makes perfect sense - and possibly also makes you some money - but it will also result in people sniggering behing your back even if you do end up with a pocketful of Pro V1s.
Tight 'Euro' clothing - when you're about 16 stone Enough said.
White J Lindeberg belt - when it's worn with every single outfit a person ever wears on the course regardless of colour combination. Nice belt. Is it new? I haven't seen you wearing that one before...
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$200 sunglasses? Real men just squint.
Magnetic or copper bracelet? <Giggle>
Seriously though - get a ball mark repair tool and get the pro or asst pro to show you how to use it properly. It is easy to do more harm than good when repairing a ball mark.
It is possible to use a tee, but having the little forky thingie and using it appropriately will both earn and show respect.
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1. Iron head covers. - Most people look at these & call out the NERD patrol, so I say NO
2. Little brushes to clean your grooves. - YES, u want the clubs to make good contact with the ball
3. Tee holders. - I think same as reply pt. #1, so just use your pockets, so I say NO
4. Drawing lines on your golf balls. - If it helps, I say YES... if u find it distracting, then don't do it, but why would u find it distracting?
5. Wearing a second glove on your right hand to avoid callusses. - I say NO, 'cause I feel u want your dominant hand's fingers to have a good feel for the club's grip
6. Workout jacket instead of golf jacket. - Better a golf jacket... I feel if u're golfing, try to look the part
7. Range finders and other high tech gear. - I think it helps knowing how far u gotta go, even if u aren't to the point to being consistent with your swing distances. Repetition & the knowledge of doing the swing will hopefully get u to learning & knowing your distances. All other high tech gear, if u feel that if helps u, then YES
8. Pull cart instead of carrying. - Pull cart all the way. Save your energy on concentrating on your game/swing and on walking
9. Carrying all 14 clubs when you can't play worth a darn. - Carry all 14 clubs, use the ones you're comfortable on the course, learn to use the others you're not at the range so that you'll get to know them better for future use
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1. Iron head covers. - never
2. Little brushes to clean your grooves. - as long as it is small... not big enough to clean a commercial sized cooking grill
3. Tee holders. - no, you have pockets
4. Drawing lines on your golf balls. - yes - everyone does it
5. Wearing a second glove on your right hand to avoid callusses.- range maybe... course NO... change your grips if you need to
6. Workout jacket instead of golf jacket. - ? - as long as its not skin tight, you're good to go.
7. Range finders and other high tech gear. - helps speed up play - use them
8. Pull cart instead of carrying. - either or is good
9. Carrying all 14 clubs when you can't play worth a darn. - why not carry all 14? you never know when you might just hit it well...
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You need a towel with one end wet placed betwen your woods and irons (not clipped to your bag). A rangefinder is a good thing. You'll also need a divot repair tool, a coin to mark your ball, a Sharpie to mark your ball for identification, a pencil, sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat, maybe some insect repellant depending on the time of year, an umbrella and rain hood for your bag, and a granola bar and a bottle of water. And, finally, whatever extra clothes you might need that day. That's enough stuff to carry around and you'll end up using it all (with the exception of the umbrella and rain hood).
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Hook, line and sinker.
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You need a towel with one end wet placed betwen your woods and irons (not clipped to your bag). . .
OK -- so I ditch my iron covers (I'll admit to that. 20 years ago, my Father said to get them to protect the "high tech" graphite shaft on my "metalwood"). Also, when I was in college I used an old racquetball glove on my right hand, so I'll also avoid that. I didn't know about the towel clip thing -- I'll use an old towel and hang it loose. And I was so happy with my handy-dandy plastic tee holder (also with a clip for the bag). Whew, glad I asked these questions.
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I totally disagree with the towel thing. Don't use iron head covers etc., but there is NOTHING wrong with clipping your towel to your bag...arguing otherwise is just pretentious.
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1. Iron head covers -- not necessary for most of us -- and very dorky
2. Little brushes to clean your grooves. -- very good - get a polyurethane brush--
3. Tee holders. NO
4. Drawing lines on your golf balls. Tiger does it.
5. Wearing a second glove on your right hand to avoid callusses. NO Band-aids are preferred
6. Workout jacket instead of golf jacket. No -- a wind sweather or waterproof sweater is preferred
7. Range finders and other high tech gear. Not necessary if you don't play often
8. Pull cart instead of carrying. Acceptable
9. Carrying all 14 clubs when you can't play worth a darn. Take out the 3 or 4 wood, take out the 3i and 4i Stick with a 5 wd, 7 wood and 9 wood or just forget them and don't use an iron below a 7i if you can't play.
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1. Iron head covers. I use them for the journey to and from playing but not during
2. Little brushes to clean your grooves. I have a groove scrpaer thingy so no brush
3. Tee holders. That's what pockets are for
4. Drawing lines on your golf balls. Seems to be getting more and more popular especially if done with spinning or Epsom salts balancing
5. Wearing a second glove on your right hand to avoid callusses. I wear no glove at all but I woudl think a second glove would look wierd - unless it is freezing cold
6. Workout jacket instead of golf jacket.  I guess it depends what it look slike and/or says on it, but my take is NO
7. Range finders and other high tech gear. Oh yes, give me my gadgets or give me death
8. Pull cart instead of carrying. Pushing actually is the best option of all - pulling has been shown to provide unbalanced and unnecessary strain and recent articles showed that carrying a bag does NOT provide any incremental aerobic or strength benefit over pushing a cart.
9. Carrying all 14 clubs when you can't play worth a darn. Always and it makes me wonder what good a Sunday Bag is.  I "could" play all 14 clubs on any round I play so I am wondering why  a Sunday bag is relevant at all.
Chris



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So I'm going to differ with just about everybody on one thing-I've got iron covers on my Pings-for a couple of reasons-I paid damn good money for the clubs and if the iron covers protect them a bit its a good thing, taking them off gives me an additional moment to consider club selection, putting them back on reminds me to clean the club, first. So go ahead and use'em if you want-somebody wants to call me a dork, fine.
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So I'm going to differ with just about everybody on one thing-I've got iron covers on my Pings-for a couple of reasons-I paid damn good money for the clubs and if the iron covers protect them a bit its a good thing, taking them off gives me an additional moment to consider club selection, putting them back on reminds me to clean the club, first. So go ahead and use'em if you want-somebody wants to call me a dork, fine.
Headcovers on Pings?
I've owned 5-6 sets of Pings -- never a need for a headcover. They don't get bag chatter. And when cleaned with a slight abrasive, they look new.
Now if you had forgings -- that is the ONLY excuse for headcovers.
Again, they are your clubs -- treat them as well as you wish - and good luck.
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They match the clubs-so I use them-not so much to protect them-I don't think I've ever had bag chatter on any of the 3 sets of Pings I own-but these were special-custom fitted at the Ping factory, etched, etc. as a birthday present-iron covers were part of it.
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1. Iron head covers -- I would say no.
2. Little brushes to clean your grooves. -- Not a big deal here. I don't think its dorky to use one.
3. Tee holders. NO
4. Drawing lines on your golf balls. If it helps. Definately not dorky though.
5. Wearing a second glove on your right hand to avoid callusses. NO What's wrong with callusses from golf?
6. Workout jacket instead of golf jacket. Golf jacket is preferred but not a must.
7. Range finders and other high tech gear. I love mine but if you are just starting you may want to wait
8. Pull cart instead of carrying. Acceptable
9. Carrying all 14 clubs when you can't play worth a darn. Just carry 14 reasonable clubs. A 1 and 2 irons arent going to help you. Use higher lofted fairway woods or hybrids.
I'm with Twoironblade. I think a small towel clipped to your bag with one of those metal clips is a sign of a high handicapper. I'm SURE there are people here to disagree with me but it seems that most lower handicap players will want to be able to carry a towel with them at some point.
Also, I'm not a fan of the towel hanging out of the back pocket. To me another sign of a high handicapper.
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The towel thing...so pretentious...I don't get it. it's just so practical to have it hanging on your bag. it's easy to get at, and, assuming you use something easily removable, you can still bring it with you. I don't know what you mean by a "high-handicapper", but my friends and I are high single-digit handicappers, and pretty much everyone I see at the my CC clips the towel to their bag.
It's like telling people they look like amateurs if they don't use blades...geez!
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I clip my towel on then wrap it up between my clubs.
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So I'm going to differ with just about everybody on one thing-I've got iron covers on my Pings-for a couple of reasons-I paid damn good money for the clubs and if the iron covers protect them a bit its a good thing, taking them off gives me an additional moment to consider club selection, putting them back on reminds me to clean the club, first. So go ahead and use'em if you want-somebody wants to call me a dork, fine.
Im with PingG10 on this one, if im paying $1000 for set of irons your damn right im gonna protect them. Others can think what they want but they wont be calling me a dork when they lose and I take their money.
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I use headcovers on my irons while in transport. Once I'm on the course I don't jostle them around enough to get too much bag chatter. Equipment snobbery on here get's really petty at times.
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And I don't mean wedgies, as in golf clubs. I haven't played heavily since I was in college 20 years ago when "anything goes" because nobody had any money. So now that I'm middle aged and preparing to go out with people I work with, I need to know how to avoid looking like a dork. Please give me your thoughts on anything you can think of (other than just improving my game), including:
1. Iron head covers.
no
2. Little brushes to clean your grooves.
if you want, but if you want to impress, use a tee
3. Tee holders.
just put them in your pocket
4. Drawing lines on your golf balls.
sure
5. Wearing a second glove on your right hand to avoid callusses.
no, suck it up
6. Workout jacket instead of golf jacket.
?
7. Range finders and other high tech gear.
yeah, you'll be a crowd favorite
8. Pull cart instead of carrying.
ok
9. Carrying all 14 clubs when you can't play worth a darn.
always have 14
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I have a rule about corporate outings. EIther play like a dork or look like a dork, don't do both or neither.
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I played Pings for 10+ years, Eye 2, Zing, ISI, i3, i5, i10 and never needed iron headcovers. I bought my new set of Bridgestone J36 PC Endo Forged, and put iron covers on them. I paid mucho money for them brand new and at least during the first 5 rounds I am using iron covers, if I am convinced they are for me maybe I will dump them. So I would say Iron Covers- No cast, Yes Forged.
Kevin
HULL17RW
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Your a dork (or more of a jackass) if you don't carry a divot tool (and know how to use it to repair your ball marks with it)... and fix a couple of more that the jackasses before you ignored. Replace/fill your divots.
All of the above means you are better than most. As to everything else; carry/use/wear what you want. The folks that will have an issue with any of it probably fit in the jackass category as well.
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1. Iron head covers. - I use them, but I'm past the point in my life of giving a flip what other people think of me.
2. Little brushes to clean your grooves. - I use the 2 sided brush that clips on to the towel clip. Dont let anyone fool into thinking that brass will damage your clubs. it is a much softer metal. You will wear out the bristles on your brush before you damage your clubs with it.
3. Tee holders. - The closest thing I have ever seen to a tee holder is the bag they come in at the store. I just grab a few and stick them in my pocket. When I lose or break all of them, I'll reach in the bag and grab a few more.
4. Drawing lines on your golf balls. - Identification marks on your ball help, especially in a tourney. I've started just marking the entire box as soon as I buy them, but I'm not sure it is necessary for a casual round, unless you play a course notorious for other people picking up your ball.
5. Wearing a second glove on your right hand to avoid callusses. - I wear a glove on my other hand when it gets cold, but have never had an issue with calluses.
6. Workout jacket instead of golf jacket. - Wear whatever jacket is comfortable, and allows you to swing freely.
7. Range finders and other high tech gear. - Always a good thing. I recently got the Golflogix app for my blackberry, and it is a great help, especially on an unfamiliar course.
8. Pull cart instead of carrying. - Great for your back. You can do like I did, and get the $25 pull cart (because I'm just cheap like that) or you can spend several hundred dollars on one. Seems a bit unnecessary to me, but if you like to blow money and show off expensive stuff, go for it.
9. Carrying all 14 clubs when you can't play worth a darn. - Might as well take advantage of everything you can, including filling all the distance gaps. If there are certain clubs you just cant hit, I say either find one you can hit to replace it, or take some lessons. 14 clubs is not necessary, but the more options you have at hand, the better off you are.
if someone is going to snicker and make remarks because I use head covers on my irons, I really do not need them in my company, and will go about my merry way without them. I've made it this far in life without their company, and will continue on without them as well. I have no place in my life for such judgmental people. i bought the irons, I bought the covers, and if I wish to use them, so be it.
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Here's an idea. Go out and play a few times and figure out what you like and dislike. I think that golf should be natural and not forced. That's why I carry a couple tees, divot tool, and ball marker in my left front pocket. That's why I never putt with my glove on, why I always carry my putter in one hand and wedges in the other (so I don't ding the putter), we could go on forever.
I understood the meaning of your post and if I saw you with all those things, I wouldn't think anything different about you. Now, if you go out there trying to look cool (or not cool), people are going to notice, good or bad.