dealsnike vr str8-fit pro tour driver for $129.99 + $5…

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Not sure how I feel about this.... over $100 off from over at amazon ( http://amzn.to/H8ZK87 ) but still I'm not a fan of Nike - and no reviews over there either.

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Is Woot an authorized seller? I bought an SQ DYMO2 with a STR8 fit shaft and it broke, but I had bought it from Dicks and they handled the repair for me. I am not sure if they have improved the STR8 fit hosel, but may be something to think about if you are on the fence.

Otherwise, this seems like a steal. Probably a better club choice for those who have played for a while rather than beginners.

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What is the flex on the shaft? 5.5 or 6.0?

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@treefiddy: If you click to purchase, you can see that there's a Stiff and Regular shaft flex for both the 9.5 and 10.5 loft choices.

EDIT:
S=Stiff=6.0

R=Regular=5.5

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I've been playing a ton of Golden Tee \ PGA Tour golf games (arcade game) since the Cigar Lounge got one last month, where would be the best place for a full set of clubs for a beginner player (200-300 dollars) (but wouldn't be embarrassing and could play with seasoned adults)?

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@jgmcgowan: I would honestly go to a place like roger dun or play it again sports. My first set of club I bought were knock offs of famous clubs. The quality isn't quite the same and they have no resale value. If you go to one of those places you could buy a nice used set of irons for a couple hundred bucks or less. A lot of the places will let you return the clubs with in the first week or two so if you didn't like them that covers you. Starting with non flex shafts will be easier for control to begin with. I don't think a new set of off brand clubs is better then getting a nice set used clubs that might be a few years old. There is also a website I purchased a driver from on special call gamesthatpeopleplay. They sell clearance items and have sales as well. The best thing is to just get out and play. You will figure out what you like later on.

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@jgmcgowan: I agree with @gregan on Play It Again Sports or any other used sports equipment store that carries a good selection of golf gear. My first set was from them and they lasted me 3 full seasons, playing at least 9 holes almost every day throughout these seasons. The seller was helpful in getting me started as I had no knowledge about any of it back then. Go to http://www.playitagainsports.com/locations and see if you can find a location near you.

Dick's Sporting Goods don't have any used equipment, but they have golf pros who can give you good tips about what clubs to buy as well. They also have machines that can look at your swing and tell you which sets of clubs will be better suited to you. It doesn't hurt to get some advice from the golf pros there at least, especially if you are starting out and don't know too much about the game.

Lastly, I must say that you should stay away from online retailers, there is too much fake clubs out there to need to take a chance with it.

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If you want a set of used clubs that you can sell or take back if you don't lke them the. I would suggest the certified preowned sites for most of the respected golf manufactures. I just bought a set from Callaway's preowned site for cheap and you can't beat the quality and price. I know that Taylormade has its own preowned site also. I wish I bought all of my clubs this way since it is cheap and their customer service is great and the product is under warranty through the manufacturer.

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I've bought plenty of clone clubs online. You just want to make sure they aren't knockoffs. The difference is the materials. Clone clubs are actually real clubs that have the same materials and the "same" technology of the big boys...they just don't pay Tiger a trillion dollars so they can sell a complete set of clubs for $300 bucks instead of $1000. You can even adjust lie and lofts if you get your swing tested. My golf snob buddies have used them and love them but can openly admit to me they'd never buy anything but a major brand...they are brand snobs for clubs...to each their own.

The sites I've ordered from and been thoroughly impressed and happy with for years:

gigagolf.com
pinemeadowgolf.com
hirekogolf.com

Go get fitted, then find comparable clones, pimp out the grips and shafts, you'll be so happy you did.

It's literally like buying a generic drug except you capitalize on the R&D a lot sooner.

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There are never any deals for us left handers .....

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My father has been playing golf for about 13 years now. Would this make a good gift for him? He plays golf just about every Sunday and watches golf religiously. I have no knowledge on golf and golf equipment... Thanks! :)

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Great deal! Was on the 2011 Golf Digest Hotlist, and on most other sites is selling for at least $229. Great reviews on all sites I have visited

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Just ordered one. Can't beat the price here on Woot! as usual. Looks like it does not come with the adjustment wrench though, which is annoying.

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@sebass: +1 for clone clubs. I am a second year golfer and am lucky to break 100 on a par 75. As such, clone clubs have been fine for me thusfar. They are better than the really cheap clubs you would find at MC Sport, but they don't quite compare with the real deal. I would recommend for a beginner golfer especially if you are unsure if you will get serious about the sport. I purchased used cleveland irons. I would recommend picking up a set of used irons vs clones, but you would probably be fine either way. I purchased a driver, 3 wood, 4 hybrid, putter, and bag from pinemeadowgolf for $250. They held up fine for 10 drunken rounds of golf and about 20 visits to the driving range (where I discovered it is possible to hit a ball backwards onto a beemer's roof.

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@jgmcgowan: I bought a used set of nice clubs from Las Vegas Golf. As others have suggested, I would definitely consider used clubs as your first set. Craigslist, Roger Dunn, Las Vegas Golf, etc

When I was in your position I went with Titleist 990s for irons(I paid about $200), which are not terribly forgiving irons, but they allow you to control the ball fairly well. I don't have a great handicap(15 or so), but I like the irons because they force me to work on my mechanics in order to strike the ball well, rather than some of the more popular clubs that compensate for poor swings and poor contact(I'd rather do it right and get a worse score than do it wrong for a better score).

As far as woods, I'd probably avoid a driver at first. Go with a 3 or a 5 wood, easier to control and strike while you're learning your swing. I purchased a Callaway Big Bertha Warbird 3 that still is my favorite wood today(like $25 on ebay). Still haven't found a driver I've liked after 10 years

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Wow...no stiff shaft jokes? Is it too early on a Monday?

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@carrollton: And Suzann PettersEn, not PettersOn. Sports knowledge is obviously not a strong suit of the Woot! staff.

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It seems they are out of the Regular shaft with the 10.5 loft. A shame for me.

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@kxl77: You want to find out whether he likes the 9.5 or 10.5 degree driver and which stiffness for the shaft he likes. This sale doesn't offer all ranges of club shafts to cover all swing speeds. There are XS(extra stiff)/Strong shafts for people who swing faster than what the Stiff shaft is ideal for, and there is also a Senior shaft that's more bendy than Regular to accommodate slower swing speeds. It would be a great gift if get the right combination for him, definitely. This is a wonderful club.

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@mkutrik: I have always been a big believer of "the stiffer the shaft, the better" (yeah, yeah, shut up). Unless you have extremely slow club head speed, a stiff shaft is better suited for your game. During a swing, the last thing you need to worry about is the club head twisting and turning because the shaft is too soft to hold it. It was Greg Norman or Jack Nicklaus who said golfers should always used the stiffest shaft they can handle.

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@sebass: Except a generic drug has its patent expire. So, yea, it literally is just like waiting 15 or so years--after approval--to get the generic. You can call it a clone, but it is a counterfeit.

Edit: You seem to be using the terms clone and knockoff interchangeably. My apologies. At least the one site you listed, the clubs, albeit looking the same, were not branded as such. Those are just knockoffs. Or "clones". I just caution people buying counterfeit clubs. They look the part, but they won't play the same, and when they do fail, you get no customer support since the company didn't actually make them.

Counterfeits in the golf industry is a huge problem. I am guessing at least a handful of the Scotty Cameron's you see on the course are not genuine. Whenever the value of the brand exceeds the value of the club itself (see price premium on Cameron's vs Ping Anser/Bettinardi) you need to be really aware of fakes.

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@vtchuck2000: Actually, you should only move in to a Stiff Flex when your club speed reaches 100 mph or higher. Most guys think they're a stiff flex when in reality they're a Regular flex. Everyone thinks that they're fast enough to handle the stiff, but if your club head speed isn't around that range at least, a regular flex would help your game compared to the stiff.

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On the stiff v regular shaft, I think it depends on where your misses are. If you are slicing and hooking all over the place, a regular shaft will add a few yards, sure, but it is going to add a lot more of sideways yardage as well.

If your club face is generally squared through impact, then yes, you want the snappiest shaft for your swing speed (that ends up squared on impact). But, if you are just swinging the hell out of the club, that inside-out clubface strike is going to be even more exaggerated with a regular shaft.

Stiff shafts, in general, mean more accuracy, less distance. Anyone who is debating if they need the "added distance" should first look at their accuracy. If they spray balls all over the course, then the driver isn't going to matter much. If you still plan on getting a new one, get one that hits the most fairways. To hell with the distance. I have above a 100 mph driver swing, but not by much. I hit the ball further with an R, but S is where it is at. Accuracy.

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Thanks for the advice. I haven't played in years, but I used to have a decent swing. I used to play with stiffer shafts, but since I've been out of practice, I thought the flex might be better. I might try a few flexible and stiff shafts the next time I'm at Dick's (no, I didn't set that up).

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So many ill-informed comments about golf here.

If you're looking for a decent background of golf knowledge, hit up www.golfwrx.com or www.puttertalk.com

I'm only a 7.5 index right now (so, not a golf god) but I can definitely tell you that there is no "rule-of-thumb" when it comes to fitting a shaft to someone's swing. The way that a 95mph swinger with a quick tempo loads a shaft compared to a 105mph swinger with a smooth tempo is night and day. The smooth swinger might fit into a stiff (depending on shaft brand, as well) and the quick transition player might need an extra-stiff.

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@yoshiod9: Yea, lots of bad golf information. No, I am not going to address a single comment that is bad. Nor, try to refute it with "reputable" comments, so just visit websites I get click-throughs at: youaregullible.com.

If you really are under a 10 handicap. Tell us how you got there (short game, etc. You know, stuff that isn't all that welcome in a driver thread) or tell us how the flex and torque on your club benefits your specific swing profile and speed.

Furthermore, since you are so knowledgeable, why don't you give your recommendations. Since, you know, I added a disclaimer that "in general" before my advice. At least, link the site's links to the club in question.

I have a great idea of how you roll: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LxB6DJGx3T0

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@jgmcgowan: I got a set of custom irons from GigaGolf in 2009. It was great because I am too tall for standard clubs, so I was able to adjust the shaft length and angle of the heads for my size. Before this I was using a generic set from Big 5, but after I got these, I noticed a dramatic improvement in my game. There are many different options available. I recommend them.

Here is what I got:
GigaGolf - GX920 High Launch

Quantity: 1

Price: $222.40

3 thru PW (RH)

grip:

Lamkin - Perma-Wrap

grip size:

Midsize

shaft:

UST - HDX 80 Graphite

shaft flex:

R Flex

length adjustment:

Men's Standard 0.5

lie:

2

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@keithnowak7: First off, I have no idea what click-throughs are. Second, I am a 7.5 index-- I got there through hard practice (shots between 0 and 150 yards are absolute MUST DOs) and a lot of short game work. Once you get a decent swing, I'd recommend getting fit for your clubs (length, lie, shafts, etc.).

I currently play a tour-issued Taylormade R9 head with an Aldila RIP alpha Stiff 70grams, 2.7 torque rating. I tend to hit a high-spin, high-launch shot with my driver. Therefore, purchasing a low-spin head (R9 tour head that's been hotmelted) paired with a low-spin shaft helps my game immensely.

As for my recommendations, depending on your handicap, there are a lot of great clubs out there. I would try the new RAZR Fit, the new R11s (not as long as last year's model no matter how much marketing TM puts behind the R11s), and, my favorite of this year's clubs, Ping's i20. Great, great club even with the stock shafts.

Keith, fair enough answer for you?

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9.5 regular no longer available.

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@jgmcgowan: I agree with some of the other posters here. I personally got a decent set on Craigslist for about $75 just to see if I liked it. I ended up selling them for about the same price the next season as I didn't care too much to play. I think you should see about some used clubs before plopping down money especially since I think a lot of the gear is really overpriced.

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Shipping Update

Nike VR STR8-FIT Pro Tour Driver has completely shipped via FEDEX SMART POST. All tracking will be emailed by the end of the day to members who purchased this item. If you would like to find your tracking information sooner, please click the following link and use your ORDER NUMBER as the reference number.

https://www.fedex.com/AltRefTracking?cntry_code=us

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Just got back from the range with my new driver. Unfortunately, my club is now in two pieces. On my 9th or 10th swing the club head went about 30 yards.

Piece of crap.

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Just got mine today. Comes with headcover and adjustment wrench. Can't wait to try it!

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@crujones3: I just got back from the driving range as well... and my driver is in 2 pieces.

I was hitting the club great and out of nowhere the club head snapped off as I struck the ball. Are you planning to contact Nike to get a replacement?

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Are a lot of people who purchased this club through woot having the club head snap off?

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I'm wondering - to those who had the head snap off: did you torque the hozel fully before you went to the range? I noted when I got the club that the hozel wasn't fully tightened down (according to the wrench), so if you took the club out of the box and went straight to the range, it was somewhat likely to snap off...

Or had you fully tightened it (until the wrench lit up and made a noise) and yet it still snapped off?

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@bahudspeth: Used mine at the driving range and out for round and it was fine, but like you said, I would check the tightness every time before you go out. The instructions say if the club head is loose, the club will break.

FYI, the club is great, amazing forgiveness even if you don't hit it perfectly

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@estuart: I also just went to the range, checked the tightness on both this and the moofi STR8-FIT 3 wood that was on the same day and both were fine (about 25-30 shots per club).

I agree - both were amazingly forgiving and worlds better than the clubs they were replacing!

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I finally hit the club for the first time and.... snap. Same issue as everyone else (at the hosel). Has anyone had any luck with Nike getting a replacement or repair?

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@jigz23: Are people making sure the head is tight before using. I have used it multiple times at the range and on the course, and it works fine. I always make sure it is tightened properly before I use it for the day.

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I took it to the range. After few hits, the adjustment sleeve on the Shaft came off and it is running loose on the shaft. Did anyone had the same issue? The shaft seems to be intact in the head. But just the sleeve came off.

I am new to Woot.
Did anyone contact Nike or Woot for a return\replacment for any of their issues with this driver? Like to know their experience.

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@attingal: I had the same issue, the sleeve came loose, then the head came loose. I contacted Nike and they offered to fix the club with no trouble (apart from shipping costs)

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@estuart: I tightened it correctly, the light and sound came on on the wrench. And Like attingal the sleeve came loose first then the shaft cracked at the hosel. Thankfully Nike is being nice about it and is fixing the club for me.