Golf Liquidators

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scomac
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Golf Liquidators

I don't know whether any of you have tried this sort of outlet for equipment, but it could be worth a try for good quality stuff on the cheap.  I have a couple in the area.  One does shows periodically at a local hotel while the other works out of a bricks and mortar store in a light industrial complex not far from where I live.

Like thrift shops, you have to be willing to check in from time-to-time as investory is constantly changing.  Fortunately I have a friend at the club I work at who is always on the lookout for something new and will be quick to show me his latest treasures.

I went to the bricks and mortar store today (after being given the heads up) and found a whole heap of new inventory on hand.  They had a fairly large lot of Taylormade and Adams woods and rescues, both new in plastic and lightly used demos.  I came home with a TM SLDR Rescue 4 with a Fujikura Speeder shaft that had been barely hit for $50 amongst some other soft goods that I had gone to look at in the first place.

I gave it a hit when I got home and was getting consistent results on the half dozen swings I made.  It was tailing off to the right pretty good so I may need to make an adjustment with the hosel, but other than that, it seems like a reasonable punt for the money extended.  If it doesn't work out to my liking, then  I can move it in the spring and perhaps even make a bit of a profit.

Today was the first time that I've gone into either of these outlets and come out with anything of significance, but it just goes to show you that if you persist you can be rewarded.  I know that it's a trial and error approach to equipment, but when you see what they are charging for custom ordered gear from a fitting it's hard to see how you can go far wrong with this approach if you have a half of an idea what might work and what might not.

DON
Good find, I hope that clubs

Good find, I hope that clubs works out for you in the long term. I might have to check to see if I have one of those stores in my area. NOT that I need any more clubs as I've got more than I will ever use already. 

Don

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Scott Rushing
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Sco,   What weight shaft is

Sco,   What weight shaft is in it?  I owned some SLDR gear for a short time but found they had heavier gram shafts in them which I didn't tend to like.  But yes, like Don says, hopefully it'll keep working for oyu.

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DON
Scott; HOw much time did you

Scott; HOw much time did you give that driver with the heavier shaft? Did you give it enough time to get used to the heavier wieght in the shaft? I happen to like a heavier shaft in my driver, around 75 grams in fact. But I do know that some goflers will have to get a feel for the club before they learn to like that heavy of a shaft. I've been using 75 gram shafts for years now. and today I have the same issue with the lighter shafts, they just don't work well for me. Mostly due to the lighter weight and how it effects my swing. I think I could get used to a lighter shaft if I used one enough, but a heavier shaft smooths out my swing so it works fine with my type of swing.  

Don

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scomac
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Scott;

Scott;

The hybrid has an 82 gm shaft in it.  It seems to blend in with my other woods pretty well, but they aren't new and have heavier shafts as well -- 65 in driver and 80 in FW.  Blends in OK with 100 gm steel shafts in irons too.

I have another TM hybrid, the '09 Rescue in 25°, but the shaft in it is only 60 gm which for me is really too light.

FWIW I adjusted the SLDR hosel to the upright lie angle and that was just what the doctor ordered.  It's not obvious that you can do that, but the CSR at TM told me how to do it.  I hit one ~200 yd off the tee after I changed it!

Scott Rushing
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Well I've used shafts in the

Well I've used shafts in the driver and hybrids .. it's possible that giving them more time could have paid off but I used the driver about 4 rounds and never felt I could count on what was happening.  I probably gave the hybrid more like 3 rounds and again, just had a hard hard time getting balls to finish in the fairway.  With my normal hybrids doing well, I was just testing it for more distance or more control and at that time was getting none of those.  So I didn't put any more time into it..Maybe I should have but it didn't seem worthwhile given I didn't have those problems with other clubs with lighter shafts

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DON
Scott;  When I asked you

Scott;  When I asked you about giving the heavier shaft some time to get used to it, I was really asking about RANGE time, not playing on the course. It might take a large bucket of range balls to get used to the driver with the heavy shaft. On the course, you only get to hit a driver half a dozen times or so depending on the hole layout, so that's not reallly a lot of balls being hit. The best place to get used to any club is on the driving range where you can hit a hundred ball or more with the club to get used to the heavier weight shaft. OUt on the course, you might hit ONE ball with the new driver and than it's most likely 10 minutes or more before you hit that club again, if not a lot more time. It's hard to get used to the heavier shaft that way. I would think that it would take at least a small bucket of range balls hit with a new driver to get used to the new club with a heavier shaft. 

Don

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Scott Rushing
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Gotcha Don.   I'm sure I didn

Gotcha Don.   I'm sure I didn't hit an entire bucket with either of them. It's possible I could have eventually gotten used to the shaft and how I needed to change my swing to get it to work..I just didn't think that was wise for me.  To be fair I could have given it more time and tried to see if that work would have paid dividends, but I reverted back to a lighter shaft and things got more consistent.  Maybe sometime I'll try it again, especially after I get my swing change more automatic, but the dificulty was noticable enough that I just switched back. 

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DON
With cooler weather coming in

With cooler weather coming in you have plaenty of time to work on trying out the heaver shaft in a driver and hitting more balls to see if it will workout for you with practice. Spring is a long ways aways at this time of year. 

Don

Putting is easy if you have the Right Putter.

scomac
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DON;

DON;

Just because a heavier shaft works for you, that doesn't mean it's the right choice for everyone.  Scott was getting better results with the lighter shaft so the choice seems fairly self evident to me.

One thing about the SLDR product is that it is very dependent upon being correctly set to get the best results.  I remember hitting the SLDR driver a number of years ago and it was terrible!  Nothing but low left hooks that were 50 yards behind the other drivers I was testing at the time.  The sales person that was helping me that day made no effort to adjust anything on that driver that day.  I was actually shocked that it was as bad as it was because I had heard from others that they were gaining 25 yards with that driver once it was optimally adjusted.

DON
I would agree with you

I would agree with you Sco IF Scott had hit the heaver shaft club for a lot more than 2 or 3 rounds where he may have hit the club 9 ro 10 times at the most. Fact is it takes more than a few swings spread out over a 4 to 5 hour round to determine what long terms effect a lighter or heavier shaft will have on one's game. And it's not just ME that benefits from a heaver shaft in the driver. Most of the men on the PGA Tour play with a driver shaft that weighs around 75 grams. which is way more than the current norm of 45 to 55 gram shafts that come standard it todays drivers. Same thing can be said fot the men on the Champiionship Tour. They may be old men but a heavier shaft still works best for them. Bottom line is that I'm saying it would be worth the time to hit the heavier shaft driver for a few days at the driving range or on a good launch monitor to give it a chance and see what happens. Worst thing that could happen is that he doesn't like the results and he goes back to his normal weight shaft with the added confidence that he's playing the right weight shaft for him. 

 

Don

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Scott Rushing
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At this point I don't have

At this point I don't have any of the SLDR gear anymore.  I still have the shaft which came in the BB Alpha 815 I bought 2 years ago but it's the standard length and I've gone to using an inch shorter shaft.  So probably won't fuss too much with switching that out.  My plan for the off-season is working on the consistency of the swing, my new grip and proper wrist position.  

 I have been thinking about looking at some used driver heads (Callaway) that fit on the shaft I have, so may look for a deal and something for Christmas. 

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