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September 3, 2006

On and Off the Course: Changing equipment is not an easy choice

TERRE HAUTE — As most golfers do, I’ve been searching for some new golf equipment.

This is not an incessant need to spend money, or to keep up with the Joneses. I am not one to buy new equipment very often.

I don’t really like making changes, as is evidenced by the golf bag I’ve been using for more than 10 years. (If only those mice last winter had gotten to my bag instead of just a clip-on accessory, I might have shelled out for a new one.)

My search for new equipment only comes about because I feel I could be missing out on some of the new technology available that might help me with distance and consistency.

I don’t need all new equipment; my irons are fine, and I like my wedges. I have two 5-woods that I use, one of which would be hard to get me to part with. (Even though the head looks baby-sized in today’s world of woods, I’m very comfortable with that club and use it often.)

Just last year I replaced my old TaylorMade Burner Bubble 10.5 degree driver. It was a good club for me, but I tried a Nancy Lopez Torri 14 degree, and found that I hit it farther. I still carry a TaylorMade Burner Bubble 3-wood, which is ancient by golf equipment standards, and that’s the one I’m looking into the possibility of replacing. At one time I considered that 3-wood the most reliable club in my bag, so I’ve kind of been dragging my feet when the idea of replacing it comes up.

One of the golf magazines that I subscribe to, GolfWorld, has a section in it every week showing what’s in the bags of players who have won a tournament in that past week, including the ball they played.

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