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Revolving clubs on the golf course

Karl Herchenroeder
The Aspen Times

Until about three weeks ago, I was playing with a set of irons from the late 1980s, a set my 39-year-old brother used when he was in high school. I've always told myself it's the Indian, not the arrow, so it never occurred to me that an upgrade might help my game.

But thanks to a chance run-in with another golfer at the Aspen Golf Club, I replaced my Tommy Armour 845s with a newer set of clubs.

"I don't mean to rag on your equipment," the guy told me, "but I've got a set of Ping G2s that are just gathering dust in the garage."

Though the clubs are about 8 years old, that's about three times younger than the 845s, and the difference was immediate. I started hitting the ball 10 to 15 yards longer, and my bad swings became more forgiving and less likely to cause an aneurysm.

When I get out for 18 holes, my goal is to break 80, which I only did once or twice this summer with the Tommy Armours. My first two rounds with the G2s I posted 79 and 76.

Along the way, Aspen's head professional, David DiMartino, found out I had been playing Tommy Armours and said, "If I had known, I would've kicked you off the course."

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Unfortunately, my newfound consistency with the G2s was short-lived, as the first two rounds were followed by a 93 and a driver snapped in half. It happened right after I made a double or triple on Hole 8 at the Aspen Golf Club. I took my driver our of my bag on the way to the ninth tee and began slamming it on the ground, thinking to myself, "This is how you break a driver." Sure enough the club snapped in half, each open end of the shaft exploding like a clogged gun barrel.

"I know this is going to require a lot of trust on your end," I said to a friend in my group, "but can I borrow your driver?"

He handed it over sheepishly, saying he was about to offer his driver. After each one of my tee shots, he made sure to grab it back quickly, and I don't blame him. Things didn't get any better on the back nine.

I don't intend to end the season on such a shameful display, although if I want to break 80 again before ski season, I'll need to do it with a 3-wood.

herk@aspentimes.com