But he decided to take the plunge and shell out £330 (including tax, delivery and import duty) for the irons to replace the ‘Ram beginners clubs’ he’d been using since taking up the game two years ago. And Dan, who works in IT for the Caravan Club, hasn’t regretted it for a minute.
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Commented Dan: "Where the Rams were a solid enough performer and did what it said on the tin, the Mizunos give me that extra feedback and confidence to pull off the shot I’m trying to achieve. My handicap has shrunk by three shots since buying the irons two months ago and a fair chunk of that can be attributed to the MX-23s."
David Nunn (38) from Tunbridge Wells told us about the Ping Specify putter he bought for £50, which he described as ‘a bargain, if you’re prepared to shop around’.
"I have now found the perfect putter for my style," he says. "It has a flat top hosel for a toe heavy balance, an Ally back for alignment and, most important for me, a blue coloured back weight. This combination gives me the feel I want and I now I can judge the correct weight for each putt."
"I found this Callaway HX Tour 56 and decided to use it. It turned out to be the best I’ve ever played," said James who has joined Copthorne Golf Club and hopes to quickly achieve handicap below its current 25-28 status.
"the Callaway ball gave me an extra 30 yards on my drives and spins nicely. It’s fantastic and better than the Pro V1, though at £40 a dozen I couldn't afford to buy them."
You could if you sold one of your paintings, James!
Why Dan's a winning Mizuno man!