After a year or so of coaxing, my two good friends and co-workers have finally convinced me to take up golfing. That's all they seem to do in the summer and without being left out, I decided to give it a shot. They both seem to shoot consistently in the 80's with an occasional high 70 score... I went out and purchased a starter set of golf club from Golf Galaxy. They're made by Hippo. I got all of my irons, a 1-wood, 3-wood, and a 5-wood with a two-strap/stand up bad for $149. I don't know much about clubs yet but my buddies kinda steered me in that direction and are impressed with how far my dollar went. I also got a Wilson putter for $39. I've also gotten great deals on ebay with lots of name brand golf polo shirts, Nike and Titleist golf balls, a Nike Elite Feel golf glove and a bunch of tees. I'm pretty much all set except I'm lacking golf shoes. I'll be picking those up sometime next week. Anyway, my buddy has been meeting me at the gold range for the last couple of weeks or so. I'm hitting the ball okay and have been practicing my chipping and putting on my own. I do seem to have a slice but for now, I am just working on making good, clean contact with the golf ball. On my own, I've hits approx. 5 large buckets for golf balls within the last week or so. I have also been practicing my chipping and putting quite a bit, as well. Today was the day where the three of us went out together. We went to this Executive Par 3 course not far from me. I've been going to this same course and doing my practicing. I did have some ugly shots. Some *real* ugly shots. But I also have some really nice ones. Shots that made me feel comfortable and almost seemed effortless. I actually made par on one of the holes!! I was so excited!! I didn't do very good, overall though. I shot a 60. The course was a Par 30. :b Hahaha. My buddies seemed to think that's pretty good for my first time out but I've no idea. It seemed like I completely sucked. I can think of a handful of good shots that were decent. *shrug* It's an awesome game though and one that definitely takes a lot of practice and patience and perserverence. I like it though. I also had a blast with my buddies! The weather was perfect. 68 degrees. 5 mph winds out of the NW. There was a hardly a cloud in the sky. It'll definitely be a day I'll remember. I'm just 28 years old so I've got plenty of time for practicing... ...I'm so thristy for knowledge and practice right now. And short of Home Theater, it's the one other thing I've been obsessed with lately. Scott.