A bad chain of events led to a costly Saturday. Got woken up at 7am by some guy tuning his dirt bike for the Dew Tour. Couldn't go back to sleep so headed out to play golf. Gave the guy in the proshop my number then went to the range to hit some balls and practice chipping.
An hour pass and I get a call from the proshop. "We got a spot for you, 9:40. It's 9:39, come now." WTF. Normally they give you a 10-15 minutes notice, allowing you time to pay, check-in with the starter, etc. Ran to the proshop, ran to the 1st tee. Completely out of breathe, out of rhythm. Front nine was meh.
At the turn I stopped by the snack shop to get a sandwich and drink. Took forever. The kid in front of us couldn't decide on which panini (ham or turkey). The cashier was oblivious to our situation--we needed to tee off--and kept dealing with the kid's panini when all we wanted were some pre-made sandwiches. So now we're hurrying to the 10th tee and I'm out of sync again. Back nine was just awful, downright embarassing.
I've had plenty of bad rounds, but today, something was different. Between the lack of sleep, rushing to the 1st tee, the delay at the turn and poor play, I was really annoyed and frustrated. Normally I try to see the positives in a bad round--things I did well, things I learned, improvements. But today there was none of that. I was just angry.
Anger quickly turned to depression. And when I'm depressed, I do stupid things to cheer myself up. I went to the local GolfMart and bought some new irons--because surely it was the equipment's fault that I played like crap.
I've been playing the 2009 TaylorMade Burner irons for almost 3 years now (got them December 2009). Early in the year I was tempted to get the 2012 Titleist AP1 but couldn't justify new irons when my swing was so bad. My swing is bad as ever, but when you're depressed, you do stupid things. Hit a few balls with a demo club, shanked about half of them. But fuck it, wrap them up anyways.
The AP1s look much better than the Burners, if you prefer a more understated look. The AP1's soles are narrower and they have less offset. It could just be mental, but I think the offset in the Burners were hurting me because I end up shutting the face too much.
Stop by the range to hit a small bucket. 7-iron through 4-iron I felt I hit the AP1s a lot better than the Burners. Gap wedge through 8-iron I think the Burners have a slight edge. But honestly, who knows. One, my swing is still too inconsistent. Two, hitting off mats at the range means very little. I was so dialed in with the 4-iron but I know that one the course I'd be lucky to hit 33% of my 4-irons well.
Expensive day. All because of the dirt bike guy waking me up.