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Date Posted: 06:01:10 11/22/15 Sun
Author: James (Schwartz)
Subject: Finally!

My Nova Hybrids, a 55th birthday gift to myself, arrived last week. I played them for the first time yesterday, a crisp but sunny New England Saturday. I'm throwing away the shipping box today. These are keepers.

Since taking up the game three years ago, I've never been so equally loved and hated a game. Despite playing at least twice a week and hitting thousands of range balls, I am stuck above 100. One of my struggles is that I just can not get the hang of hitting down on the ball.

I felt validated when I happened across the Nova Hybrid web site, with its explanation of sweeping hybrid irons. I'll always be a sweeper. But Nova explained that sweeping is OK, as long as the clubs are designed for it.

So what happened out there yesterday? In two words: finally, success.

I left my driver, 3 wood and SW at home, bringing only the 3-PW Nova Hybrids and putter. I reached the first 2 greens in regulation and started with a par and bogey.

Then I decayed a bit for the next few holes, alternating stunningly great and horrible shots. But the thins and chunks had nothing to do with the clubs. Instead, I fell into "Golf Course Syndrome." For those unfamiliar with the term, don't worry, I made it up. Any or all of three things cause Golf Course Syndrome: 1) forgetting to focus on fundamentals after a few good shots, also called, I got this syndrome; 2) raising the head early, and with it the entire body and club's relationship to the ball, from inability to resist watching the ball flight; or 3) succumbing to the long distances, leading to over swinging.

I then spent a few more holes wondering where the breakdown was coming from (as if I shouldn't see it immediately by now). But I brought it back once I recognized that initial success led to neglecting a still head, spine angle maintenance through the follow through and easy swinging. At that point the clubs started working again. I had consistency like never before through the last few holes. I got a glimpse of why good players have fun through an entire round.

These are great clubs for teaching an old dog the new trick of hitting a golf ball. My advice - don't bother with learning eight different swing planes, spine angles and ball positions when one will do very nicely. I like to joke that my attitude toward my golf skills is similar to Ted Williams who famously said, "As a hitter, I'm at my best when I only fail two times out of three." With these Novas, I anticipate retiring that joke.

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