When you don't know your sand wedge from your pitching wedge, the last thing you want to do is walk into a high-end golf boutique, bluff your way though a conversation about your handicap and leave with a cartful of junk you don't even like and will never use. Helpful yet utterly lacking pretension, Dick's Sporting Goods is where you need to be. They've made the notoriously maddening game of golf easy: Find training aids, complete sets of clubs (down to the bag and club-head covers), walls of shoes and less-expensive apparel lines such as Walter Hagen everything that will get the job done without spending a bunch of green. Dick's offers all the technology and hands-on service you'd find at private, higher-end clubs, as well as a staff PGA-certified golf professional (ask for Rex at West County Center). The store's virtual golf shop is equally impressive: You can do everything online, including trading in your used clubs, and free shipping's available on some items.
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