Are you clubbing yourself correctly?
Special to the Tribune
As a golf instructor and coach, I’m constantly noticing that students are not posting the kind of low scores that I know their game is capable of. When I finally get them on the course for some instruction, one of the most noticeable areas for improvement is their club selection.
The most common situation I see is that the student is capable of hitting his or her 7-iron 160 yards, but actually averages about 154. If this student hits a 7-iron when they are 159 yards from a front pin, the shot will miss the green seven out of 10 times — not only resulting in a missed green, but a short-sided miss as well.
Had this student hit a 6-iron instead, the normal shot would put him/her on the green, and any miss resulting in a loss of distance would be next to the pin.
Ask yourself, “Am I more likely to make a 20-foot putt, or be able to pitch the ball in when short-sided?”
But what about the reverse situation when the pin is in the back of the green at 159 yards? In this situation, hit the 7-iron. Only three of 10 might reach the pin, but the other seven have a good chance at being on the green, leaving a 20-foot birdie putt.
In any round, do you tend to be short, long, or pin-high most often?
If you look at the normal range you hit any of your clubs, you should be putting as many of those shots on the green as possible.
Don’t require your best shot to get a good result all the time. By playing your averages, I’m sure you will see lower scores.
Don’t know your averages? With the new FlightScope Launch Monitor at the Championship Course in Incline Village, there is now a great opportunity to schedule a lesson and find the mean distance you are hitting your current club set so that you can plan appropriately on the course.
This technology can also help isolate any gaps that your current set might have that can create difficult club selections.
Scott Schuster is the Teaching Professional for the Incline Village Golf Courses. Contact him at the Championship Course by calling 775-832-1275 or emailing email@example.com.
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