What do you do when you’re in-between clubs? Do you take more club and hit it easy, or do you take less stick and put a little heat on it?
This is a serious problem for most of us golfers, because it happens so often in a round. If you hit your 7-iron 140 yards and your 6-iron 150 yards, how do you play a 145- yard shot? A tour player under those circumstances would probably opt for the shorter club and hit it harder. If you’re like most amateurs, you probably do the same thin, with less success. The pro has the physical ability to put some strain on his swing without it falling apart. The weekend golfer may think he can, but he can’t.
Because of my size and weight (5-8 and 125 pounds), I have the same problem as the average golfer. But I know my physical limitations. If I have a shorter shot to the green – say, a 7-, 8-, or 9- iron – I’ll drop down a club on an in-between shot and pop the ball. But I know I’m not strong enough to do that on longer shots. If I’m between a 2- and 3-iron, for example, I’ll take the 2 iron and put a smooth swing on it.
The average golfer, especially as the shot gets longer, should opt for taking the longer club.
More is usually better for most of us.