How to Select the Right Golf Club
Keep in mind that what works for one person may not work as well for another person. And to muddy it even more,
the club selection that works for you one day may not work as well the next day - even if you find yourself
standing on the same spot, on the same course.
Every golfer is allowed fourteen clubs in the bag, but how each of those clubs will perform will change with the
person using it and with the conditions it is being used in.
If you are new to
golf, or if you are having a hard time with club selection, go back to this basic task: determine your base
line for each club.
The first step to determining your base line is to go to the driving range on a clear, calm day. If you need to
do so, take a notepad with you to jot down your results. Start with your short irons and hit 10-15 balls with each
What you want to do is get an average distance result for each club. Do not count any wild, crazy shots; just
count the ones that are solidly hit. If you cannot get an accurate distance result at your range, do this where you
can pace off the distance by foot. It is very important that you know your average distance for each club under
ideal weather conditions.
Once you know the average distance for each club, you can begin to customize your club selection skills. You do
this by varying the conditions you are playing in or by pretending that the conditions have changed.
For example, one of the most common weather issues golfers will often face is wind. A windy day can throw off
anyone's game if they're not ready for it. The key to playing in the wind is to keep the ball low. But you still
want some distance, right? The trick is to learn how to play your less-lofted clubs as your "wind clubs".
The best time to learn how to play your "wind clubs" is before you need them! Again, a trip to the practice
range is in order. You pretend that you are playing on a windy day and strive to keep the ball low, while varying
the distance. This often requires a shorter backswing or choking down on the shaft a bit.
This is also a great time to get in some practice with your fairway woods. Many golfers tend to shy away from
their fairway woods. This can cost the player several strokes during the course of a round of golf. On windy days,
using a fairway wood off the tee is often the best option.
and chipping require skill in club selection as well. The only way to master your selection skills for pitching and
chipping is to get out there and put yourself into a variety of shot conditions. Most players never take the time
to practice the "real life" shots.
Find a spot where the ball is below your feet and practice that type of shot with a variety of clubs. Then, find
a spot where the ball is above your feet and repeat the process. Toss your ball into the rough and then go in after
it. Pay attention to how each club you practice with reacts to each of these difficult shots.
To master your club selection skills, you have to practice under ideal conditions to get a base level for each
club, and then you need to practice under various "difficult" conditions to learn how each club will behave.
Remember that in order to select the best golf club, it is important that you train your mind for the best golf
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