Miscellaneous - Club Selection
During an everyday game of golf, one
should always focus on which club is the most appropriate
given the specific situation. There are seldom two identical
shots during a golfer's career, however, a golfer is
permitted to carry only fourteen clubs his/her golf
First of all, you as a golfer must learn
which clubs go what distances and which clubs will react
differently given the location of the ball on the course.
Sometimes the ball will be in the rough, sometimes not.
Sand comes into play often as does uneven turf.
Perhaps the most important aspect in club
selection is to choose the club which will go the appropriate
distance. This begs the question, "which club goes
what distance". To answer this question is simple,
although seldom is the answer what the inquirer expected
or even hoped for.
I answer my students when they ask this
question as follows:
"I can give 100 golfers the exact same golf club
and have them hit a ball. The result will be 100 different
distances, some drastically different some very similar.
The single most important factor in determining a given
club's distance is the player swinging it. Therefore,
a golfer must take time to learn what clubs go what
distances for them. As well, it is important
to learn how far each club causes the ball to fly in
the air and how far it will role after returning to
terra firma. Only then will a golfer know what club
is capable of what distance and then apply that knowledge
when placed out on the golf course."
The only way you can learn the things that you need
to about how far the ball will travel (total distance,
flight, roll, etc.) when struck by any particular club
is (unfortunately) to practice, practice practice.