The more shots that you have at your disposal the better equipped you will be to meet the many challenges that are continually thrown up during a round of golf.
Most amateurs are familiar with the classic chip and run, and many will use a particular club for the job -frequently a seven or eight-iron, but don’t be afraid to use longer irons in the same way.
How high the ball flies and how far it then runs can be easily adjusted without varying the swing, by simply choosing a different club and following these simple rules.
• Adopt your normal putting stance making allowances where required by going down the grip, especially with the longer irons like the 3-5
• Don’t be concerned if the heel of the club is in the air as this positions the shaft more vertical, just as it is on a putter
• From here simply make your putting stroke allowing the loft on the club to lift the ball
Through practice you will soon begin to know how far the ball runs when it lands. You will then be able to select an appropriate club depending on how far you have to hit the ball to get it onto the green, how high it has to fly and how much green there is to work with once the ball lands.
With up to nine irons in your bag, you will immediately have nine different shots to play with.