One of the areas where top professionals differ greatly from club golfers is knowing exactly how far they hit each club. Not only that but the gaps between each iron are very consistent.
If you are having trouble getting that perfect gap between your clubs, the first thing to do is have them checked by a PGA Professional to ensure the lofts are correct.
Each iron should have about four-degrees difference between the lofts, which equates to approx. 10-15 yards.
With this done a simple method to get a better appreciation of how far you carry each club is to find out how far you hit one.
Using a six or a seven-iron select 30-40 balls, ideally of the same type and condition.
It is advisable to try and do this when you are hitting the ball well and in conditions that are not excessive in either wind or temperature.
Once all the balls have been hit a group should have formed.
If you don’t own a GPS or range finder, pace out from where you were hitting to the middle of the group, this will give you and indication of how far you carry that club.
If you then add or subtract 12 yards for each subsequent club you shouldn’t be too far away with how far they will fly.
With this improved knowledge it is then advisable to select a club that when struck correctly will carry the yardage to the back of the green.
In theory even if you strike it perfectly you will only be at the back of the green!