Do you know how far you hit each of your clubs? In the last game you played how many times was your ball past the flag?
The majority of club golfers will answer ‘not sure’ and ‘not often’. One of the most common errors club golfers make is not hitting enough club, which is just one of the many areas where the top professionals differ greatly from their amateur counterparts.
When Greg Norman was at his prime he would talk of hitting the ball one foot long or short of his desired yardage when he had struck the ball correctly, and most golfers have heard the infamous story about Bernhard Langer asking whether the yardage another player had just given him during a practice round was from the front or the back of the sprinkler head!
Knowing how far you hit each club is vital in order to be able select the correct one and give yourself more putts for birdies or pars.
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 40 balls of the same type and condition if possible and then hit them all with the chosen club in as similar a direction as possible. 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.
If you don’t own a GPS or a range finder pace out from where you were hitting to the middle of the group of balls and 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 also fly.
With this improved knowledge it is then advisable when playing to select a club that when struck correctly will fly the yardage for the back of the green.