It goes without saying that, distance control starts with selecting the right club and thereafter swinging it well in a rhythmic fashion.
Imagine a scenario, You’re in the middle of the fairway, 150 yards from the flagstick. Probably a “Perfect 7-iron,” you say to yourself, after which you promptly take the club and find the golf ball over the pin and over the green. What happened? From a middle of the fairway ,you have gone into a tough spot .Most likely, It is possible that you only gave yourself a fraction of the data input you needed to select the right club for the shot at hand.
Producing the correct distance for a given shot on the golf course requires more than a passing glance at the yardage posted on the nearest sprinkler head or a marker.
Part of playing good golf is knowing how to factor in the pin placement, the lie, elevation changes, course conditions and the wind to select the right club to knock it stiff on the flag. Even if conditions are benign, we’re often simply “between clubs” and, therefore, you still need to know either how to add or subtract a few yards to reach the target.
Considering all possible factors to control the overall distance of a shot gives you confidence over the ball and executing shots under pressure is easier when confidence runs high. Let us talk about few scenarios :
👉📍 NORMAL CONDITIONS : – There are other factors that may contribute to your decision to take one less club or choose one more when you’re stuck in the middle. Here’s a list of circumstances that may help push you in one direction or another so you can pull off the shot. Let me give you the check list of certain usual situations encountered in the goals.
📍Conditions That Favor Using One Less Club: ⬇️
1 No obstacle to carry in front of the green.
2 The flagstick is toward the front of the green.
3 You’re downwind, or face other course/weather conditions listed above that require less club.
4 You always play with a little power in reserve and can call up a little extra zip when you need it.
5 You’re a more skilled golfer, hit the ball solid most of the time and have the ability to shape or curve shots when necessary.
6 You’re coming down the stretch in contention with adrenaline pumping.
📍Conditions That Favor Using One More Club:- ⬇️
1 The trouble is short of the green and a shot that flies farther wouldn’t jeopardize a good score as much as one that pulls up short.
2 The flagstick is toward the back of the green and the hole layout will accept a shot that comes in low and running.
3 You’re hitting into the wind or have other course/weather conditions that require more club.
4 You’re a swinger with a smooth, even tempo.
5 You’re a lesser-skilled golfer who tends to come up short of the green in many cases.
📍Trisect The Green : ⬇️
On all holes, the flagstick location will either be in the front, middle or back portion of the green. The average green is about 30 yards deep, and golf clubs are designed with lofts that produce roughly a 10-yard difference between clubs. That means that there are up to three club possibilities from one position in the fairway, depending on the flagstick location.
The first order of business is to determine the yardage to the flag, not merely to the middle of the green. For example, the sprinkler head right next to your ball indicates you have 150 yards to the middle of the green, but the flagstick is in the back third of the green. If you normally hit a 7-iron a total of 150 yards, then you should choose a 6-iron.
📍Practice Drill to hone the skill of making correct distance calls : ⬇️
To sharpen your distance control from Tee to Green, it’s important to establish just how far you hit each of your clubs under normal conditions—or when there’s little or no wind, the course is dry and the lie is good and flat. Golf is an easier game if you know how far, on average, a particular club carries in the air and how far it rolls once it hits the ground. For example, a less-lofted iron (4- or 5-iron) will roll more than a wedge or 9-iron once it hits the green.
To determine the carry and roll distance of your clubs, plan to play a “practice” round during a nonpeak time on the course preferably early evening is a good time, where you can hit two or three shots with the same club into a green. Take a Notice where the pitch mark is on the green, then pace off the distance from the pitch mark to the ball and arrive at an average carry and roll. When you get to the next hole, choose a different club and take an average of two or three shots. Once you know how far the ball travels under normal conditions, you can begin to make well informed decisions about club selection under whatever conditions the course dishes out.
📌Note 📝 :- If a practice round of this type isn’t possible, make some notes during your rounds of carry/roll distances with your clubs, or enlist the help of a laser rangefinder.
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