Course Management – Club Selection Tips – Part 1

– So as an extension of the things we’ve talked about before
with club selection, I really think it’s a very important skill and something that a lot of
people are underdeveloped on is how far do they hit
each particular club? Lot of people have got a rough idea about, “I’ll drive the ball this far,” or “I hit my, my 150-yard club is a, is this particular club
or whatever it might be.” But really, as soon as
you develop a good enough and consistency of action to strike the ball on a regular basis, you should start to understand
how far you hit each particular club. One thing we have to be very
conscience of with most people when they’re measuring their yardages, is they tend to reflect their
better than average shots. So they’ll remember the time
that they hit their 6-iron 170-yards onto the back of the green, but they don’t necessarily
remember the fact that that shot might have been downwind, it might even been downhill. It was probably off a very good lie and it might’ve landed at
the front of the green, and rolled up to the
back and they’ll remember “Oh yeah, it goes 170 yards” and then they’ll always
try to hit their 6-iron 170 yards and more often than not, they will come up short. And a couple of key problems with that is that most golf course designers, most greenkeepers, most course managements- course managers, sorry, would put the danger, put the hazards, put the things in the
features that you have to play over towards the front of the green. If I’m a golf course designer, and I’m gonna spend 10,000
pound building a big lake, I’m not gonna put it in
the back of the green that nobody sees, I’m gonna put it right here
at the front of the green, I’m gonna dig the bunkers
into the front of the green, I’m gonna put the humps
and the hollows all at the front of the green, and most club golfers land the ball in exactly the wrong area, they land it in front of the green, in the neck of the green, in the narrow area. You as a golfer should now
start taking your relevant club that lands the ball beyond
the center of the green. Aiming for the center in
the back half of the green, is gonna drastically improve
your chances of making your, meaning that your not perfect
shots still land on the green and give you a good chance. So I would like you to think
about in the future the fact that if you hit the
absolutely perfect strike on your 7-iron and you really middle it, you should notice that
the ball doesn’t land directly next to the flag right in the center of the green, but if you absolutely
catch it perfectly well it would be better off
landing back up this area because you probably
don’t hit the perfect shot all the time. In fact the perfect shot
would land at the back, the average shot, the one
that isn’t quite dead out in the center of the golf club, the one that isn’t quite a
perfect lyer, a perfect swing. The average shot should be
the one that lands around the middle of the green. And then the not quite perfect, a bit scruffy, flow up into the
air, got caught by the wind, would still land on the
front edge of the green. We see too many people when
they hit that perfect shot, it lands at the front, their average shot lands off the green, and their ranked bad shot
lands 10 yards short, 20 yards short, it doesn’t even get near
clearing the pond at all, it always lands in the pond
or in the bunker at the front. So your perfect shots
should land past the flag, your average shots should land around the middle of the green and the flag, and your bad shots should land
on the green at the front. Have a go at trying to hit your
perfect shots past the flag and see how that means
that your average scores will improve.


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