Why the 7 iron should be your longest club in practice
There’s no question that everyone wants to hit these absolute bombs off the tee. Hitting a ball the equivalent of a plot of land the size of a small industrial estate past your buddy may look great, but generally speaking, how often would you be upset with the distance they achieve, when they still seem to beat you overall?
The reality is, golf is played from tee to green in the least amount of shots possible. Obviously, 300 yard drives undoubtedly help, however it’s the guys best around and on the greens who inevitably win.
There’s more to golf than hitting the ball 300yds
There are a very select few golfers, especially amongst your local club, that actually can hit the golf ball 300 yards. So here is the secret for achieving this length of drive and beyond- you need to have the ability to create a lot of clubhead speed and at the same time be able to find the middle of the bat. Research suggests that your average club golfer has a swing speed of 93.4 mph, where as tour avergae is 110 mph. Now whats interesting here is that tour average swing speed of 110 mph is producing tee shots just under and around the 300 yard mark.
So the question is, where does the club golfer find this 16 mph extra? Better technique? Yes, that may add perhaps a couple of mph, maybe better equipment will add 1 or 2 mph, but still way short of 110 mph. And when each mph equates to 4 yards, there’s a lot to be reckoned with. So unless you plan on a drastic change in lifestyle and incorporate work out routines like Rory McIlroy for the forseeable future, chasing the dream of 300 yards maybe a little far fetched.
A much more sensible approach would be to concentrate on the scrambling parts of your game, the pillars of your scorecard. Turn doubles into bogeys, and bogeys into pars, and sometimes pars into birdies. The game is all about how MANY and not how FAR. Look at any stats from any tour event and the winners are normally in top 5 of putting or scrambling stats. The correlation doesn’t usually translate to driving distance.
This winter, why don’t you invest your time and energy in the short game? This is where you’ll see the scores tumble. There’s plenty of people who simply hit drive after drive working on distance, yet the only thing they are doing right is the fact they actually took the time to go to the range in the first place. On an average course, you’ll probably get the driver out 6 or 7 times, whereas your wedge comes out on most holes and the putter getting used less than 30 times is a great round. So why is so much effort put into hitting the club you use the least?
Driving ranges tend to be set up with a lot of targets within 150 yards, as this is the scoring zone and where the most shots can be saved. This is where the better players work on their game and also the reason why they are the better players.
If you work on the fundamentals of your swing and concentrate on accuracy, then the longer drives will come as a result of the rest of your swing being up to standard.
Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but open your horizons and start improving by working on the short game.