Re: Long game more important than short?
Originally Posted by Chief Broom
I really don't agree with this. I use the same swing for every club in my bag with appx the same speed. i don't try to go at longer clubs harder than i do with my pw. a nice and easy 5 iron is gonna go if you hit it well. don't concentrate on jacking every shot that you take when you're more than a 6 iron out. Don't try to accelerate and crush the ball. just focus on striking it well.
the only time my swings change is when the shot requires it:
punch, flop, pitch, chip, bump and run.
other than that, the fundamentals of your swing should remain the same.
you can adjust distance by the back swing and finish.
when you're attempting to hit a cut or a draw, I just change it with how I setup relative to the target line.
but starting out or trying to lower your hc and gain a more consistent swing, you shouldn't try to jack the shots.
head down, left arm as straight to stay on plane, make sure you're squared to the target, release hands properly, strike the ball. and let your body position naturally bring your head up. trying to jack the ball leads you to opening up your body, chunking shots.
When I 1st started, I thought it was all about distance. I mean Tiger did make that statement: if he can hit drive and bomb it..even if he's in the rough..at least he's a shorter shot away in the rough...
but think about it this way. every pro has a comfortable distance of where they can utilize their SHORT game to score. if you can consistently get your 5 iron from 180/190 out. and stick the green..that's cool. but what if you don't?
Here's my point, I play witih people that have an awesome long game. they're on or around the green in 2 all day. they crush drives around and even above 300. They nut their 7 irons around 185 - 195. then comes their short game. 100 yards in...and control becomes an issue. if they don't get onto the green in 2 recovery and scrambling becomes an issue. sure they have better rounds than me and I have better rounds than them. i'm not a long hitter by any means. My 175 shot is a 5 iron. my 150 is a 7 iron.
this year i've only been able to get a pured 3 iron to 195 - 200.
but i'm still scoring well.... once i'm in that 125 mark...my 9 iron area, I'm trying to play the right shot to stick it close.