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Any disadvange if you choke down on your club?

post #1 of 12
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Does anyone know if there is a disadvantage or bad points about choking down 1/2 an inch on a regular iron shot?

I know that at my height, I need to have my irons cut 1/2 an inch. However, I do not wish to do so. I was wondering if there is a bad side to playing by choking down 1/2 an inch.

Thanks in advance for your advice/advices.
post #2 of 12

Re: Any disadvange if you choke down on your club?

Originally Posted by sep900
Does anyone know if there is a disadvantage or bad points about choking down 1/2 an inch on a regular iron shot?

I know that at my height, I need to have my irons cut 1/2 an inch. However, I do not wish to do so. I was wondering if there is a bad side to playing by choking down 1/2 an inch.

Thanks in advance for your advice/advices.

as far as i know the only disadvantage is possibly losing some distance. of course, you could always just adjust to longer clubs. ive been using mens clubs since i was only about 5'4" and now i'm still only 5'8". if you're only going to choke down 1/2" it wouldnt be too much harder to just use the full length of the club.

assuming your male, you may consider buying a set of womens clubs?
post #3 of 12
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Re: Any disadvange if you choke down on your club?

So if you lose distance by choking down, don't you lose the same amount of distance if you cut the club by 1/2 an inch?
post #4 of 12

Re: Any disadvange if you choke down on your club?

Originally Posted by sep900
So if you lose distance by choking down, don't you lose the same amount of distance if you cut the club by 1/2 an inch?
i'm basing my statement off of the fact that the longer the club is the more distance you'll get out of it. so i guess choking down and getting it cut would be the same.

wait for other opinions. there are much more knowlegable people on this forum. :]
post #5 of 12

Re: Any disadvange if you choke down on your club?

trust me choking down will decrease a very little amount of distance if none at all... not a big deal.. most people choke downa little anyway.. gripping it at the way end will just make u lose control of the club.
post #6 of 12

Re: Any disadvange if you choke down on your club?

Originally Posted by cantputt
trust me choking down will decrease a very little amount of distance if none at all... not a big deal.. most people choke downa little anyway.. gripping it at the way end will just make u lose control of the club.
Agreed. Any loss of distance will be made up for by better contact. It should be a net 0 result, or very close to it.

You're not supposed to grip the very end of the club, anyway, so just grip down. The grip will be a TEENY bit thinner the further you go down is about all the difference you may notice.
post #7 of 12

Re: Any disadvange if you choke down on your club?

i dont know what the rest of you consider choking down but generally when i grip the club my left hand is maybe 1/8" lower than the butt of the club and to me thats normal.
post #8 of 12

Re: Any disadvange if you choke down on your club?

Originally Posted by prutkows
i dont know what the rest of you consider choking down but generally when i grip the club my left hand is maybe 1/8" lower than the butt of the club and to me thats normal.
1/8" isn't really gripping down, no. That's about where you grip a club. Maybe even a little more.
post #9 of 12

Re: Any disadvange if you choke down on your club?

I choke down on most of my clubs depending on the shot I need to hit, the distance I want to hit it, etc. I find it easier to control the distance on my wedges if I choke down. I don't believe I can use the amount I grip down as a way to adjust the distance I hit it, but I can control the size of the swing much easier.
post #10 of 12

Re: Any disadvange if you choke down on your club?

I never feel the end of the club in my hand...and I don't want to. I don't choke up very often, but my normal grip doesn't touch the end. I think choking up is just fine, and like many have said here, shouldn't make too much of a difference when it comes to distance.
post #11 of 12

Re: Any disadvange if you choke down on your club?

Originally Posted by sep900
So if you lose distance by choking down, don't you lose the same amount of distance if you cut the club by 1/2 an inch?
You lose approx 5 yards when you cut 1/2 inch.
post #12 of 12

Re: Any disadvange if you choke down on your club?

Originally Posted by dreamfxgolf
You lose approx 5 yards when you cut 1/2 inch.
I don't quite buy that. That's 10 yards an inch. Off a driver, they say 1 MPH in swing speed is about 2.5 yards of carry (IIRC), so off a mid-iron (say, a 6-iron) that's probably closer to half: 1 MPH = 1.25 yards of carry. A half inch = 4 MPH slower clubhead speed? That's the part I don't quite buy.

100 MPH driver is about, what, an 80 MPH 5-iron? That's 20 MPH over (45" - 38") 7 inches... about 3 MPH per inch. So by this math (which I admit is far from scientific), it seems to me that each inch = about 3 MPH, and if 1 MPH is 1.25 yards... that's about 3-4 yards shorter per inch, not 10.

But like I said, far from scientific. I'd believe 5 yards for an inch, no problem.
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