Originally Posted by David in FL
By the same reasoning, why not just play with your 7-iron?
The lofts and slight variation in shaft length from club to club allow you to use the same swing to vary the distance the ball travels. That results in more consistency, not less. Trying to manufacture a shot that's "between clubs" is a challenge for experienced, skilled players. Intentionally increasing the gaps between your clubs so that you have more of those shots is NOT something that I'd recommend.
I would recommend spending a LOT of your practice time around the green though.....and while I'm at it, put a chipper in the bag and learn to hit a deadly little chip and run. You'll take strokes off your game faster than just about anything else you can do in the short term.
While I don't disagree with you here David (except the part about the chipper ) I think that in the case of a beginner, the idea has merit. I play with a couple guys who rarely break 100 who have been playing forever, and in their cases, having too many clubs is not whats hurting them.
But for beginners, the amount of clubs in a bag can be overwhelming. And at that level they don't have a very repeatable swing, and thus don't really have any distance gaps that they are aware of yet. When I go out with my wife, she asks me on every single shot "What should I use here?" At this point in her game it's basically driver off the tee, then 6 hybrid or 7 iron until she gets close to the green and then pitching wedge after that. That's pretty much it. Sometimes the 3 wood too. But the 5 wood, 4 hybrid, 5 hybrid, and 8 and 9 irons never get used. If she carried only those 4 or 5 clubs and a putter, her game would not suffer. (And as a bonus, the bag would be lighter)
So to the OP, I would say go for it. As you play, and you start realizing that this club will go too far and that one won't go far enough for a particular shot, then it's probably time to start re-introducing those clubs into your bag.