Originally Posted by logman
Again, another reason not to emulate the pros.
For most golfers the idea of hitting a ball 30 yards in the air with a 3 iron is almost impossible. most guys just don't have the swing speed to get that height on the ball......just look at the carry numbers of the pros. There's about 10 yards between 3 iron, 4 iron, 5 iron etc. Most amateur golfers would have smaller and smaller distance gaps as their clubs flattened in loft. So most guys 3 irons would carry about the same distance as their 5 irons......hence the popularity of the hybrids. Basically the hybrids fly higher and therefore restore the distance gaps in the longer clubs back to the 10 yards or so that seems advantageous. 30 yards of shot height with a hybrid is possible for the amateur but wouldn't more height be better? Again, amateur golfers look at numbers on a chart about the height the pros hit the ball and think, "30 yards is the height I SHOULD be hitting the ball"
Also, have a look at the pitching wedge end of the bag. Again 30 yards in height.
If we all think its advantageous to hit down on the ball, with hands forward, weight forward etc,etc, then effectively we're de-lofting the club. Again the pros are doing this because they can. I mean, when pro golfers hit a pitching wedge through to a 7 iron they're hitting the ball with extreme back spin......ie, with enough backspin to stop the ball.
If amateur golfers hit their PW to 7 irons at 30 yards in height they wouldn't ever be able to hold a green.....they(we) don't hit the ball hard enough or spin the ball enough to stop it. The result is the back bunker.
Wouldn't the better tactic be to hit the ball high so the ball lands with a more vertical trajectory........and stops on the green??.
Advocating that amateur golfers should try to emulate the height that a pro hits the ball is IMHO just wrong headed. I mean the chart shows that the pros average swing speed for a 5 iron is 94 MPH. most amateurs swing their driver at that speed.
Surely the height that any given player hits the ball should be mated to the player himself. Amateurs should look at those numbers in interest but they shouldn't look at them as some kind of prerequisite to playing proper golf.