Originally Posted by Jeremie Boop
I've never liked hybrids much, don't know why except maybe the only ones I've ever used had a lot of offset. I agree though, most of scoring is done from shorter distances and those are what I focus on. I have 50* 52* 55* and 60* wedges. The 50 was just added as part of my new iron set so I'll probably take the 52 out for a 64.
I would certainly take out the 52, but I doubt you need a 64. 64* is NOT a 110 club. Its a flop shot, very short club for when you need to get the ball high, short distance, with minimal bounce on the green and the potential for a lot of backspin. Having a 50-52-55 makes little sense. 50, 55, and 60 is a great wedge setup. At a 26hc, you have very little chance of being able to use a 64* wedge effectively. Instead, as I mentioned above, learn your distances with 1/4, 1/2, and 3/4 swings with the 50, 55, and 60. You will find you have EVERY distance you need covered.
Take a small notbook to the range (as well as a range finder if you have one, and mark the distances of ever GOOD shot, ignore the bad, you are just trying to find out average good shot distances at the quarter, half, and three quarter swing lengths.
Its also good to log dstances of average good shots of all other clubs as well. When i'm at the cource, I look at my gps, and unless there is something blocking the green, like large trees or something, I know exactly what club I need, all thanks t hours on the range figuring out exact distances with each of my clubs.
Everytime I get a new club, I take it to the range and do this. Of the multiple dozens of clubs I own, I can go back in my little black book and tell you exactly what my average good shot distance with that club is. Knowledge is power, and that includes in playing golf.
Pretty sure the "play with your mind" strategy doesn't just apply to your golf course...
God knows that on almost every golf course I play, the driver is not used the standard maximum 14 times...
True. On a Par 5, you usually always hit driver, but shorter par 4's can often be played better with a 3w (or sometimes less) off the tee. Especially if the hole ha a dogleg.
At my main home course i'm a member at, I use driver 12 times on the 18 hole course, and 5 on the 9 hole. On the other 9 hole course the wife and I are members at to bring out little brother and sister (Big Brother/Big Sister program, but they let us get a family membership because the owner is a supporter of the program) to twice a week, I use driver twice, on the two par 5's. Of course, we are playing the most forward tees because we have two children under 10yo playing with us.
The kids are both getting better, its nice to see. Caleb, my LB, just got his first birdie last week on a par three frm the forward tee's. I think that moment was happier than any great shot I have evr made on my own. He'll remember it for a lifetime. I had the ball put in a case with a little plate stating its the ball from his first official birdie, the name of the course, the hole #, and his name. He was proud of himself, but not as proud as I was. I've been teaching him to golf for two years, and its the first time I ever had tears in my eyes at the course. All this is totally off topic though, sorry about that.
Edited by ApocG10 - 6/20/13 at 12:00pm