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I played my 1st round without a driver, 3 wood, hybrid

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On another thread, I read about playing with a few clubs as part of training - to be good at using specific clubs.   I have been struggling with my approach shots, usually, mid to long irons.   So, I decided to remove driver, 3 wood, and hybrid to increase the frequency of using long iron (4 in this case).   Well, as predicted, without long clubs, I needed longer 2nd shots and the game suffered.  I did a few strokes higher than what I do normally on the course.   But I am convinced, it would help me improve my long irons shot and get my handicap index to below 14 again. 

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I've been doing exactly this lately, haven't actually removed them from my bag, just refusing to hit my Driver and 3-wood. Hitting more 3-irons has really changed how I approach holes now and my last couple rounds have been much better. I've become more comftorable with hitting my 3-iron on par 4's rather then my 3-wood or driver.
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When you do this, do you move forward to a closer tee box? 

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Originally Posted by clearwaterms View Post

When you do this, do you move forward to a closer tee box? 


I did it yesterday late when there was no one around.   I played the usual tee I normally play which is 6200 yards, par 72..  I stuck with this tee to hit at least two long iron shots back to back (tee off & 2nd) on par 4s & 5s.

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When you do this, do you move forward to a closer tee box? 

I'm the same as rkim, I also play the same tee's.  I've noticed that the distance that is lost on the tee box only hurts you on a few shots, mostly the par 5's.  

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I'm the same as rkim, I also play the same tee's.  I've noticed that the distance that is lost on the tee box only hurts you on a few shots, mostly the par 5's.  
It hurt me on par 4s but not on 5s. My par 5s were short enough. In fact I may not have to use driver on many par 5 holes to get to green in 3 unless I have a realistic chance at an eagle putt.
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It hurt me on par 4s but not on 5s. My par 5s were short enough. In fact I may not have to use driver on many par 5 holes to get to green in 3 unless I have a realistic chance at an eagle putt.

The 4's aren't that bad for me, I can reach them all in 2 with a 3 iron off the tee.  But just because I can reach them doesn't mean I hit them, lol...I miss a lot of greens and have to rely on my short game which has allowed me to scramble for par on most of them.  The par 5's all take 3 shots to reach the green which hurts my game, I prefer being able to take a long to medium iron into the greens in 2 rather then a 3i then a iron to 150 and in.

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