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If You Had to Take One Club From You Bag, Which Would It Be?

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Taking my lob wedge out when I need to add to the top of my bag.

But it is interesting to hear guys opinions about removing the P wedge and choking down the 9, or taking the 9 out and choking down the 8. And to me that makes sense because I never want to be trying to nuke a short iron, force an extra 5 years out of it. That usually ends with a nasty pull left. So the P or 9 being taken out if I feel the L wedge is needed is a good option. Mostly playing Skats so gotta make birdies and greenie's to score, which means more hitting GIR than getting up and down with an L.

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I would never take driver, putter, or any of my wedges out of my bag simply because they account for 90% of the shots and almost all of the chance to make a birdie.  If I have a 4 iron or 6 iron in my hand, anywhere on the green and 2 putt is fine.  No disadvantage of losing a 5 iron.  Or at least to my way of thinking.  None of my par 3 holes require a 5 iron.  None of the par 4 hole approaches require one.  Once in a while, I need a 5 iron into a par 5 hole,  So, I think I would drop the 5 iron.

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I'd lose my highest lofted wedge, a 60.  I actually use it quite a bit for short game shots, but I spent an awful lot of my golfing life with nothing more lofted than a typical sand wedge, probably around 56.  I might try some different grinds with the sand wedge, to help to be able to lay it open for really high soft shots, but I could make it work.

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If going purely by usage frequency, I'd have to take out my 4-iron. I hit a total of one tee/approach shot with it all last year, although it is a go to club for punch shots to get back in play from trees.

But I've been using the 4-iron a lot more often this year, so I would rather keep it in the bag, and ditch my 60 degree wedge. I only use the 60 degree wedge for shots around the green, and I probably would do just as well (or poorly) using my 55 degree wedge in these spots.

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Maybe i could get rid of my 56° and 51° wedges and include a 54° wedge to fill the gap.  

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For me I would choose between the SW and LW.  Though I could probably remove any of my irons between 5 and 9 and manage.  The driver, hybrid and PW are the only clubs I can't remove.  Heck, even the putter isn't that big a deal.  I could probably manage with something like the hybrid 😉

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The club I would drop would have to be my Driver. I hit my 3w off most tees and  and am usually past my golf buddies' drivers anyway by a fair amount as we are all in our 60's and older.  I also do not hesitate to hit the 3w , a hybrid or 4 iron off a fairway. I started golfing in my 50's but it's still frustrating for me because driver used to be so reliable and I would always hit it because I trusted it, most of the par 5's were reachable for me in 2 as a result and I had short irons in to most par 4's but then my irons and short game would let me down. I worked hard on my irons and short game and have improved them substantially, along with ball striking but my driver consistency has gone the opposite way (2 different drivers). I have had a few lessons but still struggle with it after the lessons. I swing it at 105 so if it's in the fairway it's great but unfortunately the misses are usually penalties.  

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On 2/11/2020 at 8:23 AM, Rippy_72 said:

I would never take driver, putter, or any of my wedges out of my bag simply because they account for 90% of the shots and almost all of the chance to make a birdie.  If I have a 4 iron or 6 iron in my hand, anywhere on the green and 2 putt is fine.  No disadvantage of losing a 5 iron.  Or at least to my way of thinking.  None of my par 3 holes require a 5 iron.  None of the par 4 hole approaches require one.  Once in a while, I need a 5 iron into a par 5 hole,  So, I think I would drop the 5 iron.

8 hours ago, IowaGreg said:

Between a 8I or the 5I...….. 

5i  out & use a 7HL 23 loft 

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I have both a 49* wedge and a 52* wedge. So I’d lose the 49. 
 

Otherwise it would be my 2 ironwood, which I can’t hit very well.

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I would leave my 4h out. I am pretty inconsistent at that end of the bag. My 3h, 4h and 5i are all pretty much interchangeable. I have been working constantly on hitting those clubs better and I am getting better with them, but I could easily get by without the 4h for a round if necessary.

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Typically carry 12 clubs in the bag (driver - 3w - 4h - 5-PW, SW, LW, putter).  If I had to take a club from the bag, it would either be the 6i or the LW.  I can choke down on the 5i to get the distance needed and I use the SW almost exclusively around the hole.  Once in a blue moon will the LW loft come into play.  

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18 hours ago, WillieT said:

Typically carry 12 clubs in the bag (driver - 3w - 4h - 5-PW, SW, LW, putter).  If I had to take a club from the bag, it would either be the 6i or the LW.  I can choke down on the 5i to get the distance needed and I use the SW almost exclusively around the hole.  Once in a blue moon will the LW loft come into play.  

Dont use 4i

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