Came back with a 77 today. No birdies, 5 bogeys, 13 pars. The best part, NO double bogeys.
I did look at my handicap index today, and there was a little exclamation mark next to it. Clicking on it, up popped a notification that I've hit the 3 stroke soft cap, and that will suppress any upward movement by 50%. Very interesting.
That's what I originally thought, which is why I was confused as for what to do next. I've tried choking down an inch on my longer clubs, but my wrists don't respond well (probably b/c I have a strong grip).
If you are hitting your 7i consistently +160 carry, then you have the swing speed to play long irons. I don't think you need an equipment change unless you wanted a 4H for your 4i.
Totally agree. In addition, the urge to try to help the ball into the air is much greater with longer irons. I would suggest:
Choke down an inch on these clubs, at least until you feel more comfortable with how you hit them
Work on maintaining the same tempo with long irons as your 7i
Learn to trust the loft of the club. It took me a long time to trust that my 5i has 26 degrees of loft - it doesn't look like it compared to a 7i, but it does.
When I miss left, its usually because my ball position is too far forward. This causes the club head path, and face to be closing at impact.
Just the opposite if I miss a shot right. The ball position is too far back in my stance. This causes the club path, and face to be open at impact.
When I get the ball position correct in my stance, the club path and face are square to my intended target line.
The ball position doesn't have to be off by much to miss the target. Especially on shorter shots.