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Anyone ever played with 3 clubs or less?


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Have been thinking it might be fun to have a 3 clubs or less game with the "crew". At least for a quick 9 after work. Has anyone ever done this?

I'm thinking I'd go with my 6, GW and putter... Heck, I'd probably score better than I do with a full bag.

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I haven't heard anyone using three clubs, but, I have heard of people playing a round with just a 7 iron. I have not done it personally but I plan too. Ive heard it helps learn to be more creative cause you have one club for every distance.
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I've played a nine with just a seven iron (no putter). I think I shot around 55, which is about 7 or 8 strokes higher than a standrd score on that particular course for me. I found it somewhat liberating to not have to think through yardage on most shots. Just another full 7.

Related - I've also tired a couple speed golf rounds (limited clubs based on what you felt like carrying), and they were disasters. It helped make some of the unique stresses of Highway 18 a little more real.
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Played a tournament several years ago, 2 man scramble, 3 clubs each, you had to play your own clubs, no swapping or sharing. Was enjoyable, but this course had an Island par 3 (150 yards) so you HAD to carry an iron that would land and hold that green, so that limited your choices there, and you had to carry a putter, so really you only had a choice on one club.

I've often played with these irons 3, 5, 7, 9, sw and putter, and several times shot better than average for me.... jmoc
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Never just played with 3, but I do use 4 clubs alot. There is a short 9 hole course on my way home from work that I play at least once a week. I have a neat little 1930s era canvas Sunday bag. I carry 5w,6i,PW and putter.
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A buddy and I used to go to a par 3 course, when we were kids. I'm talking over 20 years ago, so its been awhile. But the holes averaged around 100 to 130 and a couple in the 150 to 60 range. We'd go out with a PW, 6i, and a putter. It was a lot of fun, but he was simply better than I was, and I struggled. I like more options I guess

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Three clubs maybe, but just one, I don't know. Sounds like fun, but the last thing I need is an excuse to try and hit my 7 iron 195 yards. I've been known to take swings that make me look like Goofy from Disney, where his whole body twists up like a corkscrew. The results are occasionally magnificent, but much more often bad. But I knew a guy at my local club who played with just a 7 and played to his 5 handicap.
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What about Driver, 7I, GW. You can use the Driver as a putter anyone ever gone this route?

I dunno about a driver to putt with.. If I putted with it as bad as I drove I'd be in a world of hurt.

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I haven't yet, but maybe this post will get me to actually do it, for practice. I think it would be really, really good to play (for practice) this way. I did see something in a golf magazine awhile back along these lines. I think it said take a 5 iron, a wedge and putter.
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I've had rounds where I played hit my 3h off the tee, then used the same club for my second shot or my 7i if it was a par 4. Then my 56* wedge and a putter, so four club rounds for sure and I actually shot well for my skill as I recall. I want to say it was 86 or 87 if memory serves.
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I realize this is an old thread, but if you've never tried this I highly recommend it.  Personally, I had a lot of fun just deciding which 3 clubs to pick.  There is a lot of strategy involved and I have tried several combinations.  The first time my buddies and I tried 3 clubs was one afternoon after work.  I probably spent half of that day trying to decide if I should pick a putter as one of my clubs!

It absolutely makes you play more creatively, but it also can make you be more analytical at the same time, and gives you a completely different perspective, especially if you try this on a course you play often.  I remember one occasion my longest club was a 6 iron (I think that day I chose 6ir, SW & putter).  It was very strange teeing off with a 6ir on par 4s and par 5s that I usually hit driver on, and then playing the second shot from an area of the fairway that can make the hole look/play very different.

I find myself rejuvenated after these rounds (I've done this 3 times, 9 holes each time) and it fires me up to play.  Anyone else feel inspired afterwards?

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