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At the range, if you hit 10 balls with 6 iron, how many of them are "pure" hits? What I mean by "pure" is, your ball takes off like a rocket with an effortless swing.

When I was 15 capper, I probably "pured" it once every 40-50 shots. With my new swing, I hit it "pure" once about every 10 attempts.

My 2nd question is, if you "pure" it, how does your ball fly differently from other shots? In my case, it's high, straight and carries about 15 yards longer.

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On 10 shots with my 6 iron I hit it pure about 6 or 7 times out of ten. Other shots go straight or hook but my pure shots are high and long with a slight draw. It depends on the club for me though, my driver is good but doesn't have a good feeling.

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On 10 shots with my 6 iron I hit it pure about 6 or 7 times out of ten. Other shots go straight or hook but my pure shots are high and long with a slight draw. It depends on the club for me though, my driver is good but doesn't have a good feeling.

I envy you.

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Of 10 shots, I am lucky if 2 are pure, as in I hit it the best I possibly could. 6 others would be acceptable, as in I would be pleased with them if I hit them on the course, but they would still be mishit a little. 2 others would be unacceptable, as in I pulled/pushed them or hit them fat/thin.

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Of 10 shots, I am lucky if 2 are pure, as in I hit it the best I possibly could. 6 others would be acceptable, as in I would be pleased with them if I hit them on the course, but they would still be mishit a little. 2 others would be unacceptable, as in I pulled/pushed them or hit them fat/thin.

When you hit it pure, does the ball fly the same distance?

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Shot distances between a pure and slightly mishit ball for me are round 10 yards of distance, and a a few yards right or left with a mid iron. But, there are several factors here. Hitting on pure (ie on the sweetspot) is different than putting a perfect swing on the ball, and vice versa. Great swings with marginal contact yield different shot results than marginal swings and pure contact. The key to playing consistent golf is knowing these shot results well, and playing conservative enough that the odds come out in your favor.

Depending upon the hole and shot required, I will sometimes stretch an iron by counting on a perfect swing and contact. However, if the a short miss is bad, and there is less penalty going long, I'll often play an extra club to avoid a shorter mishit, with the understanding that at worst I'll be long.

At the range, I may hit 1 or 2 shots perfect out of 10 (once warm), with a good handful being shots I'd likely hit on the course that had slight swing or contact errors. The difference here is not catastrophic, really just the difference between a 5 foot putt and a 20 foot putt.

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Didn't Jack say that he only hit maybe 1 or 2 pure shots per round? I would have to say out of 10, I might hit 2 that I consider "pure." I think that if you are hitting 7 "pure" out of 10, then you are really doing something

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Thanks for all the responses.

Apparently, even low cappers hit slightly mis shots more often than pure shots.

As an 11 capper, I should focus more on making my mis shots more acceptable rather than trying to hit more pure shots.

I know these two objectives are related but it's a subtle difference in philosophy. I now know what to focus on when practicing.

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I probably "pure" 3 or so shots out of 10 on average. It goes up and down sometimes and for me is completely tied to my tempo that day. I am playing player type CBs so I don't lose too much distance when I am slightly off. Occasionally I have that session where I scoot up to 8 or 9 out of 10 but alas, it doesnt last from session to session. I wish I could pure 7 out of 10 consistently as I could probably get down to scratch.....I do pure my putter most of the time though ;)

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I hit it perfectly pure a few times a round, but I have practiced enough that my misses are not very large at all. Often I don't pure it yet still hit the green.

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When you hit it pure, does the ball fly the same distance?

It may go 5 yards further, but it would be dead on the target. My average mishits might go a similar distance, but be pulled or pushed. My really crappy ones, such as those hit off the toe, go 15 yards short and 10 yards right. Obviously, if I hit it fat it goes nowhere.

What I have learned is to take enough club so that my average shot goes the distance I want. If I hit it pure, it may go a little longer but it not enough to miss the green. If the pin is at the back of the green I use the yardage to the center. Average contact = center of green, pure contact = at the hole.

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I would say out of 10 full 6 iron shots after being fully warmed up, I would pure 1 and at most 2 of them. Another 5-6 would be well hit but pushed/pulled a little and probably 5-10 yards short of the pured shots. The last 2-3 would be mishit a little more, with maybe a big push or hook, or really thin/fat.

I usually play for my average shot, and my 6 iron flies around 175-180, on average. When I pure it, it flies 185-190, so if I have a 6 iron in my hand, I won't hit unless I have AT LEAST 190 to the back of the green!

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It may go 5 yards further, but it would be dead on the target. My average mishits might go a similar distance, but be pulled or pushed. My really crappy ones, such as those hit off the toe, go 15 yards short and 10 yards right. Obviously, if I hit it fat it goes nowhere.

Great advice!

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It may go 5 yards further, but it would be dead on the target. My average mishits might go a similar distance, but be pulled or pushed. My really crappy ones, such as those hit off the toe, go 15 yards short and 10 yards right. Obviously, if I hit it fat it goes nowhere.

Agreed. It's funny how the definition of pured changes as you get better. 5 yards difference is huge. Just this past week, I was left with 115 yards to a back pin and tried to hit a smooth, 3/4 PW. Well, I "pured" that one and ended up long... which was completely dead. A double bogey later and I was kicking myself for not aiming at the center of the green and taking the easy uphill two-putt at worse.

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