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Just for fun - If you HAD to only play with seven clubs?

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I'm going to look at the course layout and make sure I have the right clubs for the par 3's, but something like:  Driver, 4-hybrid, 6-iron, 8-iron, GW, SW, putter.

That's a lot of clubs.  I play 3-club 9-hole screw around rounds with my buddy and our kids periodically (there are several threads about doing that for those that care to search......)  I probably don't lose more than a few strokes per nine with 3 clubs.  7 isn't really all that different from a full bag.......

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DR - 12 degrees.  Not a big hitter, only about 190 avg.  Thought about 3W, which I can hit about the same, but it's less consistent off the tee, and I don't hit it well off the fairway, either.

5W - 18 degrees.  My best most consistent club, so it had to be included.  Will use it a lot, many of the tee shots, and anything in the fairway from more than about 140 yards.

4H - 23 degrees.  Nice to have a rescue club, and I hit woods better than long irons anyway.

8I - 38 degrees.   Thought about 7i here, but I'm a little more comfortable with the 8 anyway.

PW - 45 degrees.  Pretty essential.

LW - 60 degrees.  I probably chip more with this than the PW.  Maybe it's from playing those really cheap balls, but I need the extra loft to get good spin and really stick them close to the hole.

Putter .

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- I use Driver and Putter on almost every hole

- I need something in the 200 yard range - 4h (I can give up my other hybrid and fairway woods now - though it does leave a big gap in the 'non-scoring' range)

- Sand wedge is used more than any remaining club - chips and pitches and trouble and sand - covers anything less than 100 yards too

- 9i for chipping that requires a bit more roll than chipping with the SW (also will cover the short gap 135 yards full swing down to 90 -3/4 swing- or so left with an almost full SW)

- That leaves 2 irons to fill in the 120 to 200 range

Dr (280) -......   or     (3w (250/260) is a good swap if course is tighter)

4h (up to 190 - 210)

6i (175 typ)

8i (150 typ)

9i (90 - 135)

SW (< 90)


A little choking and partial swings goes a long ways to cover the gaps.  This would be a fun experiment regardless.

4 clubs?  4h, 7i, SW, Putter  (even more fun)

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I rarely hit my driver so i could lose that one - may round may get better if i do that anyway

so for me it would be

3-wood - i can still crush this one 280+

4- iron - get it out there around 250 if i have a tight fairway and i step on it

6 iron - never leave home without it - 6 iron is the new 7-iron

8-iron - great 165 club and i can work it pretty well

9-iron - can bump if the lie is too tight to pull a wedge and need a strong short iron

sw - great the greens and what if i do land in the sand

putter - evil but i have to have it

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19° hybrid




On a good day, thats about all I swing, anyway.  Just replace the hybrid with the driver.

I have a 20* HB other then that I could go with the same set up.

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3 Wood, 4 Hybrid, 6I, 9I, GW, SW, Putter.

My biggest gap would be between my 6 iron, which goes 175 and my 9 iron which goes 145. In those cases, I would choke down, and/or decide based on where the "correct" miss is. I love carrying two wedges and the benefit to carrying both a gap and sand wedge outweighs the 30 yard difference between the mid irons.

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3W, 21 hybrid, 5i, 7i, 9i, W, putter

My 3W is more reliable than my driver, and it can be used readily for more than tee shots.

21 degree hybrid because I hit this pretty solidly.

5i gets me approach distances

7i comfortable club

9i is my second easiest to hit club, at the moment

W is my easiest to hit club and I can always hit it down, since I only hit it 105 yards anyway, and can be used as a SW

I think this would be a good spread for me and playing the standard white tees.

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For me, 3W, 3I Utility, 5I, 8I, PW, SW, Putter.

I hit my 3 wood more consistently than my driver and can hit it 240-250. I'll pretty much just choke up on the longer iron if I'm in between clubs.

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3 iron

5 iron

7 iron

9 iron



No putter.   I can putt fairly well with 3 iron.  Besides, I need a good excuse after a poor round -  "hey, I didn't bring my putter."

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