That matters though in your average distance with each club because while pros have much tighter impact patterns on the clubface, they aren't perfect either so they still benefit from a certain amount of forgiveness too, particularly with longer clubs. The improvement in MOI and distance with
I've seen somewhat unbiased comparisons put the difference in the range of 5 yards across several swings for a skilled golfer.
Modern irons have the same general shape as old pre-1980s blades, but they are still quite different. Design tech has advanced significantly with improvements in MOI and lower center of gravity that can even help the pros. They have an impact dispersion pattern too. It's much tighter, but they don't hit the exact center of the clubface on each swing. A couple yards here and there add up.
Before this thread veered seriously OT, and devolved into a discussion of the relative merits of short Par 4's and Par 3's, it was to sing the praises of the shorter courses. Allow me to attempt to bring it back.
Last year, out of the blue, my buddy calls me from a little 9 holer called Hidden Oaks, which I hadn't played in a bazillion years, since it was called Dick Williams Memorial. When I was first starting to play golf my Dad would take me there. This was about 50 years ago. I now thought it somehow "beneath" me. Too short, greens too flat and uninteresting. No challenge. I couldn't have been more wrong!
You can get in just as much trouble, and have just as much enjoyment, there as anywhere!
We still have a few of these places around, but their health is questionable. I'm hoping that some of them can continue to hang on and even thrive. They are decidedly casual affairs, where guys show up in tank tops, cargo shorts and tennies to play. And something I noticed at Hidden Oaks was how many husband/wife combos showed up.
No...I am all over the place. Three outta ten slice, a hook or two, three worm burners...and a couple that go straight and 250-260. Long and low trajectory, sky high, like under 'em going 60 yards up and 30 yards out...
To make it more frustrating, I just can't seem to find my groove with it at all... Rhythm is off, timing is off...