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Good day, all. I have buckets of questions, but this one comes up consistently in my game: I don't really have a good tool for the 100 yard shot. And it comes up all the time. My first method was to lay off the pitching wedge. I hit it about 130 yards on a pretty good stroke. Then I got myself a gap wedge. Note: my budget is pretty tight, so I picked up a used one. It is peculiarly short, 52 degree loft. I like the club, but it only hits about 85-90 yards for me. That is similar to what my sand wedge hits, so I do not have a club for this distance. I am not entirely unsatisfied with the 75% pitching wedge shot. It kinda works. I now have a 4 hybrid in the bag to fill my 180-190 yard range which also comes up frequently - and for which I have no such workaround. Is it common practice for golfers to face this issue? Is there a known best option? Is the club length a major issue here? Perhaps I have been hitting the club wrong so as not to get proper distance. I wonder if it is worth getting another gap wedge to find out, but then I have to remove another club. (Everything in golf makes me nervous. There is so much to learn, and it is not clear to me when to follow my gut and when to take instruction.)
I can name three shots which I found hilarious. Two consecutive shots today, one by me, and one from my friend. He took his first, he plays off of twelve and is a handy golfer. A fairway shot which he topped, there was so much spin on it, it ended up 2 feet behind him. It was then my turn. I was in the trees but with a gap between them. The nearest tree was about 20 feet away, and I scuffed the ball, it hit a tree, bounced back and ended up exactly where it was. I took another shot without moving an inch. The funniest was last winter when I played against one of our green keepers, who is also a keen golfer. The tee was very wet and very muddy (we don't have mates). He had a cigarette in his mouth, and when he drove he hit the ground so hard the mud flew up, knocked the cigarette out of his mouth, and it burnt the end of his nose. I just wish I had videoed it. Yours please