How do I choose the right club for my shot?

Answered by Antonio Sutton

When it comes to choosing the right golf club for your shot, there are a few key factors to consider. One of the most important factors is knowing the average distance you hit with each club in your set. This knowledge will help you make an informed decision about which club to use for a specific shot.

To determine the average distance you hit with each club, I suggest spending some time on the driving range hitting about 50 balls with each club. This will give you a good sample size to calculate an accurate average distance. Make sure to hit a variety of shots, including full swings, half swings, and even some shots with different shot shapes (fade or draw) if you are comfortable doing so.

During this process, it’s helpful to keep track of your shots and distances. You can use a notebook or a smartphone app specifically designed for golfers to record each shot’s distance with each club. This will allow you to easily refer back to the data and analyze your performance over time.

After hitting the balls and recording the distances, you can calculate the average distance for each club. Simply add up the total distances for each club and divide by the number of shots hit with that club. This will give you a rough estimate of how far you typically hit the ball with each club.

Once you have determined the average distances for your clubs, you can use this information to select the appropriate club for each shot on the course. For example, if you need to hit a shot that is 150 yards away, you can refer to your average distances and choose the club that typically carries the ball around that distance.

It’s important to note that the average distances may vary depending on various factors such as weather conditions, course conditions, and your own swing changes over time. Therefore, it’s a good practice to periodically reassess your average distances to account for any changes in your game.

Additionally, it’s worth mentioning that club selection is not solely based on distance. Factors such as the lie of the ball, wind conditions, and any obstacles on the course should also be taken into consideration. These factors may require you to adjust your club selection accordingly.

Choosing the right club for your shot involves knowing the average distance you hit with each club in your set. Spending time on the driving range and hitting about 50 balls with each club will help you determine these average distances. Once you have this information, you can refer to it on the course to make more informed decisions about club selection. Remember to consider other factors such as course conditions and obstacles when choosing your club.