This morning I was fortunate to wake up early and see that the forecast for rain did not materialize. After hopping out of bed, in the dark, I decided to hit the links for a quick round. I did not play all week, so I took this opportunity to get out and play some golf.
Arriving at the course, I quickly unpacked my clubs and anticipated being the only player on the course for quite a while. As I set up my push cart, my friend Geary pulled up and we quickly agreed to play together. As we walked towards the first tee, I noticed that Geary only had one club in his hand; his 9-iron! And then our conversation started!Geary and I talked about playing 18 holes with one club and the benefits from not bringing an entire set. We also discussed why he decided to play with one club and his logic makes great sense so I thought I would highlight what he had to say.
Geary plays with one club to, first, improve the use of that club. Today, as I said earlier, was a 9-iron. He has used other clubs in the past and his reasons remain the same. He uses this club for every shot to include off the tee, through the fairway and chipping around the green. He did not putt with this club because would be considered negative training.
When playing with one club Geary says he is:
- Managing his expectations. He does not keep score. His intention is to practice on-course situations and tries to learn from each shot. By playing 18 holes with one club, it is like hitting a large bucket of balls at the range.
- He does not try to over hit the club, but, in this case, hit a normal 140 – 150 yard shot high in the air. He does not try to squeeze out extra yardage because he would normally not try to hit his 9-iron farther. He did hit the ball a bit farther on a few occasions, but that was not his intent.
- He tried to shape the ball into the green. We discussed how to draw the ball and I gave him some pointers and he hit about 20 shots trying different techniques. He stopped after a bit and focused on hitting his club as expected.
- He uses one club to sharpen his play around the green. He had to play bump and runs, chip shots, semi-flops, and punch shots all day. This the type of practice is valuable for his 9-iron and other clubs as well.
- Geary and I also talked course management. Using one club, he had to think about his next shot and sometimes the one after that; it was not good practice just to swing away. He tried to focus on his play even though he was using only one club.
- Lastly, Geary uses one club from time to time to mix things up. Golf can get stale for some, but by using one club, he is in different places on the course than normal and this allows him to see the course from a different perspective.
I have played a round of golf with one club in the past. I can say that I have not played this way in a few years. I think it might be time to give it a go and if I do, I think I will start with my 7-iron.
Have you every played a round of golf with one club? If so, how were your results? What club did you use?
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!