Your Long Iron of Choice

Long irons are hard to hit! It is one part of my game that I always need to work on because of my ongoing inconsistency. A few years back, I wrote an article on the importance of long irons. It still applies today and is worth the read (in my opinion). However, I recently asked the question which was the long iron of choice and I have to say, I am not surprised by the results.

After conducting an exhaustive poll (tongue in cheek) here is the results of my research:

I am not surprised that 68% of the respondents said 4 iron from the list. After seeing the results, I realized that the question asked was off the mark. With the onset and popularity of hybrids, many players do not carry long irons or at the most they carry a 4 iron. So the results are obvious. One person responded to my question about who carries a 3 or 2 iron as follows:

Simon’s comment was perfect. Hitting a 2 or 3 iron is a lost skill for the vast majority of amateurs. They are difficult to hit and have a small sweet spot, therefore most amateurs have switch to woods or hybrids. It is the evolution of the game.

A few years back, I purchased a set of clubs with a 3, 4 and 5 hybrid. I was struggling with my game and I thought this was the answer. Although I could hit the ball well, I found that I could not control my 4 and 5 hybrid the way I wanted and in some cases needed. As I continued to used them, their utility began to wane and as such, my success declined. So, I switched.

When I bought my new Titlelist AP2 irons, I kept the 3 hybrid and reverted back to irons for the 4 and 5. It was a smart decision and now that part of my game is improving. I have lost a bit of distance, but it was a perfect trade-off for increased control.

Long irons have great value. As your handicap lowers, I see an increase in the use of long irons. If you cannot hit your long irons, there are other options out there. If you can, then you have a leg up on your competitors.

I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!

6 thoughts on “Your Long Iron of Choice

  1. Jim,

    The longest iron I have in my bag is a 4-iron, and then my next club is a 5 wood. A bit too much of a gap but I haven’t found the missing link yet. I don’t like hybrids, so I may consider a 3 driving iron or something. It sure feels good to flush a long iron!


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  2. Off the tee, I really love my 3 iron. Off the deck, it’s a little more iffy, but no more than a hybrid or 5 wood so I stick with it.


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