During the BMW Championship, I overheard several caddies talking to the player about yardage and how to adjust the grip on the club to ensure that they can make a full swing. This adjustment indicates that the player was in-between clubs for the yardage they wanted to hit. As I thought about my game compared to theirs, I rarely feel that I am in between clubs and the yardages I assess are plus or minus 5 yards anyway. So I ask, is being in between clubs a real problem for amateurs or is it something at only professionals need to be concerned with?
I understand that all players have yardages we hit our clubs too. In my case, the distances were honed over years of practice and effort to understand how far a standard club will travel. This distance, 150 yards for my 7 iron for example, does not account for wind, lie, heat, and any number of other factors I think about before I make a swing.
Interestingly, I rarely am in between clubs because of the factors influencing my swing and the fact that I do not hit my clubs perfectly (like on the range) all the time, so the percentage of error is much larger as an amateur that it would be for a professional.
I use electronic distance devices to determine exact yardage to the pin. This number is very valuable, yet regardless of the number, I still hit full shots into the green no matter which club I select. Of course, inside of 110 yards, that is different because my short game demands a different approach. However, outside that 110 yards, it is full shots all the way. Now some will counter and suggest that I am over simplifying the matter and but with my percentage of error being 5 yards or so, I will generally hit the longer club and swing full. The number of times I am over the back is so rare, that the decision making process becomes a none issue.
So I am back to my original question, is being in between clubs a real problem. Well, I guess it is for professionals, but I do not seeing it being an issue for amateurs. I know that if focus on what I can hit and to a yardage within 5 yards of the pin, I am doing great! So the bottom line for my game, being in between clubs is not a problem.
Is it a problem for your game?
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!