Club selection is a challenge for most players. The factors to consider before making any shot can almost be incalculable. Many times we under club our shot because we think that a 7-iron into a 2 club wind will go the distance because we did once a long time ago. Or we think we can hit our 3-wood 220 yards in the air and carry the pond; we are shocked when we fall short! Golf is about decisions and hitting the right club at the right time is definitely one of the most crucial.
I wish there was a checklist I could follow to ensure I always made the right club selection, but alas there does not seem to be one. Well, I guess I will have to make one up. The challenge I have is accounting for everything possible scenario and even then I am not sure I could capture them all. But, it would be worth a try because it would be useful to at least lessen the mystery of picking the club.
To start, here is a short list of variables that will serve as foundation for my larger solution:
- Lie of ball
- Ground conditions
- Green position
- How I am hitting the ball
I could go on and will in the future, but to provide a more versatile checklist, I will need to add some explanation to each category. Of course, this data will be the world according to The Grateful Golfer, but it should provide some use to others. Actually, I am hoping you will help by adding your view to my draft; some crowd sourcing per-say.
If you have been golfing for any length of time, you probably have an innate list. I know I do, but sometimes it fails. So moving forward, I think this checklist will help us select the right club at the right time!
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the list!