As golfers, we are always curious about how far others can hit their clubs. I generally ask when someone tags a great shot just to understand what club their are using in hopes that it will give me a hint for my shot. Of course their answer does not really affect how I am going to hit my ball, but sometimes I am amazed at how far they hit some clubs. This is especially true when I asked others how far, on average, do they hit their 5-iron!
To start, I hit my 5-iron, on average about 175 – 180 yards. This would be a standard distance with no wind and on a level ground. This does not include any roll, but in the air. I feel that this is a good distance for my game because I am under control and feel a solid tempo. With most golfers I talk to, they are within 5 yards either way of this distance. So, I feel that my distances is relatively normal. That is until I asked the following question:
Almost 50% of the respondents hit their 5-iron farther than me. I think that is a pretty high number considering I had many side responses that pegged their average distance in the 190 to 200 yards. The highest someone reported was was 210 yards. That is a long 5-iron!
After reading all the responses, I started to think about how far I actually hit my clubs. Interestingly, I still feel that I hit a reasonable middle iron and that it would be nice to have the extra distance, but at what cost. I am normally very straight and if I miss it is because I over-swing to try and squeeze out an extra few yards. Generally, this happens when I am between clubs.
The next question I had to ask myself was if I needed to join the ranks of the other players hitting the ball farther with my 5-iron. Then I realized that to do so, I would have to make a complete swing make over and I am not sure that this is the smart course of action. A drastic swing change because of one club does not really make sense to me; does it to you?
So, I figure I will not make any swing changes and accept that I hit my 5-iron on average between 175-180 yards. I will course manage my shot selection and accept what my natural, controlled swing provides. This is a good suggestion for my fellow players. Sometimes it is best to hone what skills we have to lower our score, than to chase something that may or may not be possible.
What do you think? Should we chase distance all the time or work with what swing we naturally use?
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!