After reading an article from PGATour.com about what clubs Rory McIlroy carries, I started to second guess the clubs in my bag. I mean, if one of the top golfers in the world (arguably the best) uses specific clubs, then maybe, just maybe, we amateurs need to take notice. I am not talking about brand of club, but the actual clubs he carries. Truthfully, I am really confused!
There are two things I quickly noticed about what is in Rory McIlroy’s bag that differs from mine. First, he does not carry any hybrids. Personally, I carry a 3 and 4 hybrid because I do not hit my long irons well. Therefore, using easier to hit hybrids only makes sense to me as an amateur. This difference does not really make me rethink the clubs in my bag; however, the next difference is causing me a bit consternation.
McIlroy carries a 5 wood! Yup, he took his 3 iron out of the bag and carries an extra wood. Now, a few years back, I took out my 5 wood to insert a 60° wedge because I felt that this move would improve my golf scores. It has to a point, but my confusion is maybe I took out the wrong club. Should I have removed the 3 hybrid instead. Normally, my 3 hybrid is good for 200 to 210 yards; I was able to hit my 5 wood 220 yards on average. The yardage gap does not seem like a issue to me because my course management skills makes up to any discrepancy that might occur because I decided to remove my 5 wood. Now, I wonder if made the right decision!
Okay, I am going to stop myself right now! I am falling into the advertising trap that all golfers experience from time to time. Rory McIlroy’s club selection is designed for his fantastic game. He has the ability to strike all his clubs with perfection and as such, carries the clubs that best suit his game.
I am a bit less proficient with my ball striking (being generous to myself here) and my bag make up is designed to best suit my game. Therefore, second guessing my choices just because a top golfer has gone in a different direction is not a good idea. I need to stay confident with my choice and play my game to the best of my ability with the clubs I carry. And I guess that is the main theme of my article today.
Only you can decide what clubs to carry that suit your golf game. Sometimes it is skill related, others has to do with cost, or maybe you have not given this topic that much thought. Regardless, own your decision about what clubs are in your bag and confidently go forward to play your best golf!
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!