Over the years I have experienced a love/hate relationship with my my long irons. Even to this day I struggle hitting a three and four iron. So much so, that I have replaced them with hybrids. My scores are more consistent, yet I often wonder if I am missing something by removing the long irons from my bag. Ignoring the purity of hitting long irons, I often wonder if I could master these clubs I would be further along on my quest to be a scratch golfer.
Long irons are very versatile. When I did hit them properly, which was once in a while, I found that I hit the ball farther and more accurate. The challenge was that I was so inconsistent, my game suffered dreadfully. With consistently poor shots, my confidence to a beating to a point were I dreaded to pull out a long iron. So, I would choke down on my 5 wood and whack away. It was really such a sad state of affairs for my game.
As you know, I have dropped my three and four irons for hybrids. I hit them far more consistently and I have developed the confidence to trust these clubs when I pull them from my bag. Yet, I do lose some flexibility for hitting out of some tight lies, but there is always a give and take when making the decisions on the composition of my bag.
Because I never hit my long irons well, removed them early in my career (or at least stopped using them) and tried to find many a different solutions to fill the distance gaps, I wonder if I made the right decision. Of course I will never know because I have no intent to benching my hybrids. But, I will never stop wondering if learning to hit my long irons could have helped me develop a better golf game.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!