Club selection will make or break any round of golf. It is one of fundamental tenants that all golfers must learn. I am not sure that anyone can be taught club selection or can they? I have played thousands of rounds of golf and through trial and error I have learned how to select the wrong club at the right time. My statement might seem crazy, but sometimes going against our gut feel or learned distances is the proper club choice to make the results we desire. Hence, we are making the wrong club choice at the right time.
Many times I have written that knowing how far we hit each club is very important to lower our golf score. It became the basis of my club selections and I recommend that it becomes the foundation our yours. However, there are times when we have to go against the grain and select a club we know is wrong for the shot, but right for the time. At Mattawa Golf and Ski Resort, there is one hole that challenges my club selection to a point that I still have doubts in my mind every time I step up to the tee.
The sixth hole at my home course plays about 140 yards. This is normally a light 8 iron for me on level terrain. I have hit this club hundreds, if not thousands, of times and I know this is the right club for this distance. Oh, I forgot to tell you that the green is about 50 feet lower than the green, so a 9-iron would be the right selection…..normally. Unfortunately, the first three times I hit my nine iron, I was short of the green by 15 yards. My next five shots, I clubbed to an 8 iron. It just made the green, but just.
I then selected a 7-iron and found that I was on the green in the front half. I have actually hit a knock down 6-iron the other night because of the wind. I am now in the 7/6 iron zone for most of the tee shots depending on the wind. The challenge I have is that my club selection is completely wrong at the right time. I am not sure why I need to club up when I should club down, but it is what I need to do to hit the green.
Every time I step up to the tee, my mind screams to select my 8 iron. But past experience tells me that selection a club outside my norm is the way to play this hole. The lesson I have learned from playing the sixth hole is to be open to selecting the wrong club at the right time. Golf is about making decisions on what club to use when. The trick is not to be so focused on distance hitting (I cannot believe I am say this) that your forget to play the wrong club at the right time.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!