I carry 14 clubs when I play golf. I never add or subtract from that number because each club has a specific role. Although I might not hit every club during each round, the situation will occur where I will need a specific club within two rounds or so. I realize that carrying a specific club (like my lob wedge) for limit use might not be the best strategy, but it works for my game. As I continue to play, there are days when I am not hitting a specific club well and it is costing me strokes; so, what should I do to rectify this weakness in my game. Well, some recommend to stop using that club and work around it. However, I am not so sure this is the best way to approach my game.
Every golfer hits a certain club poorly from time to time. It is inevitable and the solution I have heard from many players is to put the club in the penalty box, sin bin, or trunk of their car. They do not replace this banished club, but play around the gaps it leaves in their game. They continue to play in this way until they feel brave enough to pull their ostracized our of its timeout. This situation is perpetual and is not a long term solution to hitting a club poorly.
Personally, I give my club a few rounds before I start to panic. Even if this club is one that I use often (driver, 7 iron, wedges, putter). I generally do not panic after a few shots because that is the nature of playing amateur golf.
In the past, my failure to hit a club well is usually starts off with a hitch in my swing, then repeated mishits pushes my concern into the mental realm. I would start to worry about my poor performance and this would just complicate my worsening scores. Back then, I would banish my club and my scores would get better for a short time and then they would get worse. My conclusion was that banning any club was not the solution I needed to be a better golfer.
My new path to fixing my hitting woes was to practice hitting the club in question. I would spend time at the range working out the kinks. It worked out well and taught me that my game needed constant attention to remain sharp. It definitely was a learning experience and helped shape my approach to my game today.
Now, I do not put any club in the penalty box. I continue to use it and take the time to work out the kinks in the range. If that is not possible, I continue to hit my wayward club because I know that I am one stroke away from putting my game back to equilibrium. Therefore, I do not put any club in a time out. I work through my challenges and do not let my brain get in the way. I remain calm, focused and confident knowing that my game will right and will be right in my golfing world.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!