Hitting a 5-Iron a Country Mile!

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!

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Hitting a Stinger Like Tiger Woods

The ‘stinger’ golf shot is nothing new in golf. If you have played for any length of times, I am confident you have tried to hit this specialty shot. Personally, I think Tiger Woods is the player who popularized it more than any other player and would rate him the best ever at making this shot. I personally do not practice this shot often, but would consider myself a slightly better than average player when attempting a ‘stinger’. How do you think you would fair attempting this shot?

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I Have Never Broken a Golf Club; Have You?

I am one of the fortunate golfers who have never broken a golf club. I actually have never bent one either. I have scuffed up the sole a few times, but no real serious damage. I have watched as a few clubs disintegrated during a swing and one break at the hosel, but never at my hands. I am actually surprised at this considering I have take over 10,000 swings in my life. However, others have not been as lucky!

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It seems that over 2/3 of golfers have broken a club unintentionally while golfing. I actually found this number quite high!

I will admit, that except during a tournament, that I rarely take any chances to break a club. I will take a drop and willingly accept a penalty to protect my equipment. Or I just punch out with a very controlled swing to ensure that my irons remain intact.

Having said that, I do take a second look during tournaments. I have hit a few rocks (unintentionally), trees, roots, and sign posts over the years, but fortunately I have never broken a club. During competition, I actually do not focus on my equipment much, but more on the best way to reduce strokes by either taking a penalty or making the shot. This course management process is challenging and my results are about 60 / 40 to the good.

Protecting my equipment is very important. I have quite a bit of money invest in my kit, so looking after it is very important. I do not want to have to replace my clubs prematurely because of a poor hitting decision. I admit that accidents do happen, but eliminating most of the conditions for them to happen is very important as well.

Have you ever unintentionally broken a golf club?

I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!

Final Thoughts From The Masters 2019

What an amazing finish to four days of stellar golf. The leaderboard was a virtual whose who throughout the weekend and it was anyone’s game until the very end. I notice a few things that were different than in previous Majors that I thought were noteworthy; some might be a ‘ah-ha’ moment for you because they were for me.

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Is Your Course Management Style Aggressive or Passive?

Course management is an important aspect of any golf game. Understanding the proper time to attempt an aggressive shot was built through previous successes and failing at some of the more riskier shot selections. It can be studied, but until you actually put your studies into action, you will never really understand which course management method will work best for you. I use a course management process that is both aggressive and passive during the same round.

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