What's In My Bag
Your golf swing, routine, and mental approach are only part of the equation to playing the best golf possible. It is always important to keep in mind how your equipment can effect your game. Here are a few keys to consider when analyzing your set of clubs:
1. Am I utilizing my 14 club setup optimally? If you look at my set, I only carry one fairway wood. This allows me to have an extra wedge in the bag for better yardage gapping though the set (more on that later).
2. Make sure that ALL of your clubs have a purpose and fit your CURRENT golf swing. As swing changes are made, your equipment may have to be adjusted accordingly. Not too long ago, I had a fairway wood in the bag that was an absolute rocket - some of the time! I had a nervy tee shot ahead of me in a tournament - a perfect fairway wood shot - and I was not comfortable hitting it. I realized right then and there that the fairway wood in question no longer had a spot in my bag.
3. Each club in your bag should go the RIGHT distance and your clubs should have the correct YARDAGE GAPPING between them. Please do not carry a fairway wood that only goes 230 yards and a hybrid that smokes the ball out there 225 yards. Your personal yardage gaps will depend upon your swing speed. The faster you swing, the larger your gaps will be. The slower you swing, the more close together they will be. I will use my swing speed and gaps for an example: For my fairway wood and hybrid set up, I like to have 15 to 20 yards between the two (carry distance). For my irons and wedges, I am looking for 10 to 12 yards between each club. In order to keep this consistent, I make sure two things are correct: my club lengths and my club lofts. For irons, each club should be 1/2 inch longer than the next. For loft, there should be a four degree gap between lower irons (7, 8, 9, W) and about a 3 degree gap for the longer ones.
4. Last, but certainly not least, make sure your clubs are custom fit by a PGA Professional or at the very least someone who fits for a living. Something off the used club rack at the local golf store is going to be the perfect club for anyone not looking to improve their scores! But since you are here, that is probably not you!
At all of my lessons, I will look through the golf bags of my students and most of the time I will have some questions about what I see. As with all things, knowledge is power and in golf it certainly helps to know as much as you can about your own equipment.
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