Looking At Your 'Team' Part 2
Friday’s post started this dialog about carefully examining your set make-up to see if you are really carrying the right mix of clubs to give you the best chances of optimizing your scoring. Now let’s take that analysis to the next level to see if it won’t help you assess the team you’ve put together.
At each end of the set, we have the driver and putter, so we’ll leave those out of the mix for team building. Everyone’s gotta have them so that leaves 12 players to fill in the roster. I like to divide those 12 players into 3 distinct groups:
Distance clubs that deliver club-to-club differentials of 20-25 yards are fine – you can cut each distance down by about half by simply gripping down on the longer club by one half to three quarters of an inch. Positioning clubs that deliver distance differentials of 15-20 yards are also fine. For more precision when needed, you can cut each gap in half by simply gripping down, which should give you distance accuracy of 25-30 feet.
But between your scoring clubs is where you want the gaps to be the tightest, because a shot that is 20-25 feet long or short from only 80-125 yards is not fine. In this range, you need to be able to “dial in” your shots to 5-7 yard increments with consistency, regardless of your handicap. And the only way to do that consistently is to have your club arsenal arranged to give you tighter gaps “mechanically”, rather than to rely on your feel and ability to throttle down to dissect a 15-20 yard gap with precision.
The point is actually pretty simple. The closer you get to the green, the tighter your expectations should be, and the better your performance should be. I’m going to wrap this up on Friday with some tips on how to tweak your set to give you a stronger team to take to the course with you.
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Good artical that saved me a dollar or two on clubs I don't need
I love my 56deg wedge but can you tell me what deg my TaylorMade burner plus Awedge is? I think I could apply your advice if I had a wedge with a deg that was inbetween the two. Thanks.
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