Man, I envy your youth... Twenty years ago and 30 lbs less around my belly ago, using persimmon woods, I was good for about 270 off the tee...
These days, I seem to be around 250 at my best.
3 wood, 225
21 degree hybrid, 210
3 iron 200
4 iron 190
5 iron 180
6 iron 170
7 iron 160
8 iron 150
9 iron 140 if I kill it
Once I get about to the 8 iron, I'm not able to reach back to a full swing and I really need to nuke the ball to get the longer distances with them. I really need to develop better touch with the 7-9 irons to work in varied conditions.
You have to be careful that machismo and vanity dont get in the way of hitting good approach shots.
What I mean is, just because you are 150 yards away doesnt mean you should be crushing an 8 iron in because the guy next to you has.
One of the fellas that I play with has a real golfing issue, whereby he has to hit the ball further than anyone else. If he doesnt he trys to hit the ball harder and harder and in the end he has no control over any shot.
Whilst it is very important to know your distances, dont forget to take the wind and the lay of the land into consideration.
Trust me, no one would laugh at you if you took a 3 wood from 100 yards and left it 1' from the pin each time. Everyone has their own game.
jeez. you guys all seem like heavy hitters. I drive 240-250 and straight 16 of 18. or 270 and 2 of 18 in the fairway. I'd rather stay out of trouble. I hit my 6 iron 150 very consistently and accurately. 7i used to be my 150 club but was really over-exerting and offline a lot. There's no better feeling in golf for me than sticking one 6 ft from the pin from 170 and seeing a bigass divot to go fix. Doesn't matter which Iron I use to accomplish that. I hit a 4 from 170 and stuck 2 similar shots with that iron for 3&5ft. birdie putts last thurs. (yes I made both despite my lack of putting prowess.)
Go ahead and swing full on the long clubs but on the clubs you want to start sticking close to the pin then ease off on the power. I hit a drive 280 yards so I can get out there where I need to be.
Yesterday in a tourney, on a 520 yard par 5 in a tourney I hit Driver (280 yards) then 3wood (240 yards) to within 8 foot of the pin. Then I sank the putt for eagle. My partner did not mind in the least when I became a "weak hitter" and used an 8-iron from 131 yards. I have more people wanting to be my partner now than in my "dumber days" when I hit my 8 iron 145 yards.
My 8 iron is a more controlled swing so it only goes 133 yards. My 7 iron is only 145yards. Throttle back on your accuracy clubs until they go straight at the pin. Then try to duplicate that swing power every time with that club. Then measure that distance and remember it. Your scores will drop like a rock and nobody will call you "Alice" unless you come up short on your putts.
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