Let's demonstrate how you can take a club that hits the ball a lot farther that you want on a particular shot and yet you can control the distance. Why would you want to do that? Use your imagination with me for a moment.
How to Choose the Right Club for a 125 Yard Shot
I have the ball in the middle of the fairway going at this green but I want you to imagine that we have some objects in front of us, that I am coming from out of the trees and I have to go under the trees but I don't want to go too far. Now I am only 125 yards from the hole, yet I can not hit my 125 yard club which is a pitching wedge or small 9-iron, I have to get it under the trees.
How to Control Distance With a 6-Iron
So what have I picked, I have a 6-iron in my hand. How do I hit a 6-iron 125 yards, well this is how I do it. This club goes 165 yards normally. When I take a full swing that is a 165 yard shot. So I choke down on the grip and go down to 155, then I choke down a little more and go to 145. Then in five inch increments on my backswing I go down to 135 and then 125.
That is now my 125 yard shot right there with a 6-iron. I am going to take it back to there and I am going to take my normal swing otherwise except it is going to be shorter and that, with the club shortened down, takes me to 125 yards. That ball is going right at the flag, right at the middle of the green; it rolls on to the green. 125 yard shot. That is a little system for you that you might find very useful.