An Easy Way to Figure Out Your Average Yardage for Each Club

By Ed Ibarguen

How PGA Players Select Clubs for Each Shot

There are a lot of differences between a PGA Tour Player and your game. There are a lot of differences between a PGA Tour Player and my game. One of the things that I think you need to be aware of is what they know is they know how far they hit each club. That is something that you as a typical even low handicap all the way to high handicap golfer, you just don't know what you are going to get. It becomes like a box of Cracker Jacks you never know what is going to come out.

Drill: How to Figure Out How Far You Hit With Each Club

What I would like for you to do is after it rains and the ground is fairly damp at your club slip out, put one ball down and hit that ball. If you catch it solid you only need one swing, if you miss it try another one.

  • Start with your pitching wedge, hit that solid, and I want you to walk that yardage off and write that yardage down. When I hit a pitching wedge solid you are going to tell yourself I hit it 115 yards carry, not carry and roll because when we are hitting those irons we are usually hitting them into a green where we want to get the carry distance.
  • Try to do that for your entire set so you really begin to get an idea of how far you each club goes. If you will do that you will start to save strokes left and right on the golf course because instead of under clubbing or over clubbing yourself, or saying you know what I once hit a pitching wedge 125 yards so I think I am 125 yards and over water so I think I will hit a pitching wedge.
  • What you end up doing, you didn't quite catch it and it plopped in the water and you cost yourself a penalty stroke. Try to get a handle on how far you really hit it. It is going to make a difference on how you score when you are playing the game.

Category: Club Selection
Sub Categories: Course Strategy, Practice

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