Following Up The Round Club Mindset
Last month I wrote about “the round club mindset”, suggesting that almost all golfers take on a slightly different attitude when we put an 8-, 9- or wedge in our hands. And we should. Those clubs are designed for scoring. 

If you’ll remember, I also attached a survey to that post asking you to tell me about your relationship with your “round clubs”, so I want to share those results with you.

Of our readers who responded, 8.1% play to a 5 handicap or less; 34.8% to a 6-12, 37.2% to a 13-18 and 19.7% to an 18 handicap or better.

This gives me, and all of us, a good feel for who is reading “The Wedge Guy” – we’ve got some good players here so all of us can learn from each other. GREAT !

The second question asked about your “comfortable distance” with an 8-iron. 10.4% of you said 150 yards or more; 47.6% said 135-150 yards; 31.3% 120-135 yards, and 10.4% less than 120 yards. I find that interesting, as anything over 135 yards is pounding an 8-iron pretty hard.

In my experience, almost all golfers try to hit their irons too far.

Hogan was “my guy” back when I was learning, and he always said he had 20 yards “in reserve” with every club in his bag – now how many amateurs do you know that hit their irons 20 yards shorter than they really could ?

There’s something to learn here – throttle back your power settings on your short irons and watch your accuracy improve dramatically.

The 3rd and 4th questions asked about your objective when you have an 8-iron or less to the green. Over 70% of you said you expected to have a putt of 25 feet or less, with 40% of you saying it should be 15’ or less.

But, only 35% of you said that you achieve that objective an acceptable percentage of the time.

And finally, 98% of you said that you would consider learning to hit your round clubs shorter to achieve your objectives – SO LET’S DO IT !

It’s not that hard to learn to hit the ball with more control – just do what you do, but s-l- o-w-e-r.

Go to the range, or your back yard, and practice making swings at a slower pace than you normally do. Grip the club lighter, take it back slower, feel the end of the backswing, make the transition to the downswing slower and go through the ball to a full follow-through – all done s-l-o-w-e-r.

Then take it to the course and pull one club more than you think you normally would on all your approach shots, and swing s-l-0-w-e-r.

You’ll be amazed at the improved accuracy.
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new2golf says:

I find it very hard to dial the power back. I hit my best, most accurate shots with a full swing. I'm much more likely to mishit a shot when I try to take something off. When in between clubs, I hit the longer club and grip down an inch or two.

I know you're right though; I just can't commit to hitting 80% on the power. Perhaps it's part of the golfer's maturation process.
wedgeguy says:
Greg, No one said golf was gonna be easy, did they? "Dialing back" means nothing more than swinging slower, with more attention to keeping the body parts all synchronized. It doesn't mean "wimping" at the ball at all. Don't think of it as "taking something off", but rather as a slower, more deliberate swing to make sure the body can lead and the arms/hands/club follow through impact.

And yes, it is part of the golfer's maturation process!!
Finlarden says:
Just a comment on Greg's dialing back the power issue. This may be not what you are actually doing but your comment said "I hit my best, most accurate shots with a full swing. IGÇÖm much more likely to mishit a shot when I try to take something off" . This might not be the case but what you should not be doing is reducing your swing to anything but full. I know a guy I play with and he often try's to hit the ball at about 80% but he more often try's to change his swing to 80% of his take back. So it becomes more like a 3/4 swing. He then quite often over compensates this and try's to rip the power on the down from a shorter swing. It mostly ends in disaster. So slow it down is good advice, but pay particular attention to not shorten your swing. Full swing but slower (I will also reserve this comment for those getting the club in the right position at the top of their swing to begin with and then try slower, many golfers I see over swing or under swing to begin with).
Bob weseen says:
For short shots, I like to use a combination of Terry's methods (scor) and Dave Pelz's short game methods. Combining the two gives me a huge arsenal of shots from 115 yards and in. When you get comfortable with the methods of swinging consistently and gripping down to different points on the club, it is a failsafe way to confidently shoot at the pins.
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