5 Ways Modern Technology Has Hurt Your Scoring
Over the past three decades or so, modern golf club technology has changed the way we play the game. Drivers are bigger, more forgiving, and launch the ball prodigious distances. Metal woods are hotter and easier to hit than ever. Irons are getting stronger and more forgiving of mis-hits. And these things called 'hybrids' are so easy to hit they are scary.
But all this technology has done absolutely nothing for your short range performance. And your failure to significantly lower your handicap in the face of all this technology is proof.
Here are five ways that modern technology has prevented you from getting better inside 125-150 yards from the flag:
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Your point 5 is something I've been thinking about alot. It doesn't make sense to carry 4-AW not to say 3-PW when my typical second shot is <150 in. Seriously thinking of putting a 4h in my bag for the long par 5s and starting at 7 with my irons and wedging out. Other than the mental aspect of not having a 4-6, i can't see the downside.
I can name one other thing that hurts my game....the gray matter encased between my ears. I birdied back to back par 4's last night to get back to even par, ran into a rain delay, finished the last four holes on the front, and proceeded to shank four shots resulting in two doubles and a triple bogey. Ugh. I'm so frustrated with my game right now I may take a break for awhile. I've went from a 5.3hc to 10.6hc in less than two years. Someone help.
Torleif Sorenson says:
*Thank you* Mr. Koehler for another excellent article!
(1) explains why club manufacturers don't offer 2-irons anymore.
(4) is true for my ca.1989 Hogan Edge sand wedge, which has a stiffer shaft and heavier swing-weight than every other iron in my bag.
(5) is true because my short-game has cost me dearly on the golf course.
Eventually, Mr. Koehler, you and I will talk about my buying a new set of wedges and short irons. Count on it - and thanks for the education along the way!
This is partialy why I have 4 wedges. My lowest iron is a 5i. I find myself hitting it even when I know it will be short. My woods are a 4 and 7. So I have that 20+ yard gap in my longer clubs. Now if I could be more accurate with said wedges my score would drop.
Duke of Hazards says:
not that I've been playing golf that long, but i agree that the whole 'lightweight' movement in club shafts and heads is a tremendous hurdle for anyone trying to develop a proper swing as you can very quickly lose feel of the clubhead if you're grip and stance are off, which is common for a beginner. in other words, it's a lot harder to feel what you're doing wrong swinging today's clubs unless you already have strong fundamentals. it's sad that the only clubs that help develop a beginner's swing are the heavier 'swing trainer' type clubs.
not getting enough distance? well, here... just take this featherlight shafted 47inch driver and make your hideous swing (@beef... turn away in disgust) faster! it's got a sweet spot the size of Montana. you wanna work the ball? here, a quick turn of this wrench will do the trick! it's got 12 settings. just set it and forget it! looks like i'm getting ranty. i'll stop now.
God help us. We are awash in a sea of marketing cliches, spurious new "technologies", a million different choices ranging from traditional to ultra modern, hoping to find that combination that lets us maximize our meager potential. Too much choice is the bane of our modern existence.
I played blades for a LONG time so I agree with that, but I don't need 6 wedges. I used my 9i from 120 in all season last year and just recently found a wedge I like for 60 in. I've got a 100 yard shot with 4i, 6i, 7i, 9i, and if I hammer my wedge or smash my flatstick.... it's not necessarily what you got, it's how you use it.
No wonder my pro wanted me to get 3 new wedges. I didn't understand why until I read this article. Makes sense now. Thanks.
Hey, hey, there are trees here! Maybe not too many in Texas. I have to hit from under tree limbs all the time, and get good distance. But seriously, I still use and love 3 iron, 4 iron and up. I also have a 1 hybrid. The 3 iron has great length and workability. It will not get lost up in a breeze. For a nice low draw off the tee on a narrow par 5 dogleg, that is the club, with a stiff steel shaft! The hybids are too big a shift in every respect from my irons, except when really needed in the rough, or for loft. With 4 wedges, I'm using the minimal wedge, 60* the most, and the P for chipping. The other two might not see as much use as my low irons - though it really depends on the course.
What were the "6-7 clubs for all the shots inside 150 yards" ? For me my 7i is my 150 club so every club ahead of my 7i would count - 8i, 9i, PW, GW, SW, LW. What am I missing?
Andy, Hogan listed his "normal" 5-iron distance at 15 yards, with a max of 175. Understand that your modern 7 probably is darn close in loft and length to what Hogan's 5 was. You seem to have pretty good gapping, but are all your "wedges" all they could be? I suggest that they represent the oldest technology in your bag . . . and everyone else's, too.
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