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Club Selection

Club Selection is the art of picking the correct club to hit for the shot at hand. This requires taking trajectory, distance, spin and roll into consideration. A player must know their yardages with each club in their bag to be able to pick the appropriate club for the situation.

Club Selection Tips

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  • Get a Couple of "Go To" Clubs

    Although you can use every club in your bag to chip I recommend perfecting two. Maybe try a pitching wedge and a 7 iron. Once you master these they can be your fall back clubs. Experiment with all the other clubs in your bag in practice and if you feel confident enough on the course, use them. If not, use your fall back clubs.

  • Use Enough Loft From the Rough to Get Back in Play

    When faced with a ball in deep rough it is important first and foremost to pick the right club and one with enough loft that you will be able to get the ball back out in play. Gnarly grass will want to grab your clubhead so you should also make an effort to steepen your swing plane. Standing slightly open and making more of an arms swing than a shoulder turn on your takeaway will help you make your plane more upright. Avoid turning around your body with your shoulders on a flat plane.

  • Increase Your Club For Every 10 mph of Wind

    When faced with high winds, choosing the correct club can be a tremendous challenge. While every situation is different and depends on a player's technique and ability, as a general rule, alter your club of choice choice by one club for every 10 mph of wind. For instance if there is a 20 mph wind in your face, go up two clubs (from a 7 iron to a 5 iron). If the wind is downwind 20 mph then go down 2 clubs (from a 7 iron to a 9 iron).

  • When It's Breezy, Swing Easy

    When hitting into a head wind swing easy. Accelerating through a shot only forces the ball to jump up high into the air. This is not ideal when you have wind in your face. To keep the ball down simply slow down your rate of rotation and take more club. For instance, if you are at a distance where you would normally hit your 7 iron, go up to a 5 iron and swing slow, but smooth.

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