Delo’s Divots: Choose the club for the conditions, not yardage

 

How many times have you hit a shot that bounces up onto the
green but stops because it is wet? Or on a windy day you hit 5-wood
from 150 yards, instead of your normal 4-iron, only to come up
short anyway?
How many times have you hit a shot that bounces up onto the green but stops because it is wet? Or on a windy day you hit 5-wood from 150 yards, instead of your normal 4-iron, only to come up short anyway? Those are a couple of examples of playing to the conditions and not just the yardage.

The conditions on a golf course change from time to time, season to season. You can get stagnant and always hit the same club for the same shot from the same distance. The previous are prime examples of when conditions change, your shot selection must change.

When hitting a ball into the wind, just put in mind there should be a “ceiling” on all your shots. You should never hit a club higher than a 7- or 8-iron into the wind. Hitting something with more loft is asking for trouble. Not only will the ball travel shorter, but you can’t control it when it gets up into the wind.

During wet conditions, you can no longer bounce shots up onto the green. Take the club that will fly the ball onto the putting surface. Chances are, if it’s that moist, the ball will stop on the green anyway.

So check your conditions before you choose your club. Just like driving a car, golf requires adjustments in certain conditions.

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