Choosing the type of golf club for you can be frustrating! Nothing adds more strokes to the average golfers score, than choosing the wrong club. Most golfers tend to under club themselves, which leads to over swinging and more wild shots. All things being equal, most golfers would benefit from using at least one more club than they think they need, and swinging smoothly. There are special situations when you need to hit the ball under a branch or over a tree. These shots require a little more analysis and imagination to select the right club.
Assess the conditions. Do you have a clear shot, or is there an obstacle to deal with? Is there wind blowing? If so, how hard and in which direction? Is the shot uphill or downhill? Do you have a good lie, or are you in the rough or sitting in a divot? If you have an obstacle in front of you the most important thing is to hit to a position where you will have a clear path for your next shot. If the wind is blowing against you you will need to use more club than normal. If the wind is at your back you may need less club than normal.If you are hitting uphill you will need more club. If you are hitting downhill you will need less. If you have a less than ideal lie you will want to use the club that is most likely to allow you to make solid contact.
Determine the length from where you are to where you want the ball to land. Depending on the course you are playing there may be yardage markers on the sprinkler heads in the fairway, or stakes on the edge of the fairway representing 100, 150, and 200 yards.Find the closest marker and mark off the distance from that marker to your ball. Each step for the average man is about one yard. Add or subtract the distance you marked off as appropriate.
Decide on the right club for the shot. If you have a clear shot with no obstacles simply select the club that with your average smooth swing will carry the distance you have determined. If your tendency is to come up short, take an extra club.If you are behind an obstacle the most important thing you want to do is get the ball to a point where you have a clear path on your next shot. This may mean using a lofted club to go over the obstacle, a less lofted club to go under it, or something in between to hit it sideways back onto the fairway.If undecided between two or more clubs go on to step four.
Use the club in which you have the most confidence. Confidence plays a huge role in your success on the golf course. There is nothing worse than being undecided--that creates tension and destroys your shot.Pick the club that gives you the most confidence, and be confident in your choice. Your chances are much greater of at least hitting a solid shot, even if you come up a little short, or hit the ball a little long.