Editor’s note: Steve Charters is in his 11th year as a pro at Twin Pines Golf Course. Born and raised in Cedar Rapids, Charters competed at Central College in Pella and has been a pro for 18 years in Dubuque and Cedar Rapids.
More often than not you may find yourself at a distance to the pin that seems to far for one iron and not far enough for another.
For example, you’re 145 yards away from the pin and you hit a 7-iron 150 yards full and an 8-iron 140 yards full. Which one is the best plan to get it to that 145 distance?
Generally, it’s easier to go with more club and take a three-quarters back swing then go with the shorter club and try to go big and full swing it. The more you try to swing big and full the more chance for error you can bring into your swing and put more mental pressure on yourself to hit it perfect.
Conditions also can be a factor in your decision. If the shot is uphill or into the wind, you’ll want to go with the longer club. On the flip side, if you’re down wind or down hill you’ll be better off with the shorter club.
Try these out next time you’re between clubs and, like Ben Hogan always said, “If you want to make more birdies, hit it closer to the hole.”— Steve