Regardless of whether you have been playing golf for many years or are only a beginner, one of the most important aspects to master is distance control. This is particularly true for golfers starting to play the game as knowing which club to hit and when is little about judgement and more about knowing your own skills. Distance control is a skill that is essential to being a successful golfer and, fortunately, it is one that can be easily learned. This article will provide information on how to obtain and maintain good distance control in golf.
The first step to gaining good distance control in golf is by understanding the concept of distance control and accepting it. The swing speed and tempo should be the same for all of your clubs irrespective of how far you need to hit the ball. For many beginners, this seems an absurd statement; however, it is the key to distance control and effective club selection. The club is what does the work and the longer clubs will create a low and far shot trajectory. The shorter clubs will do the opposite.
When you have learned this rule, you can begin to integrate distance control into your game. Next time you are practicing at the golfing range, use a mid-iron and hit approximately 20 or 30 balls. Try to use a smooth swing that is the same each time you swing the club. In this time you will find that, providing you make good contact, the distance the ball travels will be within a 5 and 10 yard range. Measure the average distance of these shots and you will determine your average distance control for the specific club.
Typically, you can subtract or add 10 to 15 yards for each club as a shorter or longer cub. For example, if you use an 8 iron at 150 yards, the 7 iron should have a distance of approximately 160 yards. As you practice, you will be able to hone these distances and learn how to control a specific distance for each of the clubs. Keep in mind that there are tools that can help you dial in your distances, such as rangefinders and GPS golf watches. Both have their advantages and disadvantages, so be sure to do our research, they are not cheap.
Of course, there are several additional factors that need to be considered when choosing a club. This can include the wind conditions on the day, the ball being used, and whether the pin is lower or higher than the ground you are standing on. As you progress and gain skills you will learn to judge these factors; however, the basic rule is that the ball will travel further with a tail wind or if the pin is lower.
If you begin to use these tips, it is possible to gain distance control in a short space of time. Always be aware of other conditions that may affect the settings as these can also influence the distance control.
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