Article from the February GolfTEC Momentum Newsletter.
The golf season and Valentine’s Day—two events that are right around the corner. In the spirit of both, we have a suggestion: It’s time for you and your bag to have a heart-to-heart. Why? Because the relationship you have with your bag will be tested over and over again.
To survive those tests, you must trust every club in your bag. The first step to building that trust is asking the right questions. Here are five to get you started:
1. Does the loft of your driver match your ball speed?
Less loft doesn’t always mean more distance. You probably know that playing a higher-lofted driver can help your accuracy. But doesn’t that mean you’ll sacrifice distance? Not necessarily. Depending on your ball speed (among other factors), switching to a higher-lofted driver could actually increase your driving accuracy AND distance. Now who wouldn’t want that?
2. Should you carry a 3-wood in your bag?
Many golfers simply don’t need a 3-wood. A 4- or 5-wood is typically a much better club to carry. The slight increase in loft will improve your accuracy, make it easier to get the ball in the air and in some cases, increase your distance. Additionally, if you carry a 3-wood and 5-wood, you can add another wedge or hybrid to your bag by taking the 3-wood out. If you carry a 3-wood, take a second look at it—you might be better off without it.
3. Is your 4-iron the same head design as your 9-iron?
Many golfers, even some Tour Pros, are making the switch to blended iron sets. A blended iron set gives you increased forgiveness in your long irons, without sacrificing playability in your short irons. Almost every major club manufacturer will allow you to order a custom set of irons, made up of multiple club-head models. Whether you want more forgiveness in your long irons or increased feel in your short irons (or both), a blended iron set is worth a look.
4. Does the lie angle of your wedges match your irons?
It may seem like a basic club-fitting principle to match the lie angle of your wedges and irons. But doing so can result in pulling your wedge shots to the left. This can be caused by swing-plane issues or partial-swing wedge shots. If you’ve found yourself pulling your wedge shots on a regular basis, flattening out the lie angle of your wedges could potentially straighten out your wedge shots.
5. Is there anything to those huge, gimmicky-looking putters?
Size does matter—at least when it comes to MOI (moment of inertia). In spite of their sometimes gimmicky look and large size, those putters increase MOI. If MOI sounds as foreign as those putters look, we’ll make it simple for you: more MOI means more stability and forgiveness. If you’ve eliminated the high-MOI putters from your options in the past, now might be the time to reconsider.
Take the next step
Chances are, one (or more) of these questions applies to you. You might be curious to increase the loft of your driver and see how it affects your game. You might be wondering if a blended iron set could give you more confidence from the fairway. Or you might have a totally different question about your clubs. Whichever it is, a GolfTEC Coach can help.
You’ve taken the first step of asking the right questions. Now it’s time to take the next step. So grab your golf bag, head over to your nearest GolfTEC Improvement Center and talk to a Coach about improving your equipment setup.