Which Club Should a Beginner Use for Practice?
If you are a beginner or high handicapper, which club should you use for a practice?
To learn the basics of golf swing, I think you should use 6 or 7 iron for a practice.
4 Reasons to Use 6 or 7 Iron for practice
1. You can use the same swing with other clubs
Basically, you should have one swing for all clubs. But with your wedge and short irons, you will hit it more with descending blow. With your fairway woods and utilities, you should sweep the ball.
With middle irons, you still want to hit it with a slight descending blow but the swing is not so different than the one you make with your driver.
2. Build your game around your 7 iron
If you have a confidence in certain club, you can build your game around it.
Middle irons are used often on the course especially for beginners and high handicappers.
On a par 5, your second shot should be with your middle irons and not with your fairways woods.
3. You will improve faster with 7 iron
You need to be having fun if you want to improve. Instead of using longer clubs (including driver), try to hit ball with clubs that are easy to hit.
You need to take one step at a time. It's critical for improvement.
4. Short irons won't tell you the true ball flight
Short irons will put lots of back spin on the ball and less side spin. So it's easy to hit it straight.
Some golfers hit it really straight with their short irons but slice a lot with longer clubs. They start to think what they are doing different with longer clubs.
In fact, their swing is basically the same. But longer clubs have less loft and puts lots of side spin. That's why you slice more with longer clubs.
Short iron hides the real problem. So I don't recommend beginners or high handicappers to use short irons for practice.
Of course, it's important to practice with all clubs you have. But when learning the basics of golf, you may want to stick with your 6 or 7 iron.
- Fat Shots
- Fairway Woods
- Long Iron
- Short Iron
- Pull / Push
- Shots from Rough
- Fairway Bunker