### Gaps in clubs

When I play out on the course I noticed that some holes, especially longer ones, I have trouble playing. So after I went and got yardages on all my clubs and I noticed some gaps. Below are my yardages for my longer clubs.

5-iron. 160 yds

4-hybrid. 180 yds

3-wood. 220 yds

As you can see I have 20+ yard gaps and I need help. I need help on what clubs to buy. I was thinking of adding in a 5 hybrid to close that gap but I'm not sure. Opinions?

I would get a 3 hybrid to close the gap in between the 3 wood and 4 hybrid but i don't know about the 5 hybrid.

first question are you going with a 3 or 4 wedge set up? if it is 3 then you can get a 3 or 2 hybrid and just give your current 4 hyb a higher loft which should close that gap and getting another 2 or 3 hyb or even 5 wood would close other gap

i currently run driver 10.5 3 wood 13.5 adj to 14.25  and have the AP2 4-p wit 52,56,60 vokey getting a 18* of 19* hyb because i too have a gap between wood and irons

You can choke down on your 4 hybrid to lessen the gap to the 5 iron, and should look at either a 3 hybrid or 5 wood to lessen the gap between your 3 wood and 4 hybrid. Get fit for which ever club fits your needs the best.

You didn't list your 6I distance.  Assuming that is closer to 10-15 yards.  What you are missing is something between a Titleist 4H (24 degrees) and the 3W (15 degrees).  You can adjust the 4H back to 24.75 to get closer to 175 yards and then based on a fitting, likely a 19 degree hybrid or wood to get into the 195-200 range.  The choice will be based on your own preference and you might need to dial the 19 back to 19.75 - empirical numbers.  It might even be best using a 21 degree FW, since the woods tend to be a little longer than hybrids but disperse a little more.

IF you want to get 170 out of the 4 hybrid, choke down 1/2" or so   For a long time I carried a 7 wood and 26 hybrid with the 7 wood being 180-185 and the 26 hybrid around 160.   I also did the same thing for awhile with the 910F 19 and 910H 27 (until I got a 9 wood because I can't hit a 21 hybrid).

Put a 19 fairway between the 3 wood and  4 hybrid.   That is the gap to be more concerned with.

20 yard gap isn't insurmountable.

I play driver, 910F 19*, 9 wood, 910H 27*, 34H, 8-PW, 54-60-64

There is a rule of thumb for distance control - 1/2" for every 10 yards on a full swing, 5 yards per on a half swing and 2.5 for a 1/4 swing.  Although that came from a wedge tip it works well with other clubs.

I have just the opposite problem so I carry a 56,60,64 pitching wedge and gap wedge. My 5 iron goes 210. So maybe you need more hybrids and less wedges.

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On Mar 17, 2013, at 3:42 PM, "Chris O" <bounce-chriso62@acushnetgolf.com> wrote:

Chris O posted Gaps in clubs in Golf Clubs.
 When I play out on the course I noticed that some holes, especially longer ones, I have trouble playing. So after I went and got yardages on all my clubs and I noticed some gaps. Below are my yardages for my longer clubs. 5-iron. 160 yds 4-hybrid. 180 yds  3-wood. 220 yds  As you can see I have 20+ yard gaps and I need help. I need help on what clubs to buy. I was thinking of adding in a 5 hybrid to close that gap but I'm not sure. Opinions?

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Hello Chris,

I agree with Lou G. If you choke down on your 4H you can close up that gap easily enough.

As far as gaps in the long end of the bag, remember that mortals like you and I don't HAVE TO go for the green in two. There are no green jackets or million dollar prizes for us so go ahead and lay up with that second shot to a comfortable distance. Then cozy your 3rd shot up to the pin and snag yourself a birdie.

Dan W

Hello Chris,

I agree with Lou G. If you choke down on your 4H you can close up that gap easily enough.

As far as gaps in the long end of the bag, remember that mortals like you and I don't HAVE TO go for the green in two. There are no green jackets or million dollar prizes for us so go ahead and lay up with that second shot to a comfortable distance. Then cozy your 3rd shot up to the pin and snag yourself a birdie.

I always tell others - there is this wonderful thing called a wedge.  Getting down in 2 or holing out from 25 yards in is a piece of cake.   The pros have somewhere around 75% greens in regulation which means they have to get down in 2 or hole out.

In the 1980s I could reach the green in 2 on a 460 yard par 5 (had one instance where I was 170 yards from the pin but hooked my old school 6 iron, flubbed my chip and 3 putted for a bogey).

You also learn a lot from seniors when you play golf (well now I am one - I turn 56 this year; I got a lesson in humility around 2007 - I was playing with an elderly gentleman and he was using a 4 hybrid on a par 3 that I could hit with a 7 iron but his score at the end of 9 holes was +3 and mine was bogey golf).  What is important is how few strokes you take and not how you took them; that is precisely how we old farts beat these younguns at the Game.  The kid might try to muscle a 130 yard par 3 with a sand wedge and end up somewhere in the bushes while this old fart pulls an 8 iron out and sticks it 3 feet from the pin.  Lastly, Paul Wilson (of Revolution Golf - great instructor) stated the reason people slice is they try to hit it too hard.  I'm still capable of hitting an 8 iron 150 yards with some heat but generally play it around 135 yards for more accuracy.

Another little thing in the mix for the originator is that one gets much more use out of a 5 wood vs a 3 wood.   Again, wonderful thing called a wedge.  LOL!