CLUB SELECTION: DISTANCE TO BE HIT VERSUS ACTUALLY
Based on watching amateurs select clubs during Pro-Am’s, Tour players
say that the biggest problem they see with amateurs is a strong tendency to
overestimate how far they hit a ball with a given club. While golfers see how
far they hit each shot, they do not record and summarize data over many shots
with that same golf club. As a result, their feedback is flawed.
Here is what causes a change in club selection. We have the golfer record data
on each shot as to the distance to be hit and the distance actually hit. The
golfer manually or with the aid of a computer reassembles the data on all shots
for a given club and calculates the average distance to the targets and the
actual distance hit. The golfer then gets data on the difference between the
two, which usually shows actual shots traveling a shorter average distance than
the golfer predicted.
This usually causes golfers to select a longer club for the same distance.
The golfer should continue collecting this data periodically to keep from slipping
back into the “under clubbing” behavior.
Golf professionals on a tour and serious amateurs should consider recording
data in addition to the distance, such as the type of lie, wind speed, wind
direction and uphill, downhill and side hill conditions for the lie and the