Lake Tahoe golf tips: Are you clubbing yourself correctly? |

Lake Tahoe golf tips: Are you clubbing yourself correctly?

Given the average distance the theoretical student hits each of the clubs mentioned, he/she should choose the 7 iron over the 8 iron in a situation such as this one, where hitting slightly long will still put the ball on the green — but hitting short will leave it short sided.
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INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — As a golf instructor/coach, I’m constantly noticing that students of mine will not be posting the kind of low scores that I know their game is capable of. When I finally get them on the course for some instruction, one of the most noticeable areas for improvement is their club selection.

The most common situation I see is that the student is capable of hitting his/her 7 iron 160 yards, but he/she actually averages about 154. If this student hits a 7 iron when he/she is 159 yards from a front pin, he/she will miss the green 7 out of 10 times — not only resulting in a missed green, but a short-sided miss as well.

Had this student hit a 6 iron instead, his/her normal shot would put him/her on the green, and any miss resulting in a loss of distance would be next to the pin.

Ask yourself: “Am I more likely to make a 20-foot putt, or be able to pitch the ball in when short sided?”

But what about the reverse situation when the pin is in the back of the green at 159 yards? In this situation, hit the 7 iron. Only 3 of 10 might reach the pin, but the other 7 out of 10 have a good chance at being on the green, leaving you a 20 foot birdie putt.

In any round, do you tend to be short, long, or pin-high most often?

If you look at the normal range you hit any of your clubs. You should be putting as many of those shots on the green as possible.

Don’t require your best shot to get a good result all the time. By playing your averages I’m sure you will see lower scores.

Don’t know your averages? With our new FlightScope Launch Monitor at the Championship Course, we now have a great opportunity to schedule a lesson and find the mean distance you are hitting your current club set so that you can plan appropriately on the course!

This technology can also help isolate any gaps that your current set might have that can create difficult club selections.

Scott Schuster is the Teaching Professional for the Incline Village Golf Courses. Contact him at the Championship Course by calling 775-832-1275 or email

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