Approach Shot Club Selection Basics For New Golfers

Moving your ball closer to the target is all about strategy. Part of that strategy is understanding how your equipment works. As a new golfer, are you able to confidently play any approach shot? Do you know how your clubs will react in every situation on the golf course? Here are some points to test your knowledge.

Know your individual club shot ability

A golf club is only as good as the golfer using it. What are your abilities concerning each of the golf clubs in your bag? How far can you hit the ball with your 6-iron? What about chip shots? Are they mostly high or do they travel low? Can you direct the ball well or is that something you need to work on? Know exactly what you are capable of with each club. This will enable you to make the right club selection when the time comes.

Be aware of external factors

Other elements will influence you shot too. We’ve discussed some of these below, but others include:

  • The weather. Is it windy, rainy, or dry?
  • The shot area? Are you cramped down in the rough or do you have lots of space to make your swing?
  • Are you being forced to make a really good shot because you’re behind in score?

Consider these before choosing your club.

Don’t default to irons every time

Iron play can be overrated sometimes. You’ll notice that professionals almost never stick to conventional club selection when making approach shots. They think out of the box and choose a club that will give them the result they need.

Consider the terrain

If the ground you are shooting off is hard and dry, this will affect your shot. If it’s wet, you may want to think before choosing a club too. Rough terrain, smooth terrain, sandy terrain, thick and grassy terrain; these will all call for various clubs relative to the distance and direction you want to obtain. Make the right choice.

Consider the surface angle

Downhill lies will often travel further than uphill lies. They will also travel slightly to the right whereas uphill lies tend to go straight. Choose the right club according to this factor too. You will often need to compensate for the angle of the terrain in order to achieve the shot you want.