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Should you hit a long iron, hybrid or 5 wood from this lie?

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For as long as I’ve been playing the game, I have always struggled hitting shots from the rough from about 200 yards or so. Either I just wasn’t strong enough to drive the club through the grass, my technique was faulty or I used the incorrect club a majority of the time. Whatever the reason, I can tell you that if you’re smart, you won’t have to fight the same battle I did because of the improvements to fairway woods and the advent of hybrids.

Fairway woods and hybrids have gotten so good, in fact, that I was inspired to use my Trackman so I could measure how a long iron, hybrid, and fairway wood of the same loft would perform from similar lies in the rough. As golfers know, it’s almost impossible to exactly duplicate the exact lie each time, but I’m hopeful that since our rough is consistent here at Vidanta the results will hold true.

For this test, I hit several shots with a 3 iron, 3 hybrid, and 5 wood from the lie, or something very similar to the lie pictured above. Also, each club was set to 19 degrees so we can compare apples to apples as best as possible.

3 Iron (TaylorMade RSi TP, 19 degrees)

StickneyRoughTest3i

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I’ve been using a hybrid in place of my 3 iron for years, and I forgot just how difficult it is to hit a 3 iron from lies in thick Bermuda grass. As you can see, my average carry with the club was only 151.1 yards, with a high of 164.1 yards and a low of 137.3 yards. These results show just how hard it is to make consistent contact with a long iron out of the rough.

With an average spin rate of 1586 rpm, an average height of 45.7 feet, and an average landing angle of 27.5 degrees, the ball was knuckling and landed low and hot. I’m just glad that I was NOT trying to carry this ball over a water hazard. The dispersion wasn’t too bad, but what good is hitting it straight if it doesn’t even reach the putting surface?

Hybrid (TaylorMade R15, 19 degrees)

StickneyRoughTest3H

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The hybrid jumped out of the same lies with ease and was much easier to hit than a 3 iron. My average carry went up to 186.5 yards — 35.4 yards longer compared to the 3 iron. Even my worst shot with the hybrid (176.2 yards) was 12 yards longer than my best shot with the 3 iron.

With the hybrid, my spin, height, and landing angle all went up dramatically, as well giving my shots a drastically better chance to stop on the green. While my average shot with the hybrid was farther offline, it was a matter of a few feet, which I’ll trade for 30+ yards any day.

5 Wood (TaylorMade SLDR, 19 degrees)

StickneyRoughTest5W

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The 5 wood got the ball out of the rough almost as easily as the hybrid did, but there was a feeling that I could not “get down to it” as easily as I could with the hybrid. Carry distance was around 192 yards, with a high of 204 yards and a low of 173.5 yards.

Overall, the 5 wood went a touch farther than the hybrid, but only by 6 yards. The average miss, however, was 27.5 feet with the worst shot being almost 90 feet left of the target. Shots with the 5 wood also launched with less spin than I prefer, but they had enough height and a steep enough landing angle to stop on the green — just not as fast as the hybrid.

Long iron, hybrid, and fairway wood comparison

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In conclusion, avoid hitting long irons out of the deep rough, as they simply can not match the performance of hybrids and fairway woods from similar lies. In my experience a golfer’s best bet is usually a hybrid, as it will go almost as far as a similar lofted fairway wood, except much straighter.

Fairway woods do tend to go farther, however, so if you keep finding yourself in a position where you need to hit a big ball to reach the green in regulation or make an eagle, a fairway wood may be your best bet.

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Tom F. Stickney II is the Director of Instruction and Business Development at Punta Mita, in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (www.puntamita.com) He is a Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher, and has been honored as a Golf Digest Best Teacher and a Golf Tips Top-25 Instructor. Tom is also a Trackman University Master/Partner, a distinction held by less than 15 people in the world. Punta Mita is a 1500 acre Golf and Beach Resort located just 45 minuted from Puerto Vallarta on a beautiful peninsula surrounded by the Bay of Banderas on three sides. Amenities include two Nicklaus Signature Golf Courses- with 14 holes directly on the water, a Golf Academy, four private Beach Clubs, a Four Seasons Hotel, a St. Regis Hotel, as well as, multiple private Villas and Homesites available. For more information regarding Punta Mita, golf outings, golf schools and private lessons, please email: [email protected]

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  1. Scott

    Nov 5, 2015 at 5:05 pm

    Thanks Tom. I have actually changed out all of my woods for hybrids (15 degree, 19 degree, and 24 degree) I may have lost a bit of distance, but I have gained in versatility.

  2. tonks

    Nov 5, 2015 at 7:14 am

    Peter Alliss wrote in his book Golf Master Classes `If the lie is none too frightening, your fairway woods should be much more effective than a 4 or 5 iron. Woods push through the grass , rather than cutting through as an iron does. This means there is far more chance of preventing the club head twisting. A club with a small head is better and something between a 4 and 7 wood can be ideal.` I used to use a small head 5 wood (real wood!) that out performed any other club in this situation. Unfortunately time has got the better of it and I am thinking about looking for a replacement. The area of the face is smaller and the bottom of the club if a `U` rather than the modern flat bottom.

  3. Bob Pegram

    Nov 4, 2015 at 5:36 pm

    Much of the choice depends on how you swing and how strong your hands are. If you have strong enough hands to keep the face square through the rough and high enough swing speed to get the club through the grass and make a solid hit, use the 5 wood as long as that is your 200-220 club. The rough will sometimes reduce total distance. Experience tells you how much it will be reduced.
    For somebody with less hand strength or lower club head speed, use a more lofted club to just get the ball out and toward the green.

  4. Rich

    Oct 31, 2015 at 7:23 pm

    It would depend which direction the hole was going. If my direction of play was to the left, I might take something longer because there is much less grass right behind the ball. If it is to the right, it would be take my medicine, wedge it out and move on.

  5. Rick

    Oct 30, 2015 at 1:41 pm

    Lie looks like a flyer since my average 5iron goes 184 yd Arccos determined and longest 206 I play it back in my stance to get a more descending arc

  6. CD

    Oct 30, 2015 at 4:54 am

    Anyone else look at it and think ‘7 iron’?

    • Mat

      Oct 30, 2015 at 12:57 pm

      Yes!

    • SirBigSpur

      Oct 30, 2015 at 4:48 pm

      From 200 yds out??

    • IceMan

      Oct 31, 2015 at 3:46 pm

      Yes, my first thought was 7 iron. If it is buried in the rough, my first thought is not always “how can I get this on the green”, but “what is my safest option of getting this out of this grunge, still advance it forward pretty well, and be down there far enough to try and get up and down for par”. That up and down might be attempted from 50 yards out, but to me, that is better than hitting a wood or hybrid possibly 50 yards right or left if it comes out squirrelly or I make a bad swing leaving me in the heavy rough again, or if I catch it fat and only advance it 50 yards, still leaving me 150y out. Sometimes its best to take your medicine and use more loft to get it out and forward, try to get up and down from the fairway, and take the big number out of play….

    • ABgolfer2

      Oct 31, 2015 at 6:54 pm

      Yup.

  7. birly-shirly

    Oct 29, 2015 at 7:49 pm

    I’m pretty sure that from a decent lie I’ll hit hybrid or fw to a more consistent carry distance, but I’ll hit the equivalent iron straighter. That much seems consistent with the results here. However on balance, I think the offline shots are more damaging to my score and so I tend to stick with the irons. I’m not under any illusions though about hitting them from poor lies in the rough – from there I’ll take my medicine.

  8. Joe

    Oct 29, 2015 at 7:08 pm

    Very predictable results. Mass is the obviously answer.

    • Mat

      Oct 30, 2015 at 12:59 pm

      The three iron head has more mass than any hollow head…

    • IceMan

      Oct 31, 2015 at 3:49 pm

      If more mass is the predictable answer, why did the author conclude hybrid was the best option? The 5 wood has more mass than hybrid….. Just sayin…

  9. Joe

    Oct 29, 2015 at 7:06 pm

    The outcome of this test was very easy to predict. Obviously the 3 iron would be more effected by the rough, it has less mass and the hosel will be more affected. The hybrid as more mass than the 3 iron but less than the 5 wood.
    I like hybrids but replaced mine with the newer designed Callaway FW, because they are easier to hit from the FW or rough. The reason is that the woods have a rail on the bottom and it will glide through the rough and has more mass.
    Some of us that are older gents may the Ginty of the 70s and 80s. This wood had a massive iron wedge concave on the bottom. Nothing, and I mean nothing ever has been as easy to hit out of the rough.

  10. Joe

    Oct 29, 2015 at 6:57 pm

    A wedge, take your medicine, and try to one-putt your par.

    • COGolfer

      Oct 29, 2015 at 9:08 pm

      Can’t agree more. Trying to muscle a hybrid out of deep rough is far too unpredictable.

      • SirBigSpur

        Oct 30, 2015 at 4:52 pm

        Totally depends on what hazards are in front of you. In general though, distance beats everything (as pointed out statistically in “Every Shot Counts”). I’d rather be left with a 30-40yrd pitch from deep rough than a 150yd iron from the fairway. Your chances of hitting the green and being close to the flag are substantially higher from 30yds as opposed to 150, regardless of lie.

  11. Lou

    Oct 29, 2015 at 6:43 pm

    Something seems off here to me. Maybe I am missing something. If you have a 3 iron and a 3 hybrid both of the same 19 degrees and shaft length, they should go the same distance no matter what shot you hit, correct? This is assuming you make the same contact, i.e. in perfect conditions (from the fairway) both clubs should go the exact same distance. I am I misstating that?

    If the 3H and 3i are indeed the same, then this test only shows that the user is not using the clubs properly or has a mental block about the 3i. Contact at the same angle should yield the same results assuming the shaft length and type are the same. Simple physics.

    So were you digging the 3i into the ground and trying to take a divit or was there something else going on with the swing and point of contact?
    I agree it is probably easier to hit the 3H but the difference in distance shouldn’t be there.

    • ScubaSteve85

      Oct 31, 2015 at 4:03 pm

      A 3 Rescue has much more perimeter and back weighting than a 3 Iron. The metal wood design and thinner face also creates much faster ball speeds…..simple physics

    • steve

      Nov 17, 2015 at 11:04 am

      Sorry, but did you even read the article? It clearly states the author is testing the three clubs out of seriously deep rough, not a perfect lie. So it’s not about his swing, it’s a comparison of how the different head/club designs interacts with long Bermuda grass

      • Lou

        Dec 17, 2015 at 4:43 pm

        @ ScubaSteve, I tried to keep it simple but maybe went too simple. Weighting is different from mass. I was trying to make the point that if the mass on the end of the stick were the same for each club, the ball should go relatively the same distance. I think what has happened here is that I assumed that the 3h and 3i are equal clubs in terms of mass when they really are not. The bottom line is that he has 3 different clubs and might as well have used any 3 clubs. The fact that they are all 19 degrees is moot due to (as you pointed out) the weighting and mass are different between them all.
        @Steve, yes I read the article, did you read my response? My point was that in any situation (i.e. from the rough or fairway) he is going to hit the 3h farther than the 3i so what is the purpose of this test? He might as well have tested a 3i, 5i, and 7i to see which goes furthest.

  12. mhendon

    Oct 29, 2015 at 6:23 pm

    Hybrids are awesome from any lie but especially less than perfect lies. I know many of the purest on here will claim long irons are more accurate but that depends on the type of hybrid you carry. There are wood based hybrids and there are iron based hybrids. I carry a 20 degree Adams A12 and 22 degree pro black both of which are iron based, especially the pro black and would put them up against the 2 and 3 irons I used them to replace any day even from a perfect lie.

  13. Peter

    Oct 29, 2015 at 3:57 pm

    I am wondering whether there is a “transition” point at which the edge switches back over to irons. Seems to me that the 3 iron/5 wood/ 3 hybrid question is somewhat easy or intuitive but I’d really start wondering what works best when you get down to a 5 iron or even 6 iron.

  14. Christestrogen

    Oct 29, 2015 at 3:03 pm

    This is Golfwrx….everyone on here hits 8 irons 200 yards…
    Just ask them.

    • mhendon

      Oct 29, 2015 at 6:14 pm

      I only hit mine 160

    • other paul

      Oct 30, 2015 at 2:57 am

      180

    • Christestrogen

      Oct 30, 2015 at 10:04 am

      143.75

    • ScubaSteve85

      Oct 31, 2015 at 4:06 pm

      They must all play in the mountains or something or just have some need to try and impress people. Stock 8 iron from the fairway is about 150 for me and 155 off the tee.

      • ABgolfer2

        Oct 31, 2015 at 6:58 pm

        So, longer than average, but not “bull****” long. ????

    • So close to the green

      Sep 6, 2020 at 11:58 am

      Right! That’s on every golf message board. 200 yard 8 irons. 100 yard lob wedges.

  15. ca1879

    Oct 29, 2015 at 2:52 pm

    Tom – surely the type of hybrid has a bearing on this decision too. Fairway like hybrids don’t get through the rough as well as the more compact ones, at least in my experience.

  16. Mat

    Oct 29, 2015 at 2:38 pm

    There is something odd about this. If you hit it out of rough, all with a 19º loft, and you assume that the club lengths are the same, you should get a roughly equal result. The slight problem that I have is the discussion between the 5-wood and hybrid… there’d be 6 yards of length difference anyhow, so that’s not really the point. The point is he’s suggesting the 5-wood is less accurate.

    What would help us wrxers is finding out what makes a 5-wood less accurate, and what makes a 3-iron *that* much shorter in Bermuda grass.

    Also, it sure would have been nice to know what fairway numbers would look like on those same conditions. How much yardage was lost? Additionally, the severe lack of spin on the 3-iron might be a reason, but the 3-iron was very consistent in its apex – the two others were wildly different. One was so far off, he might have crowned it.

    Ugh… my mind hurts with these small sample sizes…

  17. Philip

    Oct 29, 2015 at 2:17 pm

    Sorry Tom, but the real answer to your question is – I don’t know, because the picture does not show the entire situation. I cannot tell what I am hitting into, is the ball above or below my feet, any trees nearby, etc. I had an identical lie last month and the correct club was indeed a low iron as I could not get into trouble if I hit it poorly – a hybrid though – would have created a double bogey easily based on the placement of traps and rough around the green, trees by my ball, and the cliff behind the green. However, on a flat lie with a receptive green design I will pull my hybrid 9/10 times, but I am rarely in such simple situations.

    • Jafar

      Oct 29, 2015 at 2:22 pm

      omg Philip I’m glad you were here to post such useful information.

      Trees… can’t forget about trees.

      • Mat

        Oct 29, 2015 at 2:26 pm

        Yep. If he’d done something he didn’t do, he’d have definitely done it worse. Because golf.

        ¯\_(?)_/¯

      • Philip

        Oct 29, 2015 at 2:59 pm

        More useful than your reply – for sure – but I won’t waste anymore of your time

        • Jafar

          Oct 29, 2015 at 3:43 pm

          You are right, it was rude. So what are you having for dinner tonight? I might eat pizza…

          • Philip

            Oct 29, 2015 at 4:03 pm

            B-52s by the look of it – maybe I should have inverted my comment (I thinking of doing it before I posted) – and put that I use my hybrid 9/10 times as it is like a lawn mower in the rough. Then add that unfortunately the application is not so clear in many cases. I appreciate what Tom does as it really helps me understand what I am trying to do and is based tangible data.

  18. Brian k.

    Oct 29, 2015 at 1:07 pm

    Nice. I replaced my 3 & 4 irons with 19 & 22* hybrids. Much easier, more forgiving, more height, better stoppage on greens, etc. I even ditched the 4 wood which was the only fairway wood i played because the 19* hybrid goes just as far when hit well.

  19. Teaj

    Oct 29, 2015 at 12:04 pm

    I went with more of a tweener setup I use two Utility irons the Srixon U45 at 23 and 18 deg I feel like I can get down into the ruff but the added forgiveness keeps any distance loss to a minimum. A lot easier to hit then the iron equivalent thats for sure. this may not be for everyone however as I am already a high ball hitter.

    good write up though, if no one else is interested in getting data from the utility iron I sure would be.

  20. Jafar

    Oct 29, 2015 at 10:55 am

    I’ve been having this debate for several weeks now myself.
    I think I’m gonna keep a hybrid in the bag and put a “driving iron” (Mizuno mp H5) as my 21 degree iron so I have options from the rough but also keep the versatility of a hybrid as my 18 degree club. I threw a fourth wedge outta the bag because I’m more skilled in that area than I am with longer fairway clubs. Plus the driving iron can help me with long par 3’s as well.

    • Geordie B

      Oct 30, 2015 at 5:12 am

      Depending on the course & conditions, I’ll do the same. I’ve got both a 4-iron & 4-hybrid in my bag. Call me odd, but from a less than ideal lie in the rough, I’ll hit the iron. I just feel like I have more control with an iron & can ‘muscle’ it through whatever is there.

  21. Graham

    Oct 29, 2015 at 10:52 am

    Great article. I recently swapped my 3 iron for a 5 wood and because of the wet conditions in the uk have now swapped my 4 iron for a rescue club. The stats kind of back up what I thought but has really added some more confidence. I miss enough fairways so can’t wait for the weekend.

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Why you are probably better at golf than you think (Part 1)

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Golf is hard. I spend my career helping people learn that truth, but golfers are better than they give themselves credit for.

As a golf performance specialist, I give a lot of “first time working together” lessons, and most of them start the same way. I hear about all the ways the golfer is cursed and how s/he is never going to “get it” and how s/he should take up another sport. Granted, the last statement generally applies to an 18-plus handicap player, but I hear lots of negatives from better players as well.

Even though the golfers make convincing arguments for why they are cursed, I know the truth. It’s my job to help them realize the fates aren’t conspiring against them.

All golfers can play well consistently

I know this is a bold statement, but I believe this because I know that “well” does not equate to trophies and personal bests. Playing “well” equates to understanding your margin of error and learning to live within it.

With this said, I have arrived at my first point of proving why golfers are not cursed or bad golfers: They typically do not know what “good” looks like.

What does “good” look like from 150 yards out to a center pin?

Depending on your skill level, the answer can change a lot. I frequently ask golfers this same question when selecting a shot on the golf course during a coaching session and am always surprised at the response. I find that most golfers tend to either have a target that is way too vague or a target that is much too small.

The PGA Tour average proximity to the hole from 150 yards is roughly 30 feet. The reason I mention this statistic is that it gives us a frame of reference. The best players in the world are equivalent to a +4 or better handicap. With that said, a 15-handicap player hitting it to 30 feet from the pin from 150 yards out sounds like a good shot to me.

I always encourage golfers to understand the statistics from the PGA Tour not because that should be our benchmark, but because we need to realize that often our expectations are way out of line with our current skill level. I have found that golfers attempting to hold themselves to unrealistic standards tend to perform worse due to the constant feeling of “failing” they create when they do not hit every fairway and green.

Jim Furyk, while playing a limited PGA Tour schedule, was the most accurate driver of the golf ball during the 2020 season on the PGA Tour hitting 73.96 percent of his fairways (roughly 10/14 per round) and ranked T-136 in Strokes Gained: Off-The-Tee. Bryson Dechambeau hit the fairway 58.45 percent (roughly 8/14 per round) of the time and ranked first in Strokes Gained: Off-The-Tee.

There are two key takeaways in this comparison

Sometimes the fairway is not the best place to play an approach shot from. Even the best drivers of the golf ball miss fairways.

By using statistics to help athletes gain a better understanding of what “good” looks like, I am able to help them play better golf by being aware that “good” is not always in the middle of the fairway or finishing next to the hole.

Golf is hard. Setting yourself up for failure by having unrealistic expectations is only going to stunt your development as a player. We all know the guy who plays the “tips” or purchases a set of forged blades applying the logic that it will make them better in the long run—how does that story normally end?

Take action

If you are interested in applying some statistics to your golf game, there are a ton of great apps that you can download and use. Also, if you are like me and were unable to pass Math 104 in four attempts and would like to do some reading up on the math behind these statistics, I highly recommend the book by Mark Broadie Every Shot Counts. If you begin to keep statistics and would like how to put them into action and design better strategies for the golf course, then I highly recommend the Decade system designed by Scott Fawcett.

You may not be living up to your expectations on the golf course, but that does not make you a bad or cursed golfer. Human beings are very inconsistent by design, which makes a sport that requires absolute precision exceedingly difficult.

It has been said before: “Golf is not a game of perfect.” It’s time we finally accept that fact and learn to live within our variance.

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Walters: Try this practice hack for better bunker shots

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Your ability to hit better bunker shots is dramatically reduced if you have no facility to practice these shots. With so few facilities (especially in the UK) having a practice bunker it’s no wonder I see so many golfers struggle with this skill.

Yet the biggest issue they all seem to have is the inability to get the club to enter the sand (hit the ground) in a consistent spot. So here is a hack to use at the range to improve your bunker shots.

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Golf Blueprint: A plan for productive practice sessions

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Practice range at the Dormie Club. Photo credit: Scott Arden

Stop me if you’ve heard this one.

You’ve gotten lessons.  Several of them.  You’ve been custom fitted for everything in your bag.  You even bought another half a dozen driver shafts last year looking for an extra couple of yards.  And yet, you’re still…stuck.  Either your handicap hasn’t moved at all in years or you keep bouncing back and forth between the same two numbers.  You’ve had all the swing fixes and all the technological advances you could realistically hope to achieve, yet no appreciable result has been achieved in lowering your score.  What gives?

Sample Golf Blueprint practice plan for a client.

One could argue that no one scientifically disassembled and then systematically reassembled the game of golf quite like the great Ben Hogan.  His penchant for doing so created a mystique which is still the stuff of legend even today.  A great many people have tried to decipher his secret over the years and the inevitable conclusion is always a somewhat anticlimactic, “The secret’s in the dirt.”  Mr. Hogan’s ball striking prowess was carved one divot at a time from countless hours on the practice range.  In an interview with golf journalist George Peper in 1987, Mr. Hogan once said:

“You hear stories about me beating my brains out practicing, but the truth is, I was enjoying myself. I couldn’t wait to get up in the morning so I could hit balls. I’d be at the practice tee at the crack of dawn, hit balls for a few hours, then take a break and get right back to it. And I still thoroughly enjoy it. When I’m hitting the ball where I want, hard and crisply—when anyone is— it’s a joy that very few people experience.”

Let me guess.  You’ve tried that before, right?  You’ve hit buckets and buckets of range rocks trying to groove the perfect 7-iron swing and still to no avail, right?  Read that last sentence again closely and you might discover the problem.  There’s a difference between mindful practice and mindless practice.  Mindful practice, like Mr. Hogan undoubtedly employed, is structured, focused, and intentional.  It has specific targets and goals in mind and progresses in a systematic fashion until those goals are met.

This is exactly what Nico Darras and Kevin Moore had in mind when they started Golf Blueprint.  In truth, though, the journey actually started when Nico was a client of Kevin’s Squares2Circles project.  Nico is actually a former DI baseball player who suffered a career-ending injury and took up golf at 22 years old.  In a short time, he was approaching scratch and then getting into some mini tour events.  Kevin, as mentioned in the Squares2Circles piece, is a mathematics education professor and accomplished golfer who has played in several USGA events.  Their conversations quickly changed from refining course strategy to making targeted improvements in Nico’s game.  By analyzing the greatest weaknesses in Nico’s game and designing specific practice sessions (which they call “blueprints”) around them, Nico started reaching his goals.

The transition from client to partners was equal parts swift and organic, as they quickly realized they were on to something.  Nico and Kevin used their experiences to develop an algorithm which, when combined with the client’s feedback, establishes a player profile within Golf Blueprint’s system.  Clients get a plan with weekly, monthly, and long-term goals including all of the specific blueprints that target the areas of their game where they need it most.  Not to mention, clients get direct access to Nico and Kevin through Golf Blueprint.

Nico Darras, co-founder of Golf Blueprint

While this is approaching shades of Mr. Hogan’s practice method above, there is one key distinction here.  Kevin and Nico aren’t recommending practicing for hours at a time.  Far from it.  In Nico’s words:

“We recommend 3 days a week.  You can do more or less, for sure, but we’ve found that 3 days a week is within the realm of possibility for most of our clients.  Practice sessions are roughly 45-70 minutes each, but again, all of this depends on the client and what resources they have at their disposal.  Each blueprint card is roughly 10 minutes each, so you can choose which cards to do if you only have limited time to practice.  Nothing is worse than cranking 7 irons at the range for hours.  We want to make these engaging and rewarding.”

Kevin Moore, co-founder of Golf Blueprint

So far, Golf Blueprint has been working for a wide range of golfers – from tour pros to the No Laying Up crew to amateurs alike.  Kevin shares some key data in that regard:

“When we went into this, we weren’t really sure what to expect.  Were we going to be an elite player product?  Were we going to be an amateur player product?  We didn’t know, honestly.  So far, what’s exciting is that we’ve had success with a huge range of players.  Probably 20-25% of our players (roughly speaking) are in that 7-11 handicap range.  That’s probably the center of the bell curve, if you will, right around that high-single-digit handicap range.  We have a huge range though, scratch handicap and tour players all the way to 20 handicaps.  It runs the full gamut.  What’s been so rewarding is that the handicap dropping has been significantly more than we anticipated.  The average handicap drop for our clients was about 2.7 in just 3 months’ time.”

Needless to say, that’s a pretty significant drop in a short amount of time from only changing how you practice.  Maybe that Hogan guy was on to something.  I think these guys might be too.  To learn more about Golf Blueprint and get involved, visit their website. @Golf_Blueprint is their handle for both Twitter and Instagram.

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