Club Choice On A Long Par 3

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Paul Wilson

Paul Wilson is the creator of Swing Machine Golf and founder of Ignition Golf. Paul's golf swing technique is based on the Iron Byron swing machine. YouTube Channels: Paul Wilson Golf and Ignition Golf Tips. Please Join me on Google+

4 Responses to “Club Choice On A Long Par 3”

  1. Quite an intelligent and interesting lesson from you ,Paul ,though the comparison is a bit biaised because your 3 iron is steel shafted and your hybrid has a composite/graphite shaft .
    I have an old (still very good )set of TITLEIST irons about 20 years old ,steel shafted ,with low number irons (At the time I even played down to the 1 iron) .To my surprise ,I found these”old “clubs very pleasant to play ,and ,in my opinion ,more accurate than the graphite shafted ones I play now.Of course they are heavier ,but with the tons of exercises I put on daily (Thank you JEREMY ) it really doesn’t matter much.
    I haven’t become a fan of the hybrids ,in my opinion it has become “fashionable “to play them .I note the top pros nearly never play hybrids :at the 2014 US PGA JASON DAY hit a very difficult shot from deep rough where I nearly lost is ball(Did you see it ?)using an iron,putting the ball just close to the green .
    Now ,regarding exiting from the rough ,could you give us a lesson of the way to play them :apart from the usual fairway rough of different heights ,you often have tall rough close to the green ,sometmes just in front of a sand trap :quite a tricky shot to play :either you have a “flier” over the green ,or you “dump”the ball in the sand trap when your club gets “stuck “in the tall grass!
    I play these shots with a sand wedge ,not quite sure I ‘m right .
    Sound advice from you would really help !

    • Paul Wilson

      August 15, 2014

      Paul Wilson


      Glad you liked it.

      Steel for feel so I would think they would be more accurate.

      Hybrids are great. Give them a try. I have one when they first came out. The advantage is that you can hit them from the fairway and rough. Try hitting a 2 or 3 iron out of deeper rough. Good luck. Hybrids pop right out.

      Long rough you just have to chop it out sometimes. There is no secret to it. Use a high lofted club and get it out. You can use the knock down technique. This will ensure a descending blow.

  2. August 18, 2014


    Hi Paul,
    “Steel for feel”? For some reason I assumed just the opposite. Do steel shafts actually provide more feel? If so, I need to realign my thinking.
    I also know very little about hybrids. How do I get an education on them? I am wary of retail stores whose main objective is a sale. Do the hybrid numbers reflect the number of the iron they are replacing?

    Thanks again,

    • Paul Wilson

      August 19, 2014

      Paul Wilson


      Steel is for feel. In this tip I was talking about the distance I hit these clubs. With the 3 iron for that distance I am thinking hit it the best I can. Why not swing easy with a hybrid? Anytime I have to swing hard, anything can happen.

      The numbers does not reflect the club they are replacing. To figure this out you need to know the loft of your clubs. Then from your longest club you would go 4 degrees less on a hybrid and so on until you get to your 3 wood. No sense having a hybrid the same loft as an iron you hit. So when people take out a 3 iron they replace it with the same lofted hybrid not matter what number on the hybrid is says. Sometimes is the same number. Other times it is not if you re trying a different brand of hybrid. I have used a hybrid since Taylor Made first brought them out. So much easier to hit not only from the fairway but longer rough too. Try hitting a 3 iron out of longer rough. Good luck. Hybrid pops right out. Give them a try.

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