In my bag, I have woods 1, 3, & 5, "Fairway wood" 3 & 4, Irons 5-PW + Putter.

So far, I see NO difference in distance between many of these. I know that I'm "supposed" to get 10 yards as a move up in irons (6 hits 10 yards further that a 7, etc). I've read here that as a beginner, I can start with only every other. Okay, fine. I've played 5 rounds (4 9-hole executive + 1 18-hole) and spent a fair amount of time at the range and with the net. I'm not really sure what the fairway woods are for (I assume a substitute for 3 and 4 irons, and only played on the fairway?) but here's what I "think" I should focus on for a while:

3-wood off all tees with a range of 200 yds or more

5-iron for any shot with 160 plus left, in the rough or not.

7-iron for 80-160 yards to go

PW inside 80 yards, or any bunker

Putter uhm........for the green

I'm pretty overwhelmed by all the mechanics of the swing etc. I don't mind learning, but once on the course, I don't want all that stuff in my head and in the way.

Here's the question: You only improve by playing, but trying to do too much at a time will only set me back. Do the 5 clubs listed above seem reasonable to play with for a while? I can practice with the driver etc. at the range, but on the course, I should focus.

Michael

So far, I see NO difference in distance between many of these. I know that I'm "supposed" to get 10 yards as a move up in irons (6 hits 10 yards further that a 7, etc). I've read here that as a beginner, I can start with only every other. Okay, fine. I've played 5 rounds (4 9-hole executive + 1 18-hole) and spent a fair amount of time at the range and with the net. I'm not really sure what the fairway woods are for (I assume a substitute for 3 and 4 irons, and only played on the fairway?) but here's what I "think" I should focus on for a while:

3-wood off all tees with a range of 200 yds or more

5-iron for any shot with 160 plus left, in the rough or not.

7-iron for 80-160 yards to go

PW inside 80 yards, or any bunker

Putter uhm........for the green

I'm pretty overwhelmed by all the mechanics of the swing etc. I don't mind learning, but once on the course, I don't want all that stuff in my head and in the way.

Here's the question: You only improve by playing, but trying to do too much at a time will only set me back. Do the 5 clubs listed above seem reasonable to play with for a while? I can practice with the driver etc. at the range, but on the course, I should focus.

Michael

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