Distance vs Height

“See! This hybrid goes no further than my 8 iron! I need to hit it further!”

We hear this a lot. Wedges to around 8 iron seem to go ok with equal gappings and then it falls off a cliff. All clubs seem to go a similar distance.

But what often appears to be a distance problem is actually a height problem. What normally happens is that from about 7 iron onwards the ball isn’t in the air long enough to make up the distance. This then leads to seemingly a number of clubs going all the same distance.

If achieved it can lead to gratifying, higher arcing shots that both go further and create equal distances between the clubs without having to hit it any harder. Nice.

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