Golf and The Long GameYou have many golf clubs in your golf bag, The reason is that each shot in golf will require a specific club to hit the golf ball a certain distance. Generally speaking, the longer the length of the golf club, and the lower the golf club number, the longer the golf ball will travel. The long game refers to your drives (shots off the tee) and fairway shots, everything short of the shots you make to get onto the green, and therefore, reqires different golf swing advice.
Each hole has a different difficulty level, different par and distinctive hazards, so instructing you to use your driver golf club on every tee would be blatantly wrong. Most par 3's, for instance, wouldn't involve the use of a driver.
This is something you will learn over time as you gain more experience and learn the various shots you make with each golf club, the placement of the ball and your personal golf swing. Some golfers get far more distance from any given golf club than others do.
Generally speaking, the lower the club number, the longer and lower your ball will go. A 4-iron shot will travel long and low and will most likely roll, whereas a 9-iron shot will have much more loft, so the ball will fly higher, and go less distance forward both in the air and on the ground.
The tour pros on television make it look so easy, they consistently hit the ball long and straight and never miss-hit the ball making it dribble ten feet, or completely miss the ball. Although they do, at times, have a wayward shot, every golfer does, especially new golfers.
Using the driver is very important to the game, and many hours spent at the driving range will help improve your distance and direction. Experimenting and trying different things, especially with your golf swing, is all part of the game of golf. It's important for you to know exactly what you can do with each of of your golf clubs, not just your driver. The same applies for your setup, like the placement of the golf ball for each of your clubs. For example, moving the golf ball forward or backward in your stance. Take a few lessons, if possible, and learn the proper swing from the beginning.
Mastering the long game helps you get to the point of hitting for the green in fewer strokes, however, as important as the long game is, the short game, hitting for the green and putting, is usually where you will save strokes and lower your handicap. Remember that it takes a long time to learn consistency in golf and it's supposed to be fun!
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