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How far should I hit my irons?

Distances for Standard Iron Golf Clubs

There is no rule of thumb per say because everyone has a different golf swing speed. But, for people that play regular flex golf clubs (swing speed between 75-85 mph), the average lengths of golf clubs are as per follows. There is usually an 8-12 yard difference per club at the normal swing speed with standard lofted clubs. 3-190, 4-180, 5-170, 6-160, 7-150, 8-140, 9-130, PW -115, GW-100, SW-80, LW-60.

You must also take into account that all golf clubs are not lofted the same. For a long time the average pitching wedge was 48 degrees of loft. Now you will find PW's that are 46 or 44 degrees. Same with the other iron golf clubs. This may cause one to think that they hit this brand of 7 iron 5 or 10 yards further than this other brand, that is true but are you really hitting a 7 iron, a strong 7 iron or a 6 iron that has been stamped 7?

   
What is the best way to organize my golf clubs in my bag

How to Organize a Golf Bag

Nothing is standard per say in the best way to organize the golf clubs in your golf bag, but we all like to have our golf clubs a certain way. A lot of golf bags now have organizer systems built in to help you keep your golf clubs in order. The Bennington Quiet Organizer is the one I favor. It has a place for each of your irons, areas for your woods and a putter tube to keep your putter handy. But, if you have a standard bag that you use on a motorized golf cart, most golfers put the longer clubs toward the front of the cart (that would be the back of the bag when standing behind the cart and choosing your golf clubs), shorter golf clubs closer to you along with the putter. I guess that is just because the shorter golf clubs are easier to find if closer to you.

   
Should I switch golf ball brands?

Finding the Best Golf Ball For You

Try to use the same brand of golf balls every time you play to develop a familiar feeling of how you hit. This is most noticeable on the putting green.

   
Are my grips right for me

Grip Size Test

A quick grip thickness test: Grasp the golf club with your non-dominant hand and squeeze snuggly (do not over tighten). Examine your thumb palm pad and the finger tips. A good grip size for your golf club has the finger tips of the middle and index fingers just touching the palm pad. If the fingers slide under the pad, the grip is too small, conversely, if the finger tips fall too short of the palm pad, the grip is too fat.

   
How do I store my clubs

Proper Storage of Golf Clubs

Keep those golf lubs from rusting and pitting by removing them from the car when the temperatures start dipping below 40 degrees. The up and down temperature changes can lead to condensation rust damge on the outside and inside of the golf club shaft and golf club head.

   
How do I research a product

Golf Equipment Reviews

If you want to find out about a product, then go right to the manufacturer's web site. For instance, www.titleist.com will tell you everything about how a
golf ball is made.

   
How do I keep the grooves on my clubs clean

Golfing Tips - Keep Your Golf Club Groovy

Many sporting goods stores sell a two sided brush with soft brass bristles on one side and rigid plastic bristles on the other. Use this brush after each shot to keep the golf club's grooves clean.

   
How do I avoid ticks

Prevention is the Best Medicine

When hunting for your golf balls, forget about those balls in the thick brush or high grassy areas. These areas are infested with clinging ticks and they can easily cling onto your shoes, socks, pants, jacket, or hat without you knowing it. Once those ticks are on you, they know where to strike.

   
What is the Men´s (9 Iron) Club Length

Pitching Wedge Golf Club for Men

A man's pitching wedge golf club length is approximately 36 inches. This may vary between manufacturers.

   
What is the Men´s (2 Iron) Club Length)i

3 Iron Golf Clubs for Men

A man's 3 iron golf club length is approximately 39 inches. This may vary between manufacturers.

   
How do I stop my golf club from slipping in my hand?

Stop Golf Club From Slipping

If your grips are good, you shouldn't have a slipping problem unless they get slick. To keep your golf club grips at optimal takiness, wash them with dish soap and warm water.

Other factors that may be affecting the slipping problem include the gloves that you are or are not wearing. Like grips, gloves can become slick and should be replaced after every few rounds. Also, make sure your gloves fit tight enough not to allow the golf club to twist in your hand. If you are not wearing a glove, I would suggest that you do or at least try to find some sort of sticky material to use on your hands to prevent the slippage. Lastly, check to see if you may need mid-size or oversized golf club grips. Some golfers that have large hands, arthritis or other medical problems that affect how hard they can grip the club benefit from the larger grips. If you normally wear an XL or XXL glove, you are definitely a candidate for oversized grips.

   
How do I check shafts for damage

Protect Your Golf Clubs Heads and Golf Clubs Shafts

Protect your golf club heads and golf clubs shafts by flipping your golf towel up and into the club section as an extra cushion for the golf wood heads and golf shafts. It really helps protect the pinging, clattering and chipping. Try it next time.

   
How can I keep my Grips in good shape

Golf Grip Care

Keep your golf grips clean to avoid slippery situations. Use mild soap and water to remove dirt. Periodically clean golf grips with rubbing alcohol and a lint-free rag to remove the build up of grease, oils and sun block residue.

   
How do you remove Driving Range Mats Marks From Clubs

Removing Driving Range Mat Marks From Clubs

The driving range mats can actually melt and stick on to your golf clubs from heat friction. Try using a little warm water and a synthetic dish cleaning pad or some baking soda and a wet sponge. This is a good way to clean without scratching the surfaces of the golf club.

   
How do I check the lie of my clubs

More Golfing Tips - Lie Angle Testing

To test how flat your golf clubs lie, use a medium iron like a 5 iron. Apply masking tape to the sole of the club and swing on a plywood board. After about 4 or 5 swings, check your impact marks on the tape. A flat lie has marking on the center area. If the toe area is marked, your golf club needs an upright adjustment. If the heel area is marked, the golf club needs a flatter lie adjustment.

   
What types of iron golf clubs are there?

2 Iron Golf Clubs for Men

A man's 2 iron golf club length is approximately 39.5 inches. This may vary between manufacturers.

   
How do I Protect the Club Head

Protecting the Golf Club Head

Always cover the wooden clubs. Their worst enemy is another golf club or two clanking against it during transport around a golf course or in a car.

   
What is the Men´s (3 Iron) Club Length

4 Iron Golf Clubs for Men

A man's 4 iron golf club length is approximately 38.5 inches. This may vary between manufacturers.

   
What is the Men´s (6 Iron) Club Length

7 Iron Golf Clubs for Men

A man's 7 iron golf club length is approximately 37 inches. This may vary between manufacturers.

   
How do I align a new grip

Grip Logo Alignment

If your grip has an emblem or logo, make sure you align it correctly while installing your new grip. You do not have much time to spin the grip into its final position.

   
What is the Men´s (7 Iron) Club Length

8 Iron Golf Clubs for Men

A man's 8 iron golf club length is approximately 36.5 inches. This may vary between manufacturers.

   
What is the Men´s (5 Iron) Club Length

6 Iron Golf Clubs for Men

A man's 6 iron golf club length is approximately 37.5 inches. This may vary between manufacturers.

   
How do I check shafts for damage

1 Iron Golf Clubs for Men

A man's 1 iron golf club length is approximately 40 inches. This may vary between manufacturers.

   
How do I check metal shafts

Metal Golf Club Shaft Checks

Check metal golf club shafts for rust, pitting, wear, and dents. These are weak areas and can lead to breakage. Avoid accidents and/or golf club head loss by keeping your golf club shafts in good condition.

   
How can I Protect my grapite shafts from damage

Protecting your Graphite Golf Club Shafts

Graphite golf club shafts can weaken or get damaged with repeated abrasions. Avoid using plastic tubes or hard dividers in your bag. Rather, use soft padded dividers (foam rubber, chamois or felt). Another option is to use long-padded head covers.

   
Are clubs reviewed

Golf Equipment Reviews by Golfers

Why read only the advertisers' reviews when you can hear what golfers like yourself are saying about the equipment. Here is the link to the golf equipment reviews:
Online Reviews

   
What is the Men´s (PW Iron) Club Length

Sand Wedge Golf Club Length for Men

A man's sand wedge golf club length is approximately 36 inches. This may vary between manufacturers.

   
How do I keep the grooves on my clubs clean

Check Your Graphite Golf Club Shafts

Check your golf clubs' graphite-shafts after each round for damage, abrasion or dents. These are weak areas and can lead to breakage. Avoid injuries and loss of golf club heads by keeping your golf clubs shafts in good condition.

   
What is the Men´s (4 Iron) Club Length

5 Iron Golf Clubs for Men

A man's 5 iron golf club length is approximately 38 inches. This may vary between manufacturers.

   
How do I check my golf club shafts for damage?

Golf Grip Checks

Old grips can be your worst enemy. They increase slippage, twisting, wrist injuries and mis-hits. Leather and rubber grips harden, crack, lose tread and traction, and should periodically be checked and replaced. Remember the grip is your only contact with the club, make it count.

   
Tips for gripping a club

Golfing Information on Installing a Grip

When installing a grip, you are directed to pour a little alcohol or mineral spirits in the open end of the grip. To avoid leakage out the other end of the grip, plug it up with a wooden golf tee. Pour the excess out, remove the tee, and push the grip on the golf club shaft.

   
What kind of driver should I use?

Golfing Information on Golf Club Shafts

To get the most from your tee shots, you'll need to use the right golf club. Many players use golf clubs that have shafts too long, costing you accuracy. Also use a golf club with enough loft for your swing. For most avarage players, a driver with at least 10 degrees of loft is recommended. Check the flex of your clubs as well. Golf club shafts that are too stiff will cause you to make compensations in your swing, leading to inconsistent shots. Finally, if you feel golfing equipment is holding you back, make an appointment to be fitted by a professional. This will save you time and money when shopping for new golf clubs.

   
What is the Men´s (8 Iron) Club Length

9 Iron Golf Clubs for Men

A man's 9 iron golf club length is approximately 36 inches. This may vary between manufacturers.

   
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