It is important to make the yardage-to-club connection with each club, especially with water in play.
For example, if you hit your 8 iron at 100 yards, and it is 100 yards to clear the water, then go with the 7 iron! The problem I see with players is that they have no idea how far they hit each club. My suggestion is to simply pay attention and learn as you play. Grab your device that measures yardage and clock your shots while playing a round. Write these numbers down, and you’ll begin to see a a pattern emerge with your clubs. Oh…I see I typically hit my 7 iron about 115-120. Cool.
Here’s the deal with the yardage-to-club connection for newer players: I get that as a newer golfer, knowing this may not be in the bag yet. Heck, you’re learning the game, so how would you know?
Here’s the deal with the yardage-to-club connection for experienced players: An experienced player who is just having one of those days, tends to over-club by 2 clubs or more. You are better off trusting the yardage and selecting the right club based on that yardage.
Now remember, be smart. Know how far you CARRY the ball IN THE AIR. Why important? If a shot requires 80 yards over the water, then you should be confident that your 7 iron will do the job. Grabbing your 5 iron or hybrid because you know it will clear the water is not a smart play. You’ll wind up in that back bunker…another double or triple to the score card. Not smart…so be smart and select the right club!