Each week, our panel of writers will be asked a question about the game of golf. Topics will range from their predictions for the Tour season to what they would order from the concession stand at Augusta National Golf Club. No subject is off limits for this esteemed group.
This week’s question: What is your favorite club in your bag and why?
Drivers & Woods
Bear: The Golden Bear 5 Wood – In 4th grade, my grandpa took my brother and I to Dick’s Sporting Goods to look at golf clubs. We weren’t buying a full set, so I landed on the Golden Bear 5 Wood. Pretty sure the club was as tall as I was back then, but now it is the most deadly weapon in my bag. When I take it off the deck after I find the fairway on a Par 5, no green is unreachable for me (I wish). The Golden Bear and I produce a high flying slight draw that is just an absolute beauty of a golf shot. Here’s to many more years with ya Golden Bear!
Irons & Wedges
Sam Scherman: 7 Iron – I think a popular answer for most would be the driver or putter, but I’m going with my most reliable: 7 iron. If I’m presented with a shorter par 3 or a must hit-green on an approach, I know I can almost always rely on flushing a smooth 7. This club is where I’ve had my 2 closest hole-in-ones, where I’ve hit the hole and bounced out, and multi-useful as I can hit a nice bump and run with it as well. Short and sweet for me here as it’s my favorite club in the bag and the one I would choose, and have, for my 1 club for an entire round if asked upon.
Mike McNamara: Ping 8 Iron – Going against the grain here, but my favorite club in my golf bag is what I refer to as my “Trouble Club.” It is a Ping 8-Iron that I may or may not have copped from a resort in Scottsdale, Arizona when I was playing a round with my brother in which we rented a set of clubs. All of my irons in my golf bag aside from the Trouble Club are of the TaylorMade M2 variety, but I couldn’t quite ditch the magic I found in the desert with this club, so I do indeed carry two 8-Irons. I was striping everything with it when we played in Zona, and I actually credit this club with helping me make many advancements to my swing. With all that said, I currently will hit my M2 8-Iron when I am in the fairway about 150-165 out. I have adjusted to the M2 irons and it is extended in length to fit my full-swing better, but that doesn’t mean the Trouble Club doesn’t still have immense value in my bag. The reason it has donned the nickname is because it is my go to club whenever I am in trouble and need to pull off a shot. Any time a punch shot is involved, or I need to split a pair of trees with a questionable lie, there is absolutely zero doubt in which club I am turning to. I have many fond memories of escaping trouble and either saving par or bogey by turning to the Trouble Club and trusting it to help me get out of jail. Next time you see me wayward off the tee, don’t think twice when speculating which club I am turning to.
Kevin Walsh: 9 Iron – Another solid question posed by Tony here. I’m sure our answers are subject to change in time, as amateurs might get hot with the driver for a month then randomly snap hook every tee ball the next round. Never the less, I’m going to roll with an overlooked club that has the ability to change your round: the 9 iron. Look, it’s definitely not as important as the big stick or the flat stick, but I feel very comfortable when I pull the 9 out of the bag. I have a wide arrange of yardages I can use the 9 for, as I have learned to adapt after throwing my pitching wedge into the air and it getting caught in a tree before completing its fall and breaking in half. I love trying a knock-down 9, a high ball, or just stepping on it when necessary. Because it’s a more lofted club, I don’t fear the big miss as much as a 4 or 5 iron. If I hit it well, I can hit greens and make a couple of birdies out of this club, and that momentum can leak into every other part of the game.
Jack Corrigan: 60 Degree Wedge – An interesting pick, but it’s the club I find the most magical. You can be in a bunker and use it or play the famous Phil flop with no green to work with. Anywhere from 20-110 yards out you can spin it and get it close. If you’re a golfer like me, you’re punching out and the course lengths around here aren’t long enough where you would need a short flop or 55 yard wedge shot. There are just so many variations of shots that make this club cool. Granted, it is one of the toughest clubs to use, but when it’s working it can be the most deadly.
Frank Laterza: Putter – Probably not your most conventional answer, but it’s my putter for a few reasons. First of all, if I’m pulling the flat stick, that means I have made it to the green. As an amateur golfer, that’s always a sweet feeling. Second, I feel like most people in the amateur realm hate putting, whether it be they find it boring or it makes them nervous, where as I am looking forward to reading the green, and finding the right speed for the putt ahead – an art, if you will. As I have grown older, I have begun to play around with 2-on-2 competitions and match play scoring battles, and I feel here it gives me a great edge. You could ask some of our other writers about it. I love the game in its entirety, but I feel my best when I am comfortable with the flat stick in hand. Drive for show, putt for dough.
Sean Carney: Putter – My favorite club in my bag has to be the putter. I have an older TaylorMade Spider. It has a heavier head with a moderate shaft. I think this being my favorite club has a lot to do with it being my most useful club. Putting is probably the strongest part of my game, and it has to do with the stability my Spider brings me on and around the green.
Tony Kasper: Putter – A purely struck iron shot is a thing of beauty, and I’m a big fan of my 5-iron, but I have to go with the putter here. A good putt can cap off an otherwise disappointing hole on a positive note, making up for strokes lost along the way. It’s the only club I have any consistency with, but also symbolizes the importance of finishing strong.
Jake Mulholland: Putter – Favorite club? The flat stick – hands down. It is the one club in the bag I am destined to hit 25-35 times in round and recently I have been getting my # under 30 strokes on the course. I have always felt that I could read the greens well as a kid, and as a result, I now tend to focus my efforts toward hitting a solid stroke on the short grass. However, there is a major flaw with my putting and that unfortunately is my commitment to one single putter. At this moment, I have three putters in rotation, all of which I feel I can hit well. Sadly, since I am unable to commit to one putter, I consistently have to readjust my stroke based on the putter I’m using. The putter will be my favorite club until my last days, but unfortunately I see my commitment issues prohibiting me from capitalizing on my preference for the club on the course.
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