The 1 iron , or driving iron , is the lowest lofted and longest iron (14 or 16 degrees of loft), although Wilson did make a 0 iron for John Daly. Often called a butter knife because of how it looks, the 1 iron has the least surface area on its face and so is commonly regarded as the most difficult club in the bag to hit.
The 1 – iron has disappeared from golf in general. Even professionals don’t use the club. Hybrid clubs have also replaced long irons in many professional golfers’ bags. Woods still carries a 2- iron on certain courses, but his longest iron was a 3 when he won the 2012 Arnold Palmer Invitational.
It can be played by anyone regardless of age or gender. The 1 – iron is an interesting club that has been around for a while now. Many people don’t like using it, mostly because it tends to be difficult to hit and provide enough loft to the shot. But if you are a good player, you shouldn’t have much problem with it.
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How to Know Which Golf Club to Use
|Club||Men’s Average Distance||Women’s Average Distance|
|6- iron||150 yards||130 yards|
|7 – iron||140 yards||120 yards|
|8- iron||130 yards||110 yards|
|9- iron||120 yards||100 yards|
Driving irons are bulked-up players irons that are designed to hit the ball higher and farther than standard 1, 2 or 3 irons . Both clubs are built to standard length (39.75 inches in the 1 iron , 39.25 inches in the 2 iron ) and have Oban’s Kiyoshi Purple 100-gram hybrid shaft in stiff (04) flex.
For most golfing mortals, however, the 2 – iron is a difficult club to employ. It’s also the least-lofted club other than the 1- iron , the putter and some drivers. That combination of length and loft makes the club difficult to hit .
As a general rule of thumb, if your stock 7- iron goes any less than 150 yards, a 2 – iron is out of the picture. For those who don’t “qualify” for a 2 – iron , a viable alternative could be a hybrid iron , hybrid, or 5 wood. Obviously, anyone who wants may purchase a 2 – iron and use it.
For hitting into greens, the 4 -hybrid is the best play for most. Golfers across the board hit more fairways with a 4 – iron . The 0-5 handicap bracket is more effective with the 4 – iron than any other bracket. Almost every other bracket hits it longer and records more GIRs with the 4 -hybrid.
Driving irons have traditionally been geared towards better players, as they require a high clubhead speed and good contact to even get the ball in the air in the first place. If you’re a decent player looking to find more fairways, a driving iron is certainly worth looking into.
Whilst the driving iron is easier to hit than a long iron , it is still for more advanced golfers, in general. If you can get some speed on your clubhead and just need something to give you another set of options from the tee, the driving iron is for you. This is for player who strike the ball consistently though.
A mid handicapper is a golfer who plays off a handicap between around 7, 8 or 10 up to about 17 or 18. That means you can generally break 90 every other round or shoot in the 80’s every round. It’s a wide range but the goal is always the same, break 90 consistently or break 80.