3-club day

The men’s club I play in had its annual 3-club + putter day. We all go out and play nine holes with three clubs of our choice and a putter, shoot the same score we always do, and wonder why we bring the other ten clubs. Works that way every year.

You would be surprised at how well you can do with a limited set of clubs, and how limited that set can be. You have to have a different strategy for getting the ball around the course, and it usually means you hit only shots you feel good about hitting.

It makes golf real simple.

If you look at the famous picture of Francis Ouimet and his caddy at the 1913 U.S. Open at the The Country Club in Brookline, MA, you can count the seven clubs in his bag he used to shoot a 72.

So which clubs did I use? My 19-degree hybrid, 7-iron, sand wedge, and putter. Shot a 40, two strokes under my 9-hole handicap. And I only hit the sand wedge once.


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