Amen Corner: Demo Days Are a Good Time to Evaluate What’s in Your Bag

Special to the Valley News
Wednesday, May 16, 2018

This Saturday is Golf & Ski Warehouse’s big manufacturers demo day. All of the major equipment brands will be on the driving range showcasing the latest and greatest in drivers, fairways, hybrids, irons, wedges and specialty clubs. This day is awesome and one of my favorites of the year, when I try and try and try different clubs to see if I can improve performance in my bag.

Do you have all of your performance needs covered in your bag? There are so many areas we need to think about when it comes to golf clubs and golf balls. The biggest question you should ask yourself is, “Do all of my clubs have a specific role in performance and do they actually do what they are supposed?”

Many golfers have clubs that are never used throughout a round or a club, when selected, does not inspire confidence and results in a not surprising wayward shot.

Thinking about a new driver? Then you need to think distance and accuracy. Distance and accuracy will be the result of the correct loft, model setting, shaft type, shaft flex and shaft length. Find the right answers from those variables and you should max out your distance while hitting it straighter.

Need a new fairway wood? For many golfers hitting a 3 wood directly off the ground is a challenge. Unless the 3 wood is teed up, it usually causes more harm than good for the mid to high handicapper. This player should test 4 woods and 5 woods, which will get the ball in the air easier and higher than a 3 wood and will likely produce more distance on average. Four and 5 woods are also shorter in length and easier to find the center of the club face. If you have never hit a 7 wood, you should definitely give one a try. Talk about fun: you see a ball fly as high as the heavens above from a long distance away. That’s why they call a 7 wood a heaven wood.

If you are looking at testing irons the world is your oyster. There are loads and loads of model types that provide the playability you need to match your game. Some irons are made easy to hit in the air while others are designed to control and shape the ball flight. Get custom fit for model type, length, lie angle, shaft type and flex and improve your game instantly.

An important factor when looking at irons is to determine where in your set you should add hybrid clubs. Hybrid clubs are the best option for replacing your long irons and they are far more forgiving, with off-center hits and product a higher and longer flight than long irons, better for landing on the green. Hit a hybrid club like an iron and you should see success. You can replace your 4, 5, 6, or even 7 iron with a single hybrid. Try them all and replace the longest iron in your bag that gives you the most fits. We all have one.

Demo days are like a food tasting party. Come mingle and sample the wares and you may go home full with a bag full of goodies.

Peter Harris is the director of Golf at the Fore-U Golf Center in West Lebanon. His column appears weekly in the Recreation page during the golf season.