By rule, we are allowed to carry 14 clubs in the bag when playing a round of golf. 14 is usually plenty for just about any situation. But there are many times when it seems like we would be better off on certain courses with a slightly different setup. Most of us have extra clubs in the garage or basement. Perhaps we have 3-4 irons in storage, replaced by hybrids. Perhaps we have an extra wedge, or some extra hybrids and fairway woods... Let's put those to good use.
Club The Course
Ever stand on a long par-3 and wish that hybrid in your garage was in the bag? Or how about the opposite? Ever wish you didn't have the hybrid in the bag, rather having that 3-4 iron because of course conditions, wind, layout etc? Many of us have more than one driver. There may be conditions when a lower launching driver is better, like in wind or hard ground conditions. A higher launch driver may be better when the ground is very soft and the drives do not roll.
Before you play your next round, analyze the course. You may have played it before and even had a scorecard or yardage book in hand. Go through the card and calculate the shots you will likely need and the clubs you won't need.
When I play my home course I keep a unique setup. This course is very tight and short. Lots of hazards and places to lose golf balls. Driver is used but not 14 times like on regular courses. Even the par-5 holes don't necessarily call for a driver. On a short and tight course where hitting fairways is even more important, a go-to club which is accurate is much more important than distance. For me it is either a 4-iron or a 21 degree hybrid. I almost never hit my 3-wood on that short course, so I'll take it out and replace it with a 3-iron or 4-iron.
If you haven't played the course before you still have many ways of clubbing the course. Bring your extra clubs with you and when you get to the course, ask the pro shop what playing the course is like. Grab a scorecard and yardage book and calculate your yardages. Even before going there you an try to find the course via a Google search and see what the yardages are and hole designs are like.
An artist uses the proper brushes and paint for the job. A surgeon uses the right instruments for his job. So does a transmission repair man. Pick the right tools for your next round of golf, save a few strokes and enjoy the game even more!