One of the most iconic photos in the history of golf is Ben Hogan hitting his 1 iron onto the 18th green during the 1950 Us Open at Merion Golf Club. Some of you may or may not remember playing a 1 iron or even a 2 iron. The iron set make up today is not what they were back then or even 10 years ago for that matter. We have seen the “standard” iron set go from a 2 iron to a 3 iron and most recently sets now only go up to a 4 or 5 iron. A big reason for this trend is the technology and forgiveness of woods and hybrids.
Over the past few years I have seen more and more golfers taking the 4 iron out of play and converting to a comparable wood or hybrid. I want you to think about what your long iron set is made up of and how often you have to utilize them during your round. I also want you to think about how well you strike your longer irons and if they are potentially costing you strokes in yourround. If you still have a 3 or 4 iron in your bag and don’t hit them well, then maybe it’s time to look into testing out some alternative options