And it's common knowledge that some of the biggest names in golf learned the game using a single club. (They were too poor to buy a set.) For example, Seve learned by hitting rocks on the beach with a 3-iron, and I heard that Chi Chi Rodriguez learned with a 4-iron. Sam Snead, who started playing back in the days of hickory, learned with a club he carved from an old tree branch.
But I was quite surprised to find this Golf Digest article on playing with just a 9-iron!
David Owen, the author, apparently plays 9-iron golf regularly. As I understand, they play only 5 holes at a total par of 20, and they all play from the forward tees. What fascinates me most about this is his description of the game:
"Each player carries just one club, a 9-iron. Because a 9 is the wrong choice for almost every shot, you learn, by trial and error, to make it the right choice."He then tells you a little about how you use a 9-iron to play all the wrong shots.
I don't know about you, but I think that's just plain cool!
The article's not terribly long and I think you'll enjoy it. But it just might challenge your ideas about how to improve your golf game as well.
The photo's from the article.