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Thursday, February 9, 2012

One-Club Golf?

I did a post last July about playing golf with only a half-set of clubs. I was glad to know I'm not the only person who enjoys it.

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.

Just one little clubBut 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.


  1. Golf is a good walk, ruined.-- Mark Twain
    With one club,
    Without scoring.
    Golf is a good walk, enhanced.