With the rise in popularity of other clubs in recent years, some people feel that the driving iron golf clubs are a thing of the past. I am not so sure, so let’s take a look at the ideas.
First, what is a driving iron, and how does it work?
Well, a driving iron is a club which is basically derived from the 1 iron, but it is designed to be used off the tee.
The reason for the use of this club is that a lot of players get intimidated when they hold the longer shaft of a driver at the tee, and also feel they need to hit the ball harder to get distance. That is a basic golfing error. An attempt to hit harder will only produce less control and consistency in the swing, which coupled with the extra length of the driver’s shaft, results in ineffective drives.
As a result of this, some people would use their 1 iron instead of a driver, feeling they had better control of the swing with the shorter club shaft. However, a 1 iron is not ideally designed to drive off from the tee, so the driving iron comes into play instead.
The difference between the driving iron and the 1 iron is that the head of the driving iron is thicker and more solid. This gives extra power to the club head as it strikes the ball, while maintaining the feel of the 1 iron.
The reason that this club has begun to be less popular in recent years is due to the evolution of the hybrid club. A hybrid club is effectively a combination of two clubs, but it does not have the one noticeable disadvantage of the driving iron. Because the driving iron has such a flat face, it produces little backspin or loft, so if you want to get a high trajectory off the tee, the driving iron has its limitations.
This why, with only limited space in the bag, the hybrid club has come into favor, as it offers a greater variety of shot potential. Many players have replaced the driving iron with a hybrid club.
However, in some situations the extra weight of the driving iron can give it advantages over a hybrid club. Where you want a long, low shot, you may find that a driving iron gives you more distance. Try for yourself to see if it brings benefits to the drive off any of the tees at your favorite course.
Although they may have waned in popularity, driving irons still have a place in the game of many players. If you have space in your golf bag, it can be worth adding a driving iron golf club for certain shots.
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