"It's likely that a mix of things is happening as your irons age," Sherburne added. "Obviously, the grooves aren't worn down everywhere, and novices whack it all over their faces, so you have a slew of irregularities in golf shots."
He also said that you should be aware of any changes in your shot patterns or performance issues. If you notice that one set of irons is working better for you than another set, they may need replacing.
The best way to know when your irons are done is to check their rating system. The longer the iron, the higher its number. Thus, a set of irons with length values of 45 inches will wear out later than those same irons with height values of 7 inches. That's because more force is required to lift these heavier irons across the grassland, which results in more work for your arms and shoulders.
However, golf clubs do not last forever. Even premium brands such as TaylorMade and Titleist will need to be replaced after several years of use. So if you're serious about improving your game, it's important to invest in quality clubs now rather than waiting until it's too late.
The most common causes for a golfer's inability to consistently hit their irons include wrong posture, poor contact with the ball, or using an iron that is too long or short for their height. If you feel like you're hitting the ball well but it still isn't going where you want it to, check your swing first. Make sure that you aren't leaning into your shots or swinging too fast; doing so will cause you to hit all kinds of bad shots.
If maintaining your correct golf posture is difficult due to pain or other issues, it may be helpful to use a low-profile driver or fairway metal instead. These clubs are designed to get the job done even if you make mistakes during your swing, which allows you to keep your eye on the ball and not your spine all day long!
If you're still unable to find success with your irons, it might be time to switch to a set of hybrids. These clubs are designed to fill the gap between drivers and sand saves, so they require less skill to use correctly. Plus, they offer more distance than your typical utility club, so you won't have to worry about hitting everything close to the hole.
Finally, if you continue to have trouble with your irons, it's possible that you might need to replace them.
This applies to every type of golf shot you play, and hitting your irons consistently is no exception. If you are not properly set up, your body is forced to make compensations throughout the golf swing, which leads to further issues in your golf game.
For example, if you hit some shots straight and others hooking or slicing, this shows that your setup is incorrect. When you hit a shot incorrectly, it is called a "mis-hit". There are many reasons why players may mis-hit their shots, but lack of balance is usually at the root of it. If one side of your body is turned more than the other, then you are out of balance. This can happen if you have a tall swing or not enough length in your shoulder/arm region.
Players with unbalanced swings tend to get more of the wrong kind of hits. They will often slice or hook left or right, depending on which side is out of balance. Hitting both kinds of shots incorrectly will quickly drain your confidence and cause you to lose focus during your next round of golf.
To fix an imbalanced swing, first check that one side is not longer than the other. If it is, measure the distance from where you pivot on the back foot to where your upper arm meets your body. Make sure this number is about the same as the distance from the ground to your shoulder.
Golf irons will eventually wear out. The clubs you use the most will be the first to wear out. This is due to the fact that they are the most often targeted. A set of irons should last 7–10 years for an average golfer who plays a few times per week or practices a few times per week. For more frequent players, or players who practice more intensively, their equipment will need replacement sooner.
There are two components that affect how fast your irons wear out: the make and model of your iron and how much force you apply to the ball during play. Factors such as weather conditions, soil type, and weight distribution may also have an effect on how quickly your irons wear out.
Irons tend to fall into two categories: blade and solid. Blades are thinner than 1mm thick, while solids are at least 3mm thick. Thin blades are easier to manufacture but they wear out faster because more of the surface area of the club contacts the ground when making a shot. Blades that wear out prematurely may need to be replaced before any damage occurs to the face of the iron.
The lifespan of your iron depends on how it is used. If you hit it hard every time you swing it, then it will wear out faster. However, if you send it off to be re-faced once it starts to wear, then it will last longer.
When you apply the same swing into the ball, each iron should strike a golf ball 10 yards less as you advance from the lower numbers to the higher numbers. For example, a five iron hit correctly can go 170 yards, however a six iron hit correctly should only travel 160 yards. This is because the angular speed of the club head at contact with the ball is the same for all irons, so more loft means less time being spent hitting the ball before it reaches its maximum height (and therefore distance).
The extra distance that can be achieved by moving up the number series is called "carry". The most common types of shots in golf are straight shots and shots that turn left or right. The greater your carry, the more room you have on the face of the shot for elevation and angle. Higher numbered clubs tend to have more carry than lower numbered clubs.
The amount of distance that can be added by changing blades or heads is called "lie" or "set-up". Some irons have angles on their faces which allow them to be used on any lie, while others need to be set up on a slope or flat surface. Generally, the more steeply angled the face, the shorter the distance that can be reached. However, this comes at the expense of touch and control; highly angled irons are best used for long drives or approach shots where accuracy isn't critical.