What the weekend golfer needs most is "weekend equipment." For all the good the standard complement of 14 clubs does the weekend golfer, at least five of these could be left in his locker. These are the driver, the brassie and the two-, three-and four-irons. With their long shafts and lack of loft, these five clubs require extraordinary timing, a timing too exact for the golfer who can devote no more than one or two rounds a week to the game. In their place he would be wise to substitute a one-and-a-half-wood, a five-wood and a seven-wood.
Now, a one-and-a-half-wood is not a brassie. It's the normal, deeper-faced driver with more loft added. The face on a brassie is too shallow for use off a wooden tee, and its lack of loft makes it all but useless for long shots through the fairway, where your spoon could, and should, be used exclusively. The five-wood can be used instead of a two-iron, the seven-wood for both the three-and four-irons. By sliding through the turf rather than digging into it, the flat sole of a wood offers a margin for error that the blade of an iron does not. And if you're a weekend golfer, you need all the margin for error you can get.
from GENE ANDERSEN, pro at Oyster Harbors Club, Osterville, Mass.
Above: the wood at the left is a five-wood, the wood at the right, a seven-wood; between them the irons they replace, in Gene Andersen's view, the two, three and four. At right: Andersen and the lineup of woods he recommends: a one and a half, three, five and seven
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