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Rick Martino: What's in your golf bag is important
By RICK MARTINO
May 21, 2006

In recent articles we've discussed equipment, stressing the importance of being properly fitted by a golf professional. This week we will discuss which clubs to put in your bag.

The rules allow up to 14 clubs in your bag. The question is, which clubs? Depending upon course conditions, your set could vary from outing to outing.

Phil Mickelson made news at this year's Masters by carry only two drivers. He reasoned that on some holes he needed to hit a draw off the tee and a fade on others. Turns out it was pretty sound strategy as Phil claimed his second green jacket in three years.

This is not a recent phenomenon. At the 1950 U.S. Open at Merion, Ben Hogan used a 1-iron on his approach to the 18th green.

"It was a difficult shot because I had to decide whether to hit the 1-iron or a 4-wood," Hogan said. "I finally went with the 1-iron because it gave me a better chance of running the ball back to the hole."

That was usual because players of that era would carry either a 1-iron or a 4-wood, but not both since they hit the ball approximately the same distance.

So what did Hogan leave out of his bag?

"A 7-iron," he said, "because there are no 7-iron shots at Merion."



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