Whether you are a beginner or a pro, we always expect to hit the green from 100 to 120 yards away. I know I do. But sometimes we fall short, and other times we send the ball into the bushes due to the wrong choice of clubs. What is the best golf club for under 100 yards?
A 9-iron is the preferred club of choice for many golfers for hitting 100 yards add or take 5 yards. Beginners can easily attain 95-105 yards using the 9-iron golf clubs. 110 yards is also possible with luck and a bit of wind. However, there is no perfect club or driver for this distance.
Several factors influence your club choice for 100 yards, including your personal swing and lie type. Stick around as I explain the right club for use from 100 yards and how to practice pitch shots from that distance.
What Club Should I Use From 100 Yards?
The 9-iron, 7-iron, and pitch wedge are the best golf clubs for use from 100 yards. Let’s take a closer look at each of them.
A 9-iron is categorized under the short irons golf clubs because of its short shaft. With a high-mass head, the club is versatile. Count on it to get you out of trouble when hitting golf balls for short distances.
The 9-iron helps you bring the ball as close as possible to the flag. It also gives you perfect opportunities for making easy birdies or pars as you progress with your golfing career.
The amateurs usually prefer the 9-iron for 100 to 125 yards, although the pitching wedge can also deliver. This is because of a misplaced notion that they can attain a longer distance with the 9-iron instead of the pitching wedge. However, the pitching wedge can perfectly hit over 100 yards from the greens too.
A well-executed golf shot from a pitching wedge can go as far as the one made with a 9 iron but in a different trajectory. The problem is that most amateurs lack proper technique and golf swing speed with their golf clubs to compensate for the yardage difference.
Many golfers need some more skill and practice with their 7-iron. They either flog it too high until it falls short of the green or hit off and watch it land in the woods. If you didn’t know, a 7-iron club could give you a lot of versatility if you know when and how to hit it.
The 7-iron is best suited for up to 135 yards, long par 3s, or short par 4s. You just swing your hands smoothly and leave the rest to the club. When hit with this club from 100 yards, the golf ball flies low, bounces, and then shoots off towards the putt. We call this a half swing.
Please note that you need lots of practice and incredible skill to hit the 7-8 iron 100 yards into the green. A mishit takes the ball further than needed putting you into big trouble.
How to Practice Shots Within 100 Yards
I will show you a practice drill that works not just for 100 yards but for various yardages within that distance. The reason is that you develop a feel for various lengths and learn to confidently get shots next to the pin. It also helps you to adjust the distance by hitting a three-quarter swing or choking the club to reduce the distance.
The drill works, but you need to practice more to learn what works for you and the distance you can achieve with one golf club within 100 yards. Follow the following steps for best results.
- Measure a distance of 65 yards and place a marker, probably a flag stick. Hit the golf ball towards the target.
- Reduce the distance to 55 yards and hit the balls towards the target using the same golf club you used in step one.
- Increase the distance to 85 yards and hit the ball towards the target using a different club from the one you used in 1 and 2 above.
- Bring the target closer by 10 yards to make 75 yards and hit the golf ball using the same club you used in step 3.
- Take your target further to 105 yards and use the club you usually use for hitting 100 yards.
- Finally, from a 95-yard position, hit the golf ball using a 105-yard club. Congratulations!
Repeat this practice drill daily for several weeks until you learn to control your distance in 100 yards.
What Is the Best Golf Club for Under 100 Yards?
The best golf club for under 100 yards include;
This is a short golf club with a loft of 50-54 degrees. I usually use a 52-degree wedge to make close shots from tight or rough lies. The club is suitable for hitting 80-95 yards towards the green. In other words, the club is suitable for golf shots that the sand wedge and pitching wedges can’t because they either hit too far or too close. Always carry one in your golf bag because it is convenient.
Bring along the sand wedge if you need to escape from the sand traps easily. These wedges are especially good for players who have difficulty moving out of the sand. You can hit a distance between 60 to 80 yards using this club with a high loft of between 54 and 58 degrees.
You can also use the sand wedge like a high loft wedge. This has helped me avoid excessive rolling of the ball when its lands on the ground.
Lob wedges have an extremely high loft of between 58 and 64 degrees, although the usual type has a 60-degree loft. In fact, it is the highest lofted golf club in your bag, some even going as high as 72 degrees. The club can hit a ball a short distance of between 20 and 40 yards.
While some golfers think that handicappers using lob wedges is a bad idea, with enough time and practice, most golfers can successfully use the club.
Whatever you decide, it has to fit your game and situation.
There are times where I will use a 9-iron inside 100 yards or if I need to get over a sandtrap, I would use my sand wedge to get more height.
Regardless of what you use, experiment and go with what gives you the most consistent results.