What Harvey Penick described in his ‘Little Red Book’ as the best way to practice your full swing can also save you practice time and wear and tear on your body. “Choose a 7-iron or a 6-iron, whichever one you feel the most confidence in,” Penick said, “and use it for 80 percent of your full-swing practice. The reason for this is I want you to develop faith in your golf swing. The best way to learn to trust your swing is by practicing your swing with a club you trust.”
Practicing your full swing with one club the majority of the time can make it easier to practice, too. You can take your trusty full-swing club along with you much easier than your full bag. Keep a glove and your shoes in the trunk and it’s easy to hit the range for a quick bucket to practice your full swing. Penick says, “A full 7-iron swing is just about as long as a driver swing. It’s the difference in the length and lie of the clubs that makes the driver swing look longer at the top of the backswing.” When you practice hitting solid 7-irons, you’re practicing your driver swing, too.
You don’t have to wear yourself out pounding driver after driver on the range. As Penick explains, “Certainly you must practice a little with every club. But don’t devote too much time to the driver. The driver is the most difficult club to hit, which is why they let you put the ball on a peg. The idea of practice is to improve – or at least to hold your own – and the surest way to do this is by practicing with a club that that gives you good results.”
When you have more time you can you can take your full bag to the range to fine-tune your full swing on your other clubs. The subtle stance and setup adjustments necessary to account for the variants in loft, lie and shaft lengths are easier to incorporate into a solid full swing. Practice building a solid full swing with just one club you trust, like a 7-iron or 6-iron. You’ll be building a swing you’ll be able to trust with every club in the bag.