Double the amount of fairways hit per round
and Lower your handicap by adding a driving iron to your bag
If you are currently hitting 10 or more fairways per round, DO NOT READ THIS ARTICLE and jump to our reviews here.
BUT, if you’re currently struggling to hit at least 50% of the fairways off the tee……
Or You’ve Already Been Hitting it OK, But Can’t Seem To Get Your Handicap Into Single Digits….
Listen Very Closely.
For the last 15 years I have struggled to keep the driver in play off the tee. Regardless of how well I am playing, or how low I go on a particular day, I still struggle to hit the fairway on at least 50% of my tee shots.
(Hitting my second shot from the beach at Kiawah Golf Resort (see below) makes it really hard to score well.)
Maybe it would help to give a little bit of background right away so you understand where I am coming from.
I have played golf for the last 15 years, and it has been my true passion. When I am not working or spending time with the family, I am on the golf course or at the range working on my game. My handicap at the time of this article is 7.3.
The lowest index I have had in the past has been 6.3, so have pretty much stayed consistent throughout this summer, even with a shortened golf season with some Covid restrictions.
At the beginning to the year, my index was a 11.4 and I was struggling. I would have days when I would chip and putt like a champ, only to shoot 91 because I was punching my second shot out from under a tree or retrieving my ball from the dreaded out of bounds marker.
My long irons and wedges were good, I was hitting greens from 150 yards and in consistently, but it didn’t matter because often times I was hitting my 4th or 5th shot into the green. Early in the year I continued to shoot in the high 80’s to low 90’s and was so discouraged because I really wasn’t hitting the ball that badly.
It wasn’t until I made a bet with Rich, a short-hitting, Fairway pounding guy that opened my eyes.
The Bet I Made With Rich Was Simple – Longest Drive in the Fairway – $1 per hole. We carry over any hole where neither of us hit the fairway.
When Rich and I made the bet, I was laughing with what easy money this would be. All I would have to do is hit the ball in the fairway, and I would win that hole. On Rich’s best day, he can’t drive the ball within 20 yards of me..
So I started counting my money! When I hit 14 fairways, I will make a quick 14 bucks (along with all the other side bets we had).
There was only one problem with this little bet……..
I was standing on the 18th hole of the day, down 13 dollars, and was still waiting to hit my FIRST FAIRWAY OF THE DAY.
It really was quite remarkable that for as good as my swing was, I wasn’t able to hit a driver in the fairway. I don’t carry a 3 wood because I have never hit them very well, so there really was no other option other than trying to guide my driver into the middle of the fairway.
I did come really close on three holes, but was still in the rough. One hole did have me in the first cut, but that still “technically” was not the fairway.
Simply stated – I DID NOT HIT ONE FAIRWAY THE ENTIRE DAY!
I lost $14 to Rich that day, and realized that the problem in my golf game was not my putter, my wedges, or my long irons. My problem not hitting the fairway off the tee.
It would have been easy to hit 7 iron off of the tee and hit it out there 160 yards, but then on the long par 4’s I would be hitting a low iron into the green.
I was just too stubborn for that.
So that day, while sitting around with friends laughing about my inability to hit fairways, when another friend suggested hitting a driving iron off the tee.. At this point, I was ready to try anything.
I spent the next few weeks hitting a variety of driving irons at the range, and really fell in love with the GAPR from Taylor Made. The driving iron is basically a Fat 2 iron that I hit long and straight. Most importantly….
I HIT FAIRWAYS with My Driving Iron. Not a few per round……Nearly all of them!!!
Since adding the driving iron to my bag, my handicap has been dropping with each round, and I am consistently in the fairway. The driving iron may not be as long as the Driver, but I hit it about 225 off the tee.
Considering I hit my driver anywhere from 200 to 280, and miss nearly every fairway, this is a considerable difference my game.
The best part………
A couple weeks ago Rich and I were paired up again and we made the same bet. Wondering how I made out?
I won 10 dollars! I hit 12 Fairways and was longer on each one. He hit the two I missed.
The handicap has dropped throughout the summer, and it should be much lower, but I still am stubborn and pull the driver out quite often. Someday I will learn that the driving iron is perfect for me off the tee. I enjoyed playing golf so much more when my approach shots were from the short grass. And…
I did shoot my personal career low this summer…….73!
Even though the TaylorMade GAPR was the perfect club for me, we’ve compiled a list of the best driving irons to help you improve your game and help you find one that will help you stripe it down the middle.