Steve Carroll: I was wasting away an evening watching YouTube and came across a clip where a pro was trying to explain what club you should use for different situations on the course.
I’d thought this was fairly self-explanatory. Well, ever since an ill-fated attempt to copy the scene where Tin Cup goes round the back 9 with a 7-iron.
But it did get me to wondering about that key club in the bag. The one you can’t do without.
Mine might surprise you. It’s not a fancy driver, or a snazzy wedge. It’s a bog standard 4-iron.
You can hit it off the tee. It’s great off the deck. You can use it on tight par 4s when you need a bit of accuracy. You can wield it on long par 3s when a short iron won’t get you on the dance floor.
I went without one for a while. It was a lonely time.
Alex Perry: I’m going to declare my love for my Ping G400 3-wood.
As I pull her gently from my bag and slide her head cover off as not to hurt her, I gaze longingly into her face and whisper: “You know what do to do, darling.”
Whether it’s off the tee or off the deck, I just know how to hit this club. I don’t know what it is, we just have a connection. She’s The One.
Sure, sometimes she’ll let me down, but one thing I’ve learned is to wait until we get home to argue about it…
Steve Carroll: Have you been watching 50 Shades of Grey?
Alex Perry: She certainly knows how to spank it … 230 yards down the middle.
James Savage: I’ve got a lot of time for my new 50-degree gap wedge.
I changed models recently from a blade to something a bit larger to give me more confidence on full shots.
It’s great for any shot between 10 and 110 yards – It’s basically my third shot club so very important to make sure I at least have a putt for par.
Christian Maiden: Definitely my 58-degree lob wedge. There’s nothing better than always believing I can pull off the Phil Mickelson of lobs – even with a success rate of 18 per cent per round – though that’s probably being very generous.
I won’t stop trying, though, even if it costs me an extra 8 shots a round. That club gives me a bit more than a tingle just in my arm!
Tom Lenton: My 3-wood. If the driver isn’t quite on song it’s my go to club and always puts me in play – 250 yards straight down the middle.
James Savage: “Always”…
Jordan Elliott: It would have to be my putter. Not because it sends a tingle through my arms when I get it out of the bag, but because it’s the club I use most in a round!
Mark Townsend: My Odyssey X-Act Tank Chipper. It might be the arrival of a daughter but it’s more likely the arrival of this club in the bag that has made me a lot happier.
I don’t think I could live without it (the club) now and am already slightly panicky about the prospect of it going walkabout or lost.
Now, when faced with a shot of 15 yards, I can pretty much guarantee that I will hit the green.
Georgina Simpson: My trusty putter. There’s nothing better than walking off the green after holing a decent length putt for birdie or holing a difficult par putt to keep you in the game.
As a player I love the fighting par and the challenge being out of position brings.