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ver.indd 1 12/1/ ver.indd 1 12/1/ ver.indd 1 12/1/ ver.indd 1 12/1/ Irons and wedges were put to the test at Strawberry Farms Golf Club. C O N T I N U E D ›› E veryone wants to play the best golf they can, and having the right equip- ment can make a huge difference in not only how you score but how much you enjoy the game. When shopping for new irons and wedges, it can be easy to get over- whelmed with all the choices. So we turned to some of our store experts across the country for five insider secrets you need to know before making your purchase. Also, in Part II of our 2017 Hot Shots Club Test, we'll reveal the findings from a range of everyday golfers who joined us on the practice tee at Straw- berry Farms Golf Club in Irvine, Calif., to get their take on the latest and greatest sticks. Read on… > your relationship with your clubs "Buying a new set of irons and wedges is an im- portant commitment, so don't enter into that part- nership without being totally comfortable with your decision," said Bill Sellinger, a manager at the Edwin Watts Golf Store in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., and a Class A master teaching professional. "Golf should be fun, and you have to be totally comfortable with the clubs you're hitting," he said. "Clubs should fit your eye – whether it's a thinner top line or a thicker sole that looks and feels good to you – because golf is 80 percent mental. Once you figure out a few that look good to you, then you want to test them out, like a first date." > take a test drive Like Sellinger, Logan Clayson, a sales associate at Uinta Golf in Salt Lake City, recommends trying a few different sets of irons so you can find the one that best fits your game. "Not every swing is the same, and every club is going to perform a little different," Clayson said. When shopping for wedges, Clayson suggests look- ing at the relationship between the type of divots you usually take and the bounce of the club. "If you take a steep divot, you're going to want more bounce, and you'll want less bounce if you take a shallower divot," he said. > find the right shafts for your unique swing From the lightest graphite shafts for women and seniors to the stiffest steel shafts suited for low handicappers, determining the right fit for your swing is essential. "There are a lot of options, so having the basic iron hot! What you need to know before your purchase – plus, irons and wedges put to the test 20 17

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