Understanding Iron Gapping

Proper iron gapping is a major aspect of golf that impacts a player’s consistency and performance. Iron gapping is the difference in yardage between each iron in a golfer’s bag. This allows golfers to confidently select the right club for a given distance. The first step in knowing the distance of each club is using a launch monitor to track your distances. The second thing you can do is on course analysis by hitting actual shots and recording the length of various clubs. Analyzing this data helps identify what kind of gaps the player has between clubs. There will be some instances in a player’s set where the gap between clubs is too close. Fixing this is done by getting the lofts checked throughout your set to make sure the proper gapping is in place. If not, a club fitter most times can adjust the lofts accordingly to achieve the proper gaps.

Regular monitoring and adjustments are very important for maintaining proper iron gapping. Consistent practice with all irons and an understanding of personal tendencies help iron gapping as you get to know your clubs better. Proper gapping leads to better distance control, improved consistency, and increased confidence, ultimately resulting in better performance and lower scores on the course.

Additionally, keep in mind clubhead speed plays a big role in gapping also. Players with faster club speeds will see a much larger gap between each club as a player with a slow swing speed will not see a big difference between each club. The player with slower speeds should skip a club (ex. going from 9 to a 7 iron instead of an 8 iron) which will show a greater difference in length.