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Home Opener Watch Party

Catch the Caps on the big screen and watch the face off while you tee off!


Light the Lamp while you light up the course for the Washington Capitals Opening Night at 5i DC! Catch the game on the big screens and enjoy game day specials starting at 5pm.

Stop by Penn Quarter’s newest game day bar, Five Iron Golf, for opening night (and for all games thereafter). Hear the roars directly from the Capital One Area, located just steps away, while you play! Enjoy drink specials during every game and show your RSVP at the bar to get your first beer for just $1! After that, it’s $5 for any beer so you can channel your inner Happy Gilmore!

Sip & Swing

Five Iron’s Women’s Golf Clinic

Whether you’ve never picked up a golf club or you’re an avid player, join us to work on your game while enjoying an open bar, food and giveaways! We’ll warm up with some beverages and instruction from PGA professionals who are ready to help you learn and improve your game.

Don’t have golf clubs? No problem. We have complimentary sets at each of our locations for right-handed and left-handed players.

Upcoming Events: 

  • Sunday, April 5 – 5-7 pm 
  • Friday, June 12 – 6-8pm  
  • Thursday, August 20 – 6-8pm 
  • Sunday, October 18 – 5-7pm 
  • Sunday, December 6 – 5-7pm
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The NYC Flatiron Golf Leagues

Who are you and what you do at Five Iron Golf?
My name is Angelo Errico, and I’m the league coordinator at Five Iron’s flagship location in the Flatiron District of Manhattan

Can you give us an understanding of what the 5i golf leagues are?
The 5i golf league is a weekly opportunity for girls and guys to play the game they love after work on Monday and Tuesday nights.  It may be indoors, but it’s just as fun and competitive as an outdoor round.

In your opinion, what makes the 5i golf league unique?
It’s competitive golf without the frill and unwanted intensity of playing on a real course. All skill levels are welcomed, and every lie is perfect. You’ll leave our simulators feeling satisfied you made the most out of your golf game, while enjoying the many other services we provide like food, drinks, and tremendous customer service.

Would you describe the league as competitive? Explain why.
No matter if your team is full of 20+ handicappers, or a team of former college golfers, every week is competitive and different. We play an array of formats–like stableford, scrambles, and hogans–to keep every week interesting and allow for lower skill level teams to jump up the leaderboard. Plus, winning the league isn’t just for simulator golf glory. If your squad wins at their home location, they win a free event for thirty people and an open bar! They also get to play in our National Championship, where they play against the winners our other location leagues.

Do you feel like playing in the league allows players to improve? 
I’ll always say that simulator practice is the best practice. Every shot you hit, you see all your numbers–distance, carry, spin rate, etc.–and, whilst competing, you can use these numbers to dial in your yardages, and this allows players to be confident and creative in hitting shots they wouldn’t want to actually try on the real course.

Have the leagues changed much in the time you’ve been at 5i? If so, how?
Every year the leagues keep growing and become more and more competitive. As we transition into making our simulator golf league national, the sky’s the limit.

What’s your best memory of the leagues?
During a playoff round, our team known as “Grip It and Sip It” had a thirty foot, left-to-right” putt to extend the round to a THIRD extra playoff hole. Both competing teams were looking over as Grip It’s captain stood over to make his stroke, and, although he hit his ball perfectly, it lipped out of the hole and the round ended with all players’ jaws on the ground.

What’s the best team name you’ve seen in your time managing the leagues?
“Ball Not Detected”, which is inspired by how if a ball in one of our simulators is not read by our detection lights, it makes a note on the screen saying “Ball Not Detected.” Jokes on us!

What do you think keeps teams coming back season after season?
Teams come back season after season because our league is just another dose of what the game of golf provides better than any other recreational activity, comradery. 

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Form Follows Function

Practice with Purpose – Dan McCracken

Order of Analysis

When working to improve your golf game, things need to be handled specifically and in an order.  If your main goal is lower scores, then top priority needs to be controlling where the ball goes and not improving the aesthetics of the swinging motion.  With that in mind I am always analyzing things in the following order:

  1. Where/how did the ball fly?
  2. How did the club interact with the ball to create that flight?
  3. How did your body affect the club to create those impact conditions?

Before we dig any deeper, it is important to note that we should always be analyzing patterns and not individual reps.  If you cannot repeat a specific shot (good or bad) then there is no need to dig too deep in analysis. Golf is a game of consistency, not a game of perfection.  Own your swing, learn to repeat it and then you can optimize it from there.  

When showing up to practice your golf game, I believe your overarching goal should be to build confidence as a golfer.  While there are certainly plenty of psychological factors that contribute to achieving that goal, I think a lion-share of it is analyzing mishits and trying to make them better.  As we wade into the vast spectrum of mishits, I like to keep things organized by handling them in an order (based on patterns):

  1. Contact Misses
  2. Directional Misses
  3. Distance/Trajectory Misses

This order also tends to follow the general sequence of how a ball striker improves.  Learn to hit the ball solid, contact misses can negatively affect both distance and direction and as such need to be handled first. Learn to curve the ball in one direction (preferably towards the target).  Learn to control your trajectory and distance. With that in mind even the best players need to occasionally spend time cleaning up their contact.

There is no better way to train for contact than slowing things down and staying aware.  After some time it becomes quite easy to tell if you are catching the ball off the toe, heel, leading edge or if you catch the ground first.  Strike or foot spray on the clubface is also a nice option to chart your contact patterns, as is zoomed in swing video. When trying to fix things, start by ensuring you have the correct ball position, this is vital.  You also need to be sure you are controlling the low point of your swing arc properly in regards to striking irons vs. driver.  

To book a lesson with Dan in NYC click here. 

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