Q&A on the News

Q: Given all the new technologies in golf clubs, especially hybrids replacing long irons, do any professional golfers routinely carry a 1-iron in their bag?

—William Beck, Atlanta

A: Pro golfers generally no longer use 1-irons, preferring other clubs, including hybrids, which provide the "distance of the fairway wood with the accuracy of an iron," GolfLink.com states.

The 1-iron once was “a standard club in the bag,” the Associated Press wrote in 2013, but “often required the perfect blend of speed and power.”

“Even God can’t hit a 1-iron,” golfer Lee Trevino once joked.

Tiger Woods used a 1-iron in 2000, when he won three majors, but later switched to a 2-iron, the New York Times reported.

Jason Day, who won the Players Championship earlier this month, carried a 1-iron in his bag at the 2013 Byron Nelson Championship.

John Daly used a 1-iron in his PGA Tour Champions debut earlier this month.

Q: What happened to Mike Budenholzer’s DUI case in Atlanta?

—Mike McGinniss, Roswell

A: The trial date for the Atlanta Hawks' coach has been set for June 21-22 in Fulton County State Court.

His case has been postponed several times.

Budenholzer, who just completed his third season with the Hawks, faces misdemeanor charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and with defective or no taillights.

He was stopped on Aug. 28, 2013.

Budenholzer’s license could be suspended, and he also could face a year in jail and a $1,000 fine, the AJC reported.

Andy Johnston with Fast Copy News Service wrote this column. Do you have a question? We’ll try to get the answer. Call 404-222-2002 or email q&a@ajc.com (include name, phone and city).