I agree. I believe the folks that are insisting that the rule book is not hard to understand are forgetting that they have years of experience reading and interpreting the rulebook. I agree that the rulebook is just about as unambiguous as it can be but that is not the same thing as being simple or easy to understand.
If we were starting from scratch, many of the rules could be made easier to read without making them less precise. However, there are decades of rulings and decisions based on the old language, so it makes good sense not to undertake a wholesale revision of the wording. This is a common issue with statutory interpretation in the legal world too.
And… I would say that's great if you just want to suck at golf forever. Bogeys and doubles, wheee!
Please do some reading on the subject. I generally hate bragging, but there's a reason @david_wedzik and I were on stage with Mark Broadie at last year's PGA show. We know a bit about what we're talking about. And unlike Broadie's book, our book (LSW) covers the average golfer.
I don't think the chart demonstrates any wisdom at all.
I don't know, and I prefer to avoid idle speculation: about what higher handicappers were doing, about what Michael Breed may have meant, any of it. I prefer to stick to things that aren't speculative.
i really don't the point in saying one thing should be the focus over the other, it all needs to work, want to get better? practice everything, a lot.
That being said I prefer to the work on the long game more, I think it pays bigger on the course, I would say I spend 70% of my time hitting long irons and driver, because as a poor player if I'm able to get within the green with few strokes I have a great chance at making bogies and maybe a par here and there, that's my focus and what I suggest all poor players do- learn to hit the ball far and straight, and then work on it more.
I think the reason good players concentrate on the short game so much is that's where the scoring happens, that's where they lose strokes the most, they know how to hit the ball a long way, they just need to execute, but the short game has so many variables that it needs constant work.
Alright. I guess I'm just in the camp where I feel the good luck is just as valid as the bad, if that makes sense. I have no qualms about taking advantage of good luck if it netted me a hole in one. It'd be nice if it wasn't under such circumstances, but I would take it the same way that I accept the bad breaks I've gotten. It could be partially due to the fact that, to date, I have lipped out 6 times, hit the stick twice, and landed in the hole (but bounced out) once on par threes. I just want to have a hole in one.