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.
Timed out in edit. Breed may have seen this relationship on practice time and assumed that low HCPs got there by emphasizing the short game rather than it may just reflect the relative contribution to their game where they are due to acquired skill and the types of tees / courses they play. While high HCPs are correctly focusing on their long game a bit more (perhaps a bit too much) because that is where they are in relative scoring ability / golf game development.