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Would you rather have ...

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  1. 1. Would you rather have ...

    • a 170-180 yard approach from a nice flat fairway lie
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    • a 140-150 yard lie from the rough (not brutal US Open rough, just the run of the mill rough that we all would rather avoid)
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I know there are many variables that might sway your opinion, but vote in a theoretical sense.     I think the answer to this poll will be a testament to the type of golfer you are ... I know I'm not good from the rough, so I tend to play a tad more conservative and make hitting fairways paramount.      But I'm not that long anyways with a driver.     There will be some who can really get a driver out there & are willing to take the risk of having to chop it out of the rough.

I am curious how this will pan out ...

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I answered 140-150 out of the rough.  This might be shaded by the fact that at the courses I play in SoCal, even if the rough's "grown out" it's never penal enough to make an easy 9i not still more likely to end up on the green than a 7i or 6i from the fairway.

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I'd go with the 140-150 yards in the rough. I don't mind playing out of the rough (with my game, you get used to it...haha) but I'd much rather have a mid-iron in hand closer to the hole any day. Unfortunately with my lack of distance off the tee, I usually end up with the best of both worlds...in the rough AND 170-180 yards away.
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I guess, there are two posts with the rough at 140-150, but less votes than 170-180.

My reason is because I hate my 6i that I can't really hit. I prefer to hit a hard 8i than a hard 6i or a soft 5i. Lucky for me this is does not happen that much. If so I might even take a 7i and lay up rather than try to hit 6i.

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I'll take my chances with the rough. In CO 140-150 is PW-9i range. Heck I'd rather hit it out of a bunker at 140 out than from 170 back in the fairway.

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Closer is better. Rough around here is not that penal.
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Closer is better. Rough around here is not that penal.

+1 on this

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I'm just as likely to blow it from the fairway as the rough so I voted for getting the shorter iron into my hands.

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Closer is better. Rough around here is not that penal.

Yes.  Since it was stipulated that we aren't talking about bad rough, and nothing was mentioned about trees or anything else, I'm in the closer is better camp too.

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Closer is better. Rough around here is not that penal.

Same here.  I may even get better lies in the rough at my home course.

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Put me in the shorter is better camp too.

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Putting a 9 iron in my hand pretty much eliminates the catastrophic miss, so even if I don't hit the green, I'm likely to have a good up & down chance. From 175 yards out, just about anything is possible. I agree that shorter is better.

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I'm surprised the result is lopsided to the other way.  I thought people are more accomplished here so people would go for the longer but predictable condition.  I voted for longer distance with flat fairway since either way my shot would be a toss up but given my past experiences I ended up having better result for having a ball in fairway than rough.  I had harder time judging distance from the rough

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Usually rough, but there are some holes on my course with VERY healthy rough where you are lucky to advance the ball assuming you can find it.

Added: I don't think anyone would intentionally hit it in the rough to get closer, but will take the risk to get it closer.

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I chose 170-180 from flat lie. 140-150 is either a hard 50* ( 140 ) or a PW ( 150 ), and 170-180- is either a hard 8 iron ( 170 ) or a 7 iron ( 180 ) - and I am fine hitting either of those irons.

I am sure if I had some historical stats of my swings - my chances are better from the 140 yard rough - but I don't mind hitting an 8 or a 7.

And my distance control is more consistent from the fairway - from the rough, it could be 10 yards short or long.

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I chose 170-180 from flat lie. 140-150 is either a hard 50* ( 140 ) or a PW ( 150 ), and 170-180- is either a hard 8 iron ( 170 ) or a 7 iron ( 180 ) - and I am fine hitting either of those irons.

I am sure if I had some historical stats of my swings - my chances are better from the 140 yard rough - but I don't mind hitting an 8 or a 7.

And my distance control is more consistent from the fairway - from the rough, it could be 10 yards short or long.

OK, now I will give you the adjusted club selection for shorter hitters like me.  140-150 is an 8 or 7 iron.  170-180 is a 5 or 4 iron or 3H depending on wind, lie, etc.  Would you change your approach if it was a 4 iron versus 8 iron from the rough?  If I could hit a 7 iron 180, then I may opt to your choice, but alas, age creeps up on us all.

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OK, now I will give you the adjusted club selection for shorter hitters like me.  140-150 is an 8 or 7 iron.  170-180 is a 5 or 4 iron or 3H depending on wind, lie, etc.  Would you change your approach if it was a 4 iron versus 8 iron from the rough?  If I could hit a 7 iron 180, then I may opt to your choice, but alas, age creeps up on us all.

I'm 28 and I don't hit a 7i 180 yards. Man, I thought I hit it pretty far, too.

Still rather hit a wedge than a mid iron, though.

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OK, now I will give you the adjusted club selection for shorter hitters like me.  140-150 is an 8 or 7 iron.  170-180 is a 5 or 4 iron or 3H depending on wind, lie, etc.  Would you change your approach if it was a 4 iron versus 8 iron from the rough?  If I could hit a 7 iron 180, then I may opt to your choice, but alas, age creeps up on us all.

This doesn't add up.  If you are hitting 150 with 7i on fairway, you will not be able to carry 150 with 7i in sizable rough.  I believe survey mentioned tough but not US Open tough rough.  My hard 7i is 160 - 167ish but from rough I sometimes can't even carry 150.  I believe one should be able to hit the same club in both scenarios and have similar result. 140 vs. 170 and 150 vs. 180, not 140 vs. 180

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