Originally Posted by iacas
I worked at it, hard, for a few years. You can be a pretty bad golfer and get to a 9 handicap. Every stroke you shave off that is about 2x as hard as the one before it.
Most 18 handicappers could become 9 handicappers inside of a month if they work on:
a) course management
c) short game (chipping, pitching)
A couple of things about this post interest me. A pretty bad golfer getting to single digits sounds crazy to me. I see a lot of bad golfers - and some decent ones. And I don't see how any but a few of them are going to get to single digits inside a month. I think course management can take them a long way - but from 18 to single digits sounds incredible.
But more importantly - a, b, and c interest me. I hear so many people talk about how important short game is to getting better scores - almost to the exclusion of everything else. So I have a couple of questions I'd hope some better golfers could answer that might help me make sense of it:
1. What if a, b, and c are already the best parts of your game? Do you still concentrate on it in lieu of ballstriking?
2. How good can you expect to get at short game - notably vs time spent working on it?
3. Why is ballstriking or getting better at fairway irons or driver practice almost never mentioned in how to get better scores?
4. How bad are 18 cap golfers at chipping?
I have only created stats for myself obviously - but I observe many different golfers on the weekend with my stats in mind as sort of a benchmark. It seems to me they are wasting an awful lot of shots by duffing and topping tee and fairway shots - and a ton by slicing drivers into the woods. Sure, I see them duff and skull chips as well - but not any worse than other longer shots.