Originally Posted by Lowkie
Originally Posted by Golfingdad
Spend more time on this site then. Read up on what the 5sk guys say and give it a chance and I think you'll find it makes a whole heck of a lot of sense. The short game is just way too easy (RELATIVELY) to be spending more time practicing it than practicing your full swing. And one more reminder: Long game doesn't mean gaining power so you can "drive a par 4," it just means your full swing. It's a fact that people, by and large, lose more shots to putting themselves in bad spots off the tee (including OB and hazards, but sometimes trees, or simply rough) than they do from a chili dipped chip or a three putt.
I would tend to agree with thtat train of thought that yes when putting and chipping you have a lot less of a chance that you'll loose a ball OB or something like that. Although, as funny as it sounds, I have actually seen someone chip OB by accident.
However I have seen it. A buddy was trying to hit a high lob to a tight pin after short siding himself and thinned the ball over the green and past the OB fence. He went from a potential birdie (it was a par 5 hole and that was his 3rd) to a 2 putt double.
That wasn't really a case of needing short game work so much as needing some course management training. His long game was good enough to reach the green area in 2, and his short game was decent in general. What he didn't consider was what might happen if he short sided himself, and then when he did that, he tried a low percentage shot from a poor lie. In that case, poor decision making cost him at least 2 strokes.
He was a better ball striker that I was, yet we both carried the same handicap because I usually did a better job of thinking my way around the course and staying out of trouble.