Re: Long game more important than short?Today I can conclude with 100% conviction that FOR ME, it's all about the short game. This morning I played in our club's monthly medal (stroke play)
- I hit 10/12 fairways (we have 6 par 3s)
- I used driver 10 times and hit the fairway 9/10
- my average drive today was 285 (I measured with SkyCaddie - it was dry and it was running). It was my best driving day for as long as I can remember
- I hit 10 greens (quite good for me)
- I parred 9 holes
All very good so far for a 12 handicap.
However, I had no touch around the greens and zero feel with my putter.
- I had 38 putts (averaging 33 this year)
- I went past the flag and over through the green twice on chips
- I never got up and down
- I had 3 3-putts
- I had zero 1-putts
- I was pin high, but off the green on 5 of 6 Par 5s (5 are 510+) - did not make birdie on any
- I duffed 2 chips
I've been playing for 20+ years and am now sure that the tens of thousands of rocks I've beaten on the range have honed a great full-swing and helped my long game. In those 20 years have spent 90% of my time on the long game and 10% on the rest.
This year it's been 50% long 50% short. From today onwards, it's 90% short, including putting, and 10% beating rocks.
That's what I have to say about what's more important for me