Originally Posted by DocParty
According to Lee Trevino:
(Las Colinas Country Club, Irving, Texas)
I heard him talking decades ago to some 'hackers' like myself about just this same point. (late late 70's or early 80's; I forget cause I'm old)
Look at how many golfers, pro golfers, enter a tournament.
Now look at how many don't make the cut.
Next look at the final scores, see how many shot even or better golf.
It's a minority of the number that entered, and these guys are Pros.
Why would a weekend golfer ever expect to go out and shoot par golf? Pros don't do it every day and they do it for a living.
He went on to say, a lot of people play golf but not a lot know how to play it by the rules which affects ones score tremendously.
If a week end golfer, someone that plays once a week (and in this case not even once a week since weather and winter shuts down some players outings) could shoot bogie or better golf by the USGA rules, he has accomplished a huge task.
Shooting bogie golf, by the rules, is as hard for a weekender as shooting par golf is for a Pro.
A weekender is supposed to enjoy the game, unlike a pro that is at work when he plays.
Lastly he said he tells everyone:
Learn to hit a club, any club, 150 yards straight down the center of the fairway, plus whatever bounce and roll you can get and you'll average 175 yards off the tee. Learn to hit a 20 foot diameter circle as your target.
Next learn to do the same thing a 10 yard reduced increments (150-140-130-etc) until you can do it every time, at any distance and you will be ready to play bogie golf.
An average par 4, I assume is @ 450 yards? If it's less and many are this works out for us even better. Check your score cards and do the math yourself. It's amazing how simple this application works. And imagine how it will change if you can hit a dead straight drive (that's right 'dead straight') 200, maybe 220 yards!!!!!!
450 yard par 4 hole broken down per Lee's guidelines:
100 left to the green
(now you are in the area you were to perfect your shots from 150 to 10 yards) you are on the green ready for a 2 put.
Bogie golf with no hazards or lost balls.
If you practice with your pitching and putting to the same degree that you practiced and achieved the 150 to 10 yard shots (all expected to land in a 20 foot circle) you'll one put some of those and could do better than bogie or at least pick up some strokes for those holes where you did not fare so well.
Worked for me for 15 years until I quit back in 1994.
Now my youngest son, 25, is interested in the game and I've pulled out my old MacGregor CG1800's and it's amazing how easy it was to get back into the swing of things after learning his suggestion back in the early 80's. I'm shooting 95 as an average after 4 months hitting balls at the range and playing only 5 rounds of golf so far, but I believe I'll be back to a 90 by the end of the year consistently playing by USGA rules exclusively.
Golfs fun, why let the score ruin your day? I don't even let my son keep his score at this time. We just acknowledge pars, bogies, double bogies and so on. He's not stressed because of his scoring, YET.
My best to you all.