Re: A golfer's skill profile
Originally Posted by Ben
I agree 100% with your statement. when I play against players that are at my handicap level it always comes down to putting.
As far as lowering your handicap based on improving a skill set, my philoshophy is they all improve to some degree as you get better but they don't all improve equally the same. I started playing at a young age so my improvement was not just on improving a skill set but growing bigger enabling me to hit the ball farther.
For me it was my ball striking that improved ahead of my short game and putting. Every year I got a little longer and a little more accurate as I worked on improving my swing. My ballstriking is what got me below a 10 handicap and it was my short game and course management that got me below a 5 handicap.
The last piece to reaching near scratch level for me was putting. Although I've never been a +5 handicap player I usually put up a handful of rounds in the 60's each year. On those days I'll hit a couple more fairways, a couple more greens and make a couple more putts than usual. It doesn't take a whole lot to turn a 72 into a 68, or vice versa,,lol!