I said a bit of both, but as Dirty Harry would say a mans got to know his limitations. I will play careful strategy with hopefully aggressive shots when I need to. The one thing I rarely do is try the hero recovery after a bad tee shot. Its one thing to pin hunt on a short hole or easy pin position, but turning a bogey into a triple by deluding myself I have phil the thrill or tiger skills is just stupid golf.
Conservative play versus Aggressive - Page 3
Poll Results: Do you play mostly conservatively, mostly aggressive, or a little bit of both depending on situation?
29% (20)Mostly conservative
20% (14)Mostly aggressive
49% (33)A bit of both
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I agree. the worst thing for golfers like us, is to try to pull off shots that we know deep down we can't make.
I tend to play aggressively as I'm the sort of person that if I try to lay up short of a lake in front of the green, will inevitably knock it in the middle of the lake! I'm also horrible taking anything less than a driver off the tee for some reason. I'll always find trouble hitting a 3 or 4 iron off the tee! I think it's psychological more than anything.
I voted for 'a bit of both". For me I let the situation and the day (how I'm doing that day & weather) determine the next shot I attempt. Having said that I do, almost always, never try a shot I don't believe I can make more than 50% of the time even if I'm down 2 with 3 to play. I do tend to be aggressive when putting as I'd rather have 3 feet coming back than be 1" short. But even on the greens I try to not be stupid and don't putt aggressively on a slick downhill putt that can leave you chipping the next shot if you don't take care.
As a fairly new golfer, I don't have the confidence most of the time to attack the pin the majority of the time. I try to get it on the green and two putt. I figure if I can hone-in my accuracy a little more I will be fairly aggressive in my game play and lower my score. Until then, par is a great hole for me.
I think it depends on what you are trying to accomplish that round or what type of golfer you want to become. If I'm a weekend golfer out to swing for the fences and have a great time with guys, lay up isn't in my vocab. But if I'm trying to build a good handicap or prepare myself for tourny playing a mix of both is a must. I'm a firm believer in gut feeling, if you think your gonna hit it short and in the hazard don't let a Tiger wanna be talk you into a snow man. Just be you and do what you know you can do. If it doesn't work out you'll live and learn for the next situation . That is the great thing about this game, no one is there to tell you what to do (just suggest) and if something goes wrong it's your fault.
don't the golf rules also say that it's forbidden to give advice to players?
so if some dude is just trying to mess you up with his "tips" that's a penalty stroke isn't it?
A lot of it has to do with how I'm swinging on a given day, and my shot trends for the month.
If my fade has been working for my irons, I may try for a pin or two. If I'm spraying the shots, I likely will play for a safer line to keep misses away from bunkers and such.
There's also weather and course factors. One uphill par 5 has OB left, hazard and bunkers right of landing area, and often a crosswind or a headwind. The green, with front and side bunkers, sets on a shelf-top. On windy days, I will just hit back-to-back 4Hs and get to a flat spot going uphill. Then, I take a 3/4 6i to keep it low and hopefully end up on the back half of the green, or maybe the back fringe. From there, I can get par or maybe a 6 - which is much better than an 8 when things really go wrong on the hole.
If the weather's nicer, and I'm swinging well, I might try Driver + 7W to allow a wedge approach from where I can see the pin. (Secret: You have to fly the ball into the green. Try to bounce on, and it's in the sand).
Also, grass length can vary. If the crew mowed that morning and I pull a drive into the light rough on a longer par 4, I might try a 5i to put it on the green. If it's been rainy and the rough is a bit shaggy, I would chop out with a hot 8i and run it up in front of the green - see if I can get up and down.
So, it depends on how I'm swinging, the weather, and the turf conditions.