Originally Posted by logman
OK, so you're 150 meters out, dead straight shot, going straight for the pin. What club, what swing thought, what percentage would you get(if you had 10 shots in a row). I can't believe that you would miss that often.
I usually hit about 6/18 GIR when I play, but on the 12 greens I miss, it can be by a lot. Like I said, I never really understood that I was over-swinging until like a week or two ago.
From 150 meters/164 yards with perfect, flat conditions, I can use an 8-iron or a 7-iron. 8-iron I run the risk of being short. 7-iron I run the risk of being long. Its hard to answer because recently I was experimenting with using a 6-iron from about 155 yards just trying to chip the ball out there. That might be the smarter play going forward.
The one time I was on trackman, I had a 91 MPH swing speed with 6-iron and averaged about 188.0 yards of carry, but that was when I swung with a faster tempo, so it's hard for me to pinpoint what exactly my distances are right now -- slowing my tempo down has been a big change for me.
What swing thought I'd use is hard for me say right now. Usually its "bow my wrist" because I struggle with a flat left wrist at impact. That's largely because I don't bring my arms down fast enough (unloading #4 to use a TGM term), but its helpful to me because I understand now its limitations.
Mike (Mvmac) is getting me to work on the way my arms are loading on the backswing right now, so maybe I'll have to use that swing thought, I don't know. But that's what I'll be working on for next time -- which will probably be tomorrow.
But generally, I'll miss a green because a) I'll hit a tee shot OB or in a hazard b) I'll hit a tee shot into a spot where it's difficult to hit the green c) I'll overswing my iron shot and get poor contact (toe and thin usually) and it will overdraw or hook it or d) my not-so-good mechanics will get the better of me and I'll just miss.
But from 150 meters, I'd probably hit the green around half the time maybe? Depending on the day? I dunno, you raise a good question. It's hard for me to say.
I feel confident that with my new, slower tempo I will control flight a lot better going forward.
I will say though, that when the ball is below my feet, I have been struggling like crazy to get good contact.