Just a general poll. I want to see where most people feel the most important part of their game is. Answer and share comments.
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I voted for irons by process of elimination and based on the courses I played- while keeping the ball in play off the tee is important to me, I don't always hit a driver. My chipping was only ok and my putting was below average for most of the season while my iron play was decent for the most part.
Looking the Keystone courses I mainly played, there are not a ton of super tight driving holes (and I tend not to hit driver on the few that are) while precise iron play is important.
I haven't played yet this year, so I am basing this on last season.
Looks like most are choosing the part of their game that is their biggest strength. I basically read the question in the same vein as the other recent thread "What's the shot you hate the most."
My answer in that thread was the tee shot that goes OB causing me to be hitting 3 off the tee. That hurts my game the most, and therefore that is the shot I hate the most, AND it means, keeping the ball in play off the tee is the most valuable to me.
That is why I chose driver in the poll, even though it is far from my biggest strength.
My iron game by far. My home course doesn't require anything over a hybrid off the tee (for me) unless you want to play super aggressive or you're playing the tips. If I didn't make a bit over a third of GIRs and hit most of my fairways, my short game and putting wouldn't save me. I just haven't had it this year. And hitting driver is less accurate and more likely to cost penalties even if you're fairly good most of the time. But a great deal of enjoyment is also there on rounds where you hit good iron shots. Plus it takes the pressure off your game and only requires a few really challenging shots per round to make pars.
Now, if I want to improve my scores, I can improve my putting, short game, and driving in that order. But if I lost my iron game I'd struggle off the tee and be a lot farther from the hole. I don't hit balls OB or into water with irons, and I don't go through sleeves per round because I'm compelled to hit lumber like so many others. You can get around any course with solid irons, and absolutely cruise with really good irons. You also feel more comfortable out there playing from almost any spot when you're hitting the irons well. The putter and driver can turn on you in the middle of a round.