Originally Posted by Spyder
That's the best question to ask. I'm hoping I get it straightened out with Erik or Mike this Saturday. If not, I'll be teeing off with 3W or 4i all day. The sad part is, I've shot 80 on a 6,600 yard course using nothing but irons. I've also shot 100 using driver on courses that were 6,300 yards and shot <80 on both with driver before as well. My 4i is usually good for 210-220 so it's not detrimental to tee off with it. The problem is my brain takes over and mocks my common sense and I give in and try to get those additional 60-70 yards. That's when stuff happens... good or bad.
Originally Posted by mad max
I do think we play differently. I can hit the ball a long way for my skill level. I go for it when I shouldn't but sometimes it works out and sometimes it does not. Last round, one that I didn't enter the score by hole I had 2 12's and a 10. I think I still had at least 4 pars but 10's and 12's will kill your score. My HC and especially my anti HC would be higher if it wasn't for ESC
I think I'm starting to see the light. Y'all hit a long ball that seems to sometimes get you in trouble but also results in a bunch of pars. I play the exact opposite. I don't even carry a driver. Almost all of my holes are:
1. Tee to fairway
2. Fairway to chipping distance
3. Chip on to green
4. 2 putt
I hit a decent amount of 4-irons off the tee (and I wish that meant 220 like Spyder), mostly hybrids - and if it is wide open, I'll pull out the big dog (which is a 3-wood. You'd probably call it the small dog. Ha!). I had to take driver out of the bag because I wanted to find a way to get the score down. But more than anything, I found that mentally it really messed with my game to start off so many holes at a deficit - that is to say in the woods or some kind of trouble. It became demoralizing, it affected my play on other parts of the course, and I was trying a lot of 'miracle' shots to try to get it back - which of course just made things worse.
3-wood has been going pretty well for me lately though. I promised myself that when it got really consistent, I'd start practicing driver again. It is just about time to start. I'll look forward to being able to use it again.