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.
Yeah, I'm gonna try to explore this strategy. Keep the driver in the bag unless it's a par 5, or long par 4 without a ton of trouble.
If it's wide open on one side. I'll whack away, because worst case I'm just in the rough...but if it's tight with OB on both sides, I'm gonna hit my 2 iron hybrid.
This thread has veered a bit, maybe it's best we start a thread for general course management discussion.
Now, back to forum handicaps! Mine is updated for the last 8 rounds I've played (I've only played 8 this year).