Originally Posted by phan52
Most golf competitions are a big putting contest. There a lot of great ball strikers in the world but the best make birdies and save pars with their flat stick.
I think it's the short game too. Putting, reading greens, pitching and chipping, sand, all the 'touch' stuff. Those pros that people say are "crappy at putting" are still a lot better at it than most.
Heck, apparently, 3/4's of the players here hit their drivers and irons 50% farther than Tiger. So it must be around the green, not hitting away.... (though I do like the comment up thread about Tiger hitting 360-380 typical....)
(and, it's rare that I'm trying and succeeding to work the ball. Most days I'm just fighting to find whatever is consistent for that round. So path and face angle control must be phenominal with the pros. That'll extend to a natural putting ability too.)