Originally Posted by Shorty
It's a good strategy as long as you understand that on anything but EXTREMELY short courses you will struggle to break 90.
Not only that you will absolutely hit a wall there because you are relying on one putts for virtually all your pars and you have to pretty much hit each green in one over regulation just for bogeys.
It get sfrustrating when the majority of par 4s have to be played as 3 shotters.
And, believe me, when you are hitting irons off the tee, you have to play very well indeed to give up the distance and then hit a good second and third just for bogeys.
Remember, we aren't talking about Adam Scott hitting a 3 iron 260 or 270 yards.
It's bogey golf ONLY if you are an exceptionally good iron palyer and/or you are playing very short courses.
This is a good point - about this strategy having wall as you call it. This is a strategy that benefits higher handicap golfers more than lower for sure. But I would argue that it can actually enable the higher capper to break 90 as opposed to struggling to do so. And I say this because this strategy is exactly what enabled me to break 90 (and 80 once) for the first time.
For someone shooting a lot of 98's and using driver - they probably aren't hitting many greens in 2 anyway. And they are hitting a bunch of drivers in the woods - which is a lot worse than a 4 iron down the middle. So they really haven't sacrificed much by going irons, they are just taking a little safer and more controlled (and maybe boring) route to the same place - which is near (but not on) the green. But in doing so, they have eliminated a bunch of the 8's and 9's so prevalent on the card of a 98.
Plus there, are more than just the par 4's. On a par 5, the yardage per shot need to get the GIR is reduced. So you 4 chances per round to get a GIR on these. Also, there are 4 par 3's - where you hit an iron off a tee and only have to pull off one good shot to get a GIR instead of 2. So, even if you play all par 4's in hopes of getting bogey, there are 8 other chances to try to get those elusive GIR's.
Also, some of the par 4's will be shorter and maybe you hit a good long iron approach here and there for even more chances. Also, you can occasionally get up and down for a par even if you miss the GIR.
I'd say that par 5's, par 3's, the occasional good long approach, and the occasional up and down are 4 chances to get pars. But in the meantime, you have turned some 8's into 5's because you don't have as much risk off the tee. So if you can get a bunch of bogeys, 3 or 4 pars, and 2 or 3 doubles - you can break 90. Whereas if you get into trouble off the tee a few times and get a couple of 8's - it becomes very hard to break 90.
It is just a different model than a lower cap would play by. I think folks who play near par just have trouble getting their mind around this type of play. But scoring well for a higher capper is more about minimizing damage than it is about hitting great shots. And irons minimize damage as compared to woods for most players. That is how I did it for the first time.
Having said all of that - if you start talking about breaking 80 and talk about longer courses, that wall is much more real.