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post #37 of 41
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This.  Nothing ticks me off more than making a smart play, and then having poor execution of the smart shot land me in more trouble or fail to get me out of the trouble I was in.  But it happens and it does not invalidate the smartness of the play I tried.

 

 

I was playing in a better-ball with a high handicapper, and he had a long shot into a hole where he was the only one getting a shot. He had a four-iron in his hand and I asked him, "How often have you hit that club onto this green?" He answered, "Never, but there is always a first time", and hit the ball 30 yards left of the green, made a double, everybody else made bogey and we halved the hole. Later in the round he had a 3-wood in his hand on another hole where he got the only shot, and I reminded him of the earlier hole. He wisely took out a 7-iron and hit it short of the green. Of course, he hit the resulting wedge into a greenside bunker and didn't even finish the hole. There was no convincing him that it was the right thing to do. Needless to say, he is no longer my better-ball partner.

post #38 of 41

My problem is I'll be playing well and get overly confident about my game and end up trying a shot that I shouldn't. This is pretty much why I end up only having about 4 really bad holes a round that kills my overall score. I don't get overly upset about it, because I'm trying to learn new shots and find out what I can do when I'm out there. Once I get serious about lowering my scores I'll work more on playing smarter shots all the time. Right now, I'd rather try as many different types of shots as I can when I'm out playing.

post #39 of 41

For me, I used to pull out driver 14 times per round.  Now, I avoid pulling out driver if my drive will most likely end up in trouble.  There are holes I use my hybrid to tee off.  I also tee off to a side with less trouble even if it means my shot is likely to end up off of fairway.  The idea is to avoid OB - a sure two stroke or worse set back.

 

If green is well guarded by bunkers, I lay up short of the bunkers as I suck at getting out of sand.  

 

On fast green, I do my best to hit a ball below the hole.   I will even hit short of green if I can avoid a steep down hill putt.  

 

I am trying to position my final approach shot to  95 - 115 yards from green, where I'd have a good chance at getting up and down. 

 

 

:-)  But when my mood strikes me in certain way, heck with course management and I will "go for it."   That's part of the fun for me.

post #40 of 41

Too often for me, good course management means retreating from ability and accepting easiest path in order to keep score low as possible. Result is i seldom push myself to play the tougher shots, at least to play them well. The tough shots, well executed, build confidence but what does shrinking away from danger bring you except possibly a lower score today? I am not talking about shots out of my range, like 222 yard carry over the canyon from fairway, but ones i know i can do. 

post #41 of 41
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Originally Posted by phan52 View Post
 

 

 

I was playing in a better-ball with a high handicapper, and he had a long shot into a hole where he was the only one getting a shot. He had a four-iron in his hand and I asked him, "How often have you hit that club onto this green?" He answered, "Never, but there is always a first time", and hit the ball 30 yards left of the green, made a double, everybody else made bogey and we halved the hole. Later in the round he had a 3-wood in his hand on another hole where he got the only shot, and I reminded him of the earlier hole. He wisely took out a 7-iron and hit it short of the green. Of course, he hit the resulting wedge into a greenside bunker and didn't even finish the hole. There was no convincing him that it was the right thing to do. Needless to say, he is no longer my better-ball partner.

 

Playing the 7 iron short may or may not have been the correct play- if the guy is no more accurate with his wedge than his 3w or 4i, then maybe he will actually average a higher score by laying up??

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