I just started playing very recently and really want to learn to play smarter since I hope it can improve my game without "practice" (i.e. better swing).
I think the best place to take advantage of that would be setting myself up for a high % shot to the green using a full swing. But I've also been practicing my 1/2 and 1/4 swings (with wedges) to get shorter distances down. I also have finally tried chipping... only a couple dozen shots tried though, so still suck.
My full swing, 1/2, 1/4 distances from 100 yards and in are:
PW: 100, 80, 48
GW: 85, 68, 42
SW: 70, 56, 36
LW: 55, 44, 30
Those are pretty rough as I just finally started hitting the ball consistently.
As of now, the only time I feel like I am hitting what should be the "correct" shot is when it's obvious. Basically when:
1. Full Swing Distance away, I'll use the club that goes that distance. The exception would be that I have given up with SW because I skull it over the green half the time. I now try using GW 1/2 swing from that distance (~60 yards) even though my non-full swings aren't very consistent.
2. Chipping from right off the fringe (~10 - 30 yards)
3. Short pitch (or lob?) to an elevated green or over hazard ( ~10 - 30 yards)
However, I really would love to know the best approach. I haven't played enough to really gauge where I hit greens the best, especially considering at my level, I am really focusing on consistent contact. So would love to get advice from you guys as to "best practice" at managing each hole.
For instance, should I be give up on trying to get my 1/4 and 1/2 shots down? Is it going to be too hard to get consistent? What are other options exist from 50 yards and in? Is it wise to chip and have it roll before the green? I would think that would be too unpredictable, but I don't know. Also, and this is perhaps too advance, but full swing shot with my LW goes really high and I'm sure some days wind might be a real factor... would this be an instance where using PW at 1/4 swing would be useful?
And I guess a bigger question... should I aim to perhaps avoid needing to hit from 40 - 80 yards all together? Always trying to get in the 85 - 100 range so I can use full swing PW or GW to land on the green?
There is definitely a lot more to think about when you get under 100 yards and I just want to approach it smart so I can play the best game I can.
Thanks in advance!