Originally Posted by cipher
I agree. I was just saying that expecting to hit all of those goals in one round may be ambitious right now. Like you are saying, in managing certain parts parts of the game and course it can be done more easily and that is important to understand. I am just saying that if the goals are 6 greens, no 3 putts, penalty strokes, or triples, at this point hitting two of those goals in a round may be a victory. Then start you start aiming for three out of four and then all four goals.
I never thought it made much sense to set specific goals like that for a round. Because when you just say "I want to hit "x" amount of greens, have "x" amount of putts, and have less than "x" amount of penalty strokes," you're not really setting goals, but rather you're just making a prediction. What does any of that gain you?
I think Brandon is on the right track here:
Originally Posted by bplewis24
Penalty strokes aren't always about eliminating bad swings, they are sometimes about acknowledging your ability to make that bad swing in a specific situation and using a club and/or aiming point that won't allow that bad swing to result in a penalty stroke.
Sometimes that means hitting an iron off the tee and aiming away from the hazard (even if that means aiming off the green) on an approach shot.
For example, here is what Kyle's current goals are: "to hit 7 fairways, 5 greens, less than 34 putts, max 1 penalty stroke." Here's how I would revise this into an actual "game plan" to make those goals acheivable:
Goal 1 (hit fairways): Play smart off the tee. Hit a lot of 3-woods and 4-irons whenever the fairway is tight.
Goal 2 (5 greens): This one is really simple. ;)
Goal 3 (<34 putts): whenever I am inside of 80 yards, I am still not going to aim at the flag, but rather a point 5-10 feet downhill from the flag, such that I'm leaving myself as many straight uphill putts as possible. If the greens are slick and tricky, I'd sometimes be better off putting straight uphill from 25 feet, than 60* down a 3% slope from 10 feet.
Goal 4 (penalty shots): The strategy for goal 1 already takes care of this off the tee, and for approach shots, I'd amend my goal of aiming for the center of the green to aim for the far side of the green from the hazard on holes that have one near the green.
That's how I look at it at least.